The barking of dogs suddenly vanishes as the team is released. Now they are in their element. No more waiting, just running. The snow crunches under the runners of the sled and the dogs breathe heavily as they chase through the wintery forest scenery of Northern Lapland. But for this experience to come true, a lot of work is necessary behind the scenes. Work that most tourists, who go on a sled dog safari, never consider.
It starts already early in the morning by cleaning. Equipped with shovel and a plastic sled, the “shitty” work needs to be tackled. But the sweaty work only starts after that, when the dog teams need to be assembled. This includes taking the dogs from their hut to the sleds, harnessing them, and deciding on the position of each dog in each team. Seemingly simple tasks, but they require long-term knowledge: Which dogs will run today and which will stay in the kennel? Which position in the dog team can a certain dog assume? Which dogs cannot go together in the same team? Which harness size is appropriate for which dog? Questions over questions, but already after a week the miracle starts to solve itself.
Update Jan 8th:
In December a photographer/film crew visited the husky farm. Here is the lovely video they composed: