The dogs are howling and eager to get moving. The brakes of the sleds are released and the team rushes away, silently, over vast, majestic, snow-clad spaces.
The tour starts at midday from Aurora Borealis Adventure Camp where the arctic dogs live. This base camp is situated in the little village of Ekorrsele by the untamed waters of the River Vindel in southern Lapland. There is a cosy cottage where visitors can spend the night.
Before starting out, you get acquainted with the dogs and are thoroughly briefed about driving techniques. Then, equipped with warm clothes and a team of eager dogs, you set off into a magnificent landscape of snow, forests, mountains and ice. You drive your own team with four or six dogs. Apart from panting of the dogs and creaking of the sledge runners, silence is ever present.
The wind bites your cheeks a little as you gather speed. After a few hours of driving it’s time for a delicious Northern casserole cooked over an open fire.
Then the tour continues across swamps and frozen lakes back to the cottage where you are served a dinner consisting entirely of local Västerbotten delicacies. Thin slices of reindeer meat or salmon smoked at a high temperature together with almond-shaped potatoes taste divine after an adventurous day in the white wilderness.
Next day it’s time for new sled tours in the area. From time to time you will meet large herds of reindeer, maybe a moose or perhaps a fox. You may spot a great wood grouse and a black grouse. Often during late winter and early spring, golden eagles may be spotted sailing high above.