The Frontier Husky Safari, Finland
We offer two different husky safaris, this Frontier Safari in the remote east of Finland and the more adventurous Arctic Safari in the far north. Both have the same great dogsledding, but they differ in terrain and overnight comfort. The only accommodation available on our safari in the far north is hostel-style cabins, whereas on this Frontier Safari the safari-base is a very comfortable Swiss-style chalet.
The Frontier Safari explores the forests, frozen lakes and rolling hills along the Finno-Russian border, a remote wilderness area that is rarely visited, even by the Finns. The safari is based at a beautiful lakeside wilderness lodge. Five nights of the safari are spent at the wilderness lodge with twin-room accommodation and en-suite facilities. Two nights are spent in cosy wilderness cabins.
Five days are spent driving dogsleds covering between 20 km and 55 km each day, with an extra day in the itinerary to explore the area with skis or snowshoes. The free day can also be used for a snowmobile safari or to visit nearby cultural places of interest, such as Hattuvaara (oldest Orthodox Church in Finland) and the East Point of mainland Europe.
Frontier Husky Safari Itinerary - 8 days
Arrive at Joensuu Airport and transfer to the safari base (135 km). Dinner and overnight at the lodge in en-suite rooms.
After breakfast you get kitted out with a snow-suit and boots and we show you around, explaining the different breeds of sleddogs. There is also an explanation on how to drive a sled, how to brake, when to help the dogs, etc. You then help to harness your dog-team and we get ready for our first easy 20 km tour through the forests and on the lakes. A hot soup lunch is served after returning back at the lodge. Evening sauna, dinner and overnight.
We tour for about 30 km through the North-Carelian forests towards the Russian Border, we cross frozen lakes, rivers and swamps. Hot late-lunch after returning back to the lodge. Evening sauna, dinner and overnight.
We pack the sleds with our personal items and get the dogs ready for a three-day tour in the area of the Bear's Trail or Karhunpolku near the Russian Border. This trail goes through the most beautiful areas in North-Carelia. The daily distances may vary between 30 km and 55 km, depending on weather and snow-conditions. We have overnights in typical wilderness cabins, which have their own wood-sauna, but normally no running water and no electricity. You are welcome to help with feeding the dogs, getting water from the well, heating the sauna, cooking dinner etc.
Second and third day on tour, one more overnight in a wilderness cabin then head back to the lodge in the afternoon of Day 6. Evening sauna, dinner and overnight.
A free day for you to spend as you choose. Snowmobile trips and excursions to nearby places of interest are optional extras. There are snowshoes and cross-country-skis available if you wish to use them to explore the area on your own. Or just sit in front of the fire in our restaurant, enjoy a rest day, read a book and reminisce these past days full of experiences. Depending on weather and trail conditions, this free day may be changed to Tuesday. Evening sauna, dinner and overnight.
Transfer to Joensuu Airport to catch your onward flight.