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Panorama Tour

The demanding Panorama Tours are the highlights for everyone who has already taken part in at least one week-long tour. Depending on weather and trail conditions you will experience a dream tour or maybe also a tour which will take you to your limits.

From the dog camp, via Hetta we travel towards the Norwegian border where the mountainous region in the border triangle Sweden/Norway/Finland begins. On via Kilpisjärvi the tour continues to Pältsa and the highlands of Rasta. Depending on conditions the tour travels on south and turns towards the hights of Altajärvi, then east towards Övre Soppero and Pessinki.

The final stage of the tour is „open end“. This means that the group must reach a road from where they can be pickedup and transported back to camp. It is planned to reach Saivomuotka on the Finnish/Swedish border. In this case the transfer would take approximately 2 hours. If, however, it is not possible to reach Saivomuotka due to adverse weather and trail conditions, the transfer time will increase accordingly.

Especially in the mountains the demands on the participants are often very high because the sleds are heavily loaded and difficult to control. Long climbs and descents require not only fitness but also good sledding techniques combined with good teamwork between the mushers and dogs. On these tours, confidence in the dogs’ capabilities, correct handling and a sympathetic understanding of their needs is extremely important.

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. If the weather is bad and the way to the next cabin too long it can also be necessary to stay a night in a tent. The work like care for the dogs, making wood, making fire, cooking, cleaning, etc. is carried out collectively by the group. Team spirit is required.

After the return into the lodge 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 two days are a free days. It’s your choice if you like to relax in the lodge, do a snow shoe walk, a snow mobile tour or something else.

The nights in the lodge you will spend (half) double rooms. The rooms are equipped with double or single beds, shower and toilet. Of course, all our guests may use the log cabin sauna at the lake with a typical Finnish ice hole.

   
         

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:

Äkäskero Wilderness or Advanced Tour: mandatory
To ensure that all participants have the necessary knowledge about handling sled dogs and skills in driving sleds necessary for this tour and its profile this tour can only be booked after you have done a wilderness or advanced tour in Äkäskero.

Physical fitness: is strictly necessary
For the Panorama Tour 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 - which can be very steep -, 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° and/or snow storms. 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 Panorama 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. Your rooms/Mökkis are ready at 4:00
p.m. You will receive your equipment and some information about the next days. Afterwards you can enjoy dinner.

Sunday - Wednesday of the following week:
After breakfast you will start on your Panorama Tour according to the
description above. The daily stages are usually between 50 and 80km, in exceptional cases it can also be longer. The nights will be spent in „Cabins“: log cabins with gas stove and wood ovens or in tents if necessary. 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.
On wednesday you will reach the final point of your tour and will be transferred back to the camp. 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.

Thursday and Friday:
These days are free days. The lodge 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:
11days sled dog tour - 1 dog team with 5 - 6 dogs per participant; 10 overnight stays in wilderness cabins or tents; 4 overnight stays in (half) double room; sauna; meals (breakfast, snack/lunch, main meal in the evening); clothing for extreme cold (jacket, over trousers, shoes, over gloves, hat); German and/or English speaking guide; collective transfer from/to airport Kittilä; other transfers according to program

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 days, 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. 6 guests + guide

Dates and Prices

Dates:
10.03.2018 - 24.03.2018
24.03.2018 - 07.04.2018
07.04.2018 - 21.04.2018

Price:
EUR 3.550,-/Person in (half) double room

This tour is only suitable for guests who have already taken part in a Wilderness Tour or Advanced Tour!