The thing that strikes me most when thinking about Lapland is that every sense was overwhelmed by our experiences. I’ve never heard a silence more beautiful than the day we snow shoed through the forest. A symphony of snow crunching under our feet broke the quiet with its own unique melody and lulled my baby in my arms into an easy sleep. Dog sledding brought a different set of sensations…the feel of the wind in your face as the dogs seemed to float just above the snow, pulling us through fields and forests. The dogs moved with an excitement that was palpable, responding to the Finnish commands of their musher at the sled. Each bend and hill left you shifting; feeling off balance, then centered, then off balance again, all the while trusting in the dogs to lead the way. The journey was rewarded by cups of hot berry juice around the fire as the dogs settled in to rest for the day.
Photo credit for all photos: Jason Brandt, 2016