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Last updated: 18 March, 2024

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.

Logistics

Price from: £30
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 4+
When: All year around
Duration: 1+ hour

Getting there & doing it

Always check your tour specifics, but generally speaking:

  • Any age child may go as long as they are accompanied by an adult, and under 3s go free
  • Kids 12 and over may drive a sled, subject to being sufficiently competent and confident
  • Sleds are usually two person and tours will require a minimum of two adult fares
  • Most tours provide thermal overalls and winter boots, and pick you up from your hotel.

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.

When to do it

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.

Who to go with: organised tours

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Small-Group Husky Mushing Experience in Rovaniemi

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Finnish Lapland

Finnish Lapland, Finland

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An unspoilt wilderness and outdoor adventure paradise. Summer and winter bucket list experiences galore – husky dog sledding, igloos and the Northern Lights – plus the real home of Santa.