Born the Run Early Winter

3-hour program with self driven 4-kilometer husky cart tour, or 45 minutes with the sled. Available only in November.

Tour Description

Huskies are not born fit, it takes lots of preparation and conditioning before the dogs are as fit as they can be. Visit the kennel and get a feel for how the dogs are prepared to be the amazing athletes they are. Our enthusiastic dogs will happily take you down the forest trail for an unforgettable experience.

If snow comes early in November, our tours will be done with sleds instead of the carts with wheels. Program is then equivalent to the Happy Trail Tour.

  • Transfers from/to Rovaniemi
  • Safety- and driving instructions
  • 4 kilometer drive with a husky cart
  • Juice, cookies and a snack
  • Arctic outer clothing
  • Informative talk about huskies
  • Snow goggles
  • Transfers from Arctic Snow Hotel, Apukka resort, Vaattunki Wilderness Resort, Bear’s Lodge (Extra cost 12,- € / person / direction) Please book the additional product for such transfer services.

We offer pickups from various centralized pickup locations in and around Rovaniemi. Those are:

  • Arctic TreeHouse Hotel
  • Santa Claus Holiday Village Reception
  • Lapland Hotels Ounasvaara Chalets
  • Lapland Hotels Sky Ounasvaara
  • Hostel Café Koti
  • K-Market Sinettä

You can choose your pickup location right away when you make your booking. If you would like to change your pickup location later on, please send an email to booking@bearhillhusky.com.

Only adults (age 17+) will be allowed to self-drive.
Guests between the ages of 13-16 are considered teenagers. Teenagers are not eligible to drive the sled themselves and will be required to sit in the sled of the guide.

Please, check with the sales office the pick up place and time. It is very important to inform us your accommodation and mobile phone number, in case we need to contact you in Rovaniemi. During pick up driver will look for you by your name.

Approximate times below and you will receive the exact time from separate confirmation.

  • Santa Claus Holiday Village reception at Tähtikuja 3: 08:05
  • Ounasvaara Rovaniemi: 08:15
  • Central Rovaniemi from Hostel Cafe Koti: 08:20
  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 7 days or less before the event.
  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 10% if booking is cancelled 365 days or less before the event.

Experience type:

  • Day tour / activity

Duration:

  • 3 hours

Difficulty:

  • Moderate

Guiding language:

  • English

Booking cut-off:

  • 14 hours prior to departure

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Frequently Asked Questions

The simple answer is – we don’t know yet!

We can start our tours with sleds when we have enough snow on our trails, and all the wet areas are frozen. This is often in the first week of December, but can also be as early as mid November. It is difficult to predict this.

We need very forgiving snow situations before we are able to safely take guests on the trail. The snow cover is also not the only aspect to consider when taking our guests on a tour in a safe manner. Therefore, even if it looks like there is a lot of snow, we might still be going on carts and you can be assured that the reason for that is your own and the dog’s safety.

Our minimum age for driving a cart or sled is 17 years. We do not allow participants under the age of 17 to drive themselves. Driving a husky cart or sled takes a certain amount of strength but also ability to maneuver and think that a young person might still lack. If someone (even adults) can drive is always in the hands of the guide of the tour, since they are responsible for the safety on the tour. To make the guide’s day that much easier, we’ve set the limit at 17 years of age. If an adult guest does not listen to driving instructions or it seems that their abilities to maneuver a husky cart or sled have been impaired, our guides have the right to not let them drive, but to organize another way for them to join the tour.

Guests between the ages of 13-16 are considered teenagers. Unfortunately, teenagers will not be allowed to drive the sled themselves for the reasons listed above. Teenagers will be required to sit in the cart or sled of the guide.

Yes, indeed, we provide transfers and they are already included in the price of the tour. We do not recommend that you drive to our kennel yourself as our kennel is remote and sometimes challenging to reach especially in early winter. We do not offer any price reductions if you were to come with your own car. So we strongly recommend that you make use of our transfers.

We offer pickups from various centralized pickup locations in and around Rovaniemi. Those are:

  • Arctic TreeHouse Hotel
  • Santa Claus Holiday Village Reception
  • Lapland Hotels Ounasvaara Chalets
  • Lapland Hotels Sky Ounasvaara
  • Hostel Café Koti
  • K-Market Sinettä

You can choose your pickup location right away when you make your booking. If you would like to change your pickup location later on, please send an email to booking@bearhillhusky.com.

Yes, we do offer transfers also from the Arctic SnowHotel, the Vaattunki Wilderness Resort and from the Apukka Resort. However, none of these locations are part of our regular transfer route. For that reason we charge an additional price of 12,- € / person / one way for this.

When you make your booking, please select the additional product if you require transfers from/to any of the mentioned locations.

If you are unsure about driving the sled yourself, then we would not recommend booking the Born to Run tour. This tour is really for those people who want to experience driving a dog sled themselves. If you would prefer to have a professional musher drive the sled for you, then we would recommend checking out our Running with the Pack tour instead.

Yes, we provide arctic outer clothing for this activity. It is already included in the price of the tour.

We will provide you with:

  • A complimentary thermal tube scarf (very cool with our logo)
  • A thermal outer overall
  • Woolen socks
  • Winter boots with thermal liner
  • Winter mittens
  • Winter hat