In the small village of Klocka, surrounded by low snow-capped mountains which seem to melt rather than dive into the fir forest, reindeer line Lake Annsjön and birds of prey fly freely above your head. However, these are not the only animals you’ll encounter in this charming and chilly village. A pack of bouncing dogs will be waiting for you to take the sled and let them guide you into the narrow paths within the forest and around the icy lakes in the area. Put on your warmest clothes and enjoy this thrilling adventure.
The first thing you will lay your eyes on is this group of massive dogs waiting to be leashed. However, don’t get intimidated by them, they might look strong and distant, but don’t be fooled by appearances; just reach out to them and you’ll see how adorable and playful they are. These dogs are so well-trained and well-behaved that they can tell from miles away if you are a novice musher so you will be in really good hands while using these dogs as your mean of transportation.
The unforgettable experience of dog-sledding
Your chilly adventure starts at Klocka. This is the only place that will make you forget for a while the ferocity of the cold weather. Klocka is a comfy old farmhouse changed into a relaxed boutique lodging with a sauna.
However, to start your dog-sledding tour, you’ll need to leave the comfortable and warm Klocka and get into the wilderness of cold Sweden. You will slowly get excited as the dogs howl, bark and bounce waiting to start the trip, but that’s just the beginning because, once the journey starts, “you don’t have to teach them how to pull, you have to teach how to stop!”, as one of the dog-trainers says.
It’s an amazing experience to feel the transition from the turbulent beginning of the dog-sledding on the deep snow to the smooth and rhythmic sledding on narrow forest trails. The rush of adrenaline from the speed of the riding makes you feel the king of the world.
Needless to say, the scenery is unbelievably breathtaking. The magnificent snowy view with the pinky red sunrise will stay with you forever. But hey, don’t get too much distracted! And keep your eyes on the road as you might find some obstacles to dodge such as branches of snowed trees.
It’s impossible not to be astonished by the power and resistance of these dogs that pull sleds over 50 km every day. But after riding for a while, you are exhausted and hungry. It’s time to grab a bite and go back Klocka. However, going home leaves you nostalgic. You want every second to last forever.
Riding the dog-sled is for sure something you must try at least once in your life. Just make sure to bring enough clothes to keep you warm. You might move funnily, but, believe us, that’s better than letting the freezing cold touch your body!
When is it a great time for dog-sledding?
The dog-sledding season in Klocka is from mid-December to late April and the best time is from February onwards since the weather is less cold.
How can I get there?
You can find the nearest airport at 125 km from Klocka at Ostersund. Scandinavian Airlines (ASA) from Solomon serves this airport several times. Besides, the boutique hotel of Klocka organizes snowmobiling activities and transportation to the airport.
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