Dashing Through The Snow On A Husky Sled

Another of those incredible experiences in Lapland, one we all loved but it nearly didn’t happen. Scheduled to take place early in the week, the temperature at -30 degrees centigrade was deemed by the experts to be dangerously low. Unwilling to risk frostbite we resigned ourselves to missing out, however when the weather warmed up to a balmy -18 degrees centigrade the husky ride was back on.

A mere fifteen minute drive from Levi and we were at husky headquarters. Like most of the experiences here this was far from cheap but it is unmissable. We were met at our coach by the lady who operates the kennels and is the proud owner of 95 racing huskies. All are trained to follow a 6 mile trail through the forest and across a lake. No prior experience required, we were shown the basics of driving a husky sled – as easy as riding a bike they claimed – while demonstrating how to stand, balance and steer.

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Layered up we were almost ready to go. Multiple thermals and outer layers are essential. You also need to cover every bit of exposed skin on your face before you get going, this makes it a more pleasurable experience. The temperature as you travel through the forest and over the lake is like nothing I’d ever experienced before. Ski goggles were an optional extra but one we were very glad to have.

In the Arctic regions they have used sled dogs for hundreds of years as a means of transportation in the frozen wilderness. At these kennels they use Siberian and Alaskian huskies. My first thought as we approached the dogs and sled area was that these were creatures possessed. Barking hysterically, literally bouncing up and down in the snow and straining to get going, it was just incredible.

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Six dogs were attached to our sled, Husband took up the driving position and Son and I huddled on a reindeer skin on the sled. All of a sudden we were off. The dogs shot ahead, straining all the time to go faster still.

This is the most wonderful experience – a mixture of an adrenaline rush and so exhilarating but at the same time so incredibly tranquil as you glide across the glistening, sparkling snow. Everywhere is white and silent, it feels like you are in a world all of your own.

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A guide on a snowmobile kept an eye on everyone making sure all was as it should be – the dogs know what to do however. There was a stop at the halfway point to change drivers if you so wished. We stayed as we were.

Our husky team worked hard but apparently did not travel as fast as normal. Fresh snow had been falling all morning, apparently this slows them down as it is harder for the dogs in these conditions to build up speed.

The husky safari lasted about an hour. Afterwards we were taken back to a traditional kota with a blazing fire in the centre. Hot drinks and sausages cooked over the open fire was the perfect way to warm up.

Right at the end we had fifteen minutes to wander around the kennels and meet the dogs. Imagine our excitement when we got to hold a two month old cute and cuddly husky puppy. The perfect end to an incredible afternoon.

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60 thoughts on “Dashing Through The Snow On A Husky Sled

  1. Awesome memories again. Does son want a puppy now? I find I edit my snow pictures using filters to counter the blue light at this time of year. You have a nice following who add comments, congratulations. You could do a multi post about travel memories from 2015.

  2. We saw huskies in Alaska but no chance to participate. For years I saved a link to a place you could do it in Scotland and the forgot all about it. I’ve just checked and it’s still there (Cairngorm) – hmm, maybe…..

  3. That’s one thing I’ve never done! The crispy air I got recently though: we returned home to the south of Finland from NZ going from +25 to -25. It was… very fresh πŸ™‚

  4. Aww the husky puppy is adorable Joy! πŸ™‚ Another amazing experience by the looks of it – the scenery is so beautiful and the ride with the dogs must have been wonderful! Am glad it warmed up to -18!! Can’t fathom being out in such cold – thank goodness you had all those layers on plus the ski goggles!

    • It is so weird Rosemary, when it was closer to minus 30 that was almost unbearable, when it got up to minus 18 it felt really quite pleasant!! We loved the husky puppy – didn’t want to leave him behind!!

      • It’s amazing how the body adapts to temperature changes Joy! We need a jacket or cardi when it gets down to the low 20s in the summer as we’re so used to much higher temperatures in the mid to high 30s (and occasionally hotter). That’s why I freeze when we come over to the UK (usually April time)! I would have loved to have taken that puppy home with me too!!

  5. What a cool experience! I had never really thought about it, but I may have to add it to my travel bucket list – once I have the appropriate outdoor gear. πŸ˜›

  6. ‘A balmy -18 degrees’ Too funny πŸ™‚
    That was a two-month old husky pup? It was almost as big as your son!
    What a wonderful adventure – I’m happy that you got to experience it… and share it with us πŸ™‚

  7. I was in Lapland recently. A part of the group went to husky safari, but I preferred a reindeer farm. I loved that experience of travelling in the polar regions πŸ™‚

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