Each year we get enquiries from families wanting to spend time in nature, mushing with their children. Up until now, we have generally steered families with younger children away from the 5-day safari towards the 2-day tours which are more easily adjustable in length. Whilst we believe that some young children would have the adventure of their lives on a 5-day safari, we think that others simply would not cope with the length and potential physicality of the days. (So far, the youngest participants we have had on tour, (aside from Eliel, who has grown up in the arctic and who took part at age 7) were 12 and 13 (and the oldest, 79) and that has always been in the late Spring.
We have now designed a family-targeted week package for late Spring (the optimal time for young explorers because of its longer warmer days), which is suitable for children as young as 8 that includes 4 days of mushing (including 2 nights on the farm, 2 nights in wilderness cabins and 2 nights in a family hotel), 1 day of arctic activities and accommodation and board either side of the adventure week.
Once we have confirmed one family, we will advertise the tour as a 'Family-friendly' tour (since most families with children benefit from having other children on the same tour, where-as private clients prefer to be without children) and suggest the same dates for the next enquiring families.
FYI: We assume that those families that wish to mush with their child(ren), are keen that they use this time to take a break from electronics and to experience as much as possible with the dogs and in nature. Hence, although there is electricity in our farm kota, we can take your lead on whether or not we say for electronic items to be left behind at the house. We have a number of traditional board games, knowledge games and sled-dog related children's reading books to pass the time. Most of the time will anyway be taken up with on-farm activities with the dogs. Our 8-year old son (who has to feed thrice weekly, as a rule) will no doubt be keen to get involved too, if that is OK with you. We also have a nature trail, an 'elf-den' (a wilderness shelter), a GEE-HAW maze, a treehouse and many other activities for your younger family members to explore.
The benefit of Purchasing the Tour as Package
Whilst it is possible, as with all of our safaris, to purchase a 5-day tour as a ground-only price, it is always most cost effective to purchase a package including room and board on either side.
The 7-day package suggested for this product includes a pre-safari night and the first night after the introductory day of mushing back at the farm. The 2 following nights are spent in wilderness cabins on safari (at Palojoki and Galdotievo/Näkkälä depending on the ages of the participants), and the final two days are spent in a local family hotel.
What to do in your free day?
There are three activity-package options available for the free day...The first is a cultural package including a 3-hour reindeer farm visit, a visit to the local saami nature centre, and an evening of fun at a private sauna cabin where you will be challenged to try the ancient ritual of ice-hole swimming. Price:
The second is an arctic sports package including a 20km snowmobile ride, (small children need to sit in a sleigh if their legs are not long enough to reach the foot-rest in order to ride pillion), snowshoeing, and an option to try one out of XC skiing, the fat-bikes or our fat-maxes (we will guide you as to the best option once we know your children). An ice-hole swimming evening can be booked as an add-one to this package.
The third activity package is simply based around more time at the farm, working alongside the guides. An ice-hole swimming evening can be booked as an add-one to this package.
More information about these options can be found here.
How to book:
Our 'how to book' page gives step by step instructions as to how to proceed with booking.
Please go through this section of our website in detail for all answers to FAQs about the booking process, kit and clothing and detailed tour itineraries.
Total Package Duration: 7 days
Number of Days of Mushing: 4 days
Additional Arctic Activities1 day
Schedule: We normally run these tours in addition to our standard weekly tour programme so there is some flexibility on start date in the week. However, depending on how late you book, the dates might be limited by wilderness cabin availability.
Availability: From the 4th week of March through until the end of April.
Price: There are no separate child and adult prices on the longer tours since we assume that each participating child will drive their own dog team.
NB: We will note the dates designated as family tours on our current availability page, once we have taken our first family reservation.
Accommodation & Board
We recommend booking packages when visiting with children. That way, everything to do with your pre-safari night (on the farm) and post safari night (in a local family-run hotel) is taken care of.
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