Husky keeper readies his sledge for a Husky Safari, Lapland, Finland
But our sledge dogs today were thankfully the less bad-tempered Alaskan Malamites. They were overfriendly and clearly raring to take us on a ride. Marek said the dogs loved long excursions but were put off if they knew the ride was short. That made me feel less guilty having these lovely dogs put on a leash for me and have them drag me across the Arctic forest. They looked huge but weighed only 35 kilos. When I attempted to pet one of them my hand sank in the furry coat. The dogs were all hair and fur and that's what kept them going in the sub zero Arctic winter.