Archive for the ‘Tuisku’ Categoryby Northernmost on April 11, 2011 in ACTIVITIES & WORK, Skijoring & Sledding, Thunder, Tuisku with No Comments
We picked the right day for our Torne River excursion; brilliant sunshine and just a couple of degrees below zero – April at its best! The Torne River is a major highway for dog teams and snowmobiles travelling from the interior of Swedish Lapland to the mountains of the north. The river runs through the village of Jukasjärvi (home to the famous Icehotel) before reaching the village of Kurravaara, which was the starting point of our trip. We had brought Tuisku and Thunder along and they did great in harness. We skijored up to the Alajaure Nature Reserve and had a truly wonderful day out on the ice!
This was one of my favourite skijoring trips of the season – so far!
This picture always makes me smile; Jeti playing the flute and Tuisku diggin’ the music. 😉 Jeti was a truly remarkable dog, sadly she’s no longer with us but is always in our hearts and in our thoughts.
Jeti, we miss you clever girl!
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!
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.
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.