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Going the Husky Route in Swedish Lapland
Swedish wilderness tour guides Matti Holmgrem and Stina Svensson of Jokkmokkguiderna often spend days on end camping out and sledding through the spectacular mountain regions of Padjelanta and Sarek National Parks in Laponia with their 38 Siberian huskies and two pet border collies during winter. I tagged along with Matti, Stina and their huskies across frozen Lake Skabram in Swedish Lapland while visiting the 407+ year old Indigenous Sami market in Jokkmokk. Our sledding run was about 4 hours long round-trip though Matti and Stina definitely run longer trips into the nearby mountains as well as at night to catch the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). We rode past a small igloo village, through a few scanty woods where wild reindeer were running around, and we stopped for a while to roast sausages (korv) and bacon over an open flame. Originally from Jämtland in central Sweden, Matti Holmgren moved north to Jokkmokk to study ecology and his passion for the outdoors has kept him in Swedish Lapland for the last 20 years. Stina Svensson is from Skåne - southernmost part of Sweden - and moved up to join Matti in 2004 after successfully dating him online. Together with their huskies, they run one of the coolest routes in Lapland.
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