Husky Sledding in Rovaniemi, Finland

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If you ever find yourself in the Scandinavian region during the winter, do yourself a favor and find the nearest husky sledding establishment and get ready for a unique life experience. Our husky sledding took place in Rovaniemi, Finland – a small city an hour flight north from Helsinki.

We booked our “Husky Favorite – Husky Safari” with Huskypoint, which was an easy booking process (TA Review). The cost was a hefty US$200 per person, which includes transport to/from your hotel, winter gear (snow goggles not included), and some snacks/coffee.

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After getting picked up, we were given a short briefing on safety, what to expect, and got to walk around the compound while our sleds were getting prepared.

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All sleds are 2-person sleds, with one person sitting down and the other standing and “driving” the sled. You do get a chance to switch mid-way, although the first person driving will get a bit longer time ~30 min vs. ~20 min (so just keep that in mind in case you are given a choice). After getting assigned our husky pack and sled, we were given a short refresher on how to “GO” and “STOP” and it was off to the races!

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The huskies were much faster than I thought, and when going downhill I had to brake intermittently to ensure the sled momentum didn’t outpace the dogs. Alternatively, when going uphill, I tried to help the dogs out a bit by running and pushing the sled alongside my pack. After about 30 minutes of trekking, we came to a break stop and needless to say, we were all ready for some rest.

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After feeding the huskies and thawing ourselves by the fire in an authentic yurt, we were back on the trail, blazing through the snowy terrain.

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After another 20 minutes or so, we were back at the Huskypoint compound. Before leaving, we met a curious husky named “Dolly” who apparently is a princess who does not ever pull a sled, but demands the attention of all visitors. We also fell victim to her unusual charms and were giving her belly rubs before we knew what hit us.

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After some warm coffee, we were driven back to our hotel, where we turned up the heat, curled up in a blanket, and watched the snow fall from the comfort of our bed.

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6 thoughts on “Husky Sledding in Rovaniemi, Finland”

  1. Great post. Thank You. Reindeers are faster than huskies. In Oulu, You can have a ride which is unique in the whole World and it is an experience once in a life. It is reindeer race which is free and open for everybody!

    Reindeer race

    Happy and safe travels!

    P.S. Did You also visit world’s biggest snow castle?

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  2. Pingback: Unique Hotels to Stay in Finland – The Wayfaring Nomad

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