Wide, white open spaces stretch out before you as far as you can see. The dogs are eager to go while you are given instructions by the guide. And then, you pull the snow anchors away and take off into the great white open. You will soon catch on and easily handle your own husky team. Mushing through this untouched wilderness expanse is unique even in northern Europe. In the evenings you all take part in cooking and eating of local produce in cosy mountain huts by the light of candles.
A crackling birch wood fire bids you a warm welcome to Saltoluokta mountain lodge, with its hundred-year old log walls and cosy atmosphere. A perfect setting for a welcome dinner before the adventure begins.
After a big breakfast the following morning it is time to make friends with the huskies and learn about the equipment. The trip is lead by Matti Holmgren, a very experienced mountain guide. His Siberian Huskies are the most well behaved and thoroughly trained dogs you can think of and therefore easy to work with.
The sleds are packed with all gear and food you need for a dog sled expedition in the mountains. You will have four Siberian Huskies at your command. Matti will easily teach you how to harness the dogs and how to manoeuvre the sled. You need no previous experience! Like if you want to stop, just yell “stop!” and the dogs will obey.
You start in birch forest land but soon reach the wide open spaces where no trees can grow. While you enjoy lunch sandwiches and a hot drink you can often find reindeers by your side grazing their lunch from a bare harsh piece of land. Nights are spent in cosy mountain huts, where everybody helps as much as they please. It could be to get water from the river, chop wood for the fire or cooking stew in the light of candles. But first the huskies need some care. Matti will help you to check their paws and condition. You will feed them and make sure they are fine before they cuddle up in the snow for their nights sleep.
In the morning you help to make breakfast for yourselves and the huskies. Today’s trip will take you to Aktse, an old mountain settlement where hunters and trappers have lived for hundreds of years. This is also known as the gate to Sarek National Park, truly one of the wildest and remotest areas in Europe. After a days touring the wild land another candlelight dinner will warm you up. The next day you will traverse open marshlands surrounded by majestic snow clad mountains. Listen to the silence all around. Pick out the distinct sounds of the wilderness that do not disrupt the feeling of ever present silence. Enjoy the look out for well camouflaged snow white ptarmigan!
You will follow the border of the national park, making several stops along the way. Maybe you want to try some ice fishing. It could mean Arctic char for dinner. The journey ends with a farewell dinner and an overnight stay back at Saltoluokta mountain lodge. No doubt you will bring with you a deeper knowledge of the strange bond between man and dog…