Raising the adventure bar in Norway
There are three important dog sledding rules:
1. Never let go of the sled’s rail; 2. Never let go of the sled’s rail; 3. Never forget rules one and two. —Instructor Michael Tiedemann of BIRK.
Garbed in a one-piece snowsuit to stave off Norway’s below-freezing February weather, I head toward a black dog leashed to one of the dozens of small houses in the outdoor kennel. After unleashing the eager pup I grab his collar and walk him to one of the waiting sleds. With help from expert dog sledder Franziska Kraiczy, I harness him beside another dog and attach that harness to a wooden sled. Six dogs, two per row, will race us through the snow-covered Pasvikdalen Valley in Svanik, located along the Norwegian and Russian border.