Archive for the ‘DOGS’ Categoryby Northernmost on March 13, 2011 in ACTIVITIES & WORK, Nature, Skijoring & Sledding, Titan, Tuisku with No Comments
Nooo, we didn’t go to Greenland…but we did make another beautiful trip along the coast today, skijoring in the Bjuröklubb Nature Reserve with Tuisku and Titan.
In winter, the coastal landscape on the northern coast of Sweden looks a bit like a slice of Greenland. Directly behind the peaks the land drops steeply into the open ocean. We made sure we didn’t get too close to the edge.
The weather gods listened and we’re back in business! The temperature has dropped well below zero and we had a fantastic time today, skijoring on the windswept ice of a nearby ocean bay about 10 minutes from home.
Found an old photo in my archives – Leia and Tuisku in wet spring weather back in 2006. For some reason this photo really makes me miss Lapland….I must make a trip up there soon!
It’s been a cold week with temperatures below -30C (-22F). Today was a little warmer so Thunder, Leia and I went on a skijoring excursion from home to the sea bay – a 2 hour run in a changing scenery.
I got myself a new sled for my birthday or, maybe I should say, I bought an old sled with a brand new sled bag, as this Polaris nordic style pulka sled, made by Gösta Karlberg of Kallasgården in Dalarna, is somewhere between 20-30 years old. Still in excellent condition though! Gösta has been building sleds and mushing dogs for more than 40 years and his Polaris skijoring pulks are very popular among competitive skijorers in Sweden.
We’re not into racing with our Malamutes but this lightweight pulk will be perfect for mountain excursions as the large and functional sled bag packs everything you need for a week-long excursion.
We had a nice and interesting visit at Kallasgården, where we also got to meet Gösta’s beautiful Greenland Dogs. Gösta is a great source of information when it comes to trails, dogs and equipment. I’m sure we’ll be visiting again to buy a second sled in the future.
Today I took Gem and Titan skijoring during my lunch break. There are many winding trails in the forests surrounding our home, some long and some short. I picked a trail that headed in the direction of the sun – after a long winter I’m definitely in need of some sunshine!
It’s fun to explore new trails, every day we see something new.
February is beautiful and blue.
It’s our first winter in our new home in Sweden. The fall was a busy time, we spent nearly every evening and weekend building pens, dog houses and creating a big playarea for the dogs. Now, when all the work is finally done, we have time to enjoy the best of winter – February, March and April!
The village where we live is situated only a couple of miles from the coast which means we enjoy a fairly mild climate and get plenty of snow. With a dump of fresh snow nearly every day this winter the trails are smooth, soft and not too fast – ideal conditions for skijoring with a team of eager Malamutes!
Titan in the playarea with the new pens and dog houses in the background. We built the dog houses in the same style as our dog houses in Lapland – the dogs like them and the design is functional so we decided to stick to something we know.
Looks like we will be having plenty of snow this winter. :)
You can see our two locations on the map; Nedre Bäck in the north of Sweden, and the village of Hetta in Finnish Lapland in the north of Finland.