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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.

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First thing in the morning. Cleaning.

 

Dance with a beast - taking dogs from their huts to their "workplace"

Dance with a beast – taking dogs from their huts to their “workplace”

 

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Feeding

Feeding

 

The sleds already in place. The dogs still to come.

The sleds already in place. The dogs still to come.

 

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"We don't want to wait any longer. Let's go!"

“We don’t want to wait any longer. Let’s go!”

 

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If only the snow scooter would start

If only the snow scooter would start

 

From dawn straight to dusk. The sun never says hello these days.

From dawn straight to dusk. The sun never says hello these days.

 

And back into the night ...

And back into the night …

 

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After a strenuous day, back to the kennel

 

Team Awesome. The dog people.

Team Awesome. The dog people.

 

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Until tomorrow …

Update Jan 8th:

In December a photographer/film crew visited the husky farm. Here is the lovely video they composed: