Best time to visit Finland

Dog Sledding in Finland

If you like snow and dogs and you are not afraid of frost, then this one is for you. Try out a one day or multi day adventure tour and enjoy traveling with some amazing huskies

Best time: December–April

Dog Sledding
Dog Sledding
Dog Sledding
Dog Sledding

One's first thought of the northern countries may be an image of snowy terrain and a dog-sled. Well, Finland is the perfect place to experience this winter activity! It is the easiest, most comfortable, and one of the most exciting ways to enjoy the winter outdoors while riding through Finland's gorgeous nature.

The dogs are well-trained and really smart—they know the way and do their job perfectly. The only thing you have to learn is how to stop the dogs, as huskies like to run and usually won't stop until you make them.

A husky safari may be the most impressive experience of your winter holidays, especially if you love dogs. They are truly adorable and may be more excited about the ride than you. Frozen lakes, snow-covered forests, and wide open snowy landscapes are waiting to be explored.

The best time to experience dog sledding is in March and April since you get longer day length, more sunshine, and the coldest weather is over. February is the coldest month of the year and December–January are the darkest. You can choose from a short ride to a longer lasting tour—up to two weeks! Longer tours will require your assistance in cleaning, cooking, carrying wood for the fire, and preparing the sauna. But if you are ready and up for it, go ahead and book the most suitable tour in Saariselka, Rovaniemi, Kittila.

Practical info

When is the best time to visit Finland for dog sledding?

To enjoy the best dog sledding experience in Finland, it is recommended to visit between December to April when the weather is cold enough for snow and the daytime gets longer. The month of February is the chilliest, while December and January experience fewer hours of daylight. The temperature starts to rise from March and April, which makes the ride comfortable and enjoyable. Show more

Where are the best places in Finland to go dog sledding?

Finland is home to some of the world's most popular dog sledding destinations, including Rovaniemi, Kittila, and Saariselka. Saariselka offers husky safaris from mid-November to April, while Rovaniemi has the most extensive collection of husky safaris, open from November to April. The places offer different adventure tours ranging from day trips to week-long expeditions, making them perfect for a thrilling and exciting experience. Show more

How long does a typical dog sledding tour last in Finland?

Dog sledding tours in Finland may vary in duration, starting from a few hours to several days or even up to weeks. Day tours usually take between two to four hours, while multi-day tours can last between two to 14 days or more. You may require a support team for longer tours to assist with cooking, cleaning, and preparing saunas. Show more

What other activities can be done in Finland during the winter season?

In addition to dog sledding, winter in Finland offers numerous activities and adventures, including snowmobiling, skiing, ice fishing, reindeer sleigh rides, and viewing the Northern Lights at Kakslauttanen. You can also experience the Finnish sauna and take a dip in the ice-cold water for an extraordinary experience. Families with children can visit Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, a top attraction for tourists in Lapland. Show more

What is the recommended attire for dog sledding in Finland?

Adequate clothing is essential for a comfortable and enjoyable dog sledding tour in Finland. It is recommended to layer yourself with thermal underwear, fleece, or wool sweater, and a high-quality winter jacket. Wearing insulated overalls, thick socks, gloves, boots, and beanie can help protect against the cold winds. In case you don't have the necessary attire, many safari companies offer rental clothing service for their customers. Show more

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