This is essentially the same mushing product as our arctic mushing week but without the free day for optional activities and the nights pre and post safari in a local hotel. During this mushing-packed product we sled for five full days, covering from 30km to 40km each day.
All of your meals, suitable snow-suits and boots, expert guiding and the five days of husky dogsledding with your own team of huskies are included in the price, as well as wilderness accommodation in a variety of cabins and huts. NB: At least one night is normally spent in a very basic wilderness hut so that you can have a true arctic experience on the high tundra plateau.
The optimum group size for this safari is six clients with a guide. With this number we can move easily through the wilderness without too many stops, we can take advantage of a wide range of hut options and the small group size works well in the wilderness setting. Most people find that when we combine would-be mushers to reach optimal group sizes, that the shared experience with like-minded adventurers is part of the fun.
If you are interested in an exclusive safari for just two people, or in booking as a slightly larger family group, please consider April. It is rarely possible to accommodate such requests in our peak season - unless, of course, the exclusive groups would like to 'pay the safari full'. NB: For groups over 8 we tend to adapt the route slightly so as to utilise one or two of the few larger cabins available in the area.
Programme Duration: 5 days
Number of Days of Mushing: 5
Availability: From the beginning of January until the end of April. Please check our current availability first, to see that we have spaces available when you hope to visit.
Schedule: This product generally runs from Monday through Friday, weekly, although exact timings depend on our overall bookings each month.
Safari Accommodation & Board
The first night of the tour returns to the homestead where people have the option to spend the evening relaxing in a cosy kota or joining in fully with farm life - including the feeding of 170 odd dogs. The safari's safety presentation is also given on this evening. The 3 remaining nights of the tour are spent in log cabins, only one of which has electricity and a shower. Full board is included throughout.
Clients are responsible for their own airport transfers, board and hotel nights on either side of the safari. If you want help with transfers or room and board either side of the tour itself, please choose one of our package options.
We may be able to pick you up from hotels in central Hetta, but if you are staying further afield, you will need to get to our base under your own steam by 10am on Sunday morning.
Price: Adults €1525
Price includes: 5 days of mushing for 30—40km per day through the arctic wilderness with a personal dog team; kit and clothing suitable for the arctic; expert guiding through the tour; a guided farm visit and sled-driving training session; briefings on arctic safety and survival; a personal mentor during your first night of helping with feeding and other dog-related tasks on the farm and 4 night's accommodation with full board (1 night on the farm homestead and 3 in wilderness cabins).
How to book:
Our 'how to book' page gives step by step instructions as to how to proceed with booking.
Please go through this section of our website in detail for all answers to FAQs about the booking process, kit and clothing and detailed tour itineraries.
Client Information Forms:
Once you have confirmed a booking with us, please don't forget to send through your completed client information forms so that we can plan for your equipment, dietary and health needs.
We did a five day tour: It was an unbelievable experience._
My son and I took part in the five day husky safari..it was tough but one of the great experiences of my life. Owner Pasi and the other guides tried to make it as much five star as possible when you are driving a six dog power sled and staying in basic cabins and having a blizzard one day. The scenery is exceptional, they love the dogs and the dogs love everyone...you have to really love dogs to do this since some of the dogs sleep in the huts at night...but they are warm on a cold night. You also need to be relatively fit and it does get VERY cold. But this is a once in a lifetime thing to do._
"Pasi was always around, securing our trip with snowmobile and helping with the dogs, and doing the catering. He had his silent finnish way of speaking less, but always when he spoke, we listened very carefully. You don't often meet a man who has "done" the south pole without assistance."
"Anna was keeping the base functioning, issued our kit and clothing and gave pre-departure safety briefings. Afterwards, she checked our knowledge about our dogs. Yes, I say 'our dogs'. Because during those three days you got to know your team well, and saying goodbye was difficult."
"I can recommend Hetta Huskies for everyone who wants to have an experience on the arctic. If you are bored of all-inclusive packet holidays, and you want some action and new experiences, go to Hetta."