May 2, 2004
Outside Magazine

The Trip-Finder, January 1998

Dogsledding in Lapland

Outfitter Departures Price Accommodations
Borton Overseas
800-843-0602, 612-822-4640
6 $1,600 rustic lodging

The Route: An eight-day mush led by renowned dogsled racer Sven Engholm from the high Arctic village of Karasjok out across the Finnmark Plateau and back through low birch trees and tundra. Nights are spent in mountain lodges.

When to go: December to March

Difficulty: Moderate

Travel advisory: If you suffer from seasonal affective disorder, don't do this trip in December — it's perpetually dark then. Even in early February the sun doesn't rise until 10 a.m. and sets at 2:30 p.m.

High/low points:

  • The utter silence of the Arctic after the bouncing sleds, clinking dog harnesses, and mushing commands have stopped.
  • Failing to see even one reindeer because the herds don't roam these parts.

Copyright 1998, Outside magazine

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