Fast and furryous: Husky Safari

Fast and furryous: Husky Safari

I’m writing this blog as a cat person who is kinda afraid of dogs. But because of that, this can hopefully show you that Husky safari is for everyone and that there is no need to worry about it. If you go to Lapland, there are a lot of husky farms that will be more than happy to take you for a safari. The only thing you need to count is that it usually costs money, but it is worth the investment. For my husky Safari, I choose a company Safarctica that is located in Rovianemi. I believe that even if you choose a different operator, your experience will be very similar.

Meeting before and pick-up

Husky's in Lapland
Husky safari is one of the most popular things to do in Lapland. Here you can see how it looks like when there is a traffic jam in Lapland!

A lot of tourists that I met haven’t been fully prepared for true Lappish winter. In this case, it didn’t really matter. I came to the Safarctica office for about 20 minutes early. First I didn’t know why they would want me to meet them earlier. These 20 minutes are really handy in case you are one of those guys who are fine with jeans in every weather but in Lapland, you will find out that maybe it doesn’t apply close to the arctic circle. So you can get here your warm clothes, including very warm overalls, gloves, and shoes.

If you feel very warm in your regular clothes, it is ok to keep it, but just think about the fact, that you will be around furry animals, so you might go out with a lot of hairs as a souvenir. Take it from someone who finally manages to wear all the warm clothes and refuses to change them and walk home with an extra layer of fur.

Meet the sleds and the dogs

Husky safari
Those dogs were so excited, I couldn’t take a proper picture of them. And they stayed like this for the whole day.

It takes about 15 minutes to get to the Husky farm. Even though you hear farm, it doesn’t mean that they eat Huskies. Or at least people there were decent enough not to mention it.

As a first, you will meet the sleds and get the instruction. For me, it was one of the scariest parts. For some reason, I thought that I will just sit in it and have a look around. Well, I was wrong before and I will be wrong again! Our guide started by: “The important thing is that you are always under control of the sleds. Not the dogs.” I just immediately thought: “Cool. But I have no idea where I’m going.”

It gets more and scarier as the guide was explaining how to make them go slowlier or how to stop the sleds. It gets even more difficult when he started to explain how you sign people behind you that you are slowing down or stopping. At the time when he gets to the part of what I would like to call horror scenarios, I was quite in panic, keep telling myself, that this would never happen with cats.

Dog sled
At the time there were dogs everywhere. Behind us, In front of us. Everywhere.

After the instructions, we went to meet the dogs who were ready and excited. In fact, I have never seen a dog who would be that excited about running with me and started to feel bad about all the hot chocolate, that I bought in Lapland.

Here is when it gets funny. I wasn’t the only cat person who join this husky safari adventure. The other girl, also a solo traveler, shared my view on the cat-dog perspective. So none of us are very well known how different dogs look like. When people say “husky” I immediately see the grey dog with blue eyes and a white tummy. So when I saw these Huskies with all kinds of color both of fur and of eyes, I just thought: “These are not real, they don’t look like the dogs I know from Instagram!” I got this explained later on.

But first the ride.

Fast and furryous: husky drift

Driver and passageur
Driving sleds were easier than we thought, it is only matter of getting used to it

This is when the adventure of husky safari really starts. As frightened as I was, I decided that I will try to drive first and sit later. And so we went off from loud and probably very excited dogs to the Lappish wilderness.

Frankly, I don’t know why I thought that this is going to be a super fast and dangerous ride. Especially when I’m used to riding a horse. It wasn’t like that. I wouldn’t say that the dogs were slow, but they definitely weren’t too fast and so the need for using the break was pretty minimal. And after 5 minutes I actually get even comfortable with the break and start enjoying myself. Hanni, the other traveler kept asking me if it is really too bad to control them. Surprisingly it really wasn’t.

Nature wonders
As a bonus, we get to go through wonderful nature up in Lapland!

Even easier than riding a horse considering that here you have fewer orders to give to the dogs – or at least if you are driving in a tour like this. I actually had some issues with stopping. But that was only because I wasn’t used to breaking with one leg and at the same time sign the guys behind us. Overall that was the only thing about it, that was more difficult. But not impossible.

We drive in the forest and in the fields, so we have the opportunity to see all kinds of Lappish nature wonders. From the trees covered in snow to the fields with beautiful cozy houses around.

The in the middle of this adventure, we get the opportunity to change places with the one who was so far just enjoying the view. Which we did. So now I have confirmed from another cat person, that adventure with dogs like this isn’t the worst! And with the view and our furry friends very enjoyable.

Ride first, information later

Husky safari puppy
In case you had enough of adult dogs, you also get to visit little puppies.

It might sound weird, but I actually really appreciate that we get all the information about huskies later on. But more information and stories are also part of the husky safari. Things like when do they staring their training and how much kilos can they take, are not useful for the ride itself. And the truth is that after the ride in temperatures below zero, everyone appreciates some time in a warm room with hot tea.

Here I finally find out, that those weren’t ‘fake huskies’ like I thought in the beginning. Apparently, there are more kinds of huskies. Siberian one – which is the grey one that people get to know from any social media. It is pretty but it wouldn’t be able to drag with sleds. And then the Alaskan husky. They look different. They are smaller, but they can drag up to 100 kilos per dog. And in case you are still feeling like you are hurting the animals, huskies are used to -20 degrees.

I won’t spoil more facts about huskies in case you would like to join this adventure. But here is a nice bonus. At the end of this tour, you will get to play with a puppy and feed dogs. And it is fun even for cat people!

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10 Replies to “Fast and furryous: Husky Safari”

  1. What an incredible experience! I recently went dog-sledding in Yellowknife Canada, and loved it. I’ve always wanted to go to Lapland, and will definitely try dog-sledding again (also as a cat person!).

  2. Hahah I am totally a cat person as well, but as someone who grew up in Alaska where mushing is still a very common mode of transportation in some areas, I got used to dogs! What a great experience and I would love to do the fast and furryous husky safari in Lapland!

  3. Oh wow, that sounds like a fun adventure! I would love to do that one day 🙂 Good to know you’d get some extra layers of clothes – I imagine it gets really cold during the ride…

  4. I have always wanted to go dog sledding. I’ve heard several people talk about how excited the dogs are to get to go. We are big dog people and even had a husky for 14 years. They are the best dogs!

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