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Dogsledding In Oulanka National Park

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  • Dogsledding expedition in the Arctic Circle
The Dogsledding at Basecamp Oulanka tour starts and ends in Basecamp Oulanka. The Dogsledding at Basecamp Oulanka is a Trekking tour that takes 7 days taking you through Basecamp Oulanka, Finland and other destinations in Finland.

In the heart of Oulanka National Park sits Basecamp Oulanka. Surrounded by pristine wilderness and overlooking a lake, this self-sustained complex of wooden buildings provides a comfortable and cosy accommodation in a truely stunning location. Dogsled through the silent snow-caked forests of the nearby Riisitunturi National Park. Free time can be spent using the cross-country skis, snowshoes or fat bikes.
Day 1 Start snow hotel

The trip starts at the snow hotel by Karhunkierros Visitor Centre on Napapiiri. Here we meet the leader and receive an introduction about the hotel and the surroundings. 

Day 2 Morning wilderness skills session.First husky ride in the afternoon.

In the morning we are provided with all of the equipment needed. After breakfast we head straight out into Oulanka National Park where we get an introduction from the leader about what needs to be done in the wilderness. This will also provide us with some insights on how to spot wolverine tracks, along with other wildlife. At the visitor centre we learn the habitat of Napapiiri - the Arctic circle, by studying the Oulanka NP exhibition. In the afternoon we transfer to the dogsledding farm to meet our guide and dogs, who will be our family for the rest of the week. After a tutorial where we receive the basic instructions on how to drive the sled we head off into the woods on our first mushing adventure. In the evening we approach the Karhunkierros Huts, our base for the night.

Day 3 Morning preparation of the dogs and equipment before setting out to the wilderness hut in Oulanka NP

In the morning we pack our belongings and after lunch head to the farm to reunite with our huskies. We are responsible to prepare what is needed for the adventure including checking the sled and harnessing our own team as by now we will be familiar with them. The journey takes us along the Karhunkierros Trail through snow-covered forests, lakes and rivers to our accommodation for the evening; Kerojärvi wilderness hut in Oulanka NP. At the end of the drive we will take care of our huskies removing the harness, feeding them and finally let them rest in the stake-outs. Our evenings are spent enjoying a traditional Finnish sauna, and with a little luck seeing the Northern Lights. Due to our remote location, we will not need to travel far if they do show, instead we have only to wrap up and step outside.

Day 4 Another full day heading towards the Russian border and our remote log cabin: Russian End

Today's dogsledding expedition will take us deeper into the pristine wilderness of Finnish Lapland towards the Russian border. We travel along a restricted area, accessible only during the cold winter months to get to our lodge, situated on the Oulanka River, right on the Russian border. Due to the remoteness of the area, this will be the only sight of human culture that we see on the day except for the signs marking the Russian border and the Border control. On arrival we will be making dinner and have some free time to enjoy the sauna. This will be our cosy home for the next two nights.

Day 5 We take a round trip to Saunavaara overlooking Lake Paanajarvi

After breakfast we have a loop ride south following the River Oulanka and the Russian/Finnish border line to a beautiful viewpoint which overlooks Lake Paanajärvi on the Russian side, a wonderful spot from which to admire the pristine untouched natural surroundings. In the afternoon we can give our huskies a rest and enjoy a showshoe walk along the Russian Border zone through forest inhabited by elks. In the evening we can relax in the traditional Finnish sauna and head out to the frozen river for an amazing view of the night sky.

Day 6 Return to the Arctic Circle through startling landscape

Today is the longest day of the trip as we head north to the Arctic circle following the trail along the Russian Border and through Oulanka National Park. Our day will start really early to make the most of this magical territory before coming back to our hectic lives. In this surreal atmosphere we will be guided by the stars and moon reflections on the snow. On our arrival at Napapiiri we take our new friends to the farm, remove their harness off for the last time and say goodbye. At the end of the day we return to the Karhunkierros Huts, our accommodation for the remaining nights.

Day 7 Free day Optional activities like snowshoeing or FAT biking

There are variety of optional activities on offer today including the new and increasingly popular winter activity – fat biking; explore the winter wonderland with specially made bicycles with ultrawide tires that can run easily on the snow at very low pressure. Alternatively unguided cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are also available. As a farewell celebration, after having been outdoor the whole week we will enjoy a well deserved dinner in the warm and cosy restaurant.

Day 8 End Karhunkierros Visitor Centre

Our trip ends at Karhunkierros Visitor Centre

what’s included
  • All accommodation
  • Return flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Airport transfers (for group flights only)
  • All breakfasts
  • 6 lunches and 7 dinners included
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to Snow Hotel and from Karhunkierros Visitor Centre are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Dogsledding in Oulanka National Park tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 8 days
Tour Type Group Tour  
Minimum Participants 4 people
Age Requirement 16+ yrs
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
Starts/Ends Snow Hotel/Karhunkierros Visitor Centre
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5.0 - Excellent Based on 1 review
Dogsledding at Basecamp Oulanka
5 - Excellent
“This holiday was a wonderful experience, one of the best we have had and one that we plan on doing again next year. Having stayed at Basecamp Oulanka last year on the snowshoeing holiday, also a great trip, we wanted to return there again as we could find no faults with the place. The staff are always so willing and helpful, the accommodation is great, the food is Finnish and of a very high standard and the range of activities offered make for a fantastically varied and full week. Having experienced one day of dogsledding last year we couldn't wait to return for a week's worth of it. We did and we were not disappointed. Sledding through the countryside, which was like a scene from a Winter wonderland, hearing nothing but the hiss of the sled runners on the snow is a very moving and wonderful experience as is the thrill of traveling at speed through the forests or over the frozen lakes by 5 huskies. The quietness contrasting with the excitement and noise of the dogs as they are harnessed and straining to be on their way because they really do want to run, it's stopping them that is the problem. You still though have the opportunity to do other things as well so you can go for a walk in the woods, cross country skiing, relax in the inevitable sauna or hot tub or simply sit and read whilst having a pint. We experienced a whole range of weather, from stunningly clear days to a day when we crossed a frozen lake in a blizzard, in the dark at a temperature below -20C, both extremes beautiful in their own ways. The welcome that we received at Olilla, the camp you go to on your 3 day expedition, was equally friendly and welcoming with the owners, as well as providing wonderful food always joined us for 'apres sled' drinks and a chat.”
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A deposit of 198 USD is required to confirm this tour. For any departures within 17 December 2017 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Dogsledding in Oulanka National Park tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Dogsledding in Oulanka National Park tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Cancellation No additional cancellation fees apply for this Dogsledding in Oulanka National Park tour. You can cancel the tour up to 57 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 56 days of departure.
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