Our daily breakfast, with biscuits that we brought from home!
Awww look at them roll in the snow!
The two huskies from the front of the sled at the back kept coming up to us to get their dose of patting and rubs.
I was supposed to be the subject of this picture, but no… Look at these two huskies! TOO CUTE!
26th February 2015
On the second night of our stay in Tromsø, we woke up early to join our very first guided tour for a ride in the mountains… with those adorable dogs! It has always been on my bucket list to go for a dog-sled, and I’m so happy that both Jon & I did it together during our honeymoon. We booked our trip with Chasing Lights, who tied up with Artic Adventure Tours, and I’ve got to say it was one of the best experiences I’ve had so far! We met up with our guide at the appointed pick up location, drove us to the mountains where we met those dogs, and there were more than a hundred of them! They do look a little intimidating at first, but you will only know that all they want to do is for you to pat them and give them some cuddles. They were all so, so cute!
We were taught on the basics of dog-sledding, and of course Jon took the role to be the “driver” at the beginning because I was a little afraid. When we were brought to the sleds where the dogs were already tied on to, the howling got really loud it got a little scary! Just imagine 100 over of them howling at the same time, pulling the sleds that were tied on to even though they were anchored. They really wanted to run through the mountains, that’s what they do! And as the pack started moving off, they were really fast and the view they brought us to was absolutely Amazing! It was so good that I started tearing at both the amazing view, the feeling of having cold wind brushing against your face (though it can get too cold), and the fact that I was enjoying this moment with my husband.
This may sound a little unsightly, but the dogs actually poo and run simultaneously which can get a little smelly. Even though it smelt bad, it was bearable and more amusing than anything else to me. Oh, and they also start to eat the snow while running too, how cute! The entire activity lasted for about two to three hours, and we were brought to a small hut to keep ourselves warm with a fireplace, hot chocolate & cakes!
Later that evening, we joined Chasing Lights for their guided tour to hunt down the Aurora Borealis, but the weather wasn’t on our side. It was so cloudy it covered the lights when it finally appeared for that few minutes, it was really disappointing. But the experience with them was amazing. They shared with us where the lights usually appear from, and we even had a campfire with the packed expedition food (in army terms: combat ration). I had the chicken pasta, and as a non-beef lover, I actually thought that Jon’s beef pasta tasted really good! I guess it was a blessing in disguise that we couldn’t catch the lights that evening because my camera’s battery died on me as well.
Even though we didn’t catch the Northern Lights that night, I really thought that this day was definitely one of the most memorable highlight from our Honeymoon. ♡