On the second day of our adventures in Lappland, we headed out for some dog sledding with friends. As the teams were being attached to the sleds, the chaotic noise of dogs barking was beyond deafening, so much so that I thought there was no way I wanted to ride behind them for two hours. But as soon as we started moving, the dogs quieted down with the task at hand. It was a glorious ride through the forest and fairly smooth for the most part, although the ice on the lakes did get a bit rough at points. We moved fairly quickly across the snow thanks to our team of racing dogs–a mix of Alaskan and Siberian huskies. Hills didn’t seem to faze the dogs at all and we all enjoyed the downhills, sitting on our warm reindeer skins on a sunny day in the Arctic.