Four kilometres beyond the end of the public road you’ll find the village Särkimukka in the Torne Valley. In the middle of the woods, on a frozen lake, this is home to some ten people and hundreds of dogs. Still, the bar is full tonight.
Hannah Levy and Sanna Kouwenhoven harness up a couple of dog-sled teams. It’s striking how quiet the dog pen is. I grew up with hunting dogs and entering a dog pen with more than a few hunting dogs will make a whole lot more noise than you can hear in this dog pen at Pine Tree Lodge in Särkimukka. Around 150 dogs live here in the forest, but it’s still very quiet.