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Area (ha): 22
Persons: c. 6 - 12 at once
Category: Other
Host ID: 5403
Country: Finland

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Last Updated: June 9, 2015

We run a husky farm and Lapland's Centre for Arctic and Polar exploration.

Our husky farm holds over 150 dogs, including both pups and (unlike most farms in Scandinavia), retired dogs. We believe that the dogs work as hard as they can for us in their adult lives and that they deserve a comfortable and caring retirement if we can't find soft sofas in new homes for them to lie on.

Throughout the year there are standard tasks that volunteers can help with on the farm and then there are additional daily duties that change with the seasons from lead-dog / puppy training and construction / maintenance work in the Summer, to dog-conditioning and safari preparation work in the Autumn, and running safaris and entertaining guests in the Winter and Spring. People are also required to spend a little bit of time with our son Eliel, born in May 2010, so that everyone gets a chance to get on with their own tasks uninterrupted!

We currently rent a guides house c. 2km from our farm complete with sauna, kitchen and living area, so as to provide independent self-sufficiency in the evenings. There are essentially two bedrooms with sleeping space for 4 to 5 people in each. Sometimes when we have additional numbers or the bedrooms are too hot for the dogs, someone will sleep in the living area.

Our farm is c. 4km from the main village in the region of Enontekio in Finnish Lapland. There is a small downhill ski centre locally and numerous XC ski tracks / hiking trails through one of the most beautiful national parks in Scandinavia nearby.

Volunteers tend to work c. 8.30 - 8.30 in the off-season, taking drink and lunch breaks in our home during the day. The work with the dogs is physically demanding and this is by no means an easy holiday option.

However, having said that, we pride ourselves on the conditions in which the dogs and workers live.

We have a hugely comprehensive manual that we send to potential volunteers. It is in a question format, based on both the questions that previous volunteers asked pre arrival, and on the questions that, with hindsight, they wish they had asked. It answers questions about the area, the farm jobs through the year and how to travel to and from this remote location.

We also have a basic application form that we ask potential volunteers to complete so that we can learn a little more about you, ahead of time.
The farm owners are ex professional athletes / explorers - one of whom was the first Finn to complete an unsupported expedition to the South Pole, so this is a good place to visit for those who really want to really expand their outdoor skills.

Competition for places here is pretty tough and we are generally full months in advance, although we do get last-minute openings from time to time. Please note that there may also be times of the year when you may not hear back from us for weeks at a time (when we are outside with the dogs, 24/7). However, if you are really keen, just persevere. It is definitely a unique experience.

Please note that our guide manual and application form are large attachments so please contact us from an email account that can accept attachments of 10mb in size.


If you wish to apply as a gap year then it is best to apply as early as possible.


We ask that people visit for at least a month - preferably at least three. This not only gives the dogs a chance to get to know and trust you but it also means that you will have enough energy by week 3 and 4, (when you are hopefully able to cope with the basic tasks, yourselves), to be able to explore the area a little more in the evenings.

To be clear we absolutely do not accept volunteers for less than one month placements. Please do not ask for an exception. In the winter season we are highly unlikely to accept volunteers for less than 3 months.


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