Dog Sledding with Huskies & Seeing the Northern Lights in Lapland

One of the huskies close-up during the ride. This is one of my favorite shots!

One of the huskies close-up during the ride. This is one of my favorite shots I took from our adventure!

My family and I had the chance to go Dog Sledding with Huskies and also to see the Northern Lights while on our visit to Rovaniemi, Finland a few weeks ago. Our trip to Lapland was one of the most exciting trips that we have ever taken!

Dog sledding with the huskies was probably one of the most exhilarating and relaxing experiences of our lives. The huskies were so excited before we went off for our ride… they kept doing this weird jump that reminded us of a fox while hunting. They couldn’t keep still and could hardly wait to go on the run!! We signed up for a one hour safari at the resort where we were staying (Santa Claus Holiday Village). When we signed up for the safari, we had no idea that my husband would be the one to actually drive the sled. Wow!! He had to go through a little lesson on how to use the brakes by pressing down on a wedge with his foot that went into the snow. He was also told how to assist the huskies while going uphill by pushing off in the snow with his feet. Mia and I sat in the sled and were covered in blankets since we were going on a pretty long ride. There was one sled in front of us with our tour guide and another sled behind us with another dad and his daughter.

After the huskies took off for our ride, all you could hear was Mia and I screaming with such excitement for about 10 minutes straight!! We were not expecting them to go so fast and we also went through such a twisted path at the beginning which went so close to so many big trees covered in snow. We kept thinking our sled was going to run right into them!! After the first 15 minutes of total excitement, we found ourselves in the middle of the most beautiful snow-covered forest. We were able to sit back and truly enjoy being in the Arctic Circle and Lapland! There were moments during the ride that we could not see the sled in front or back of us and it was just my family and I alone with the huskies in the forest. Although our tour started at noon, the sun was already setting around 1:00. The sun would rise around 11:00 and would be set by 2:00, so there was very little daylight there. Here are some of the photos I was able to get while riding in the sled and a few shots from right after our exciting ride:

This is the entrance to the husky sled dogs.  It was so beautiful all covered in snow!

This is the entrance to the husky sled dogs. It was so beautiful all covered in snow!

I saw this husky sleeping so peacefully in the snow when we first arrived for our sled ride.

I saw this husky sleeping so peacefully in the snow when we first arrived for our sled ride.

Danny and another dad learning how to drive the sled!

Danny and another dad learning how to drive the sleds!

Danny and Mia getting ready for our sled ride.

Danny and Mia getting ready for our sled ride.

Mia and I in the sled getting ready for one of the coolest rides of our lives!

Mia and I in the sled getting ready for one of the coolest rides of our lives!

The huskies getting ready for our sled ride.

The beautiful huskies getting ready for our sled ride.

The sun setting on our ride in Lapland.

The sun setting on our ride in Lapland.

  Enjoying the peacefulness… we were  all by ourselves  with the amazing huskies at this point during the ride.

Enjoying the peacefulness… we were all by ourselves with the amazing huskies at this point during the ride.

The beautiful scenery and the sun setting on our sled ride.

The beautiful scenery and the sun setting on our sled ride.

The huskies working hard  on our ride through a beautiful  snow covered forest.

The huskies working hard on our ride through a beautiful snow covered forest.

Mia and I right after our  exhilarating husky sled ride!

Mia and I right after our exhilarating husky sled ride! Our faces were frozen!

This amazing husky loved on Mia right after our sled ride!

This amazing husky loved on Mia right after our sled ride!  So sweet!!

Meeting a cute husky puppy while thawing out by the fire after our sled ride!

We met a cute husky puppy while thawing out by the fire after our sled ride! Our camera was fogged up from the heat in the hut!

Mia enjoying a gingerbread cookie after enjoying the yummy Salmon.

Mia enjoying a gingerbread cookie by the fire after enjoying some yummy Salmon right after our husky sled ride.

This little hut has the best Salmon… cooked over an open flame!

This little hut has the best Salmon… cooked over an open flame by Konsta the chef!

One of my dreams has always been to see the Northern Lights in person.  We knew that it could be hit or miss when trying to see them.  We only had two nights to see them and we had no luck the first night of our trip even though the sky was completely clear that night.  So, we had one last night and I was really hoping that we would get to see them on our trip to Lapland.  I researched the internet to see what our chances would be that evening and what the best time to go out to look at the sky for them.  I found out that the best time would be between 10:00 and 11:00, but we only had a moderate chance of seeing them according to the Auroras Now! website.

It was so cold (-6 F) and we could only stand to be outside for short periods of time, so we got all bundled up and headed outside at around 10:00.  We looked around and didn’t see anything and then I noticed a slight arched light gray hazy line about 2 feet in height started to form across the sky not far from the horizon.  We decided to climb up this snow mound close to our cabin and waited to see if anything would appear.  Then slowly right before our eyes this arched line started to change from the grey to orangish to a bright green!!  It would change in shape and disappear and then slowly appear again and at one point took up much of the sky at the horizon.  We were in complete shock!!! The whole show only lasted about 20 maybe 25 minutes top.  I wish I was better prepared to take photos I didn’t even have a tripod!  I hope that one day we will have the opportunity to go back and I will be able to getter shots.  Here is what we were able to get… Not great, but I’m sure you can tell that they are the Northern Lights: 

The Northern Lights only gave us a show for about 20 minutes, but it was a dream come true to see them in person!

The Northern Lights only gave us a show for about 20 minutes, but it was a dream come true to see them in person!

One of the coolest things we have ever seen!

One of the coolest things we have ever seen!

The Northern Lights in the sky right above where we stayed.

The Northern Lights in the sky right above where we stayed.

The amazing Northern Lights suddenly appeared in the sky right in front of our eyes!

The amazing Northern Lights suddenly appeared in the sky right in front of our eyes!

The snow mound were we viewed the Northern Lights.

I took this shot the next morning before leaving Lapland… this is the snow mound where we viewed the Northern Lights.

I will have one more post to end the craziest and most exciting  year of our lives so far. To end 2013, I  will share the story of a little angel who has been traveling with my family this past year.

We can now cross off these latest Red Pin Adventures off our travel bucket list:

Dog Sledding with Huskies

Lapland – See the Northern Lights

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