This is possibly one of the most exhilarating tours that we offer. If you’ve been on a dog sled safari or snowmobiles before and were left longing for more, then this is the holiday for you, but it is not for the faint-hearted.
You set off from Harriniva on powerful snowmobiles and head to the far remote north for two days. Here you will spend full days on the snowmobiles and travel up to 200km per day. You will arrive at Kilpisjärvi and discover why the Finns themselves spend their April holidays in this region. The days are long, the scenery unbelievable, the snow is deep and the sun will hopefully be shining.
You switch transport in Kilpisjärvi and head out onto the trail for two days in the wilderness with your own team of huskies. You will spend the night either under canvas or in a wilderness cabin depending on the weather conditions.
On your return to Kilpisjärvi you will head back south by snowmobile for the epic journey back to Harriniva.
On this once in a lifetime adventure you will get long days, awe-inspiring scenery and some remarkably unique adventures.
Anybody aged 18 years and over. This is a demanding itinerary with long days in the wilderness and on snowmobiles. You should have a good level of fitness to participate and must have a full driving licence.
"The title of this trip says it all really. With three days of snowmobiling and two days of husky safaris it is not for the faint hearted, but it is a thrilling way to really take advantage of the landscape. This is probably the most active trip we have and is great for anyone looking for a once in a lifetime venture. The scenery that surrounds Harriniva is truly stunning and this trip lets you explore it in the best way possible." Barry Nolan
Day 1: Flights and transfers
You will be greeted at the Airport and transferred to Harriniva to enjoy a welcome meal before seeing your accommodation for the night - a wonderful cosy shared log cabin.
Day 2: Snowmobile safari to Galdotieva (approximately 110km)
After breakfast you will meet with your guide and be issued with your cold weather clothing. Your guide will then introduce you to your snowmobile and give you a safety demonstration and full briefing on these 600cc machines.
You will head north today, travelling about 110km. There will be a picnic lunch on the trail. Today’s route is remarkable as you can see the landscape changing from endless snowy forests to a more hilly and rugged terrain as you approach the Norwegian border.
You will overnight in cabins at Galdotieva Fell Centre and dinner will be served in the restaurant.
Day 3: Snowmobile to Kilpisjärvi (approximately 150km)
This morning the safari continues and you are led by your guide through the open, treeless mountain landscape. The scenery today is more dramatic than yesterday’s softer views. You will have lunch en-route and in the evening you will reach the beautiful village of Kilpisjärvi, close to the three countries (Finland, Norway, Sweden) meeting point.
You will feel a real sense of achievement on arrival at your cabins as you will have completed a truly thrilling adventure to get here. The sauna and dinner await and you will spend the night in shared log cabins.
Day 4: Husky safari to a wilderness cabin (approximately 30-40km 25km)
Today you switch the roar of an engine for the barking of the huskies, eager for you to all get out on the trail. Dog sledding may not be as fast as snowmobiling but the thrills are just as great and you get a sense of being much closer to the wilderness that surrounds you as you aren’t looking at it from behind a visor.
You will meet your team of 4-5 dogs; they’ll probably be making a racket in anticipation of the trail. As soon as you have had your safety briefing you are on your way; the only sound you will hear from the dogs is their paws on the snow. Lunch will be served by an open fire.
You will sleep in a wilderness cabin or if the weather conditions allow you may stay under canvas tonight after enjoying an evening meal cooked around an open fire.
Day 5: Husky safari to Kilpisjärvi (approximately 25 km)
Once both yourself and the dogs have had breakfast and packed up ready to continue on the safari, you will begin to head back to Kilpisjärvi. By now you will have hopefully gained the respect of your huskies and you will be able to notice a difference as they will be much more responsive to your commands. This means you have more time to relax and let them do the work whilst you enjoy the beautiful scenery passing you by.
You will have a picnic lunch during your safari.
Day 6: Snowmobile along the Victoria Trail (approximately 200km)
Make sure you have a hearty breakfast this morning as you have a good day on the snowmobiles ahead of you! You will travel back to Harriniva today along the Victoria Trail which follows the Swedish border. You will travel approximately 200km; it’s an epic journey through breathtaking scenery.
A picnic lunch will be served en-route.
When you arrive back to the hotel, a well-earned relaxing sauna and farewell dinner will be waiting for you.
Day 7: Departure, transfers and flights
After breakfast you will transfer back to the Airport for your return flights home.