Go husky dog sledding
There are not many places where you can experience a husky dog safari but Saariselkӓ is one of them. Tucked up in a reindeer hide-covered sled pulled by a team of eager Alaskan huskies through a white landscape broken by snow-laden, dark-green pine trees is like being in a Christmas snow globe scene.
It’s pretty chilly swooshing along in sub-zero temperatures, tiny frozen icicles form on eyelashes and dog’s muzzles so, although most tour companies provide winter overalls, boots and mittens, several clothing layers beneath are an absolute must. You’ll be paired with someone with both parties taking turns at riding and driving… don’t worry instructions are given. Afterwards, if you’re still cold you’ll get to thaw out in front of a blazing fire with a hot drink.
Husky dog sledding is available from the beginning of December through to early April. You can go for a short time, a day, or multi-days staying overnight in wilderness cabins. Several airlines fly into Ivalo, the closest airport to Saariselkӓ, with transfers available and safari companies offering pick-ups from town.