Arrival at Joensuu or Kuopio Airport, where we pick you up in the evening and drive about 2 hours to Eräkeskus. Here you get to know your guide, move into your room and then enjoy dinner with the rest of the group. Overnight in the guesthouse.
Breakfast-Buffet, then you get your equipment. The following detailled theory and driving instructions show you, how to drive a sled, how to brake, when to help the dogs, etc.
After that, you help harnessing the dogs and we get ready for our first easy tour through the forests and on the lakes around Eräkeskus, about 12 - 18km, 1 1/2 - 2 hours. When back in the kennels, first the dogs get their recovery soup, before we bring them back to their compartments. Then we eat lunch together in the lodge and talk about the first experiences. Rest of the afternoon is for free use, possible evening-sauna, then dinner and overnight.
After breakfast-buffet we prepare our teams for the second tour, which leads us on more demanding trails around the area. We cover a distance of 22 - 26 km today, which takes around 2 - 2 1/2 hours. After the tour we give snacks and recovery-soup to our dogs, then we get our own lunch in the restaurant.
Rest of the day for your own activities or a relaxing sauna.
Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast-Buffet. Then we pack the sleds with our personal things and get the dogs ready for a 3-day-tour. The distance up north to the Aittokoski-cabin is - depending on chosen trails - 30 - 36 km long. We carry our own, little backbag in the sled. Food for us and the dogs, as well as bedsheets are already in the cabin. Depending on weather and snow-conditions, we count 3 - 5 hours for the tour. After arrival the dogs get first a snack, then we get our late lunch. Thanks to our cabin-keeper, fire is already burning inside and we are warmly welcomed. Later in afternoon we can heat up the sauna next to the little pond, we prepare dinner and have a realxed evening in the cabin. The dogs sleep in their doghouses outside and get a late dinner, before we go to sleep.
Today is our day off. We can sleep a bit longer and then have a rich breakfast. The guide and the cabin keeper are feeding the dogs in the morning. After breakfast we start out with snowshoes and maybe 2, 3 dogs for our winter-hike. We are heading to one of the nearby located wilderness cabins Valama or Otroskoski (both about 6 km/way) where we can make a fire inside and prepare an easy lunch. But we could also just take a few pieces of dry wood with us and make our little campfire anywhere in the middle of the forests in the snow. After returning to Aittokoski, we can heat up the sauna again, cuddle with the dogs, later in the evening we prepare our dinner and feed the dogs.
We get up a bit earlier than the day before, feed the dogs, have our breakfast, then load the sleds again. Today we drive back to Eräkeskus and will need again 3 - 5 hours, depending on weather. We are back in the lodge around mid-afternoon. After feeding the dogs and unloading our sleds, we have our late lunch in the restaurant. Rest of day is for your free use; what about a massage or another sauna before dinner?
Your day off! Breakfast is served until 10am. Then you can either explore the area with skis or snowshoes, try out icehole-fishing on the lake, just relax in the lodge or join us for our work in the kennels, feeding and cleaning. Lunch is served in the lodge. Before dinner you might enjoy another wooden sauna?
Breakfast-Buffet and transfer to the airport according to your booked flight.
Travel-Dates Sunday - Sunday
Monday: 1st trainingday
Tuesday: 2nd trainingday
Wednesday: day off at Eräkeskus
Thursday: Sled-tour to the cabin
Friday: snowshoe-hike along river Jongunjoki & cabin-day
Saturday: Sled-tour back to Eräkeskus