Husky Tours in Apukka Resort, Rovaniemi
Thrilling Dogsledding Excursions in Lapland
Our Husky Tours
( December – April )
Are you ready to mush a team of huskies through the Arctic sceneries?
Imagine yourself on a dogsled, travelling through the white plains of Lapland. The eager huskies in front of you enjoying running across the snowy terrains, you mushing the team or enjoying the sceneries from the passenger’s seat.
The snow topped hills, the towering pine trees beyond the eye can see. The thrill of an unforgettable adventure. The picturesque, untouched nature spreading all around you. A wet kiss from a friendly husky. Sounds almost unreal, doesn’t it? You can make it your reality.
Embark on an adventure unlike anything you’ve experienced before by letting our amazing huskies lead the way into the wild! Do you wish to experience dog sledding with huskies together with a chance to be escorted by the Aurora Borealis or maybe prefer to try your skills as a husky musher during the short glimpse of daylight of the Lappish Polar Night – the choice is yours.
The Tales of Apukka
The Marvelous Adventures of a Husky
When you step inside the dog yard at Apukka Resort, your heart simply melts. Dozens of beautiful eyes of different colors are focused on you as you are greeted with a friendly, barking choir. There is an endless amount of wet husky kisses waiting for you, tens of strong sets of paws ready to grab you on a tight, loving hug to keep the scratching hands close by. For us our huskies are our colleagues, an essential part of our team. They all naturally have their own names and individual personalities and seeing them grow up from a young age to strong athletes and eventually retire to a well earned relaxation is a privilege to get to follow.
When a husky puppy is born at the dog yard, it spends the first few weeks with its mum and siblings, gaining strength for the future adventures. Once the husky puppy has grown a bit, it’s important to socialize it with other dogs to create a friendly, caring environment amongst the dogs as well. All the other dogs care for the husky puppy, making sure they are just a bit more careful around the youngsters than the adult dogs. In just a couple of weeks, the husky puppy has become a member of the big, happy family of huskies.
Around the age of 12 months, the husky puppy starts to join the daily training with the other dogs – only the light trips though, often running unharnessed on the side of the dogteam to get the idea of what all the hassle is all about and to learn from the pros. As the husky puppy grows and gains strength and confidence, at the age of two the husky puppy (who is actually no longer a puppy), is ready to take the big step into husky adulthood and become a professional athlete: a sleddog.
The dogs absolutely love to pull the sleds. As an excursion is about to start and the sleds are brought out, the dog yard symphony begins. Every single one of the dogs is howling, all of them wanting to join the trip. They all get to go eventually, including the husky puppy in this story, trying it’s paws in adult life. Our dog mushers will also make sure they all get enough rest during the week. When the huskies are not running, they are having a nap in their cozy dog houses, enjoying their delicious evening meal or playing with either fellow huskies or by fellow people. They live a good life and get so many cuddles during their day at work!
As the years pass, the husky puppy grows into a true professional, knowing how to follow vocal commands of directions, how to use it’s strength right and to stop pulling when asked to. This husky puppy becomes a leader dog. The leader dogs are considered to be the most clever ones, whereas the ones in the back are the muscle of the team. Most of the dogs run in teams until they reach the age of 9 or 10, depending on how long they stay healthy – just like us humans. When they retire, we work hard to find them good, loving homes for their retirement days. Followed by which, as you can probably imagine, many of the Apukka team members have found themselves to have a retired husky friend at home.
As husky puppies are born to our dog yard, they have an amazing, adventurous and loving life ahead of them. Come and meet these little fellows and all of their bigger friends at Apukka, they always welcome new friends!
Apukka Resort is a unique venue in Finnish Lapland, located on the edge of Rovaniemi city and the vast wilderness. As our service scale ranges beyond a regular hotel, we offer a variety of different accommodation types, thrilling outdoor activities and delicious food served in our authentic restaurant Aitta. Our doors are open to everyone, no matter if you’re staying overnight with us or in the city centre of Rovaniemi. Come and stay with us, enjoy a meal in our beautiful restaurant Aitta or spend an adventurous day on one of our safaris – in any case we welcome you as a dear Friend.
And nature fulfills the rest.