EXTREME HUSKY EXPERIENCE ALONG THE ARCTIC CIRCLE
WE HOPE TO SHARE WITH YOU THE AWESOME FEELING OF TRAVELLING WITH DOGS. NOT A PREDICTABLE AND EASY LITTLE TOUR ALONG WELL TRODDEN HUSKY TRAILS, BUT A MAGNIFICENT JOURNEY FROM ROVANIEMI, FINLAND, THE HOME OF SANTA CLAUS ALL THE WAY TO THE FAMED ICE HOTEL IN JUKKASJARVI, SWEDEN.
Almost 500 kilometers we will travel passing through many of the different types of forest and fjells that Lapland has to offer! Driving at night, in the morning and during the day we will see Lapland as not many others get the chance.
3999€ per person
(Minimum 2 people traveling together)
- All transfer mentioned in the program
- 4 nights accommodation in wilderness cabins and shelters, 1 night in Jukkasjärvi Ice Hotel (twin room), 1 night in a guesthouse in Jukkasjärvi (twin room)
- All meals during the tour, except lunch on the free day in Kiruna
- Equipment and thermal outer clothing including boots, Arctic expedition sleeping bag, bivy bag, high power headlight
- 5 day ride with personal dog team (3-6 dogs) as described in the program
- Briefing, safety instructions and mushing academy
- Professional guiding in English, Finnish or Dutch
- Safety/Support Follow car
- International flights
- Recommended stay in Rovaniemi before and after the tour
- Travel insurance
- Beverages at the IceHotel in Jukkasjarvi, entry fees, lunch, and activities during the free day in Jukkasjarvi/ Kiruna
- Rovaniemi, Finland. Departure is possible from Kiruna Airport
Day 1, Rovaniemi – Kienaja Joki Shelter (60 – 80 km)
- Meeting in your hotel/ airport/ train station in Rovaniemi.
- Transfer to the husky kennel.
- After an introduction we have our expedition briefing (safety, trail, gear etc) pack the sleds, familiarize ourselves with the dogs and gear.
- Lunch break around a campfire and meeting the dogs.
- In the afternoon we have a small snack, get our final instructions, hook up our dogs and head out on the trail around sunset.
- The first leg of our adventure, takes us past some sleepy lappish villages as we head north into the arctic taiga forests. When we get a feel for the dogs, the trail and our sleds, the going gets easier. This will be a night ride so large parts will be with just the light of our headlights to guide us.
- Once we have have crossed the Kienaja river we have our first resting stop at the Kienaja kota (shelter) hopefully before midnight. This primitive shelter will be our resting spot for a few hours while we feed the dogs, eat ourselves and have a short nap.
Day 2, Kienaja Joki shelter – a cabin near Ylläs (70-90 km)
- Waking in the early hours of the morning when the stars are still bright, we prepare our dogteams, pack our bags and head down the trail well before sunrise.
- When the sun is high in the sky and the weather warms, we stop for a long lunch break, to rest and feed our dogs, and to get a well deserved power nap, depending on the trail and weather we might rest 2-8 hours.
- In the late afternoon we call up our now rested dogs and head north on our way to Yllas. Late at night we arrive at a warm cabin near Yllas, and can just for a short while appreciate the luxury of a hot sauna and a warm bed. Here we have a chance to meet up with our safety car to exchange tired dogs, repair broken sleds and fill up our sleds for the next stretch of trail.
Day 3-4, Yllas – Muonio Kätkäsuvanto (130-150 km)
- Early morning departure and nonstop mushing till we arrive in Kätkäsuvanto the next evening. Today is one of the longest trails we run! 150 km of mushing divided into 23 sections to get to our destination in Kätkäsuvanto.
- Breaks will be had along the way, in shelters, cabins and along the trail. This leg of the journey is long and at times challenging.
- The trail takes us past Yllasjarvi, over some extreme Fjells, through Muonio village, over the Tornio river, past The Pallas Ounas national park and finally to the remote border village of Kätkäsuvanto.
- If we are lucky the shelter cabins along the route align with our rest stops, if not we camp next to the trail, such is the live of a musher, we rest when our dogs are tired, and run when they are not.
- When we arrive at the cabin in Kätkasuvanto we have a soft bed, a warm sauna and the support/ safety car waiting for us. Hopefully we have the chance to rest 10-16 hours at the cabin.
Day 5, Kätkäsuvanto - Tobacco trail - Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi (140 km)
- Early morning departure, we cross the Tornio river into Sweden and head east toward Jukkasjarvi, our final destination.
- The trail we run is known as the Tobacco trail, it is an old trade trail, and is also used for a sleddog race. This part of our journey has a magical quality to it. The trail winds through that special border area between tundra and taiga, mountain and valley.
- In the late afternoon we arrive at the IceHotel in Jukkasjarvi, and drive right up to the hotel. Our amazing dogs will now have run around 500 km, so we load them up in the dog truck and move them away from the Ice Hotel to a quieter place where they can enjoy some well deserved rest under the watchful eye of our trusty handler and support car driver.
- For tonight do not have any dog chores and can enjoy a nice dinner and a peaceful and full nights rest, with the knowledge that tomorrow we don’t have to wake up extreme early the next day.
- Overnight and dinner in a hotel/guesthouse in Jukkasjärvi near the IceHotel.
Day 6, Free day
- We sleep as long as we want without missing breakfast!
- After that, we can explore the village of Jukkasjarvi, maybe even visit the town of Kiruna, and have a generally relaxed day.
- In the afternoon we visit the famed ice hotel, this is the ice hotel that started it all years ago, and is still the most imposing of them all.
- A night in the ice hotel will be the fantastic end to our trip, and after all the wilderness camping in our sleeping bags, the idea of sleeping in an igloo will sound positively warm!
- Overnight in the Ice Hotel in a snow or ice room with dinner.
Day 7, Return to Rovaniemi
- After breakfast, we pack the dogs and gear and drive to Rovaniemi.
- On our way, we stop at the kennel, unload our dogs, and have what will most likely be an emotional farewell to our canine travelling companions.
- Transfer to your hotel in Rovaniemi.
- Group size is maximum 4 people plus 2 guides, and a support driver/handler.
- Previous experience is prefered as well as a good condition and an adventurous mind set.
- You will be provided quality thermal outdoor outfits and boots for the duration of the expedition. We will ask for your sizes before hand and the outfits will be waiting you on spot. There is no personal outdoor equipment required, but functional long sport underwear and extra warm layers beneath your jacket are recommended for your own comfort.
- During this tour customers will be expected to independently take care of their dog team (supervised of course), and help with the chores related to staying in the cabins and camping.
- The accommodations for these tours are primitive wilderness cabins, wilderness shelters and just camping along the trail. Each Participant will receive a Expedition weight sleeping bag and safety bivy bag for the duration of the tour. The cabins are all heated with wood stoves and fireplaces, have an outside toilet and a wood heated sauna for washing and refreshing in. The cabins have no running water.
The Wilderness shelters are non heated, and mostly have an outside toilet. Camping along the trail will be in the wilderness, under the stars in a sleeping bag and bivy bag.
- The menu for this tour is based on easy to prepare wilderness and camping food, we can cater for allergies and specific dietary wishes.
- Pack light! Do the dogs a favour and pack only the bare necessities, a comprehensive.
- Night driving: a lot of the trail will be driven in the dark, we will provide you with high powered headlights to light the way.
- The distances and overnights vary with different trail conditions.
We reserve the right for program and price changes due to weather and trail conditions, animal welfare reasons, participant capabilities and events beyond our control.