Dog sleding in Lapland
Phil -- Nov 19, 2013 08:32 am
I have always wanted to experience dog sledding and in 2001 found the Silent Way Company - a family run company in Sweden. Since then I have been back for the last 13 years going on trips through the mountains, across lakes and rivers and through forests improving my technique. I have even been trained by Kenneth to take part in long distance races, 4 in all, the last being the Finnmark 500 in 2012.
You might ask why go back so many times. Well the Swedish scenery that you travel through is spectacular, Kenneth and Catrine are such good hosts, but for me above all it is the dogs themselves.Kenneth and Catrine train them to be such social dogs that are easy and pleasing to work with.There is a good sense of satisfaction at the end of each days mushing, you feel that you have really achieved something.Cosy cabins or lodges, good food and good company in a challenging environment makes for memories that will last a lifetime.
If you have never tried dogsledding Kenneth will guild you through what is required. He is an expert mountain guild and so you can feel safe and confident on the tours
I if I have any regrets it is that I did not discovered dogsledding earlier in life and my recommendation to anyone thinking of a different winter sport try dogsledding.Head up to Lapland,experience the friendliness and warmth of Swedish hospitality and enjoy the sense of achievement of working with dogs in a winter environment.
I have found this company to offer a good introduction to dogsledding for the novice and challenging enough for those who have tried dogsledding before - it is some of the best mountain dog sledding in Sweden.
Sound of Silence
Harald -- Nov 03, 2013 09:28 am
I did Sound of Silence in march 2013. We were lucky that the wheather was fine and the snow conditions were pretty good. According to me the highest scores for all parameters are appropriate, but you must be aware that you are out in the wilderness the whole week and therefore it is often hard work on the trail and afterwards at dog handling. Before you start mushing the first time, Kenneth gives you detailed theoretical and practical advice how to handle the sled and the dogs (let me tell you this is not self-evident at other dog sledding companies). The dogs are nice, friendly and very well trained. No barking and pulling while you harness them. The trails: Easy travelling on the lakes and rivers, but very challenging up in the mountains. The service is excellent both in Umnäs and out on tour. The meal is fantastic. A few words to the size of the group: I'd prefer smaller groups (2 to 4 guests maximum) and it should be paid attention to the homogeneity of the group in respect of the mushing experiences. I'll return to Cathrine and Kenneth twice in 2014 to experience the different weather conditions in january and march and to improve my mushing skills.