Dogsledding it will be for the next holiday... but where to go? Finland or Arctic Sweden? Any advice that would make my choice easier?

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hi there,

i recently went on a weekend taster to Slovkia - CVD, with 2 days introduction to dogsledding. If you're looking for something more adventurous, my colleague David Richardson - [email protected] - has done the Arctic Dogsled Expedition and would be happy to share his experiences. His summary of it is as follows 'mush across Arctic Sweden for pristine wilderness, plenty of hot reindeer stew, frozen lakes,hard working dogs and Jan, your leader, a true adventurer. Have a look at the trip and photos .



Hi Kristel,

Apologies for taking so long to reply.  If it is adventurous dogsledding that you after then both Finland and Sweden are the best places to start! We have a really exciting new trip for 2012 in the far northern reaches of Finland called "Finnish Dogsledding Adventure (CFD)" well above the Arctic circle in an area called Muonio.  The scenery up there is absolutely stunning and apparently boasts the cleanest air in Europe.  It is a point to point trip where you and your dogs will travel across frozen lakes and Taiga forests to reach your wilderness cabins.

However, if you are feeling even more adventurous then our Arctic circle dogseld expedition should certainly do the trick.  It is longer distances than CFD and mushing through slightly tougher terrain, however the rewards on this trip are immense.  If you go onto the trip page, take a look at some of the comments from previous clients, which should hopefully give you a better idea of what to expect on a trip like this.

Anyway, I hope this helps?  If you are still stuck for decisions (although what a great conundrum to be in) then please feel free to contact me on my direct line (+44 (0)20 8772 3712) and I would be happy to answer any further questions that you might have.

Best wishes,



Hi all, i too fancy having a go at dogsledding and think that being a novice the Finnish adventure looks a better trip to get the hang of it but i would also love the chance to see the Northern lights. Is the Finnish trip better than the Swedish one for the chance of seeing the lights and what is the best time to go? Looking at the Finnish trip its a toss up between late January or early March for me, obvisously the daylight hours will be longer in March but does that reduce the chances of seeing the lights? i can,t seem to find much info on the web so any help would be gratefully received.

thanks Lee

Hi Lee,

Thanks for your message.

As both Finnish and Swedish trips are well above the Arctic Circle, and roughly on the same latitude, your chances of seeing the Northern lights are just as good as each other (however never guaranteed! I was out in Kuusamo in February and was extremely unfortunate to have a cloudy week).

To see the Northern lights in its full glory you ideally need to have clear night skies, which you will have more of if you go in January (although it is still possible to to see them in March). In terms of the trip as a whole, the Finnish trip is certainly better if you want to have more time getting to grips with dogsledding and as I have mentioned, it is just as good as the Swedish trip in terms of viewing the Northern Lights.

I hope this all helps? Please feel free to get in touch should you have any further questions.

Best wishes,



I'm off on the Finnish Wilderness week with the 3 days of dog sledding next year and am keeping fingers crossed that the nights are clear enough for the Northern Lights.  Another friend went at the same time of year and had a couple of nights when they were visible but it's all down to luck I guess.  Although they'd be amazing to see I'd rather have the longer days of sun as I think so many hours of darkness in Jan might be a bit disheartening even when on holiday!

Am so excited about the trip - it just sounds so much fun and the chance to spend longer with the dogs is perfect for the novices amongst us.  If it's as wonderful as it sounds I might be coming back for the longer sledding adventures!!


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