Did you know there’s an Arctic village in Finnish Lapland where the sun doesn’t rise for a whole month in the winter? Did you? I didn’t! It’s the ideal place for a great group trip. Yes it is, yes it is, give me a chance to explain why.
In the village of Hetta in Enontekiö the Polar Night lasts from 6 December until 6 January. During that time, a spokesperson from Hetta says, “the snow covers nature, the colours of the sky vary from black to light purple, yellow and turquoise, the stars are twinkling and the northern lights flare.” Take a look at their live web cam to see for yourself.
The Polar Night is the best time ever to go out into the wilderness on a husky sled to see the arctic landscape. It’s not dusky dark during the day, but the sun never gets above the horizon, so the light is distinct and glorious. Enontekiö is in Finnish Lapland on the border of Sweden and Norway. Over 60% of Finland’s fells are within Enontekiö’s borders and it’s very sparsely populated, so it’s an outstanding place to see nature and unspoiled wild landscapes. And you get to ride in sleds pulled by huskies. Come on, it’s a winner already.
It’s a proper experience as well, not just ten minutes in the back of a sled. There are two sled operators in the area, Hetta Huskies and Lapland Connection. At Hetta Huskies you’ll get an introduction to the husky farm and life with these amazing dogs, detailed driving instructions, a dog team, all the right equipment and a skilled guide who will be with you on the safari (either on their own team or on a snowmobile. They know all about the general conditions, temperature and the dogs, so you can just enjoy the trip. Most people also have a chance to thank their dogs by taking them back to the kennels after the safari.
It’s not the easiest place in the world to get to, but it promises to be an exciting journey! Heli Nurmi at the Municipality of Enontekiö told me how. She said. ” You have several options to fly here: via Kittilä or Rovaniemi airports in Finland. Or via Northern Norway using Tromso or Alta airports and then continue with a bus to Hetta or Kilpisjärvi village. Also you can come via Kiruna in Sweden. But when using this connection you need to change bus by walking from Sweden to Finland in Karesuvanto village across a border by bridge. Also make sure the bus timetables match.” I kind of like the idea of walking from Sweden to Finland.
However you get there, it’s going to be an an incredible trip. So plan ahead for December 2020 or book a snap holiday for you and a group of snow buddies early in the New Year. (Probably a good idea to ask them first) You can book husky sled journeys up until April or so, but it’s a good idea to check how conditions are likely to be before you book.