We’ve all read the travel listicles, and seen photos of the husky dogs in Norway. The thick snow, the sleds, and the adorable huskies pulling you along. Sounds like a real pretty sight.
But what happens in the summer?
Well, you can still meet the huskies (even reindeers!), and you can still be pulled along by them. BUT it will be done on foot, without a sled, and you will perspire despite the close to 10°C weather.
When you’re visiting Norway in the summer, you get to take on a mountain hike with these adorable puppies along with professional guides. This is your chance to get some exercise along with the energetic husky puppies.
When the guide asked if we wanted to walk the dogs, we thought, “Why not?” It sounded like a good idea, plus we didn’t mind getting a chance to interact more closely with the puppies.
Calling it a ‘dog walk’ was an understatement. Expect the husky puppies to be on a leash, which is tied to a belt around your waist. You know you’re in for something serious when the puppies have to be tied to your waist. Not to forget the gloves to prevent rope burn.
(5 mins into the walk) “What did we just get ourselves into?!”
These Siberian Husky puppies were absolutely ecstatic throughout the entire walk. Also because they’re puppies, they aren’t as well-behaved. Most of them kept tugging on the lead while we were on the walk, while some kept getting distracted and deviated from the path.
We were defeated by siberian huskies.
If you think these puppies look small and harmless, you are wrong. They were wayyyyyyyy energetic, some where even kind of aggressive! Being able to go on a walk excited them so much they wouldn’t stop tugging at the lead. PLUS, they are pretty strong for their size, and omg I think my energy was completely drained out. I actually thought I would get a muscle cramp from resisting the tugs. LOL.
Never did I ever expect a casual walk would feel this intense. i think I drained more energy trying to resist their tugs, than trying to walk hahaha. The sun was hot, I got real sweaty under my knit sweater, and I had so much lactic acid built up throughout the whole journey. I really couldn’t wait for it to end.
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We weren’t the only ones catching our breaths, the puppies were pretty worn out too!! According to the guide, these arctic animals are at their optimal condition in the winter. That’s why they are not meant to be active over the summer, since the weather is hotter than they are used to.
We stopped for a short break around a campfire area, making casual chat with our guides. We were heating up reindeer sausages brought by the guide, and drinking warm berry juice. It was my first time grilling sausages on a twig and over a campfire – pretty interesting. All that while surrounded by the mountains and getting a brief view of the Langfjorden.
The entire journey up and down the mountains took about two hours, including the time we spent resting around the campfire. That’s pretty decent I suppose, and despite it being tiring, it was quite an experience to remember.
A pretty unique summer activity in Norway.
Definitely try out this mountain hike with the puppies when you’re visiting Norway in the summer! You will enjoy it, especially if you’re an animal-lover. Be prepared to perspire though. Wear appropriate sports shoes, and wear comfortable clothing for a short hike!
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How to book this activity:
Head to your hotel concierge to enquire about these activities. The hotels usually come with plenty of brochures and they are able to help you make arrangements for a driver to pick you up! We had quite an easy time booking this mountain hike with the husky puppies – got picked up and dropped off at our doorstep.
Location: Kirkenes, norway
Activity: Mountain hike with husky puppies
Duration: 2 hours
Price: Around 780 NOK
Photos taken with Canon 80D with 24-105 f/4 lens & Sony NEX-5N.
What would you prefer? Dog-sledding in the Winter, or hiking with the dogs in the summer?
Let me know!