Hiking with huskies vacation in Finland

“6 day tailor made adventure in the Finnish wilderness (May - Oct). 3 days hiking with huskies will put fitness and nature lovers through their paces.”

Highlights

3 full days husky trekking | Husky farm or lakeside hotel accommodation | Lakeside lunches over an open fire | Flexible itinerary through mires, esker forests and old growth forest islets | Spend a day helping out at the husky farm | Traditional Finnish sauna |

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made and can be arranged to depart between 1st May - 15th October 2017.
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Environment

During this tour we mostly move with the most ecological way there is: walking. Hiking with a husky = huskytekking.

We have our huskies attached to us all the time, so they are never running free and disturbing the wildlife, like birds.

Our guide knows very well the wildlife, the culture and history of the area, and is always willing to tell the guests about these things to give them a deeper understanding of what they see.

We leave no trash in the nature and we use no disposable dishes. We prefer having our water bottles filled with local good quality tab water instead of buing bottled water.

With food we concentrate on environmental, ethical and heath issues. We use locally produced food as much as possible. We are not big meat eaters, thriving mostly with plant-based diet. Occasionally we eat game meat and fish and can also serve those for the guests. However we are happy to serve vegetarian and vegan diet. During the Autumn tours we even have the possibility to collect berries and mushrooms with our guests and cook some delicious fresh food using those.

We take extra good care of our huskies, we only organize tours which the huskies are happy to make, and we would never force our dogs joining the tour if they are not willing to. Most of our dogs are bred for working dogs, but we also rehome some rescue dogs to whom we feel we are able to give a meaningful life and loving home.

Community

With nature tourism we want to bring extra value for our old forests and wildlife. Forest industry and mining are big sources of income in the area, but we are campaining to save old forests and native wildlife. Unfortunately most thigs are valued in money nowadays, and Finnish state has big difficulties to keep these remote areas lively. By bringing people here for nature vacations helps not only to bring income for locals, but also helps to save the recreational values of our nature.

Guests get to taste locally produced food, fresh fish, vegetables, berries, mushrooms, game meat, and special traditional breads during their stay. All these come from local producers or some, like berries and mushrooms, if not collected ourselves, from locals who can earn some extra money collecting those for us.

We highly respect our area and the people with whom we share this. We inform the locals and land owners about our tours, we ask for permissions if we are hiking close to the homes or cabins, and we inform them about our tours to come.

Our area is still very remote, we do not meet very many people during the tours, but the ones we might meet are usually very friendly. They are interested in meeting new people. It is a nice old tradition in our area to invite everybody you might meet in the wilderness to share your fire place with him and to serve him a cupful of fresh made strong coffee. We are keeping this tradition alive.

9 Reviews of Hiking with huskies vacation in Finland

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Reviewed on 30 Aug 2018 by

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


Peace and tranquility. Beautiful forests and still lakes. Wonderful, well cared for and friendly huskies. Superb sauna down by the lake. Just say the overall
experience- a great de-stressing vacation.

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


Once you are picked up from the airport, everything is provided. A good breakfast, a home cooked evening meal and a packed lunch for the treks. You will be well looked after and will not need to spend anything!
And depending on the time of year, take the insect repellent. But dont let this put you off!

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


This vacation certainly benefits Aki and his partner. They in turn care for the local environment- picking up any trail litter left by other less considerent hikers

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


A wonderful time. So relaxing and peaceful. Highly recommended.

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2018 by

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


Walking with the huskies through the most amazingly tranquil forest, relaxing in the sauna and swimming in the lake.

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


Aki and Suvi welcome you into their home and want to share their food, culture and knowledge with you.

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


Yes, we used local taxis and went to local shops

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


This was one of the best breaks I have ever had. I felt completely relaxed and
at peace immediately. Wonderful hosts, wonderful setting and an amazing experience.

Reviewed on 04 Jun 2018 by

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


Everything was perfect! The dogs, the way they were cared for, Aki and Suvi who looked after us, the location. The whole vacation was brilliant. And of course the countryside - endless lakes and pine forests. The cabin we stayed in was right on a lake and the views and peace & quiet were breath-taking.

