A dog's life in the snow

Whatever you do when sledding above the Arctic Circle, don't let go of the reins, writes Jasper Winn.

17th March, 2013
The dogs don't need any encouragement to run and, once on the move, pay no attention to entreaties to stop. Photo: Thinkstock

Leaving the small airport of Bardufoss above the Arctic Circle in Norway, the news on the car radio is of a dog-sledder lost in the wintry vastness further to the south.

Initial radio contact, then silence. Driving with Regina Elpers through the snowed-over landscape to her and Björn Klauer's remote farm, the jump-off point for their husky expeditions, the four of us novice dog mushers contemplate the vastness and silence of the wilderness around us....

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