here and enjoy our guestbook from Season 2014-15
here and enjoy our guestbook from Season 2013-14
here and enjoy our guestbook from Season 2012-13
From Season 2011/12
Crystal days and Northern Light III, 15-20
Dear Kenneth and Catrine
Any words used to describe The Silent Way experience
would simply not do it justice. To try and explain the
feelings experienced on your tours would barely provide
you and your beautiful dogs with the reward and recognition
that is deserved.
You offer an experience that is unique yet surreal and
ever so personal.
Thank you for an experience that will never be forgotten.
All the best for the future.
Tony Forrester – Australia
When Tony signed me up for this adventure I had no
idea what I was in for. I had never seen snow until
I arrived and I can only describe it as “Narnia”.
This place is as close to heaven as I can imagine, and
whit this beautiful dogs here I was truly in my element.
Thank you for everything. Words are really not enough.
Natalie Forrester - Australia
Ps. If Tanja is missing I put her in my bag!
To Kenneth and Catrine
Thank you so much for hospitality. Words really cannot
describe how wonderful this trip was, I will remember
it for the rest of my life.
This is not your ordinary adventure holiday. You are
really in the wilderness, not some sterile safe corporate
mock up. There are moments of fear, but Kenneth is always
there to support you and the felling at the end of the
day, when you have achieved so much is awesome.
I would also like to thank Catrine for her wonderful
home cooked food. As a chef I appreciate how much effort
goes into catering, and yours was the icing on the cake
of this holiday.
Thanks to both of you and to all your wonderful dogs.
Oli Fuller - England/Sweden
Happy New Year Adventure, 28 Dec 2011 –
4 Jan 2012
Dear Kenneth, Catrine, Rikard and the dogs
Thank you so much for your kind hospitality during our
stay in beautiful Sweden. I have fallen in love in your
village! It is a fantastic setting for an unforgettable
trip that we have had. I’ve never seen such beautiful
mountains, snowy forests, endless skies and storms like
we were lucky enough to experience. I feel privileged
to have had such a fantastic time in such environment
– one which few will have the opportunity to visit.
I must also mention your wonderful dogs, what an absolutely
dream to play with them – I have never seen such
well-behaved, friendly, kind and loving dogs as these,
who work so well and are treated so kindly. Thank you
for giving me the chance to play with them! If I could
take Apollo home, he stole my heart. Finally thank you
for being such wonderful hosts. Wonderful cooking! (please
Catrine, make that cookbook) and above all, the safety
Truly lovely people, I will be back! Love.
Ruth - London/UK
Dear Kenneth & Catte
Thanks so much for your kindness and your hospitality.
Your lifestyle and ethos is a real inspiration and you
are fantastic and inspirational in the way in which
your dogs play a central role in your lives and on our
The way you two interact with the animals is really
very special and its obvious how much effort, time and
love goes making The Silent Way work.
Thank you and see you again!
Luke Scheybeler – London, UK
Ps. Ruth is in tears and wants a husky for her birthday…
Dear Catrine and Kenneth
I can’t thank you enough for everything you have
done to ensure that this trip is one of the most incredible
and memorable things I have ever done. You can’t
help but fall in love with every aspect of this place,
from the dogs to the food, the company and the beautiful
surroundings you call home. It was a real pleasure to
be able to experience riding through sunshine, storm
and everything in-between & having such great guides
to show you around. It was an absolutely amazing experience
and I feel extremely lucky to have met such, wonderful,
kind and hardworking people as yourselves and your beautiful
dogs. Thank you so much again & I have no doubt
I’ll be coming back to see you again in the future.
The food was amazing, thank you Catrine, I definitely
going to miss that!
Andrew Fisher – Townsville Australia
Dear Kenneth and Catrine
I would like to thank you both for one of the most amazing
experiences of my life. I have now seen a true winter
in one of the most beautiful places in the world and
it was made even better by your passion, kindness and
The way you look after your dogs is fantastic and makes
them a pleasure both to work and play with. Each day
was made unforgettable when we all sat together for
the evening meal and talked about the day while eating
the most amazing food.
Thanks for a fantastic trip and hope to visit again
Liam Fisher – Townsville Australia
I can’t thank you enough for making this experience
in Swedish Lapland so wonderful – or in my words,
awesome! You have both worked tremendously hard to ensure
we were all well fed, warm, comfortable, and most important
having fun. I have never seen anything like the wilderness
here – the light at different times of the day
and some extreme weather conditions. You have done a
fantastic job with all the dogs who work extremely hard
and who are so incredible well behaved and friendly.
