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Akaskero Nature Resort

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#5 of 5 hotels in Akaslompolo
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Aekaeskerontie 480, Akaslompolo 95970 Finland
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Kittila Airport19 mi
Pajala-Yllas Airport46 mi
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We came here to visit our daughter who is volunteering at the dog camp and ended up doing the 5-day wilderness tour. We were apprehensive about the cold (coming from the tropics). The company website is informative and gave us some mental preparation and confidence to go ahead. What we experienced on the tour was amazing and just beyond words. The 3-4 hour daylight scenery we get were breath-taking. On the average, we drove about 40km or 6-7 hour a day. It was not physically tough for us (we have active lifestyle) but we have to keep our focus on the dogs as anything can happen (chew the cord, poo/pee, clear icicle from paws etc). When we reach our cabins for night stop, we have to chain-up, de-harness the dogs and feed them before we attend to ourselves. In the morning, after breakfast and wash up, we have to harness the dogs, cleared their poo, de-ice our sled, check the dogs paws for injuries. Takes 2.5 hours to get ready before setting out. Thankful to have done the dog-sled tour with a great team - 2 Swiss ladies- Daniela & Denise, a German- Stefan, Belgium- Helmand and our dry-humoured Brits guide, Nick (he does dog-sled, cave, and wild life (wolves) tour in Finland, Canada and Spain - very knowledgeable about everything). In the different cabins (over 4 nights), we took turn to fetch water from the lake, cook, wash dishes (using lake water in two plastic basins), start the fire for cabin and sauna, dump waste water. We did sauna together and rolled in snow naked (ok- men and ladies separately). No toilet in cabin, so to take pee at night, got to dress up. I would highly recommend this tour to those who are looking for a taste of Dog-sled expedition (Amundsen was the first man to reach South Pole using dog-sled and ski). Of course, this is not a 5-star trip and you need to be able to adapt to basic cabin living and simple food.
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I can highly recommend this experience for anyone who has a love for coats and always wanted to expect the thrill of dog-sleighing. This is as close as you can get to the real experience. You spend a lot of time with the dogs and you really get to know them personally and see how different they are. I really miss them already. The Wilderness tour takes you into beautiful places and the areas are nice and remote, the cabins are great (cosy, but comfortable) and doing your own chores as well as looking after the dogs makes the experience authentic. We had a great guide - he was very strict as far as the dogs are concerned, but was extremely knowledgeable, about the dogs and about mushing. This made the experience even better and we spend all evenings discussing dogs, polictics, history and many more. To the whole team, both on the trip as well as during the stay at the lodge - well done and thank you!! We had a special occasion with my daughter's birthday, and they baked a birthday cake and arranged the Aurora Borealis as a special gift for the birthday...!!!
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The lodge is in a beautiful setting, and I love that Akaskero continue to look after the older dogs. our guide did not explain what to do and would swear at us and make snide comments when we made mistakes. On my worst fall he yelled the worst swear word at me. He never asked if we were ok, or seemed to care about anyone. The evenings were tense and uncomfortable/awkward.
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What can I say...I have visited many countries, I have been in many adventures trips and so on, but this is really something else, it goes to a different level.Why ? The first reason is the interaction with the dogs. I will not explain this, you just have to experience this! I miss my 4-leg friends so much ! the other reason is that for 5 days we experienced the lack of almost every kind of "civilization" which proved to be extremely healthy in all levels ! What else? amazing nature , Aurora Borealis, the guide (Marcus) was very good, kind, professional , knowledgable with love and interest for what he does. Moreover , we had sauna in every hut and wood station ,so cutting woods for the sauna and the fireplace + other activities like icefishing etc. The trails was so beautiful crossing forest, hills, lakes and rivers. Not to forget every night that the dogs were transformed into "wolves" (amazing !). The boutique wooden hotel ( more like a chaulet) at the start is very nice with very good staff, amazing food and warm cosy rooms with private bathroom. The day after we came back from the tour with the dogs, we went on a very nice snowmobile day-tour which was also incuded in the price ! Have in mind that this is not a luxury hotel, this is a hotel close to nature , and also for the tour with the dogs you have to abandon your comfort zone, but this is the reason why you go there. I took part in the advanced tour starting on 31rs of March. I could say much much more, but I will close here my review by saying a huge "thank you". Thank you Akaskero team.We will meet again !
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I really enjoyed both the activities I did at Akaskero - the 'wilderness tour' husky sledding and snow shoe hike (an extra activity). The dogs seemed well looked after and clearly love the sledding (i was sceptical before going but i'm a convert now!). We stayed in very basic huts but that was part of the fun and what we all signed up for. I also liked the way we were thrown in at the deep end with the sledding. Just a shame Akaskero let themselves down with some of the details. Firstly, our guide was grumpy and rude - every mistake received an aggressive telling off. Given it was everyone's first time that was way over the top... Then there was pickups/drop offs which was messed up 3 times. No list of names meant we were hanging around waiting for 3 people at the airport who didn't realise they were staying at Akaskero (they'd booked through a third party...). They wrongly assumed we'd all want to hang aroubd for 3 hrs at the dog kennels after the snow shoe hike rather than take the earlier bus which left without us. Around 10 of us on the 10am flight were put on a 5.45am transfer to kittalia airport meaning we arrived at a small provincial airport 3.5hrs before the flight after an unnecessary 5am start... Finally, the 'hotel' is lacking some basics. Earplugs and an eye mask are essential (luckily i had both) given the walls and curtains are paper thin. The tiny single beds were pretty uncomfortable and multiple tiles were coming off the wall of the ensuite... it wouldn't take much to sort those things out. On the plus side the food was pretty good. So overall i enjoyed the experience inspite of Akaskero not because of them!
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