Many people who visit Finland are keen to take part in husky dog sledding. Otherwise known as “mushing,” husky dog sledding is a thrilling and memorable way to take in the Scandinavian Arctic wilderness. With a little expert tuition, you can even take charge of your own team of huskies while visiting Finnish Lapland! If you are an animal or dog lover, husky dog sledding will hold a special kind of appeal for you as you will be interested to see these wonderful working dogs in action.
Huskies are visually striking, with wolf-like looks, a thick, double, fluffy coat, and beautiful blue or brown eyes. They can even have one eye of each color! The husky is a pack dog. So, it needs to have a clear pack leader, and training must start from an early age to ensure that it is well-behaved.
Huskies are intelligent dogs. They are known for being escape artists! They will have a good try at jumping over any fence, or digging underneath it, in an effort to run free.
The huskies that pull your sled in Finnish Lapland are likely to be kept on a husky farm that could accommodate anywhere from 40 to 400 dogs. Did you know that even though they are hardy, robust dogs that are resilient to the cold, they are still susceptible to frostbite in the winter?
Luckily, they are usually very well looked after. A vet checks them over regularly for any health issues. And at the first sign of a problem, they take a break indoors or somewhere a little warmer.
They adore what they do, however, and are athletic, alert, and have great stamina. They are also good-natured, extremely affectionate dogs who genuinely enjoy human company.
So, now you know a little bit about huskies and how pulling a sled across the Arctic landscape is something at which they excel. That is why so may people choose to see nature’s most spectacular light show, the Aurora Borealis, while sledding through snowy forests accompanied by the sound of paws on snow and swishing sleigh runners.
Finland is one of the best places on earth to spot the Northern Lights. They are visible roughly 200 nights a year in Finnish Lapland. Book yourself a dog sled tour or safari, and before long, you will be mushing your own dogsled through the snow of Finnish Lapland. There is truly no better way to see the frozen landscape than in the company of these wonderful dogs.