Just a few days off...

Get out of town, away from the snow-less areas of your hometown, dive into the winter-wonderland of North-Karelia! Sadly not everybody has a full week to stay away, that's why we welcome you here at Eräkeskus with our new short-program for beginners. 2 dogsled-rides of different length are included in the basic package. Of course you can add more nights and activities, according to your plans. Combine a short wintry stay here with a visit of the Capital Helsinki or a realxing ferry-crossing of the Baltic Sea. Welcome in our winter for a few days!

Detailed program Thursday - Sunday

Thursday: Individual arrival in Eräkeskus. If neede, we can organise a transer from Joensuu or Kuopio. Dinner, getting to know the guide and overnight stay in the guesthouse.

Friday: After breakfast you will get your equipment and the theoretical introduction to sledding. The first ride after that takes 1 to 1 ½ hours depending on the ability of the group. We will serve the training soup to the dogs immediately after returning in the kennel, later you eat lunch with your guide and discuss the sled ride. The rest of the afternoon is at your free disposal. In the evening we start out with torches to our night-hike and enjoy an aperitif on open fire with typical Finnish mulled wine and snacks. Then we return to the lodge and get served a special 4-course-dinner in the restaurant.

Saturday: Today we drive for the second time with the dog sleds through the snowy Finnish nature. After the easy introductory lap we are riding some more challenging trails today. We will harness our dog teams together, as we will do it during the whole week and distribute snacks to our hard-working runners afterwards. Ride duration 2 - 3 hours. Later we will have lunch soup in the lodge and the rest of the afternoon is free. A festice 5-course-dinner is served in the restaurant in the evening.

Sunday: Enjoy your breakfast in the lodge before leaving back home or continue your journey. If needed we can organise a transfer to Joensuu or Kuopio.

Alternative Monday - Thursday

Inbetween Christmas and New Year:

Monday: Arrival
Tuesday: First training run, 3-course-Dinner
Wednesday: Second practice run, 3-course-Dinner
Thursday: Departure

Travel Dates

Thursday - Sunday incl. special dinners/program
4 days/3 nights
23.12.2021 - 26.12.2021 and 30.12.2021 - 02.01.2022 

Monday - Thursday, without special dinnersprogram
4 days/3 nights
27.12.2021 - 30.12.2021


Thursday - Sunday per person incl. special program/dinner
in a double room: € 775.--
in single room: € 925.--
in extra-bed in double room: € 700.--

additional night per person in double € 100.-- / in single € 150.-- / in extrabed in double € 75.--

Monday - Thursday per person without special program/dinner
in double room: € 675.--
in single room: € 825.--
in extrabed in double room € 600.--




  • 3 nights at Eräkeskus Wilderness Lodge, basic double room, shower/WC
  • full board from dinner 1. day to breakfast 4. day (dinners sun - thu 3-course, fri - sat festive 4- and 5-course)
  • Coffee/tea
  • 2 day-rides with own dog team
  • 2 days winter equipment (overall, boots)
  • night-hike with torch with outdoor-aperitif on Friday
  • 2 days with our english speaking guides
  • snowshoes or cross-country skis for daily use
  • Daily evening sauna

Not included

  • Gloves (fleece finger gloves and thick overgloves recommended), cap
  • Thermos bottle for hot drinks during the tour
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • optional sled breakage insurance € 50.--/guest

Additional information

Have a look at our equipment list for details about the equipment you need to bring and the equipment we will provide.

Our general terms and conditions apply. 

We recommend an insurance for cancellation fees in case of sickness or accident!