Given the predicted return of arctic temperatures to the UK, Cheapflights.co.uk, the online leader in travel deals publishing, is encouraging travellers to embrace the cold and made a holiday of it with its top picks of husky safari destinations.
“The cold is here to stay, at least for some time, so why not embrace it? Husky holidays or husky safaris, as they’re known, make a great snowy alternative to ski, and the fact that these beautiful animals are involved make them particularly appealing to families with kids,” says Nadine Hallak, Travel Expert for Cheapflights.co.uk.
“The stunning atmosphere and spectacular scenery also make it romantic for singles or just gorgeous for a fun break with friends, with plenty of physical exertion to leave holidaymakers feeling healthy and invigorated,” adds Hallak.
Holidaymakers can take their pick from package holidays specifically designed around dog sledding for a few days or even up to two weeks and come complete with meals and accommodation, or can organise a snowy city break then take a dog sledding tour while there. In addition to sledding and admiring the wilderness, this type of holiday also offers opportunities for snowmobiling, tobogganing, skiing, ice-fishing and snowboarding.
Having scoured the snowy caps of various husky friendly destinations, Cheapflights.co.uk has come up with its five favourite destinations for a doggie-driven sleigh ride through the snow.
Greenland is one of Iceland’s best spots for a husky holiday and an opportunity to get closely acquainted with the famous Greenland Husky. Tours will expose visitors to native culture on sparsely populated settlements with traditional charm. One of the smaller communities, Tasiilaq, is perched within the stunning surroundings of colourful houses and offers views of the Sermilik fjord where huge icebergs float by. Visitors can also experience the awesome sight of live seals and polar bears and kick back at meal times for some traditional cooking. Travellers can get to Greenland by flying into Reykjavik then taking a helicopter to the island.
Normally associated with Christmas and sleigh rides pulled by reindeer, Lapland is also, obviously, one of the world’s best places to go on a husky safari. This breath-taking snowy scene serves all kinds of husky holiday options from two days to four days, seven days and more. The season lasts through the start of April and the sledding tour is family friendly. Visitors can enjoy sledding through mountains, open forest, in between icy lakes and the Pallas-Yllas National Park.
Grab a short two day husky safari in Swedish Lapland. The season is open through the start of April and encompasses sledding rides through stunning scenes featuring fells, national parks, powder white forests covered in snow and icy rivers and lakes. Mealtimes are typically served in by the fire and feature typical Lappish dishes such as smoked fish, sautéed reindeer and desserts made with cloudberry, which is the region’s most famous fruit.
In Norway, husky adventures are available in both summer and winter. During the winter, visitors enjoy the typical snow sledding experience while in the summer, the dogs are tied to a wagon instead. Travellers can head up to Trondheim Airport, in Vaernes, and enjoy heading into the mountains of Sylane and Meraker. Activities include fishing, breath-taking views and camping.
Husky holidays here vary from anything encompassing five day breaks right up to 15 day breaks for all levels of "mushers" including beginner and advanced. Recommended husky holiday specialists include Muktuk Adventures, a one hundred acre ranch located on the Tahini River. The river surrounds three sides of the ranch and visitors get to enjoy other unique, nearby experiences such as the Yukon Wildlife Preserve featuring numerous species of local mammals in their natural habitat.
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