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Husky Mushing on Lake Inari | Husky Mushing in Finnish Lapland

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A 5 Day holiday husky mushing your own team of Siberian dogs with Sanna & Mika of Kamisak, overnighting in Wilderness Cabins. You'll look after your own team of dogs including lacing up & feeding them; learn the musher's art of balance, how to steer and brake a larchwood sled and mush over the mystical snow sparkling Lake Inari. And here in the spiritual heartland of the Sami people you'll spend nights in the wilderness and with luck fall asleep under the Northern Lights. Before and after you lay over in the Hotel Ivalo with its comfort beds, plunge pool and sauna.

Entrance to Hotel Ivalo with Northern Lights overhead | Finish Lapland Holidays by Scanadventures
Hotel Lobby at Hotel Ivalo | ScanAdventures
Buffet Supper at Hotel Ivalo | Holidays to Finnish Lapland
Swimming Poll at Hotel Ivalo | Finnish Lapland Holidays

Hotel Ivalo

This eponomously named hotel with its Darth Vader helmet like roof faces the frozen Ivalojoki (or Avveeljuuhâ in Inari Sami) on one side and the airport road on the other. Built in the 1980's it has a 'back to the future' feel about it with pale fawn curtains, bed throws and black leather Ikea Tullstastyle chairs in all the rooms and a similar somewhat retro decor in the public areas. Despite in consequence being something of a Marmite sort of place what gets universal approbation is the unfailing conviviality and helpfulness of the staff. Standard rooms all have a shower/wc and some a bathtub (first come first booked), TV, radio, phone and hair dryer. We always go for river facing rooms and there are also family rooms and 3 suites bookable on request. There's a rectilinear swimming pool kept at 20 Celsius to chill out your bones after safaris, 3 saunas and a mini spa with whirlpool hot tubs and glass sided walls facing out over the river. Ditto the restaurant where you can find such goodies as marinated king crab, smoked white fish, snow grouse paté, and tar (sic) flavored ice cream. And on your doorstep is the hotel's own safari operation where you'll be kitted out with thermal clothing and get your issue of of snow shoes, kick sleds and skiis so can get out in the snow and have fun whenever you want.

Guest House Husky by Lake Inari |Finland Holidays by ScanAdventures
Twin Room at Guest House Husky by Lake Inari | ScanAdventures
Wilderness Cabin by Lake Inari | Holidays to Finland
Interior of Wilderness Cabin by Lake Inari | Finland Holidays

Guest House Husky

Guest House Husky started life in Iceland: co-owners Juha-Pekka and Outi were talking with a livestock farmer they were staying with and she asked whether husky breeders like them had guest accommodation which at the time they didn't. So was born the germ of an idea and a dream. Today they have a guest house and three children; the obvious moral being cautious of taking advice form Icelandic farmers. Built from old pine logs the house and spread across three floors there are four twin rooms on the first floor and two larger rooms on the second all with a shower/WC. On the lower ground floor are reception, a dining room with logwood fire and that most Finnish of institutions the house Sauna. Above all this is Outi, Juha-Pekka and their three ambassador children Konsta, Aksell & Kosti's home where you stay as a PG, and which is about as far away from the notion of a hotel as you can get. And of course, alongside are the honoured residents, some 140 huskies, mostly Alaskan ones but with a few Siberians as well. Out in the wilderness, on an island on Lake Inari surrounded by silence, is a wilderness cabin with an adjacent sauna building where you'll spend a night or two during any of our trips.

Day 1 UK - Lapland

fly with Finnair to Ivalo in Finnish Lapland via Helsinki; transfer on arrival to the Hotel Ivalo, check in to your rooms and take supper in the riverside restaurant. Afterwards if the auguries are good you may catch your first sighting of the Aurora in the wilderness area close by the hotel.

Day 2 Husky Mushing

transfer after breakfast to Guest House Husky's Kennels and meet up your guide for the next 3 days. He'll kit you out in thermals, pack up your equipment for your mush and give you tuition on how to balance your body on a larchwood sled, use the brake, steer and generally handle your own dog team. You'll then lace up your own 4 or 6 dog team and set off on your first mush (around 20km): the cacophony of barking, yelping and woofing suddenly vanishing into the snow with the only sound to be heard, the slicing of your sled's runners in the snow. Stop for an Arctic Al Fresco lunch around an open fire before continuing through a landscape of crystal glittering lakes and snow draped pines to a wilderness cabin. When you arrive help settle your dogs (and they will be 'yours' by then), light a fire, help with supper both for yourself and the dogs and generally muck in. After supper take a sauna and sleep the sleep of angels.

Day 3 More Mushing

after breakfast get set for a day mushing (around 20-35km) across the vast openess of the ice crystal surface of Lake Inari dotted with pine studded islands and enveloped with a silence broken only by your dog team's panting breath and the padding of their paws. Stop for lunch, helping your guide light a fire and resting. Continue mushing, arriving at your next cabin in the late afternoon, feeding and settling down the dogs before helping fire up the sauna, preparing supper and dreaming Sami dreams. If the God's are propitous then the Northern Lights may crown the day.

Day 4 Mushing Less

after breakfast pack up your gear, load it onto the sledges and mush (around 15km) along different trails back to Guest House Husky. En route stop for lunch and gradually begin to feel some sadness at having to sat farewell to your dogs who by now you will know by name. Transfer back to the Hotel Ivalo for a swim, sauna or jacuzzi before supper overlooking the frozen river Ivalo.

Day 5

breakfast with time for a wander round the Village if you haven’t seen it, before transferring to Ivalo and your return flight(s) back to Manchester.

What’s included in your ScanAdventure:

Return scheduled flight(s) from Heathrow via Helsinki to Ivalo
All passenger service charges and airport departure taxes
In flight complimentary coffee/tea/blueberry juice and pay on board food service
Carriage of luggage (1pc Cabin & 1pc Checked)
Private group return Airport/Hotel transfers
2 nights’ accommodation at Hotel Ivalo
Lodgings in twin rooms with private WC/Shower
2 nights' accommodation in wilderness cabins
4 breakfasts, 3 arctic al fresco lunches, 4 dinners
Husky mushing safaris with own dog team & tuition as per itinerary 
Complete set of protective clothing:thermal salopette & jacket or onesie; gloves, mittens, ribbed socks, snow boots, scarf & deer flapped hat for duration of stay.
Services of local guide(s)

Departure Dates & Prices:

Guide £1779pp
Guide prices are in part based on our mid-level contract air fares which are veriable in real time unlike our ground supplier contract costs which are generally fixed. We don’t do fancy lead in prices and the time you confirm your booking always use the lowest air fare available. This may mean the confirmed price of your holiday being slightly less or more than the guide price in which case a proportionate reduction-supplement will apply. Carpe Diem = the earlier you book the better, especially for public & school holidays.

Safaris included or available on request

Overnight Cabin by Lake Inari | Husky Mushing in Finnish Lapland

  • 5 Days in Finnish Lapland
  • 3 days mushing Siberian Huskies
  • Bookended Comfort at Hotel Ivalo
  • Overnights in Wilderness cabins
  • Protective Thermal Clothing included
  • Guide Price £1995pp