Finnish dogsledding adventure

A wonderful playground is waiting for you in Hossa Park: boreal forests, frozen rivers and lakes, and this magical silence that wild North offers.

With our lovely and faithful huskies, you will enjoy 200km of great trails, roaming by the taiga and its traditional huts and shelters along 3 unforgettable safaris. An enchantress program with the most beautiful landscapes and a loving connection to the dogs.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Journey and welcoming dinner

    Journey and welcoming dinner Transfer by bus or by car to Hossa (about 1 hour), at the gates of the park. Settle down in your log cottage or in your hotel room. First night, our guides greet you at the restaurant upon a welcoming dinner. The order of the activities of the week will be given then.

    Accommodation: Cottage or hostel

  • Day 2 Dogsledding Safari (1 p. per sledge)

    Dogsledding Safari (1 p. per sledge) First encounter with the dogs, each one leads a team of 4 to 5 dogs for adults and 2 to 3 dogs for children. Then we leave for about 10 km. In order to practice the activity gradually, some races on lakes will give each participant more and more confidence into his dog team. Then the circuit becomes more forested and sometimes more technical. Picnic at Jatkonjärvi’s hut, by the lake. After lunch, we leave for a very varied circuit of about 25 km. Experienced at leading, one gets with pleasure into the Forest Park tracks. We reach our bivouac site, Peurapirtti, with its trapper cabin. The wood stove crackles, the camp is settled and our dogs are finally sleeping.

    Practice time : 4 to 5 hours
    Accommodation: Trapper cabin

  • Day 3 Dogsledding Safari (1 p. per sledge) - Lakkujärvi / Seipiniemi

    Dogsledding Safari (1 p. per sledge) - Lakkujärvi / Seipiniemi The tracks lead us to Lakkujärvi, about 30 km up to the North, in an area where it is usual to see herds of reindeers. We ride on lots of forest lakes that can have many different shapes and that give way to hidden paths in the woodlands. The wide track sometimes narrows and with your dog team you sneak into the heart of Hossa Park’s wild taiga. Later in the afternoon, we go back to the basecamp, where it will be necessary to take care of dogs and equipment.

    Practice time : 5 hours
    Accommodation: Cottage or hotel

  • Day 4 Snowshoeing trek with dogs

    Snowshoeing trek with dogs Put on your snowshoes and leave with your guide for a two-day hike in the park. You will walk over the frozen iced lakes, the boreal forest and the deep snow. Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to enter and make one with this beautiful and silent nature. Overnight in a trapper’s hut. It is time to share a convivial dinner prepared on the wood fire.

    Practice time : 4 to 5 hours
    Accommodation: Trapper cabin

  • Day 5 Snowshoeing trek with dogs

    Snowshoeing trek  with dogs You put your snowshoes back for a new day in the heart of the Taïga, through many wonderful and vary landscapes between ridges and rivers.

    Those many crossing frozen lakes will give you an amazing view on the boreal forest. Maybe you will have the chance to see an moose or a bear !

    Picnic next to the fire and return to Hossa at the end of the afternoon for traditional Finnish sauna, well deserved !

    Practice time : 4 to 5 hours
    Accommodation: Cottage or hotel

  • Day 6 Dogsledding safari in Jatkonvaara (1 p. per sledge)

    Dogsledding safari in Jatkonvaara (1 p. per sledge) This second safari leads us to the South. The trail goes through the forest to Tolosenvirta where we and the dogs take a rest and have lunch. The trail sometimes narrows and leads us to the park’s highest top: Jatkonvaara hill. From there we will have a wonderful view of the surrounding landscapes and we will measure how vast are the Lappish snowy stretches. After a 30km ride we finally get to our trapper cabin, located nearby the lake.

    Practice time : 4 to 5 hours
    Accommodation: Trapper cabin

  • Day 7 Dogsledding Safari (1 p. per sledge)

    Dogsledding Safari (1 p. per sledge) Last day with the dogs. The trail goes through splendid and impressive ridges that will punctuate this last day. The pleasure of riding your sledge is intense and the idea of leaving this magical atmosphere and your dog team starts making you feel nostalgic. Triumphant arrival for the end of the safari at the middle or late afternoon, depending on your speed.
    For dinner we have a traditional Lappish meal: Käristus, or reindeer stew with cranberries.

    Practice time : 4 to 5 hours
    Accommodation: Cottage or hotel

  • Day 8 Transfer

    Transfer Breakfast and transfer to Kuusamo airport.

Dates & prices

Departures for French-speaking groups:

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Departures for English-speaking groups:

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Trip code: C2

Notes

INCLUDED

  • Airport transfers from/to Kuusamo airport
  • Accomodation: 4 nights in hotel and 3 nights in trapper huts
  • Full board from D1 dinner to D8 breakfast
  • Luggage transport
  • Activities supervised by professional guides  
  • The lending of a  sleeping bag for the nights spent in huts, a pair of boots against deep cold for the whole week, an extreme overall for snowmobiling and dogsledding.
  • Deposit to be paid on site. 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights to get to Kuusamo  
  • Extra transfers for arrival in another aiport
  • The reindeer farm visit (10€)
  • Your insurance (cancellation and repatrition): we do not offer insurance. We strongly advise to take out such insurance and bring your documents with you when travelling

OPTIONS

Single room at the hotel: 190 euros pp.

TO PAY ON SPOT

  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks
  • Deposit for snowmobile: 1500 euros / snowmobile / person (credit card)
  • Rental of some techincal gear
  • Deposit for material and provided equipment: 50 euros for the boots, 50 euros for the overall, 50 euros for the sleeping bag

Practical info

Staff

Activities supervised by artic specialist and English speaking guides. Ask for the availability of a guide who can speak your own language!

