I’ve just experienced something I’ve always wanted to experience: a mini husky safari in Tampere! Well ok, it is actually in Vesilahti-Lempäälä border 30 min drive from Tampere but I consider this whole region Tampere. And if you google “husky safari tampere” Gegwen Getaways is the first to come up – so that’s where I went!
Did you know you don’t have to go all the way to Lapland in Finland to get this experience? Gegwen Getaways organises Husky Picnics during winter weekends and school holidays given that there is even a bit of snow. We’ve had a few bad winters with hardly any snow and I’ve been waiting for a year like this when I can bring all my winter fantasies true!
AND I WAS SO HAPPY. DOGGIES EVERYWHERE. EXCITED, JUMPING, BARKING, ENERGETIC DOGGIES. THAT LIKE TO BE PET. IS THERE ANYTHING BETTER. COULD I PLEEEASE GET BIGGER CAPITAL LETTERS FOR THIS POST.
The Day My Dreams Came True
The safari started with a husky sled ride. The ride is about 1 kilometre and after that you can pet the dogs and laugh at their excitement. Time and time again, they were excited to take different people for a ride. They had small breaks between rides since the weather in March is rather warm for them (yesterday was zero to -1 degrees). Since we were a small group that had booked the husky picnic the kids got an extra ride! Me on the other hand went in the middle of the field to stand knee-deep in snow just to get some pictures. ‘Cos that’s what normal people do.
Afterwards we had sausage and coffee/tea/warm juice in a hut to warm our toes and fingers. I put down my camera for the first time and realised I had 400 pictures to go through and edit. Yay?
Pro tip: I do recommend this time of year for this safari. There are less people in a group so it is more comfortable and also there is more light for pictures! The sun sets at around 3pm in winter time and that kills all good action photos you need to have light for. But, it is a risk. What if the snow melts before March?
I will make this a yearly tradition if we have snow! So much fun for 2 hours and the most perfect dog-therapy you can think of. I just started a new job this week and I so needed this form of therapy after a long week 😀