They are a credit to you. The snowmobile trip was a
nice touch, and we were even fortunate enough to see
the Northern Light! And one final thank you for the
drinks and lanterns at New Years Eve. I wish you all
the very best for the future, and I hope to see you
again – I am already looking forward to it.
Thank you and all the best for 2012.
Pam Buttifant – UK
Crystal lodge to lodge, 11-17 Jan 2012
Kenneth “you the man” your leadership of
both us and the dogs was excellent. The dogs were incredible,
no matter how tough the conditions they still enjoyed
working and when they weren’t working their behavior
were a credit to you. So social and kind!!
Catrine your food and hospitality was second to none
added to this breathtaking scenery, this was the perfect
Take care, I’ll be back!
Lynsey Wheeler – England
Brilliant, expected to be difficult, I wasn’t
disappointed, only fell off a few … times. Just
about to get the hang of it at the end. Catrine does
a fantastic job with all the food, clothes and bedding
for us. Those dogs work so hard and yet are really to
go whenever you ask. Had a nice variety of weather and
track conditions made for a great challenge.
All I need to do now is work out how to steer with both
feet on the brake downhill and when the sled leaves
Donella-Marie – London, UK.
Stars and Northern Light I, 27 Jan-2 Feb 2012
Thank you for such an AWASOME adventure!! The sights
were spectacular, the food was delicious and the dogs
were simply amazing.
This meant a lot to me, and it gave me time to reflect
in some of the most beautiful scenery in the world!
And it was great fun laughing and chatting about the
day’s events over dinner. Wow what an amazing
I cannot thank you enough for a amazing adventure, and
I am looking forward to doing it again.
Richard Moyle – Perth, Western Australia
All at The Silent Way
Superb, breath taking, phenomenal. We are so grateful
for your incredible generosity, kindness, … and
of course patience, picking me up each time I fell off!
We had the most amazing time.
Catrine, Kenneth and Rikard – thank you all.
Emily and Darren - UK
Simply spectacular and breathtaking. Its impossible
to describe the experiences of the last five days. Countless
wonderful memories of scenery, excitement on the back
of the sled through different terrains, fantastic food
and company. It was a pure joy working with the dogs,
watching their tongues flapping out of their mouths
as they ran with the sled behind, getting sloppy dog
kisses in the mornings and hunting for their nuggets
of black gold in the snow after feeding time. Several
I went out and just sat with them alone in the snow
in the darkness, listening to them sleeping –
I don’t think I have ever experienced something
so peaceful and beautiful. Thank you for that opportunity,
thank you also for the opportunity to share such a fantastic
adventure with my father. All three of you are pure
gems in this snow paradise!
Tack så mycket för ett otroligt äventyr
och för att ni har delat med era v er värld
See you again soon!
Emma – New Zeeland + Falun, Sweden
Wow, what a fantastic experience. Thank you Kenneth,
Catrine and Rikard not forgetting the team of dogs.
It truly was a wonderful adventure –stunning scenery,
great people, delicious food. There was no times when
I felt at risks or couldn’t handle the conditions.
The “Silent Way” is truly that. The fun
of being with Emily, Darren, Richard and my daughter
Emma has enriched my life. Perhaps I will get back here
– I hope so.
Martin – New Zeeland
Private adventure 6-10 February 2012
It has been a truly enriching experience with Catrine
and Kenneth who seem so connected with their environment,
their dogs and their lifestyle and are so generous in
sharing them all with us.
We greatly enjoyed our time here and hope to return
for another adventure.
Lew and Julian – Perth, Western Australia
Stars and Northern Light, 6-12 February 2012
Dear Kenneth, Catrine and Rikard
Thank you all for a true Laplandish adventure. It certainly
will go down as one of the most incredible experiences
of our lives. Your country is beautiful. The stark contrasts
of whites, grays and black make it a very strange place
to be, slightly sliding across. Without you guys it
would be quite scary and intimidating, but you always
made us feel welcome, part of the family and at ease,
but not too tough and the accommodation was wonderful.
The food was incredible and kept our energy up and our
bodies warm. The dogs were amazing and we will miss
our teams dearly. They are all so very sweet and so
full of love and so eager to please.
Fond memories include falling in the mud, falling in
the snow, falling on the road, watching others fall.
Crossing frozen lakes. Amazing!
See you in Africa soon!?
