Dog sledding was something I’ve always wanted to do. When we went to Iceland the first time, we hesitated booking a dog sledding our, but due to the high price, we thought that it would be for another time… I was a bit sad at that time but it was really expensive. We finally did it during this winter holiday spent in Kiruna, a town situated in the heart of the Swedish Lapland. Kiruna is located 145 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, and at that time of the year, the amount of daylight is very limited. When we were there, the sun rose around 11 am and set around 1 pm… Therefore, we booked a late morning tour to use the natural daylight as much as possible with a local guide through Kiruna Nature Tours. Mikael Forsen is a local and he has been doing it for more than 10 years. He knows how it works and he knows his dogs. He is living with them.This is the major difference compared with other companies in Kiruna that employ students from abroad who’ve never touched a dog before or driven a sled. We wanted a unique experience, with some local guide, that will respect the dogs and I think this company did the job. We truly recommend this company ! :-) The guide picked us up before driving towards our final destination where the dogs were waiting for us and the magic began ! A huge sled was strapped to a post, and we could hear howling and barking coming from a little truck. Our guide started to prepare the sled, and the dogs were really excited to get going.
We were dragged by 10 lovely dogs over snow and ice in the forest and it was simply beautiful ! Since there were only two of us, the sled went very fast and we finished the tour in less than 3 hours. It was bloody freezing but awesome !
We took a break near a traditional Lappish teepee to have some tea and sandwich, in front of an open fire. It was freezing that day, around -25°C so the fire was very welcomed (there is some frost on most of my pictures, especially the last ones, as my camera was completely frozen) ! As soon as we stopped, the dogs were rolling themselves in the snow to cool off, that was very strange. We took some pictures and pet them a bit. The dogs were so friendly. The guide’s children are used to play with them so it was very nice to pet them, they were really playful. Some of his dogs were 15 years old but were doing well.
We went back to the car, as the sun was starting to set. What a nice day !
I wish all of you a Happy New Year 2015 ! :-)