Written by by Ang Li and photo credits to Karen and Wong, friends made during our Lapland trip
Huskies are the most hardworking animals I know so far because they don’t even rest during Christmas. Husky safari is pricey – far beyond our budget. My best friend J and I became speechless at the Price, upon our arrival at the hostel reception desk in Ivalo, a small town within the arctic circle in Finland.
After a thorough Internet research on the quality and price of husky safaris worldwide, J and I made our biggest investment in life. The next day, we were picked up by the agency owner at 6am, and two hours later, we wrapped ourselves like penguin astronauts.
With some basic instructions, we embarked on the amazing journey through dreamy Finnish forests with the most energetic huskies I have ever encountered. J was sitting in the “basket” while I was controlling the brake of the sled. Our six husky leaders rushed so fast that I had to constantly slow down their speed to avoid sled crash.
The freezing wind in December felt like blade cutting on my cheek, but the view was worth the hurt – what a surreal fairyland! While I was indulged in the immense excitement, I forgot to keep an eye on the huskies. Suddenly I spotted a sharp turn in front, but it was already too late to brake. Huskies were running like crazy and I was thrown into the air due to the inertia of their speed!
My mind went blank and the next thing I could remember was when I landed in the soft snow safe and sound. It was such a miracle that my body was still in one piece with no pain! Great, no medical expense incurred!
Then I saw J. Poor girl! The basket she was sitting in rolled over and the right side of her body splashed huge tides of snow. Needless to say, the huskies were still keeping their momentum to run with full force, as if they had some burning fires in their heart. Unstoppable!
Finally, our guide saved us from the sled accident. Luckily nobody got injured for God’s sake. J and I enjoyed the rest of the husky safari and we took a nice break at a camping site.
Despite the little incident, J and I still madly loved our husky babies. And we laughed our ass off the whole day upon recalling the funny scene. Husky safari in Finland is absolutely a once-in-a-lifetime experience for us that we wouldn’t miss for the world.
Thank you Ang-Li for sharing this post. Thank you for the pictures Karen and Wong and J. Ang-Li looking forward to more of your travel adventures articles around the world!! I am glad both of you survived the Sled accident and are ready for more adventures.
A thrilling experience, at a speedy pace through the breathtaking Lappish scenery Ivalo, Lapland, Finland .