Saturday, October 18, 2008

Who Says Autumn Isn' t Time for Holidays?

There is so much one can do and enjoy during September and October, even in the North!
Hiking is an especially extraordinary experience, when you can watch the colorful palet of nature, as it's getting ready for the winter sleep.
All the creatures, small and large, are in rush and you can watch them hurry with gathering food stocks for the long period of cold. Squirells stock up their nests, foxes hunt as much mice as they can to gain some weight, bear tracks zig zag the forrest trails as they search for the most suitable, protected and comfy dens for their long winter sleep. Moose roam the area in search for partners and hundreds of birds cruise the skyes on their way south.

Absorbing the last warm sun rays while sitting on raindeer skins around the fire, sipping freshly cooked coffee, playing with puppies and of course - training the huskies for the tough winter competitions.

When your finger tips get cold and your chins turn red from the wind and spending whole day out, you enjoy the warmth of the fire place and a home baked pie, while reading a book in the cozy living room of the farm.

If you love nature and animals, and would like to get an insight of how the training of athletic sled dogs looks like, and would like to be a part of it, then you should look into booking a day, weekend or even a whole week at Nordic Husky Farm.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Half Day Tour to Lakavattnet - September 4, 2008

Beautiful weather, just perfect for this easy walking tour in the foothills of mountains, in Hotagen's Nature Reserve.

Four humans and two canines set on an easy hike on the trails of Lakavattnet, with another goal in mind, than just walking: another blueberry attack! :)

The blueberry crops were so huge this year, and the size of the berries was just monsterously scary!

Hopefully the blueberries will be as large and plentiful in 2009, as we would like to invite you to come join us in picking, walking through the nordic woods and enjoy the company of the friendly huskies! To book one of our tours, click here.

View much more pictures from this half day tour:

Katerina & Team

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Blueberry Attack - August 24, 2008

Gina and Stewart, Kim, Pluto, Jachym and I, equipped with large jogurt containers, hit our forrest trail and attacked the blueberry crops :)
While Pluto was having fun peeing, sniffing and laying around blueberries, the human part of the group picked this year´s first sweet and plantiful cloud and blueberries.

We took a nice hike down to the Lillsjön lake (Little Lake) and our favourite swamp, to pick and take pictures of the rare and unusual cloudberries, as well as the cotton grass, and enjoy the beautiful nature in this favourite spot.
We found out that the cranberries are already turning red at the most sunny spots and took some photos of full blooming beautiful heather.

The easy and scenic 3km walk was greatly appreshiated by the big husky, who pulled Kim with a big smile on his handsome face.

Back at the farm, Jachym made pancakes with blueberry and quark filling and we drank tea at the open fire.
We had fun, shared stories and jokes and played around with puppy names for our expected "H" litter.
It was very nice meeting everyone and we hope to see you come back to Sweden, guys!

Katerina and Team

Visitors from England - August 12,2008

Today we hosted our friend Kim and Claire with Tom from Lancaster, England.

As all were tired from a long hiking in the mountains, surprised by sudden rain, we made a bonfire to warm everybody up, cooked dinner and served hot tea.

After a visit with our huskies and nice long chat by the warm flames, souvenir shopping in our mini gift shop and signing the guestbook, it was time to say good bye.

Wishing Tom and Claire a saffe journey back home.

Katerina and Team

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

A little sightseeing trip to Strömsund

A closer look at our county town of Strömsund (population ca 2.500). This small town has it´s charming places, great pizza and some cool history - a pleasant way how to spend a few hours or an afternoon.

Our guests and visitors can experience the same as we did, when we took a short sight-seeing "tour" with one of our huskies - Krtek:
Entrace to the outside museum with old buildings from Stroms-Vattudal area

At the water fontain park infront of Strömsund´s beautiful church

Taking a walk around the church gardens and cemetary

The area´s historical buildings - log houses and cabins at the homestead museum

The giant "Jorm" - a character from famous Swedish movie for children "Dunderklumpen". The story was written by Beppe Wolger, Strömsund´s favourite, who lived and composed at the Öhn village on Stömsund´s island. Beppe is known worldwide not just for his stunning stories, that were filmed, but also for acting in the movie "Pippi Longsock" as Pippi´s father.

Jachym and Krtek posing infront of the bridge and fontain.

This year the water in Vattudalen is quite low, so the dock and beach are quite visible.

Krtek enjoyed the walk thoroughfully.


Katerina and Team

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

250 Years of the Bonässet village - aka Look into Jämtland´s Traditions and History (August 9,2008)

Although we did not after all take our husky team to the 250 years aniversary celebration of the Bonässet village (, due to dificulties with finding safe place at the location to give rides to children, we decided to go there as visitors and take a closer look inside the tiny community´s ordinary and traditional celebrations.
We did not regret a single minute spent at the lovely place, set up right on the banks of Vattudalen lake.

