Our Story


Kota-Husky is a family-owned husky farm in Posio, Finnish Lapland. Leaders of the pack are Lauri Sassali and Minna Wallgrén. Both of them are International Wilderness Guides ready to take you for the adventure of your lifetime!


How It All Started


The story began years ago when Lauri was working in a big husky farm in Ivalo and met his former wife Marika. She had already 30 Siberian Huskies and after few years working for another employer they decided to start their own company. It was so important for them both that they could do the work as they thought it would be best for the dogs.

It took some time to find a perfect place for a home and all the huskies. Finally they ended up in Posio. Lauri and Marika started to renovate an old farm house and Kota-Husky was founded in 2007.

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How It All Started


The story began years ago when Lauri was working in a big husky farm in Ivalo and met his former wife Marika. She had already 30 Siberian Huskies and after few years working for another employer they decided to start their own company. It was so important for them both that they could do the work as they thought it would be best for the dogs.

It took some time to find a perfect place for a home and all the huskies. Finally they ended up in Posio. Lauri and Marika started to renovate an old farm house and Kota-Husky was founded in 2007.

It was a jump to unknown

The new home was just next to one of the many National Parks of Finland and the only thing they could do was hope that business would take off and fly. After many meetings with landowners and state's forest and park service, Metsähallitus, Lauri could open new magnificent dog sledding trails in untouched wilderness.

Slowly amount of dogs increased when they bred new Siberians for their loyal pack of huskies. Even though Lauri and Marika divorced over the years, they did run the business together for 10 years before Lauri bought the company for himself in 2017. Nowadays Marika has some of the retired huskies because she still has a very strong bond to these dogs. She's having her own pack of huskies just as a hobby, sledding across open fells in Lapland.


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It was a jump to unknown

The new home was just next to one of the many National Parks of Finland and the only thing they could do was hope that business would take off and fly. After many meetings with landowners and state's forest and park service, Metsähallitus, Lauri could open new magnificent dog sledding trails in untouched wilderness.

Slowly amount of dogs increased when they bred new Siberians for their loyal pack of huskies. Even though Lauri and Marika divorced over the years, they did run the business together for 10 years before Lauri bought the company for himself in 2017. Nowadays Marika has some of the retired huskies because she still has a very strong bond to these dogs. She's having her own pack of huskies just as a hobby, sledding across open fells in Lapland.



WELCOME TO MEET US!

Lauri is now leading the Kota-Husky pack together with his new life partner, Minna. She found her new life from living in Lapland with a man like a viking and 80 huskies. Her two oldest daughters are living by their own already, two followed her to Lapland and Lauri is a proud father for the youngest newcomer. This little toddler is keeping them busy while they are running a husky farm at the same time.

So, Kota-Husky is a home for huskies, home for a family and good spot for guides to work. Here everyone, dogs and peeps are respected and taken good care - always and every day.

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WELCOME TO MEET US!

Lauri is now leading the Kota-Husky pack together with his new life partner, Minna. She found her new life from living in Lapland with a man like a viking and 80 huskies. Her two oldest daughters are living by their own already, two followed her to Lapland and Lauri is a proud father for the youngest newcomer. This little toddler is keeping them busy while they are running a husky farm at the same time.

So, Kota-Husky is a home for huskies, home for a family and good spot for guides to work. Here everyone, dogs and peeps are respected and taken good care - always and every day.