During a trip to Lapland, you cannot miss an excursion to a husky dog farm where you can participate in a safari with them. The northern region of Finland has a large number of enclosures of this type, as they are one of the main tourist attractions in the area.
It is a unique experience that you should not miss if you are going to travel to Lapland. Therefore, in this article, we will tell you everything you need to know before you do it.
Husky dogs in Finland
Husky dog farms are very common in the Finnish Lapland region. A large number of dogs of this breed live in them, so it is not uncommon to find more than 150 animals on the largest farms in the area.
The owners and caretakers of the farms must be constantly caring for and feeding the dogs, in addition to maintaining and repairing the enclosure in perfect condition and preparing all the material to receive tourists and visitors who want to visit the place and participate in a safari or ride.
Husky sleigh ride
As we have already said before, husky dog sledging tours or excursions are activities in high demand by tourists visiting Finland. Riding a husky sledge through the snowy forests is a unique experience that no one wants to miss.
However, safaris are not just limited to the winter season. During the summer it is also possible to participate in this activity. The only difference is that the sledge will be adapted so that it can slide on the ground despite the absence of snow.
Besides, some excursions with husky dogs take place at night and during the walk, they visit different places in the area where it is possible to see the Northern Lights. This is a type of Northern Lights safari that is usually organized by local companies or by the farms themselves if they know to find the Northern Lights.
What do I need to participate in the safari?
During the tour, you will not need any special equipment, but you will have to be warm if you do it during the winter. Dogs tend to reach high speeds, so the wind chill will be even lower.
As you have to hold onto the sledge, your hands are the part of your body that you should best protect. For this reason, many farms lend special gloves to customers so that the low temperatures do not affect the hands.
The first and last sledges of the group will be directed by the monitors or managers of the enclosure and they will make sure that there is no problem and that the dogs of the rest of the sledges do not deviate from the path. So, in case you have any questions or if you suffer a mishap, they will be in charge of helping you.
Where to go on a husky dog safari
As discussed earlier, husky sledging safaris are very popular with tourists, which is why there are many husky farms spread across the country, although they are mostly concentrated in the Lapland region.
It is possible to find some venues near the Finnish capital, so you can participate in this activity if you travel only to Helsinki. However, the number is lower compared to the north of the country, where farms can be found in any medium-sized city or town.
Husky dogs in Lapland
Thus, Lapland is the ideal place for a husky sleigh ride. Added to the large number of enclosures to choose from is the fact that it is the region where it snows the most throughout the year. For this reason, it is possible to go on a husky sledge safari in a snowy forest between November and April, or even a little longer in certain places.
Price and how long the tour lasts
The price of the safari will be different depending on the number of people you go with. There may be one or two people on each sledge, so the price will be less if the sledge is shared. In addition, the kennels usually have special prices for large groups.
The price also usually includes the journey from a meeting point located in the city to the farm, a visit to the site to learn about its operation and food and hot drinks to warm up. The price of the activity will be about 150 euros per person.
The duration of the activity depends on each kennel, but they are usually all similar. The journey that most of them do is between 6 and 10 kilometres, which translates into about 40-60 minutes.
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