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A day in the life of a Lapland destination manager

I woke up this morning in my cosy Northern Lights Cabin and looked out of the window to see the sun shining down on the far side of the river.

NL Cabin

I went to Harriniva to see my guests. They were super excited as they were about to go out on a 17km Husky Safari. I was telling them all about our 420 dogs and their smiles got bigger the more I told them.

Their husky guide arrived and asked me if I wanted to go out with my guests as there was an odd number.

husky

We walked across to the husky farm and we could hear the dogs howling and barking. One lady was a bit scared so I explained to her that the dogs were just excited and wanted to run and that once they were untied they would calm down.

husky 3

 

She asked me to be her partner and said I could drive first. She sat in the sleigh and I stood on the brake whilst I waited for the guide to untie the dogs, then all off a sudden it went silent and we were off.

husky 2

 

I always think the first 30 seconds are a bit scary as the dogs run out of the yard, happy to be free, and then they settle in to a gentle trot.

Mushing huskies is the most exhilarating experience ever, we went across frozen lakes where the sunny views were stunning then through snowy forests which were like going through Narnia. It was so peaceful, no noise and no one else around. At the half way point, we stopped and swapped drivers. Once I was the passenger I could relax a bit more and take photos of the amazing scenery. At the end, we got shown around the husky farm, were given information about the dogs and got to cuddle the husky puppies.

puppies

They were so cute, everyone wanted to steal them! 

After this I headed to Jeris to see my guests. They had been out on the 'Local Culture' experience and were really happy. They said it was magical being pulled through the snowy forest by the reindeer and that the reindeer farm was very picturesque, especially with Pallas National Park in the background.

 reindeer

They were heading to the lakeside spa and begged me to demonstrate the ice swimming I had told them about.

ice swimming

We went to the smoke sauna first, it was really nice but we quickly got too hot so we walked down to the frozen lake in our bikinis and I walked down the steps in to the open bit of water and had a VERY quick swim round and back out again. I persuaded everyone to try it then we rushed back to the smoke sauna to warm up.

Everyone was really happy they had done it, they felt very refreshed and it makes your hair feel so soft! I left them in the spa and I went to do paperwork and check on the rest of my guests.

ice lake 2

I was just drifting off to sleep when I heard the Aurora Alarm. I looked out my window and could see the green in the sky.

I put my jacket and boots on over my pyjamas and stood on my balcony to watch them. They were dancing across the sky above the river. Within 5 minutes there were lots of people standing on the river watching them.

What an amazing end to an amazing day, I love my job!

Read 2430 times Last modified on Thursday, 22 February 2018

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