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


Walking with huskies is quite hard on the upper legs (I found), so get into shape before you go. In particular if you are not a big person as the dogs are strong and you walk in a good pace.

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


Aki and Suvi were very in touch with their surroundings, environmentally aware, used local produce wherever and visitors bring extra income to the area.

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


10 out of 10. For me everything was perfect. If you like dogs, hiking, local food and a wonderfully quiet and peaceful location, this is for you!

Reviewed on 01 Jun 2018 by

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


Hiking with huskies with hosts Avi and Suvi was wonderful. Visiting the taiga in Finland was very special, and Aki and Suvi were the nicest and friendliest hosts I have ever met. The cabin was relaxing, especially the Finnish sauna and the lake. I was there in the summer and the 24 hour daylight was a treat.

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


I wish I would have stayed at Aki and Suvis place the entire time I was in Kuhmo. I stayed a few nights in hotel Kalevala, which was fine, but I liked the
cabin on the husky farm better. I did a few activities before going to the husky farm such as one night in a bear hide, and a canoe trip. I think these could have been done from the husky farm rather than the hotel.

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


Supporting the husky farm was a pleasure. Aki will accept huskies that other places will no longer keep bc they are not good sledding dogs. This is not his attitude, he feels that if the dogs get along and they like it at his farm, then they can stay regardless of their ability. I loved hiking with lady gray.

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


I highly recommend this trip!

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2017 by

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


Aki and Suvi were very welcoming and couldn't make us feel more at home! The dogs are all amazing, so friendly and the personalities all so unique and lovely! Everything from the location, to the walks and food was perfect and we would really love to go every year. We found it very relaxing and a home from home for the whole time.

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


Switch off your phones and enjoy the freedom and relaxation of being there!

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


Yes, the money is going direct to the hosts who use local foods, services and ingredients - even picking berries and mushrooms direct from around the area
and then providing that as part of the meals.

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


Amazing experience, we fell in love with the place, dogs and just how well we were welcomed into the home.

Reviewed on 03 Aug 2017 by

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


Meeting the huskies for the first time, canoeing on the private lake in warm sunshine, trekking in ancient forests with the dogs.

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


Would recommend staying with Suvi and Aki at the husky farm to get a proper Finnish experience. We learnt so much from them as well as having access to the traditional Finnish sauna and helping to care for the animals.

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


Definitely supported local people and supported conservation.

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


Absolutely brilliant! Vacation of a lifetime, amazing people, amazing scenery and amazing food!

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2015 by

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


The hosts are very friendly, the food was delicious, my room was very comfortable and hiking with huskies is an unusual experience, they are such a smart and good dogs. A++++++++++ :)

Reviewed on 06 Aug 2015 by

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


All of it, the whole being away from it all in a beautiful location.

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


Be prepared for quite a bit of down time, so books and games, enjoy chilling.

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


In an area with high unemployment it brought in money which has to be a bonus but didn't really see much of civilisation.

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


Great, a real escape from it all and a back to basics experience with great hosts and a fantastic way to get to experience the real Finland.

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2012 by

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


The scenery was fantastic - pristine pine forests dotted with lakes but the most enjoyable part was getting to know our guide, Aki, and of course the dogs! We each had a dog on a harness that pulled us along - power assisted hiking! Our launch spot was lovely, as were the pancakes we cooked and ate with wild berries (blueberries) from the forest. We loved our day out with the dogs almost as much as they did!

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


It's really very easy to hike with huskies, you just need some half decent walking shoes. Next time we'll return in the winter and go out husky sledding. They have a 21km trail that we'd like to do..

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


Yes, tourism is increasingly important to help protect livelihoods and keep the younger people, like Aki, in work. We left no trace of our visit, the area is pristine and we'd played our part to ensure it stays that way.

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


We'd never heard of husky trekking before, but now we are raving about it - so much easier and more fun than normal trekking!

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