Tweets from the Sled

We recently took a four-day dogsledding trip in Northern Sweden as part of our quest to see the Northern Lights. Our number one instruction was “Always have one hand on the sled”, and since I don’t have the talent to tweet with one hand, much less with one hand in winter gloves while cruising along at 10-15 kilometers per hour, I stored all my Tweet-like thoughts in my head and have compiled them here. Overall, they provide some insight as to what the experience was like!

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So here, in no particular order, are some random thoughts from the sled.

  • I love the smell of dog poop in the morning #dogsledding (with apologies to Robin Williams)
  • We followed a reindeer for ages – he didn’t cede the trail, we couldn’t pass
  • Reindeer have an incredibly awkward gait
  • Gorgeous blue color revealed when snow sections separate and sink
  • Knives are incredibly useful tools: poker, potholder, opener
  • Prettiest outhouse I’ve ever seen – or used
  • Love that lingonberry juice, especially warmed at lunch
  • Swedish children begin learning English in First Grade
  • Almond potatoes are a new find – they make great potato chips!
  • Candlelit walkway to the outhouse was a nice touch
  • I’ve never seen Styrofoam seats in an outhouse but they make perfect sense!
  • I can’t believe they let just anybody drive a dogsled
  • Saw the Northern Lights!
  • Sunlight makes the snow sparkle
  • Saw a moose!
  • These dogs are STRONG and they are happy to be home

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2 thoughts on “Tweets from the Sled

  1. Jamie, while I’m admittedly not fond of frigid temperatures, I’d brave the elements for such an excursion. It looks like four dogs were required to pull one adult? And, how was visibility for the Northern Lights?

    • Our guide had 6 dogs, but the rest of us had four. They all worked very hard but seemed to love it. We saw the Northern Lights both up at one of the cabins – where the best viewing happened to be from inside as we were getting ready to head to bed. At the Ice Hotel, we had a wide panoramic view and saw lights over about 180 degrees. That was our better sighting, but it’s all luck in the end.

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