Lapland vacation, husky safari & log cottage

“A five nights and six days vacation in Finnish Lapland, traveling in a small group with husky safari winter activities and, hopefully, Northern Lights. ”

Highlights

Lake Inari | Dog sledding | Visit to husky farm | Stay in Finnish wilderness cabin | Nellim village | Northern Lights | Paatsjoki Bridge | Snowshoeing | Cross country skiing

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Responsible tourism: Lapland vacation, husky safari & log cottage

Environment

Husky safari is an ecological way to move in the wilderness without motor. By traveling this way our guests will get deep into wilderness they could not reach by car and they can really connect with nature and experience how it feels to be dependent on a team of huskies.

Season and weather make each safari different. A local professional guide will tell the participants about the eight seasons, the Arctic nature and its fauna on the way. Far out the wilderness it might also be possible to see some of the Arctic animals, for example reindeers and pfarmigans. He/she will also make sure the guests arrive safely back from the safari. During the safari the dogs are taken well care for by the participants themselves.

After the husky tour the guests will stay in a traditional log cabin in a ski village, where everything is in a walking distance and no extra transportation is needed. We recommend our customers to try cross country skiing and snowshoeing in order to get in the Urho Kekkonen National Park, which is located very close to the ski village.

Community

We are keen to support the local community and ensure that they feel the benefits of tourism. The Husky farm for example is a local company in northernmost Lapland in Ivalo. Our guests will get closer to the nature and will get to discover how the original population has been able to survive in extreme conditions above the Arctic circle.

The log cabin is owned by a private Finnish company and all the services such as cleaning and maintenance are provided by local companies. There are grocery stores, restaurants and activity providers easily accessible. We also recommend that our customers take part in the trips from the weekly program which are run by local operators.

The original Smi culture is fascinating and we recommend that our guests make a tour to Inari, where Sajos, the Smi parliament and Siida, the Smi museum are located. There are only about 70 000 Smi people left living in the northern parts of Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia. As other indigenous people, the Smi have strived to preserve and maintain their culture. The Smi museum offers a great way to understand more about the culture and nature of Lapland.

9 Reviews of Lapland vacation, husky safari & log cottage

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Reviewed on 15 Apr 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The husky safari was amazing

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Plan well ahead, and make sure you pack enough warm clothes.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Certainly

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Truly memorable with a lifetime full of memories.

Reviewed on 15 Apr 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


All the snow and ice activities - husky sledding, ice fishing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobile driving - were great. So different from what you can do in London! Would have been even better if the Northern lights had appeared while we were there but that's not under anyone's control.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Do husky sledding for at least two days with an overnight stay in the wilderness so you get to look after the dogs in the evening.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


For most of the activities it's difficult to believe they could have any material negative impact on the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Very good. The organisation was excellent and I would highly recommend arranging your trip through Riitta.

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The husky tour, the tipi warm up snack times & quite simply, the amount of snow everywhere!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't be scared of the cold! If you wear layers it's surprising how easy it is to be out in -19 degrees.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


People yes, as it clearly creates job opportunities and income for all ages and skills. Unfortunately, I don't believe tourism can do either of the latter - by it's nature, additional housing, running water, amenities of all kinds are required, which draws on resources, space and land that otherwise could be left for nature.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


9/10

Reviewed on 07 Jan 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The husky safari

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The log cabin was not suitable for 11 people although the place was very nice. The way it was chosen could be improved.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Not too much

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was really good, but we felt that the Provider could had given us more transparent information before we travelled. One of the things that could improve the service is a detailed list of prices for each activity. Instead of that, we had a overall price with no enough details.

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Without a doubt, the husky safari. The Finnish hospitality and at Wilderness Hotel Muotka was as well.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Finland's nature is breathtaking, look for accommodation that are surrounded by the incredible beautiful wilderness instead of the commercialized hotels filled with tour groups. I strongly recommend Wilderness Hotel Muotka in Ivalo.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Supporting tourism in the less commercialized areas of Finland, learning about the Sami way of life, ice fishing with the locals, husky sledding.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Five stars, without a doubt.

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The Husky trek in Ivalo and staying in the glass igloo were highlights for us.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


We would have skipped the Ice Breaker and spent another night in an Igloo. Otherwise this trip was GREAT!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?




4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


This was a fantastic trip - action packed with so many wonderful experiences. All the details were handled so well.

Read the operator's response here:

Point 3) All the service providers used were local entrepreneurs. Public bus and train were used for transportation whenever possible.

Reviewed on 02 Jan 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


It was all good. We particularly enjoyed the snowshoeing in the evening.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take a lot of socks.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It benefited local people as the activities in Pyha were organized by local businesses.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Super.

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The husky ride in Inari is simply fantastic!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Keep your safaris to inari, snowmobiling, reindeer ride, snowshoeing if you really want a taste of real Finnish outdoor adventures.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


There is minimal wastage and we get to experience nature with the locals
who love their country.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Well planned, tailored made and little details were well looked into.

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


It was all brilliant, but I would say the most memorable bit was the husky safari, it was so peaceful once the dogs got started. The rest of the trip was amazing too from the hotel Vuokkati, to cross country skiing, ice skating, visiting the spa at Katinkulta and Angry Birds park and going out on cross country ski trails and tobagonning from the hotel. Brilliant!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Book through Responsible travel, every detail was planned

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We used the ski bus and went out from the hotel

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Superb, the service from the operator was top notch

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