This place was brilliant - cannot recommend highly enough.
The guesthouse is a delightful purpose-built wooden building on the same site as a husky farm and the family's accommodation. It's in the middle of the forest, about 5km outside of Ivalo (good shop, not much else).
The rooms are warm and comfortable. Cleanliness exemplary. Nice bathrooms with underfloor heating, and strong shower. Beds comfortable (best sleep in Finland so far). There is also a small kitchen available for guest use, with fridge, oven and hob. The sauna downstairs looked clean and well presented, although we never used it.
The staff are warm and welcoming (both the owner/manager, Outi, and her staff (Lea and Tomi (? spellings) deserve special mention.
The food is all home cooked, including the home-baked bread. Breakfast is the typically tasty Finnish fayre, with meat, cheese, bread, ceareal, yoghurt, fruit jams, home-made juice and the ubiquitous coffee!
Lunch and dinner are all warming and seemingly traditional dishes, including a reindeer soup (which was delicious)!
The husky tour was fantastic. There are various time options, from a 1h trip up to multi-day safaris. The time of year you visit will impact what's available - we came in mid-November, and the fact the rivers/lakes weren't completely frozen yet meant any of the routes longer than 2h were unavailable.
The tour involves you taking control of your team of huskies and sled (1 or 2 to a sled, with one driving and the other being a (slightly nervous!) passenger...) You "mush" up and down hills, through the forests, and on our 2 1/2 hour trip we stopped half-way round at a purpose-built wigwam in the forest where our guide built a fire and made coffee, served with reindeer sandwiches :)
The dogs are friendly, happy and healthy, and clearly well cared for. The ride itself is exhilarating, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed.
We were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights (thanks Outi for coming to get us from our rooms!), and the spot is perfect, well away from any light pollution. The owners kindly turned off the outside lights for us too. Some great photos obtained!
All in all, this relatively young business is doing all the right things, and deserves to go from strength to strength. If you're looking for a wilderness escape, with great homely food, some time with the huskies and a great viewing opportunity for the Northern Lights, then look no further. Book immediately!
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