Husky, Reindeer Farm and Santa Village Experience
€145 | Rating 4.04 / 5 [44 ratings]
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Speeding out onto tundral plains and through dense boreal forests that make up Lapland’s most spectacular wilderness is one thing. Doing it on a sled pulled by husky dogs is truly something special. It’s a signature Lapland experience not to be missed. Speed, dogs and exciting wilderness to explore – what kid (or adult) could resist?
Tour options range from several hours to several days. Overnight or longer tours will include the opportunity to harness, rig, feed and prep the pack for the following day’s mush, followed by dinner and a sauna – a culturally immerse experience for older kids that’s so much more than just a quick thrill ride, that the whole family can enjoy and share together.
Most tours include educational talks from guides about the animals and the wilderness, and finish up with the irresistible opportunity to pet the cuddly huskies close up.
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Always check your tour specifics, but generally speaking:
Remember that daylight hours are limited in winter months, and although night rides are offered, with younger children especially, it’s best organised in daylight hours.
Longer, multi-day tours that offer the full immersive experience often have an age limit of 18+, but if you do it privately, sometimes they will accept younger children. If you do want a multi-day tour, head to the Harrinvia Hotel but check first about children’s permitted ages.
Husky tours are usually available only from end of November until mid-April, subject to weather and snow conditions. Some operators continue to run tours on wheels through the warmer months, but it’s a more magical experience in the snow.
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Muoni, Lapland, Finland
A comfortable mid-range hotel that’s also the biggest husky dog centre in Finland, and the place for husky dog sledding. It’s also a Mecca for a host of other winter and summer outdoor activities, and seeing the Northern Lights.
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Finnish Lapland, Finland
An unspoilt wilderness and outdoor adventure paradise. Summer and winter bucket list experience galore, plus the real home of Santa.
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