Out in the wild frozen wasteland that is Jamtland, with fir forests, ice lakes and sloping mountains, Klocka is one of the lesser-known parts of Sweden to go dog-sledding. Don't worry, though, there are plenty of saunas to warm up in afterwards.
Klocka borders Norway in the Sylarna region and is a tiny, old, farming village on the shore of lake Annsjon, where reindeer roam freely.
With the wilderness all around, it is not difficult to picture yourself in the tundra, or the wilderness of Alaska. The first sniff of your presence at the kennels will have the huskies howling and excitable for the upcoming pull. It's said by the mushers that it's more difficult to get them to stop than to pull.
As the huskies hurtle along, they break the eerie silence of the frozen wilderness all around, the Swedish winter sun casting long shadows through the sparse forests in the often well-below-freezing temperatures. Definitely pack your thermals and wrap up really warmly if you plan on sledding; at least two layers. The cold in Sweden really is incredibly biting.
The heart-stopping moment comes when you ride the sled over glacier lakes, which is all at once terrifying and enchanting.
A welcome break from the cold will come in the form of Grasjolien, which has a beautiful, but steep, hillside lookout.
Dog-sledding season in Klocka runs from about mid-December to April, with it being warmer from about February. You can fly in from Stockholm to the Ostersund runway, which is about 125 km away.
The hotel, Klocka Fjallgard, also makes reservations for snowmobiling and other winter activities, so you can easily spend a few days there during the winter.
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