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 Pinetree Lodge in Särkimukka. Around 195 dogs live here in the forest, but it’s still very quiet.