While I was in Lapland in November, I made a lot of special memories, which I’m sure will stay with me for a lifetime. A Husky adventure in the beautiful North of Norway was one of them.
Dog sledding is an adventure that, no doubt can be found on most peoples bucket lists. So it won’t come as a surprise that it has been something that I have wanted to experience for a while. Having said that, a few years ago, you wouldn’t have found me anywhere near this many dogs, in fact I wouldn’t have been close to any dogs at all. I have suffered from a dog phobia for many years and when I say phobia, I mean panic attacks, not being able to think straight, I even started shaking when I got to close to a dog. I hated being controlled by fear to that degree, so I decided to face that fear and part of that decision was getting a dog. Since I have let her into my life my fear has disappeared bit by bit, but I must admit I had my doubts whether I might have a relapse standing between 43 huskies.
The husky adventure started at Tana Husky, a tour operator for dog sledding tours in the North of Norway. The company and tours are run by Dag, a man that has turned his passion into his job. He takes part in a long distance husky race in Norway in March each year. The race starts in Tana Bru and the dogs race all the way to Alter (Western Norway) and back to Tana Bru in approximately six days. By the end of the race each participant must have at least six dogs left in order to finish. Dag has been taking part in these events for years and trains new dogs every year to become potential racing huskies.
Tana Husky offers a variety of different Husky tours, everything from tasters, one hour trips, day trips or even multiple day adventures through the Norwegian wilderness. Dag and his family not only use this is a way to make a living, but also to finance his passion, the husky races.
The moment I stepped out of the car, all my doubts disappeared and I was overwhelmed by the positive energy of these beautiful dogs. Dag has 43 Huskies of different age, gender and strength. All the dogs are Alaskan Huskies which are a cross bread of Siberian Huskies, Greyhounds, Whippets, Hunting and Pointing dogs to create the skill set necessary for the dogs to survive and perform during the harsh winter conditions. Dag tells me that he knows that a dog will be a good leader when it is determined to continue no matter what the weather conditions or distractions.
A quick cuddle with the Husky pups and off we went. There were three of us and we each had our own scooter with a guide leading the eight dogs. The scooter is used as an alternative for dog sledding when there isn’t enough snow. My guide was the 19 year old Silvia from Germany, who is working at Tana Husky as a volunteer during her gap year. Being a husky guide has to be one of the coolest jobs on the planet!
The husky adventure was a fun way to explore the wintery landscape of Northern Norway. The fields were covered with a dusting of snow and the sky had the most amazing pastel colours. My personal highlight of the two hour ride was having a go at driving the dog scooter myself. Our guides took us to a beach near the half frozen Tana River to ensure that there were as little obstacles around as possible. After a quick introduction to the breaks of the scooter, I was leading the dogs over the ice of the river. What an incredible feeling that was! The dogs were well trained and easy to guide, even for somebody that has never been on a dog scooter before.
The husky adventure with Tana Husky has been a breath-taking experience, one that I will always remember. I could not imagine a better way to explore the magical landscape of Northern Norway.
Thanks to Tana Husky for hosting me on this day trip. As always all opinions are my own.
Have you ever been dog sledding before? I’d love to hear about your winter adventures.
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