Our Sto­ry

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.


Erä-Susi Hus­kies

Ruka­jär­ven­tie 30



+358 40 570 0279