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Advanced Tour

The Äkäskero Advanced Tour is the more athletic variant of our Wilderness Tour and is designed for guests who already have some experience with sled dogs. During the tour, which starts on the day following your arrival, you will spend the nights in simple wilderness cabins with little comfort or in tents. Unlike the Wilderness Tour, the Advanced Tour does not include an introduction day offering the opportunity to become acquainted with equipment and use of the sleds. Also, depending on the weather, the distances covered in the Advanced Tour are longer and more demanding than those covered in the Wilderness Tour. The daily distances are meant to be between 45 and 75km.

In a group of maximum seven guests you will experience an exciting but sometimes maybe even exhausting week with our dogs.

The accommodation during the tour will be in simple wilderness cabins without electricity or running water. There is only an outhouse as a toilet and a sauna as an alternative for a shower. The work at the cabins like care for the dogs, making wood, making fire, cooking, cleaning, etc. is carried out collectively by the group. Team spirit is required. One night will be spent in tents. So, that is real outdoor feeling.
After the return to the camp you will appreciate the warm shower before you will have dinner with your guide. It gives the opportunity to ask last questions or just be happy about memories and anecdotes.
The last day is a free day. It’s your choice if you like to relax, do a snow shoe walk, a snow mobile tour or something else.

The nights before and after the tour you will spend together with your group members in (shared) double rooms in the main house in the dog camp.

Conditions


To realize a good tour with a lot of positive experiences for our guests and dogs we kindly ask you to note the following conditions:

Physical fitness: is strictly necessary
For the Advanced Tour physical fitness is strictly necessary. Every guest must be able to help his dog team - also on longer passages - when there are difficult snow conditions or uphill, that means to walk next to the sled and push it. Doing sports regularly in advance is required. You always have to keep in mind that there can be extreme temperatures of less than -40°. You need to keep your body warm and the most effective way is to run through the deep snow.

Age limits: 18-65 years
The minimum age for the Advanced Tour is 18 years.
Due to our experience we have learned that the physical requirements of this tour often cannot be made by guests older than 65 years. That is why we can accept bookings from guests older than 65 years only on special request.

Weight: 50-100kg
The weight of the guest is important on tours too. For guests who are too light it can be difficult to control a dog team in difficult situations. With too much weight the burden for the dogs can be too high. That is why we ask you for your understanding that bookings of guests who do not match the weight limits can only be accepted on special request and that we reserve the right to weigh guests at our place if they did not inform about their weight in advance.

Equipment: clothes sizes S-XXL, shoe sizes 37-46
To be equipped for the tour and ready also for cold temperatures we provide you with special equipment for the sled dog tour. That includes jacket, over-trousers, hat, over-gloves and winter boots. Under those clothes you should wear woolen under clothes and woolen socks, fleece pullover, ski or outdoor trousers and fleece gloves. We kindly ask you for your understanding that the manufacturers of this special equipment does not provide all sizes and so our equipment is limited to the sizes stated above. If you don’t match these sizes please contact us in advance of a booking so that we can give you tipps for the equipment needed.

Program

Saturday:
We organize collective transfer from the airport Kittilä to our lodge. You will receive your equipment and
some information about the next days. Afterwards you can enjoy dinner. Then you will be brought to the dog camp where you stay the first night.

Sunday - Thursday:
After breakfast the guide will introduce himself and the dogs to you and will give you a very brief
introduction into the equipment. Then you will start on your five day cabin tour.

The tour takes you through the vastness of „Tunturilapland“ (mountainous Lapland). Here the landscape changes from large swamps and marshes, lakes and rivers to vast forests and the mountains of Western Lapland. These mountains rise to about 1000 Meters above sea level. Much of the area has now been declared a national park so that it can be preserved for future generations. The nights will be spent in „Cabins“: log cabins with gas stove and wood ovens or in tents. Water has to be fetched from a nearby lake or river, maybe you have to melt snow. Collectively the group will prepare meals, feed and take care of the dogs, chop wood and heat the sauna. But there will still be plenty of time to enjoy the peace and silence of the wilderness.

The daily stages are usually between 45 to 75 kilometers long (4 to 8 hours mushing); including time for harnessing and unharnessing, you will spend up to 10 hours with the dogs. If weather conditions are difficult the distances covered may be shorter, but traveling time could be the same or even longer.

On Thursday you will reach the dog camp during the afternoon. Here you will say goodbye to the dogs and will be looking forward to a first shower and then dinner with the guide in Äkäskero. Also, your first beer after the tour will taste especially good.

Please remember to return your special equipment.

Friday:
This day is a free day. The crew will be happy to help you in the organization of activities (snow shoe walks,
cross country skiing, snow mobile tours, etc).

Saturday:
Departure day, vacation of rooms by 10.00 a.m., collective transfer to airport Kittilä
The sequence of our activities may be changed, if necessary, depending on weather conditions.

Services

Services Included:
5-day sled dog tour - 1 dog team with 4 dogs per participant; 3 overnight stays in (shared) double rooms in the main house in the dog camp; 4 overnight stays in wilderness cabins or tents; sauna; meals (breakfast, snack/lunch, main meal in the evening); meals during tour; clothing for extreme cold (jacket, over-trousers, shoes, over-gloves, hat); German and/or English speaking guide; collective transfer from/to Airport Kittilä.

Transfers will be at following times (changes because of changed flight plans are reserved):
- lodge to airport 8:30, 12:30, 15:00
- airport to lodge 11:00, 14:00, 17:30

Not included:
drinks, optional activities on your free day, taxi fares for journeys to Äkäslompolo or Muonio or for
other airport transfers, tips. For overnight stays in the wilderness cabins please bring a thin inner or summer sleeping bag. All cabins are equipped with warm bed clothing. However this cannot be changed after each overnight stay.

Group size:
max. 7 guests + guide

   
         

Dates and Prices

Dates:
18.11.2017 – 21.04.2018

Price:
EUR 1.725,-/person in (shared) double room
(+EUR 150,- for tours 23.12.-30.12.2017 and 30.12.2017-06.01.2018)

Offseason discount:
10% for tours between 18.11. und 16.12. (departure date)