I was really looking forward to the husky sled ride, especially after the disappointment of cross country skiing.
We arrived at the little husky settlement in the half light that is usual at this time of the year.
We could see the dogs waiting in the distance and we could certainly hear them. They apparently get excited when they are about to go for a run and bark loudly to each other.
Before we started our trek were were given sled lessons.
…and then we were off and running. There were 6 dogs pulling our sled. The 2 dogs in front are the leader dogs, usually female. They are the smart ones who lead the way and are responsible for staying on the track and leading the other dogs.
The next 2 are usually young dogs, learning the ropes and providing energy and speed.
The dogs in the rear are the big, strong dogs, usually male, who provide the pulling power. Our dogs were extremely powerful, especially the yellow one. He was very keen to be on his way.
They are beautiful dogs who seem to love their work.
One of ours had amazing blue eyes.
If we had to stop for any reason the dogs would poke their noses into the snow, looking for who knows what.
They also love to roll in the snow.
We could see the steam rising from their coats after a snow roll.
Here is Jim doing the driving.
And our friends Kirsi and Neil.
Once the ride was over we were allowed to pat the dogs. Jodie and Allan’s dogs were very friendly.
The sleds are fairly basic…please note the reindeer skin seat cover.
After the ride we were taken into a very cute hut for hot berry juice and a pancake.
A couple of very young puppies were brought in for us to admire.
Soon it was all over and we said goodbye to our sleds and dogs.
The dogs are beautifully cared for, but they do smell like dogs. They eat between 1 and 2 kilos of food every day and that has to come out…and it does. Along the ride the dogs often stop, or not, to poo. So if you try your hand at dog sledding, be prepared for lots of doggie aromas…it is all part of the fun.