Huskies await their first taxi passengers at Kirkenes Airport in northern Norway. (Photo: Kirkenes Snow Hotel)
Norway, home of the world's best curling uniforms, launched another bit of icy awesomeness last week: a dogsled taxi.
The service takes people from Kirkenes Airport to Kirkenes Snow Hotel, a 45-minute ride through the mountains of northern Norway on a sled pulled by eight Alaskan huskies. The hotel needed to get permission from the Norwegian government, the defense services and the local wildlife authority, which oversees the native reindeer living in the area.
"It was a fantastic trip back," Ronny Østrem, the hotel's chief executive, told the Norweigian paper The Local. "We met a hundred reindeer on the way back as we were driving south, and we had the sun right in our nose. It really felt good to get started."
The Kirkenes Snow Hotel is, as the name suggests, a hotel built out of snow and ice that offers tourists the opportunity to experience Nordic activities like snowmobiling and ice fishing.
Of course, such a unique experience doesn't come cheap — a one-way ride costs 2300 Norwegian krone, or about $405 Canadian dollars.
Via Atlantic Cities