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Winter Sports

Taiga Dogsledding Dream

Hossa, Finland

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Come experience an exceptional trip by dog sled across the beautiful frozen landscape in the heart of the regional park of Hossa.

This is a protected area, away from mass tourism. You will drive your sled alone and will travel up to 25-40 km per day. After a day of initiation, you will start a 5-day raid away from civilization. You will discover the life of our dog pack, you will learn how to feed, lead and take care of them.

The easy pace allows you to watch, admire and photograph the wild nature of the North.

A classic that always delights all participants...

Arrival location:

Kuusamo, Finland

Departure Location:

Kuusamo, Finland

Included in your experience:

- Airport Transfers (from/to Kuusamo airport)

- Accommodation: Cottage (see upgrades) or hotel and trapper huts

- Full-board (from D1 dinner to D8 breakfast)

- Activities supervised by arctic-specialist guides

- Lending of a sleeping bag for the nights spent in shelters, a pair of boots against deep cold for the whole week, an extreme overall for dogsledding (Deposit required for material and provided equipment: 50 euros for the boots, 50 euros for the overall, 50 euros for the sleeping bag)

Not included in your experience:

- The flights to/from Kuusamo

- Tips, drinks and personal expenses

- Your insurance (cancellation and repatriation): we do not offer insurance. We strongly advise to take out such insurance and bring your documents with you when travelling

- Optional Rental of technical gear

Required Equipment:

Clothes to take

« The three layer system » :

Extreme conditions need extrem level of protection. For your clothing, the multilayer method is the best. You will have to wear several layers of clothing. The closest layers to your body let it sweat easily. The other layers keep your body warm and protect it from extreme weather conditions.

. Base / Inner Layer

Close-fitting articles of clothing: polypropylene, polyester, capilene, wool or silk baselayer thermals.

. Insulating / Middle Layer

Warm pull-over or fleece jacket.

. Shell / Outer Layer

Goretex, or a comparable ski jacket is strongly recommended for this layer for its excellent water and wind resistant properties.

You will need the following:

Waterproof shoes, winter hiking shoes, sports shoes or snow boots (for evening wear)

Woolen socks

Warm winter jacket (ski jacket or down jacket)

Ski trousers or ski overalls

Warm pull-overs or fleece jackets

Warm baselayer thermals : very important. Thin technical fibers as Carline or Polartec are extremely efficient.

Expedition waterproof mitten/gloves and fitted silk gloves

Woolen hat

Hool, Balaclava

Scarf

Swimming suit (sauna)

Microfiber towel (sauna)

Personal effects that you must bring with you:

A sleeping bag linr for each overnight in trapper cabin (it goes into the sleeping bag that we lend you, for hygienic reasons)

Your driving licence (compulsory when you drive a snowmobile)

A credit card : we make a copy of it that is used as a deposit for all the equipment provided

Equipment to take

High protection sunglasses

Mask

Personal medicine kit

Sun-cream (from the end of February)

Vaseline or waterfree mosturising cream

A headlamp

A thermos, in order to always have some hot beverage with you while practicing the activities. For lunch, the guide will provide you with hot beverages.

Provided equipment

Equipment provided by Norwide :

Boots (type SOREL) are issued on arrival and are yours throughout the week

For dogsledge safaris : winter jacket for extreme cold and leather mittens

For each bivouac night spent in a trapper cabin: sleeping bag

Luggage

Your belongings must be distributed into 2 bags :

1- A suitcase or flexible travelling bag (max. 20kg)

2- A backpack (30 to 40L) for your usual belongings that you will bring with you while practicing the activities

* Rental equipment is availabel, see 'Additional activities' for details
  • 1
    Cottage Classical
    Replace Hotel room by Cottage ("Classical") for 2 (one week)
    $150/pp
  • 2
    Cottage Superior
    Replace Hotel room by Cottage ("Superior") for 2 (one week)
    $170/pp
  • Day1
    Journey and welcoming dinner. Transfer by bus or by car to Hossa (about 1 hour), at the gates of the park. Settle down in your log cottage or in your hotel room. On the first night, our guides greet you at the restaurant upon a welcoming dinner. The order of the activities of the week will be given then.
    Accommodation: Cottage (see upgrades) or hotel
  • Day2
    Dogsledding initiation First encounter with the dogs, each person leads a team of 4 to 5 dogs for adults and 2 to 3 dogs for children. Then we leave for about 25 km. In order to practice the activity gradually, some races on lakes will give each participant more and more confidence into his dog team. Then we enter the forest and it gets more technical. By the end of the day, we go back to the hotel.
    Accommodation: Cottage (see upgrades) or hotel | Breakfast Included
  • Day3
    Dogsledding Safari On we go! This is the beginnning of the raid! Heading south, the dogs run through the taiga. We cross alternatively lakes, bogs and of course coniferous forests. For this day we sled along the Russian border to arrive at our first camp. There, after having taking care of our dogs we will enjoy our first dinner over a wood fire. Practice time: 4 to 5 hours
    Accommodation: log cabin | Breakfast Included
  • Day4
    Dogsledding Safari. This time we head back to the north and get away from our Russian friends. We pass through various reserves where migratory birds flock the summer. We return to Hossa nature park and its network of frozen lakes. There, we set up our camp and spend the night by the fire.
    Accommodation: log cabin | Breakfast Included
  • Day5
    Dogsledding Safari. We keep going, pushing us further and further into the park. As we move away from civilization a certain complicity begins to link you with your team. Grazing light illuminates snowy fir trees around us. We reach our bivouac, where after enjoying the warmth of the traditional Finnish wood-fired sauna, we will enjoy the freshness of the frozen lakes water.
    Accommodation: log cabin | Breakfast Included
  • Day6
    Dogsledding Safari. Heading north! We start in the morning through dense primary forests, where we can see many traces of animals that have found shelter. Today we discover the famous Canyon Lake Julma Ölkky. It is surrounded by cliffs that we will slide to its very end. At the heart of this universe you live without a doubt one of the most mythical moments of this canine trip.
    Accommodation: Trapper cabin | Breakfast Included
  • Day7
    Dogsledding Safari. For the fifth and final day of the raid, we will take you through the long diagonal of Park Hossa and rediscover all its beautiful landscapes. Lakes, snow-covered hills, bogs and of course the frozen expanses of virgin forest. After all that time spent at their side, we take the opportunity to spend some special moments with our faithful companions. For dinner we have a traditional Lappish meal: Käristus, or reindeer stew with cranberries.
    Accommodation: Cottage (see upgrades) or hotel | Breakfast Included
  • Day8
    Transfer to Kuusamo airport
    | Breakfast Included
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Winter Sports

Taiga Dogsledding Dream

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