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Published on Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Swedish Lapland adventure: Dog-sledding at dusk




Bev Fearis swaps a snowmobile for a team of huskies on her next winter adventure in Swedish Lapland with www.VisitLapland.coma new website and one-stop booking portal to help travellers and agents check availability and book activities from across the Lapland region of Sweden, Norway and Finland.




Handing back the keys of my speedy snowmobile after our thrilling morning on the ice was easier knowing what was to come later that day. We were off to the town of Ale, just outside Lulea, to the home of the Marchesoni family for a dog-sled ride through the pine forest.

But my excitement was nothing compared to the excitement of the huskies as they prepared for their journey, pulling on their harnesses with wild eyes and high-pitched yelps, raring to go. The owners, Mauro and his son Kristoffer, had to hold on tight to their collars as they buckled them into position and I was given the job of holding the pair at the front - Pia, a relatively calm female, and Delta, a smaller dog with  jittery with pent up energy. The dogs all in position - eight on each sled - we were directed to jump on and then we were off, the dogs suddenly silent, finally free to race.




We glided through the trees, leaning into the turns to help steer the sled, as instructed by Kristoffer. It was mid afternoon and dusk was setting in. The sun, which had been hovering just above the horizon since late morning, had now been replaced by a bright white moon which made the snow sparkle. The Marchesoni family also offer a morning dogsled tour but I would advise your clients to do it at dusk. It was magical.

Back at the house afterwards, we were invited into a cosy log cabin where a fire was already in full glow. We thawed out, sipping hot chocolate or coffee and eating warmed cinnamon rolls, fully embracing the local Fika tradition, still buzzing from our husky adventure.

 

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