Last week I got to fulfil two of my childhood dreams; 1. to step into a room full of puppies and 2. go on a husky ride in beautiful arctic landscapes. The event in question was a work trip to the Norwegian city of Tromsø, the biggest city in the Nordic countries north of the arctic circle. To my great excitement the cultural program of the visit consisted of an unforgettable husky safari in the Arctic valley landscape, with views of the Lyngen Alps on one side and the Lyngenfjord on the other.
The husky farm we visited is situated about 40 minutes from Tromsø with bus and is the home of 120 happy huskies. On the bus ride there, our guide told us that the farm had just welcomed 18 new puppies, just waiting to be cuddled. Talk about a perfect timing! And let me tell you, it wasn’t just the puppies that wanted to be cuddled. 90 % of the other dogs are just as friendly and love contact with humans. Some of the huskies even got so excited that they “jumped” at you with kisses as you were walking by. There was especially one dog that caught my attention. He was so happy to be cuddled that he wouldn’t let go of me by any means. 😀
In addition to being cuddled these dogs really love running. As soon as we got off that bus they started barking and jumping of excitement which got even louder and crazier when we took our places on the sleds. Each sled is pulled by six dogs, that run side by side in pairs. One person is sitting on the sled and one is standing behind it, steering the dogs. During the tour the driver and the passenger switch places so both get to do both. If the sled gets too heavy for the dogs, when going uphill for example, the driver has to help out by pushing the sled from behind. And if you for some reason don’t, the dogs will remind you by giving you long judgemental looks. 😀
After our hour-long sledding tour in the Arctic valley landscape we made sure to thank the dogs properly. When they seemed content with their thanks, we went inside to have some coffee and to meet the puppies. I don’t know which part of the visit I enjoyed more, the dog sledding tour or meeting the puppies. All I know is that I had an enormous smile on my face for the rest of the day.