Carmen and Gordon – South Africa
Dear Kenneth, Catrine and Rikard
Thanks for this great experience. It was something I
wanted to do for a very long time and I certainly don’t
regret it. It was incredible good, the dogs were great
and sweet and the food we got during the trip was marvelous.
I loved the beautiful views and the enormous amount
of snow. Again thanks for this excellent arranged trip.
Stay well and hopefully till a next time.
Sipke – The Netherlands
Dear Kenneth, Catrine and Rikard
This experience exceeded any expectations I had for
it. Words like “stunning” and “breathtaking”
came floating by on more than one occasion as we worked
our way, through forests, glide across the lakes or
trudged the plateaus. I also come away with a profound
appreciation for the fact that excursions such as these
don’t simply “happen”. The amount
of work involved is enormous and I am grateful that
we were encouraged to do our share, “if we liked”
You have all been very good to us and for this, too,
I am grateful.
Erik Kolbell – Oregon, USA
Dear Kenneth, Catrine and Rikard
While the days were cold and the nights were colder,
your homes and cabins were always warm. The experiences
I have had over the past six days will last a lifetime,
and can never be replaced or matched – we couldn’t
have done this without your skills, knowledge and generosity
in sharing it all with us. You have giving a feeling
and memory that will stay with me always – my
greatest that’s and appreciation.
Richard Kolbell – Oregon, USA
2-veckors praktik i februari 2012
Vi har nu varit här I drygt 2 veckor och vår
praktijk börjar nu tyvärr närma sig sitt
slut. Allt vi gjort här har varit mycket roligt
och lärorikt, till exempel att inte gå ut
med valpar utan koppel…
Vi har från början känt oss väldigt
välkomnade av både er och era härliga
Vi vill tacka er för att ni gett oss möjligheten
att komma hit upp och uppleva detta! Ni har gett oss
många härliga skratt och gjort tiden här
Hoppas att vi någon gång ses igen!
Sara & Olivia - Borås
Sunshine Awakening I, 14-20 February 2012
Many thanks for a wonderful experience, especially
The dogs were fantastic all the time. We enjoyed working
with the dogs who were well behaved and affectionate.
The scenery was out of this world, something we have
never seen before.
Catrine, food was great!
We will visit these memories for many years to come.
All the best!
Roger and Claudie - Durban South Africa
Thank you all!
Everyone has such a huge standard to care of us and
keeping the dogs fit and happy.
It has been such a great experience for me from learning
a new skill and appreciating the connection between
dogs and man. To have some understanding in the old
ways of doing things.
Memorable moments include beautiful scenery.
Thanks for keeping this adventure so lively and available
for people, congratulations on providing such an excellent
experience for me.
Ann – New Zeeland
Sunshine Awakening II, 22-29 February 2012
It has been terrific!
Kevin and Christoph – Switzerland
Thank you for everything! This week has been amazing
and is one of the best times, away from home. You all
have trained the dogs so well.
Catrine, the food you prepared is out of this world,
every meal was to die for.
Thanks Arwen, Rosie, Nike, Vidar, Oboy and Melon! The
bands we created with the dogs are unforgettable and
for me are everlasting. I hope they will remember me
Their loves to run are so full of energy! And after
a long day of mushing the dogs curl up on their beds
of straw and doze quietly into the night.
I’m definitely glad I came here to Kenneth and
Catrines kennel and wouldn’t choose any other.
The quietness fills your mind with peace and calms you
down from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in
Thank you again, and I hope to see you and the dogs
Derek – USA
Northern Silence I, 2-8 March 2012
Sensational trip over mountains, lakes and through
valleys. Lived through the whole trip and returned Isa,
Rosie, Athena, Neo, Tiger and Jet home safely. Dogs,
food and cabins all wonderful. Even got to see the Northern
Thanks for the care and the life long memories. I hope
Leeanne – Brisbane, Australia
Thanks for everything!
It has been just perfect, much better than what we ever
could dream about!
Jenny and Bill – Australia
Sound of Silence I, 20-26 March 2012
Dear Kenneth + Catrine
I spent several weeks researching adventures tours world-wide
in which to spend my 50th birthday. I feel very fortunate
to have chosen The Silent Way to mark my half century
on this planet. I’m appreciative for the fine
team of beautiful and hardworking dogs you put together
for me: Tanja and Saga in the lead, followed by Rosie,
Nike, Tiger and Frodo, with Elvis and Apollo taking
up the wheel.
I will never forgot their desire to pull under any and
all circumstances, the distinct personalities of each,
but mostly their gentleness and kindness – what
lovely dogs you both have raised. You can and love for
your dogs comes through clearly in all that you do.
