On our second day in Lapland we had an early start, so we made the most of the breakfast buffet in our hotel, before being picked up for a day trip with Easy Travel.
Our first stop of the day was to the Artic Circle Husky Park, where we first got to stroke the huskies.
Before having the most exhilarating, amazing husky ride through the forest.
We loved it so much, we paid for a second husky ride!
After the excitement of the husky rides, we went inside a cosy wooden building and drank warm berry juice in front of the fire.
One of the women that looks after the huskies told us more about the animals and answered any questions we had.
A few things we learnt:
-The huskies they have are all purebred Siberian huskies. Many people expect big fluffy dogs, but that type of husky is bred more for looks as opposed to them being a working dog.
-For huskies the colder the better, as they prefer to run in temperatures of -20 degrees or below. Once the weather is around 15 degrees or slightly less, it’s too warm for the huskies to run.
-There’s an order to the way huskies are placed when pulling sledges. The dogs at the front must be fast and understand the instructions called to them by the person on the sledge, the middle dogs keep the pace and add to pulling power/numbers and the ones closest to the sledge must be the strongest as they’re pulling most of the weight.
After an amazing time at the Husky Park, we was taken to the Napapiirin Porofarmi Oy (reindeer farm).
We started by feeding the beautiful animals lichen, which is a moss full of energy. Lichen is easy to find in cold, artic temperatures and is a reindeers favourite food.
After feeding the reindeers and taking photos, we entered a cosy wooden building and sat in front of the fire as the reindeer herder told us stories.
He told us stories and legends about the artic and the northern lights.
The northern lights in Finland are associated with the artic fox. The story goes that the fox was cold, so he ran so fast through the snow that his tail sent sparks into the sky creating the Aurora (northern lights). The Finnish word for the northern lights is ‘revontulet’, which literally translates as ‘fire fox’.
After enjoying all of the local stories, we then went on a reindeer ride!
Reindeers walk at a slower, steadier pace so we could take the lead and do the reindeer ride by ourselves.
Once we’d completed our ride, we warmed up inside one of the buildings with warm berry juice and cookies, before being handed our very own reindeer driving licence!
After a really wonderful time, we hopped back in the car and was dropped off back at our hotel, where we spent some time relaxing.
As it reached late afternoon we visited some of the local stalls and shops in the centre of Rovaniemi.
Had dinner in McDonald’s, where I tried out some of the veggie options which were really good.
Before walking my mum and brother back to our hotel. They turned in for the night, but me and my partner was booked on a northern lights tour so we headed off to meet our group.
We drove away from the city and all of the light pollution into a forest.
As it was cloudy we saw the northern lights but much of it was blocked out by clouds that moved across the sky.
However, we still had a lovely night and got to spend a few hours in a beautiful location finding the lights.
As it was late, we got back on the coach and headed to our hotel, tired and ready for bed.