…and off we go! As soon as the days get longer, the temperature is rising and spring is in the air, we pack our sledges and take our guests into the beautiful remote area of the arctic tundra.
A unique mountaintour is the 8-day dogsledding adventure to Sweden’s northernmost point, Treriksröset. This year we did an adjusted version, due to Corona test requirements for our single guest from Germany. It has nevertheless been a wonderful tour.
Starting from our kennel, the route leads first through the taiga forest and over frozen rivers to a small cabin along the Torne River. A lot of snow was predicted for this day, but not so much came luckily. The trails were very nice and fast and we arrived at the cabin just after lunch. The rest of the day we enjoyed being with the dogs and taking a nice and long sauna, knowing that we wouldn’t have any other sauna possibility on the tour.
The next day we woke up early, facing the long day ahead of us. It was snowing a bit, but worse was the wind, that became stronger during the morning. The forest was a bit of a shelter against it, but on the open lakes all we could see was white. We spotted a single reindeer crossing our trail and while sledding over the big lake Stállojávri, passing the small village of Salmi, it stopped snowing and we could enjoy the scenery of the approaching mountains. We enjoyed watching the environment change from taiga forest to tundra plateau. The whole day we only came across some snowmobiles passing us going for some icefishing in the big lakes in this area. A popular activity of the local people. When we arrived at the cabin the sun was warming our faces and the dogs were enjoying sunbathing after a 65 km run. We were happy with the company of Jan and Floris, who already warmed up the cabin and got some water from the frozen lake. That really speeded up the daily ritual of making food for the dogs and drying all the wet stuff. After feeding we dug some trenches for the dogs to protect them from the wind that was becoming stronger. We put on the jackets for the dogs and then we could enjoy our evening inside the small, beautifully located, cabin.
During the night the wind became stronger and, in the morning, it was again all white we could see. From the Sami settlement Kamas the trail is leading us over some more plateau to the fisher village of Rostojaure. A demanding stretch for the dogs. Not only because of the strong wind, but more of the snow conditions. A hard layer of snow with soft snow underneath resulted in a tough run for the dogs, since they sink through and have to climb out of the snow all the time. Rostojaure was a very welcome place to stop for a lunchbreak, although the cabins were close this year. It gave us a bit shelter from the wind and the sun was shining bright, while we were eating our lunch. Realising this was not a good place to put our tent, we decided to drive a bit further, hoping to make it to the wind shelter we saw on the map. Luckily the trails were much better after the break and good conditions along the reindeer fence gave us the possibility to shortcut the snowmobile track. The last descent to the wind shelter gave us a beautiful scenery of the landscape in the mountains. Although the long and demanding day, this was a true gift and we could enjoy it very much. The dogs were happy when we arrived at the shelter and again they could enjoy the warmth of the sun. This night we were so lucky to witness the most amazing northern lights. An ultimate gift, especially in the mountains.
The day after the wind was still blowing a lot and we decided to have a rest day. The dogs really appreciated it, and so did we. The day we spend with taking care of the dogs, cuddling them and reorganising our stuff.
After our day of rest, we started our way back south following the snowmobile tracks. We had some leaders in the front who didn’t have the experience of leading in the mountains and they did very well. Close to Rostojaure we, all of a sudden, came across a herd of reindeer right on the track. Some dogs were really excited about this rendez-vous, but the lead dogs were luckily more interested in following the commands. So, we could witness these beautiful animals from a safe, with the least disturbance, distance. We found a really nice spot to have lunch, out of the wind and in the sun, and we sat there for one and a half hour to have a proper break for the dogs. Enjoying the rest of the track sledding in the sun we arrived back in Kamas, with almost no wind.
The last day of our tour led us back from the tundra to the taiga forest. Just before we started our descent back to civilisation we saw a single animal running away from us. Too big for a fox, but not looking like a reindeer. Could it have been a wolverine? We will never know for sure, since it was too quick for us to identify. We followed the track to Kattuvuoma, not a punishment on this beautiful sunny day. The last stretch over Torneträsk gave the opportunity to train some more with the leaders on the commands, sending them from left to right and back again. At the end of the afternoon we arrived on the parking place in Torneträsk, where Jan was waiting for us to bring us back to Kauppinen.
Looking back on a wonderful experience, we said goodbye to the mountains and their hidden treasures.
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