Eräkeskus is located 3 km outside of the village Nurmijärvi, right at the lake named the same. Our neighbour is living about 1 km away, around us there are only woods and water.
The Kalevala-Program is short and can therefor be used for a special weekend or combined with a roundtrip in your own car around Finland. It has only 2 sleddogtrips included and gives hopefully motivation for a longer program.
The Winterweek is for beginners, having a bit more time. 4 days with activities, 2 days for your own plans. If you wish to spend a lot of time with the dogs or love to go for individual walks, then this weekprogram might be the right one for you. For the sledrides we take mostly our more relaxed dogs and drive trails that are rather easy, not technically demanding.
The Winterweek "Plus" includes - after 2 trainingdays on the sled - an additional 2-day-trip with sleddogs, overnighting in the Aittokoski-cabin or in the holiday cottage in Ruunaa. For those of you who love a bit more of adventure, still appreciating the comfort of 6 nights in your own room. 1 day for own activities.
The Bears Trail is our favourite program. Suitable for beginners as well as experienced guests. We spend 2 nights in the Aittokoski, from where we also do a snowshoe-hike. 1 day for own activities.
"Go West" is the tour with the longest day-distances and technically demanding trails. We look for experienced mushers with a strong mind to complete the long stretches. The used cabin of Kuohatti is very simple and rustic, plus 2 nights at the more comfortable Aittokoski-cabin with water and electricity. 1 day for own activities.
The Ruunaa Trail is the program with the most technical trails and therefor suitable only for experienced mushers. Our only week with 6 days dogsledding included. During this week we undertake a 2-day-trip to the Aittokoski and a 3-day-trip to the Ruunaa-area. All used cabins have water & electricity.
All our tours are realized in small groups of maximum 5 guests (many groups with only 2 - 4 participants). Therefore our guides are able to respond perfectly to the needs and wishes of our guests. For us the personal and familiar atmosphere on our tour is very important! Because of the small groups the experience of the ruling silence and space is still more intense for our guests. There is no minimum number of participants. All tour dates are guaranteed!
Being on tour our dogs get a thick and warm bed of straw. The most used cabin AIttokoski has also doghouses for our 4-legged friends, but some dogs with less thick fur thick are allowed stay with us inside of the cabin. The same feeding as at home on the farm is ensured even on tour, no compromise at the expense of the dogs! Chicken fat, salmon, forage, cow's stomach, liver, etc., everything is also available at the cabins. We not only pay attention to the food, but also to the physical health of our diligent runners: The paws of the dogs are protected from harsh snow and ice with "booties".
Our Wilderness-Cabin "Aittokoski", since 2017 our own cabin - has an outdoor-toilet and separate wood-sauna. In the main-building we have a kitchen with electric- & wood-oven, a spacious living-/sleeping-room with fireplace & couch and enough places also for our cabin-dogs, as well as 2 separate smaller sleeping-rooms. There is one water-pump in the foyer, from which we bring water to kitchen and sauna with buckets. Of course there are matresses, pillows and duvets as well.
You will find out about the sled dog experience first hand through active assistance on tour. You assist in the care of "your" own dog team: put the harness on before the start, attach the dogs to the sled, give them a snack in the breaks, remove the harness after running, prepare the bed of straw and feed them. All tasks in the cabins will be done together as well: light a fire, cook the meal for the participants, heat the sauna, fill up wood, etc. That is, if you wish! After an exhausting journey, you may also like to be indulged by the Guide!
In addition to the dog sled rides and related experiences there is enough time to discover the beauty and vastness of the surroundings on your own! All our guests have access to snowshoes, skis and ice hole fishing equipment at any time.
Our trail network includes approximately 300 kilometres and takes you through the most beautiful areas in North Karelia. Part of the trail leads along the famous long distance hiking trail "Karhunpolku" (Bear Trail) and is prepared by the community of interest "East Point". Parts of the trail network are maintained along with the scooter club and some parts are our own Eräkeskus trails. The variety of trails in the network allow us to plan the tours and routes very flexible according not only to the condition of the weather and trails but also to the needs and skills of our guests. In an emergency case, all cabins and most trail sections are accessible within a very short time with an All Terrain Vehicle (ATW or quad), snow mobile or (Aittokosk) even by car. Nevertheless, when on tour you hardly ever see or hear a vehicle. All our guides speak German, but English and French support is also available.
Very important to keep in mind, that we do not guarantee any driven distances! We always adjust the driven distances to trail conditions, temperatures, physical condition of our customers and length of the day! Wellbeing of guests and dogs are more important than driven distances!