Erä-Susi’s sled dog kennel was formed in Ruka-Kuusamo in 1998. It’s situated just off the border of Lapland in Northern Finland and has grown from a small pack of huskies to a dog sled tour kennel with 150 Alaskan and Siberian huskies, along with animal farm which includes a variety of small animals.
We aim to provide you with the chance to experience the magic of winter in Northern Finland in a traditional way that gives you the chance for both a rugged wildlife experience during and a furry cuddle afterwards.
The farm was purchased by the current owners Mervi Rantamäki & Jukka Keinänen in 2017 and since then we have made several major improvements to the kennel – with a focus on dog welfare and sustainable tourism.
Mervi has a life-long experience with training and breeding a variety of dogs and focuses on the customer service and dog welfare side. Meanwhile, Jukka has several years of experience in agriculture and restaurant work and focuses on the behind the scenes operations, such as finance, machinery repairs and sled track maintenance.
Our amazing team
Erä-Susi offers a good place to work for several guides and trainees throughout the year. Taking care of 150 huskies is a 24/7 job, and together with our team we make sure that all of our customers have the best experience possible, while also making sure that our husky heroes get the love and care they deserve.
Martijn from Holland works for us as a safari guide and he has been working at Erä-Sude since 2016. Martijn “Saukko” likes to entertain customers and especially with children he will find immediately a common tone.
Saukko have his own Siberian husky named Chap and they go hiking together a lot. He would like to have to set up his own little kennel and take more huskies.
Joanna came to work for us as an animal attendant in November 2018 from Helsinki.
She takes care of all our animals health (from llamas to huskies) with a conscientious, calm, determined and positive attitude and animal welfare is the most important to her.
Joanna can be found serving in our safari shop and caféteria and she is also responsible of our Booking System as well as the maintenance of websites and our social media.
Anni from Kuusamo started working for us as a café worker in season 2019–2020, and at the end of the season she was offered the opportunity to train as a animal attendant with an apprenticeship. Now graduated animal attendant remained part of our great team.
Anni is mostly working in the kennel with our dogs and as a guide on safaris, but if necessary she also takes care of ticket and coffee sales. She has a lot of experience with dogs and she is very good with our dogs.
Anni has two Labrador Retrievers at home and small pack own huskies so there is plenty to do outside of work.
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For now the farm is only open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11am with a guided farm visit. More info from summer and autumn page.