Food

Finland is not a land of gastronomy, even though some specialties are delicious! Because of weather conditions and our isolated location, fresh products are quite rare. During your stay we will offer you simple dishes which will fit your energetic needs. You will also have the opportunity to taste some Finnish specialties such as marinated or grilled salmon, salmon soup, reindeer stew or traditional cakes. A generous buffet breakfast will be served at the hotel restaurant, as well as dinners when you sleep at the hotel.

For the activity days :
  • For lunch, you will enjoy a picnic with wood-fire grilled food
  • For your nights in trapper cabin you will prepare and share a dinner together with your guide 

Accommodation

Our basecamp is located in the heart of Hossa Park, 100km away from any village or shop. Our conception of tourisme has nothing to do with mass tourism hubs like Rovaniemi, Ivalo or Kittila. No Santa Claus Village with us! There are 23 inhabitants around Hossa and most of them are reindeer farmers. Indeed, there are more bears living up there than inhabitants! We are living there in autonomy and are working in deep cooperation with the National Forrest Service which runs Hossa Park development. During your stay, you will not have many opportunities to meet local people since there are very few of them. You might meet some ice fishers or Nordic skiers.

During your stay, you will be accommodated for 4 nights in our hotel or cottages and for 3 nights in a trapper cabin:

- Hotel and Cottages : Our hotel is ideally located beside a conserved lake. The hotel has 25 rooms (single, double and triple). All rooms are equiped with a private bathroom with shower, practical storage units, a T.V with international channels. Bed linens and towels are provided by Norwide. Nearby your room, you have free access to our sauna. After an energetic sport day, you will enjoy relaxing in this wooden piece of peace !

- Here is another accommodation option: the cottages (on request, subject to availability) :
  • The « Classical » cottage, with an only room with living room/kitchen, twin or bunked beds, private bathroom and sauna
  • The « Premium » cottage, with a separated room with double bed, living room, kitchen, private bathroom and sauna

Bed linens and towels are provided by Norwide.

Trapper cabins:
These are log cabins just like mountain refuges. The comfort is basic. These accommodations consist of a single dormitory or a room for 4 to 6 people with one main living room. There is no running water or electricity. The room is heated by a wood-stove. Despite cold weather outside, the room is quickly warmed up by the stove and we easily get to fine temperatures inside. There are dry toilets outside. The cabins are all equipped with a traditional sauna. They are full of charm and that’s why we love them!

Transportation

4 dogsledding days and a 2-day hike with
As you noticed, the common theme of this trip is contact with sled dogs, which go along with you all week long. All of our routes are drawn by our team and are exclusively reserved for your practice.

- 4 dogsledding days, solo driving: 1 person on each sled:
The form of travel used for these 4 days is dogsled: 2 different safaris which both last 2 days. The activity is led by specialized mushers, in a progressive way : the first safari will make you trust your dogteam and gain self-assurance, and the second safari will bring you great pleasure and bond with your dogs. Your dog team is composed with 3 to 6 dogs. Group size: up to 5 persons

- A 2-day hike with dogs
The form of travel used for this activity is snowshoes. But this is an original way of hiking that we offer here : you go along with a sled dog, which is harnessed and hooked on your trek-belt. Hiking with dog is a new form of travel that you discover here and is very different form normal hiking: this experience provides you a lot of energy thanks to our dogs full of ardor.
Group size : up to 10 persons

Vital equipment

  • High protection sunglasses
  • Mask
  • Personal medicine kit
  • Sun-cream (from the end of February)
  • Vaseline or waterfree mosturising cream
  • A headlamp
  • A thermos, in order to always have some hot beverage with you while practicing the activities. For lunch, the guide will provide you with hot beverages.

  • Boots (type SOREL) are issued on arrival and are yours throughout the week
  • For snowmobile safaris : overalls and helmet
  • For dogsledge safaris : winter jacket for extreme cold and leather mittens
  • For each bivouac night spent in a trapper cabin: sleeping bag

Helpful equipment

« The three layer system » :
Extreme conditions need extrem level of protection. For your clothing, the multilayer method is the best. You will have to wear several layers of clothing. The closest layers to your body let it sweat easily. The other layers keep your body warm and protect it from extreme weather conditions.
- Base / Inner Layer Close-fitting articles of clothing:  polypropylene, polyester, capilene, wool or silk baselayer thermals. .
- Insulating / Middle Layer Warm pull-over or fleece jacket. .
- Shell / Outer Layer Goretex, or a comparable ski jacket is strongly recommended for this layer for its excellent water and wind resistant properties.

You will need the following:
  • Waterproof shoes, winter hiking shoes, sports shoes or snow boots (for evening wear)
  • Woolen socks
  • Warm winter jacket (ski jacket or down jacket
  • Ski trousers or ski overalls
  • Warm pull-overs or fleece jackets
  • Warm baselayer thermals : very important.  Thin technical fibers as Carline or Polartec are extremely efficient.
  • Expedition waterproof mitten/gloves and fitted silk gloves
  • Woolen hat
  • Hool, Balaclava
  • Scarf
  • Swimming suit (sauna)
  • Microfiber towel (sauna)

Personal effects that you must bring with you:
  • A sleeping bag linr for each overnight in trapper cabin (it goes into the sleeping bag that we lend you, for hygienic reasons)
  • Your driving licence (compulsory when you drive a snowmobile)
  • A credit card : we make a copy of it that is used as a deposit for all the equipment provided 

Luggage

Your belongings must be distributed into 2 bags :
1- A suitcase or flexible travelling bag (max. 20kg)
2- A backpack (30 to 40L) for your usual belongings that you will bring with you while practicing the activities