The pristine snowy landscapes of Finnish Lapland spread out before me: empty fields covered by a thick blanket of virgin snow, gentle slopes with forests of towering fir trees and expansive frozen lakes. I stood upright on the sled, breathed the freshest air and allowed my eyes to feast on the enchanting scenery. The only sounds I heard were the panting of the huskies and the ‘whoosh’ of the sled as it glided through the snow. They say that it’s the moments that make travel special. This husky safari in Finnish Lapland was one of those moments.

Getting ready for the husky safari.

A husky safari in Finnish Lapland

My trip to Finnish Lapland was a series of sometimes quirky, often unique and especially unforgettable moments. I got to see the northern lights for the very first time, floated in an icy lake, rode in a sauna gondola and slept in an ice hotel! I thought of all those amazing experiences as the huskies pulled the sled through the snow and quickly decided that husky-sledding definitely belongs in that list of unforgettable moments.

The huskies waiting
Beautiful huskies
Aren’t they beautiful?

They were right. After several minutes on the sled, my worries about not being able to steer the sled or even worse, getting bumped off the sled, diminished considerably. It’s that peace of mind that allowed me to truly enjoy the magnificent scenery and share the excitement of the (simply adorable) huskies.

Enjoying the moment! (image courtesy of Rob Buiter)

It was a stunning safari that took us past icy fields and frozen lakes and through snow-clad forests. It was a cold day but I hardly noticed the chill – I guess the excitement and wonder I felt warmed me up sufficiently. After a while, I even gained the confidence to make a short single-handed video of this unforgettable experience.

If you’re visiting Finnish Lapland, I can definitely recommend the husky safari through the frozen Laplandic landscapes around Ylläs. Book a Ylläs husky safari!

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Getting there

The closest airport to Ylläs is in Kittilä, about a 40-minute bus-ride away. There are scheduled flights from Helsinki as well as a variety of chartered services from various points in Europe to Kittilä. There’s a frequent bus service from Kittilä Airport to Ylläs.


Note: A big thank you goes to Visit Finland for your wonderful hospitality. As always, all views expressed above are mine.



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