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Animals and nature in focus

“Would you like sugar with your coffee?, Mats asks before passing the cup of pot boiled coffee, made over the crackling birch wood fire next to us.

We are in a wooden Sami hut, goathi, at Ranch Djurgården in the village of Karhuniemi, 3 kilometres northwest of Kiruna. Mats Pettersson and his wife Lotta live here, close to nature, with five children and 80 sled dogs. Since 1995 they have been running the company Kiruna Sleddog Tours, offering dogsled tours of varying lengths, snowmobile tours, Northern Lights tours and lodging in the cosy Husky Lodge right next to the kennel. The location, away from the lights of the city, makes this place ideal for those who would like to experience the Northern Lights. Visitors from all over the world come here and everyone – from students to families with children – is welcome.

The passion for animals and nature is evident in all the things that Mats and Lotta do.

“We are very passionate about our dogs, they are our life and I often say that you can’t have better workmates”, says Mats. “Nature is at the heart of everything we do and we are very careful that both our guests and our staff consider what’s best for the animals and the environment, at all times.”

The company also engages in professional competitions and training. Mats is the only Swede, with his own Swedish dogs, to complete the longest and toughest dogsled race, Iditarod in Alaska. Mats and the dogs have completed the 1,860 kilometre race between Anchorage and Nome in both 2014 and 2015.

“We are happy to tell our guests about our competitive efforts and what it takes to be amongst the best in the world at competitive dogsledding”, says Mats.

Our coffee is now finished and it’s time to leave this harmonious place near the mountain birch forests and marshes. A new winter season awaits in Karhuniemi.

Read more at Kiruna Sleddog Tours.