Up in Sisimiut, about 40 miles south of the Arctic Circle, the temperatures are noticeably colder down to 15 degrees Centigrade below freezing (5 degrees Fahrenheit) and the snow is deeper. In its snowiest month – March — the snow averages 70cm deep.
In the chill wind, part-time medical student, part-time dog sled driver, Sara Berthelsen battles to control a pack of 10 fully-grown huskies and 10 puppies. She’s standing by her long, wooden sled, preparing it for the ride ahead.
“It’s in my blood. My dad always had dogs and I’ve been working with them since I was eight,” Berthelsen explained. “I’d go on trips with him whenever I could.”
In some parts of Greenland, most notably the north, huskies and sleds are used for transport and hunting. But in Sisimiut it’s often more about the sheer thrill of sledding, for both locals and tourists. Working with the Hotel Sisimiut, Berthelsen takes paying tourists on the trip of a life time.