Husky expedition through the forests of Karelia

Test your strength in an expedition to the northern dense forests. You will overcome kilometers of snowfields by making your way through the impassable taiga like discoverers.

You will learn how to drive a dog sled, to cook over a winter campfire and to sleep in tents in the snowy forest.

Expedition features:

  • the route is intended for physically fit and hardy people accustomed to hiking and camping;
  • group of 6 to 12 people;
  • tour dates: any from late January to early March, available on request;
  • the tour cost is calculated on a case-by-case basis depending on the number of people in a group;
  • groups on the route have snowmobile escort;
  • the number of guides: 2-3 people depending on the group size.

Location

Petrozavodsk
from
US$ 1 023
+ tickets to the starting point of the tour
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Duration
11 Days
10 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 1 – 11 Feb, 2025
    • 16 – 26 Feb, 2025
or
Comfort
  • Basic
Difficulty
Challenging
Does not require special skills, but tourists must be physically fit: expeditions, long rafting, etc.
Group
Up to 20 people
Minimum age
14 years old
Group meet at
Petrozavodsk
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Weekdays: 8am - 8pm
Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Transfer to the husky kennel

    Meeting of participants in Petrozavodsk and group transfer to the husky kennel in the village of Matrosy in 30 km from Petrozavodsk.

    Check in to the tourist center.

    Lunch.

    Getting familiar with the leader of the expedition, tour through the husky kennel, getting familiar with the dogs to take part in the expedition.

    Briefing on the upcoming route, safety instruction.

    Dinner.

    Free time.

    Overnight in cabins at the tourist center.

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  • Day 2 - Training
  • Day 3 - The dog sled expedition
  • Day 4 - The dog sled expedition
  • Day 5 - The dog sled expedition
  • Day 6 - The dog sled expedition
  • Day 7 - The rest day
  • Day 8 - The dog sled expedition
  • Day 9 - The dog sled expedition
  • Day 10 - Additional day
  • Day 11 - Departure
Difficulty
Does not require special skills, but tourists must be physically fit: expeditions, long rafting, etc.

Accommodation

Comfort
  • Basic

Please, check the actual cost and dates when booking.

More info about accommodation in the husky kennel:

It is located 30 km from Petrozavodsk. It is a picturesque location in just 200 meters from one of the most picturesque and popular rafting places, Bolshoy Tolli on Shuya river. The eco-complex includes a barn, a kennel for northern sled dogs (90 animals), a pine forest, a park, guest houses and a bath complex. All dogs in the kennel located on the territory of the tourist complex take part in well-known international expeditions in the Arctic.

Polar Explorer Guest House

It is designed to accommodate up to 12 people at a time. The house has two triple and one double room, two bathrooms and a shower. Typically, its guests prefer not to cook but to order meals from the local kitchen. There is the tourist complex administration is located with the saloon, a cozy fireplace lounge with a large TV and Wi-Fi.

Husky Guest House

It is designed to accommodate up to 14 people at a time. The house has 5 rooms, a well-maintained toilet with hot water a shower and a kitchen, a TV and Wi-Fi. Usually, its guests prefer to cook their own meals by themselves.

Tour conditions

Group
up to 20 tourists
Minimum age
14 years old
Duration
11 days 10 nights
Group meets at
Petrozavodsk

Included in price

  1. Meals from 1 to 10 day (hot breakfast and lunch, lunch snack at the midcourse, dinner);
  2. Accommodation:
    • Accommodation at the tourist center (3 or 4 nights);
    • Tent camp (5 or 6 nights);
    • One night in the log cabin is possible.
  3. Rental of group equipment:
    • Dog sleds;
    • Snowmobiles;
    • Campfire equipment;
    • Group first aid kit;
    • Crockery (mug, bowl, spoon) for each participant;
    • Wet wipes, toilet paper;
    • Winter tents;
    • Arctic sleeping bags;
    • Mats.
  4. Gasoline for snowmobiles;
  5. Transfers from Petrozavodsk to Matrosy (the husky kennel) and back;
  6. Medical insurance and accident insurance;
  7. Support from professional guides and instructors (2-3 persons) on the route;
  8. Consultation on the preparation of documents for obtaining a visa to the Russian Federation;
  9. Invitations for tourists from the tour company to obtain a visa.

Paid extra

  1. Flight/train tickets to Petrozavodsk;
  2. Rental of warm jackets and pants during the tour (provided at the Matrosy tourist center) at the rate of 200 rubles per day;
  3. Additional excursions, meals, accommodation and services that are not included in the program;
  4. Expenses related to obtaining a Russian visa (visa fee) and other documents;
  5. Additional payment for an English-speaking translator is RUB 10 000 per day per group.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • Big bag (a bag or a soft backpack) for belongings + a small backpack
  • Warm (e.g. feather) jacket of durable fabric
  • Windproof jacket (membrane fabric is recommended)
  • Warm pants
  • Windproof pants (side-zip pants are recommended)
  • Two sets of thermal underwear
  • Thin fleece jacket
  • Thick fleece jacket
  • Fleece pants
  • Four sets of warm (thermal) socks
  • Three pairs of thin fleece gloves
  • A pair of warm mittens (can be purchased in advance)
  • Warm hat
  • Thin windproof hat
  • Iron thermos of 1 L
  • Ski goggles
  • Shoes: Baffin boots with liners are recommended for -70 (with rubber overshoes and fabric top)
  • Felt boots (lightweight boots made entirely from fabric)
  • Or Russian felt boots with galoshes
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Balaclava helmet
  • Photo and video recording devices
  • Personal care products
  • Personal medications

Equipment available to the group during the tour:

  • Arctic tents and sleeping bags (-70 degrees room temperature)
  • group first aid kit (a simple one, please take any personal medications you need with you): warmer, frostbite, burns, bleeding, headache remedies
  • Personal crockery: mug, bowl, spoon (are provided not to carry from abroad)
  • Wet wipes and toilet paper
How to get to the group venue, Petrozavodsk, and back?
How are dogs prepared to expeditions?
Additional information
Expedition rules

Dates and Prices

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  • Individual dates available on request
    31 Jan – 10 Mar, 2025
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  • US$ 1 023
    1 – 11 Feb, 2025 11 days 10 nights
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  • US$ 1 023
    16 – 26 Feb, 2025 11 days 10 nights
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