Henrik Taube doesn't care about your experience. All he cares about is your money. Before we had even hooked up the dogs to the sleds we were asked to give them our money in an incredibly rude way. We then waited for 3 hours for them to organise the sleds. We had a tour with 28 people, with only 3 dog sleds. Each sled had only 4 dogs, and some were carrying 3 people to a sled. The poor dogs were struggling to pull the sleds and were only able to manage a trot, and were straining against their harnesses. The rest of the people that weren't on the dog sleds were pulled behind other sleds connected to snowmobiles. So much for "When the sled is moving you can only hear the breath from the dogs and the sound from the runners against the snow", all we could hear was snowmobiles and all we could smell was petrol! We only had about 5-10 minutes each driving the sled, and most of the time was spent sitting on the sled behind the snowmobiles. The tour that we did was a track that went around in circles, of which we circled 3 times. Since the dogs had to pull too many people they were incredibly slow. James, the American tour guide, is one of the rudest people I have ever met. Every question was met with a yell of "NO, you can't do that" eg, "NO, you may NOT swap drivers on the snowmobile". We felt like we had been transported back to primary school. we were watched like a hawk and periodically yelled at for doing the wrong thing, of which we constantly did because we were given so little instruction. We only had the dogs for around 2 hours in the afternoon and then were taken and abandoned at the hut next to the Torne river by the snowmobiles. That was the last we saw of the dogs. We were forced, without instruction, to chop and saw 14 boxes of wood for the fire, otherwise we wouldn't have had any heat in our cabins. The axes were incredibly dangerous and cheap, with heads that flew off in all directions!! We didn't eat "lunch" til around 5pm and then had dinner at 10pm. The lunch was water with meat and frozen vegetables with powdered mash potatoes. We also ate that for dinner, but with tomato paste instead of water. There was no "you can enjoy a peaceful day in nature or just relax at the campfire". There was no campfire. We weren't properly equipped with gear either, James just suggested that it was too warm cos "global warming is real, guys" so we wouldn't need any protective gear. We did need it. One group stayed in a cave-like cabin with no lighting. One of the Saami helpers at the camp was incredibly inappropriate with women, making comments about them in the sauna and he picked up and threw one of my friends in the snow and pushed her down the bobsled run when she wasn;t ready, standing on cross country skis. The only way we had fun was to make our own with the nearby bobsled run. The "cross country skis" are pieces of wood from around the 1960's they got from the army surplus store. Seriously. They literally told us that. We were then transported back via snowmobile/sled and taxi. We were then dropped at the icehotel and had to walk across the river, since James couldn't be bothered to find out where our actual hotel was. Worst tour I have ever been on. The dogs were also obviously mistreated, with torn ears, mites and other untreated scratches. If not for the other reasons, don't do this because of the dogs. 4 dogs should only be pulling 1 person, not 3. Ask any of the other tour operators in the area. Also, the camp was very basic, with a long-drop outside toilet and no heating apart from the fire in our cabins. They also exploited us for labour, making us clean all the snow off each sled and dig out a boat of theirs before we could go icefishing. The only explanation for this was "the water comes up to this height in summer". There is no running water, when I asked where to wash my hands after using the toilet I was told to use the snow. overall this was the worst experience ive ever had with a tour, which is so disappointing as we were all really looking forward to dogsledding. Don't give these people your money.
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