The best place for a fun winter getaway is the arctic Lapland (Finland). Why? Because there’s no other place on Earth where the endless arctic wilderness is in such great balance with the quality of services, comfort and the attitude of amazing Finnish people! Also, Taiga and us share a belief that the best way to clean your mind from everyday stuff is to be surrounded by a few meters of snow and temperatures of up to -45° C for a week or two. And get a free first row view on Aurora Borealis (Northern lights) almost every cloudless night. It was our third time in Finnish Lapland and second time at the surroundings of Ylläs mountain. And even though we stayed there for a whole week second year in a row, there are still many trails left unchecked for the next year!
The beauty of Ylläs is its’ development and dog-friendlyness: there are over 400km of serviced cross country ski tracks, quite a big part of them is marked specifically as skijoring tracks to enjoy with your dogs, endless miles of snowshoe hiking tracks and wider snow tracks for (rare) snowmobiles and dog sleds. We tried to think of a single thing which is missing in that area and couldn’t come up with anything. Well, maybe the only issue would be the distance – we have to drive 1700km from our home to reach it, but it’s doable in 24 hours including a 2:30h ferry and plenty of resting stops, so again, nothing to complain about.
And you wouldn’t believe how a malamute shines in the arctic! It seems that our Taiga became a crazy puppy again once she jumped out of the car into a few meters of snow. We were instantly reminded how wild, fast and happy our little monster is 🙂
Even though we couldn’t do a lot of sports due to the post-surgery period, Taiga still managed to collect a lot of hiking miles (well, actually, it looked more like scuba diving in the snow most of the time), summited three of the seven local peaks (ok, they were more like average hills) and even had a first DIY sledding experience with a child which we borrowed from our friends 🙂
The only problem with our holiday was that it had to end at some point. We were really stressed about Taiga getting really depressed (as it was the year before) after returning from a winter wonderland to a wet and sloppy Lithuanian reality, but this year it wasn’t so bad – we have snow back at home and it doesn’t seem that it’s going away anywhere soon!
So the next blog update will be about the first fun sledding experiences with a lot of Taiga’s long tailed friends. In the meantime, do enjoy some photos from our winter getaway in wonderful Lapland.