Around 200 people that live in the communities spread around the banks of Vattudalen, as well as people from the county town of Stromsund came to listen to the speaches about history and evolution of Bonässet. It was very interesting to learn and imagine the steam boats comming here from Stromsund in the 30´s, the big farms and even the ice skating competition, which later became quite known.
Looking at the gallery, set up in one of Bonässet´s historical buildings, with a museum like display of furniture and old and new photographs of families that lived and still live in and around the village, taking a walk along the shore and among the fields, visiting another old farm house with a display of local art (paintings, etc.), made us realize how important the connection for all the people in this area really is. The history and today ties these people together and meeting them later at the delicious traditional dinner and a bit later even a dance, we learned a lot about our "neighbours". How proud the farmers really are about where and how they live and the obvious togetherness made us feel we really are becomming part of this comunity and we realized even more that we are starting to feel real home here.
We had one of our huskies - Krtek with us and she made friends with quite 10 weeks old Finnish Spetz puppy Kirja.
Small folk concert with Jämtland´s beautiful traditional music
Jachym and Krtek having a good time after having home baked pies and coffee.
The exhibition of the best hunting trophies past and present and the charming lights at the log barn in the night, when the dance started, were the best topping of the celebrations.
A live band formed from locals, called the "Bonasset Orchestra" was perfect. We learned a lot about Jämtland´s traditional folk music and dances, which are, by the way wonderful to listen to and watch.

There was also a bit of big beat, rock, jazz and country to satisfy everyone´s taste and teenage Manuel´s saxsofon play was definitly a highlight!

At night, a boat landed at the shore with more people joining the celebrations and one could see the lights of Aspnas, village on the other shore, so close to reach, yet couple hours to get to by car. Very charming.
All and all, a wonderful way how to spend not just a day, but for learning a bit more about the culture and history of Sweden´s North and it´s countryside, and a little journey to the local people´s hearts. Definitly a great way how to see the real life of the ordinary people in the North.
Thank you to all who worked hard on the wonderful program and made Bonasset´s history come live again! We are proud to be living in this area!
More great photos can be seen at:
Katerina and Team

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Swimming, Sun tanning and Relaxing...

...This is what summer and vaccation is about!

The Nordic summer is unique each year and month, and this July it is all you want it to be - sunshine, blue skyes, the refreshing swimming in the lake, catching the warm sun rays and some obligatory summer tan at the beach. The round, smooth stones, on which you lay the towl and your body to rest, fill you up with energy.

The nature is so beautiful and the waters completely still, and everything blooms. Just enough for your fantasy to start rolling to take photos or paint on stones and old, washed out wood, that the waves brought to the shore.

The company of the loyal huskies that are always willing to give you some extra energy and make you smile.

That all is part of what you experience at Nordic Husky Farm this time of the year!

Katerina and Team

Monday, July 28, 2008

Day on Husky Farm - July 28

We had a real nice visit today from Jasper, Barbro, Marcus, Linnea and Simon from Götteborg.

Linnea fell in love with our "Miss Beauty" - Mouse, who in return layed on her back and bagged for belly rubs :) She even sat on command for a handful of treats. She is truelly a spoiled dog! :)

We are looking forward to their visit next summer and wish them a safe journey back home.

Katerina and Team

Öhn´s Old School Auction - July 26, 2008

We spent nearly the whole Saturday on the beautiful island called simply Öhn (island), where we had a presentation of Nordic Husky Farm.
We were also helping out to raise money for Öhn´s old school, by selling lottery tickets and sponsoring the prizes.
The winners got various of our guided tours, husky rides and a tour around our kennel and farm with a lunch on open fire, as prizes.

We were especially happy that most winning tickets drawn, where of children/families, so they were very excited. Particulary one boy kept comming back to our presentation tent, petting the dogs, looking through the album we brought and glancing at a big plush husky. At the end of the day, the husky was his (what nice parents he had!), and he even won one of the tours in the lottery!

Mouse and Galena were this time the dogs of choice to come represent and make some good PR :)

As it was the hottest day of this summer so far (we are now in a heat wave), we were unable to bring the cart and more dogs, to make a demo run or give rides to kids, so we chose the two girls to come, wear a harness, do some modelling of how doggy booties are put on and how they function, etc. They had lots of attention, treats, belly and ear rubs and enjoyed the shade of the tent as well as the tiny island breeze.

No one was mad or dissapointed that we didn´t bring a team of dogs and gave no rides, everyone understood.

The auction was a real nice event - a typcial country auction, with furniture displayed outside the school building. Around 150 people came to bid and have a nice day. The auctioner was pretty cool elderly guy with a sense of great humor.
We encurage everyone who has the chance to come next year!

Besides old and new furniture, one could find antiques, kitchen utensils, porcelain, old horse wagon, a dog ski pulka, skis, garden grills, books, lamps, decorations, etc. The prices of the items were incredibly cheap (majority was donated), so even I gave it a try and bided on a cat tree (the kind with three floors, two "houses", several banches and mainly the long tall yucca trunk for scratching kitty claws. I got it for 50:-SEK! Sure hope our spoiled cats Ronja and Pippi will apreshiate it and stop abusing our furniture! :)

There were hot dogs, soda, home made coffee and carrot cakes and cinamon buns, people were cheerful and no one really minded the heat. At the end of the day, there were lots of brown and red faces, arms and legs, including ours :)

Besides having fun and meeting lots of new people, I believe we made a good PR and promotion of our company and kennel. It was actually interesting to hear quite a lot of folks asking us if we are the people from Vedjeön that have the sled dogs :)

Big thank you for inviting us to be a part of this fun event to our friend Mirja and the auction´s organisation team!
And thank you to our friend and kennel helper Marie for comming and helping us!

Some photos:

Short movie comming - stay tuned!

Katerina and Team