Family Mushing Adventures.

Each year we get enquiries from families wanting to spend time in nature, mushing with their children. We think that it is most fun for everyone if groups containing children are on the same tour. Hence, in Spring, once the conditions are more suitable for young explorers, (with longer and warmer days) and we can start to offer more than one longer safari each week, we start to designate some tours as 'Family Adventures'.

We assume that those families that wish to mush with their child(ren), are keen that they use this time to take a break from their electronics and to experience as much as possible with the dogs and in nature. Hence, although there is electricity in our farm kota, we can take your lead on whether or not we say for electronic items to be left behind at the house and we have a number of traditional board games, knowledge games and sled-dog related children's reading books to pass the time. Most of the time will anyway be taken up with on-farm activities with the dogs. Our 7-year old son (who has to feed thrice weekly, as a rule) will no doubt be keen to lead the way. We also have a nature trail, an 'elf-den' (a wilderness shelter), a GEE-HAW maze, a treehouse and many other activities for your family to discover.

NB: Whilst this page assumes that most families will opt for the 5-day wilderness safari booked as an 8-day package, 2-day and 3-day tours are also possible.

The 8-day package allows time for some additional arctic activities after the tour. This can include a visit a to reindeer farm to learn about Lappish culture, a chance to snowshoe hike, XC ski or spend time at the local downhill skiing centre. A visit to the local nature and Sami cultural centre or to the nearby Saami village of Kautokeino in Norway, to see the Juhl's jewellery gallery etc, would all be possible. A snowmobile journey would also be possible but the children need to sit in a sleigh if their legs are not long enough to reach the footrest in order to ride pillion.


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.


General Information

Programme Duration: 8 days

Number of Days of Mushing: 5

Availability:
From the 4th week of March through until the end of April. We will note the dates designated as family tours on our current availability page, once we have taken our first family reservation.

Schedule: The standard 8-day product runs from Saturday to Saturday. It includes one night before the safari starts on the homestead and two nights post safari in the local hotel. (Modifications on this standard package are possible - for instance to take advantage of the mid-season Enontekiö flights - with set modification fees if there are additional hotel nights.)

Accommodation & Board
The first 2 nights (ie the pre-safari night and the first night of the safari) are spent on the homestead in our traditional farm kota (circular log cabin with central fireplace) surrounded by all of our dogs and the last two nights are spent in a 3* family hotel in Hetta. The 3 additional safari nights are spent in wilderness cabins. The kota has underfloor heating but no running water. 2 of the cabins are true wilderness cabins with access to saunas and one has a shower, electricity, indoor toilet, heating etc. Full board is included for all but lunch on the post-safari 'free' day since people want to book a variety of activities.

When on the farm, people have the option to spend the evenings relaxing in the kota or joining in fully with farm life - including the feeding of 170 odd dogs. The safari's safety presentation is given on the second evening.

Transfers to and from Enontekiö airport are also included and we can help to arrange the logistics of your transfers from Kittilä airport for an additional fee.

Price: Adults: €1775. (€40 single supplement if a single room is requested for the last night in the family hotel.)

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 - for the majority of the time with a guiding ration of 1:3; a guided farm visit and sled-driving training session; briefings on arctic safety and survival; a personal mentor during the two evenings spent on the farm's homestead when there is the chance to take part in a wide range of farm and dog-related activities (walking oldies, playing with pups, brushing dogs, carrying out medically-related tasks or simply feeding the farm of c. 170 dogs), 7 night's accommodation with full board (two nights of which are spent on the farm homestead in a traditional kota, 3 nights in wilderness cabins and 2 nights, post safari, in a local family hotel.

FYI: For 2017, there are mid-Feb to mid-March flights available directly to Enontekiö airport. However, these arrive on the morning of the 1st day of the safari. Hence, purchasing an 8-day package around these flights means that you miss out on the first evening in the farm kota and need an additional hotel night post safari. Hence for this option, we are charging €1750 to come half-way towards covering the extra costs involved.


Client Information Forms:

Once you have confirmed your 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.

How Physical is the Tour?

More information is given about the level of physicality involved in our multiday tours in the downloadable multiday info dosier. However, this 'trip profile' will give some insight into the number of hills which will be encountered.


Summary Tour Info

Downloadable Tour Information:

Click the links below for more information about our most popular tour and its associated paperwork.

Day-By-Day Tour Details (PDF):

Multiday Tour Dosier & Info. Pack (PDF):