It was very interesting to me how you are able to strike
the perfect balance of seriousness in regards to the
safety of both guests and the dogs, yet kept it light,
fun and ultimately extremely enjoyable.
I guess the real measures of a successful adventure
would be 1) would you recommend this Silent Way trip
to others and 2) would one do it again? On both counts,
a resounding YES from my perspective.
In closing, a deeply sincere thank you for the fine
food, clean and warm accommodations, beautiful dogs,
but mostly for your friendship. See you in 2013!
Gene – Chicago, USA
Dear Kenneth and Catrine
Throughout this amazing adventure we have been so appreciative
of the thought, care and planning that you put into
every aspect of it to create a unique, special experience.
The dogs – we adored the dogs, their enthusiasm,
friendship and personalities.
Great food! Kent was particular appreciative of the
Souvas and other yummy local goodies.
Our total confidence kept us going through some serious
weather – we know you could handle anything. We
enjoyed your stories of the toughest times and were
glad it wasn’t us!
So thank you! You are both stars and I hope we will
Good luck with everything!
Gill and Kent – New York, USA
Dear Kenneth and Catrine
Thank you very much for the great trip. It was very
well organized and I felt very welcome as your guest.
When I saw your company in 2002 for the first time I
wanted to go on a dog sledge trip only with your company.
The reason was because yours is a small family owned
company the really loves what it does. Now 10 years
later and having finally completed this trip. I can
honestly say that I chose wisely for your company. The
love and attention to details and the character of your
dogs. The dogs were amazing and a peek in the lifestyle
up here was very nice.
Martijn – The Netherlands
Family tour, 28 March – 4 April 2012
What a truly amazing adventure we have experienced
these last six days. It was unlike anything I have ever
done before. Cutting through ice to fetch water, running
through snow in -22 C! And eating delicious food as
moose and reindeer. You know exactly how to handle the
dogs and make sure that we arrived safely back home.
Although we were sad to see the end of our wonderful
The Silent Way was a brilliant adventure and unforgettable
Hans, Gert and Viljoen – South Africa
Across the Arctic Circle and two Nationalparks
10 – 21 April 2012
Dear Kenneth and Catrine, Chili, Sol, Rosie, Elvis,
Saga, Salt, Loke, Gandalf and Frodo
Wow! What a team you all make! Kenneth your professionalism,
passion, enthusiasm and energy was made my dogsledding
adventure overwhelmingly successful. Your efforts are
much appreciated. Of course you couldn’t operate
such a successful tour without the superb organization
skills from Catrine. Thank you Catrine for all your
behind the scenes work you do with a special thanks
to our 5 star meals prepared for us. Ludo, thanks for
being a great companion on my adventure. We were blessed
with 12 perfect days of weather, thank you God.
Sincere appreciation to all of you for your enormous
effort to make my dogsledding adventure such a memorable
You will not be forgotten!
Steve – Perth, Australia
From 2010 - 2011
Crystal days and Northern Light II, 9 –
14 December 2010
Ok, what to say? Wow, that was awesome! Everything
was fun besides the falling down part, but I didn’t
give up and almost got it in the end.
Thank you and thanks to all the dogs! Ohh and best blueberry
Jo from Australia
Everything was perfect!
The team, the dogs, the weather, the team, the adventure,
the nature, the cold, the light … everything!
I wanted action; sports, real dogsledding and I got
it all. “The true way”!
Thanks Kenneth, I’ve been very lucky to meet you
and your own way of living with dogs. It couldn’t
have been better. But, yes.. Longer.
I’ll probably come back for a long tour with you
in your beautiful region. I want more!
And thanks to Catrine for the beautiful Swedish food.
See you soon!
Valery from Belgium
Crystal days and Northern Light III, Special
tour 16 – 21 December 2010
So fantastic to have this great adventure out with
The Silent Way. This is the third time I been here and
this time I have been mushing a big team of 10 dogs!
What a feeling!
Jose from Austria
Happy New Year Adventure, 28 Dec 2010 –
4 Jan. 2011
We booked this trip for our honeymoon and looking back,
there couldn’t be something more romantic than
being outside on mountains covered in snow. In total
silence we had Sweden laying at our feet. Only the breath
of the dogs and the sledge carving through the snow
could be heard.
Above our heads the sunrise (which was immediately the
sunset) painted the sky either red, pink and even green.
All of this I could enjoy together with a 5-day –
6 hours a day view on my husband’s bottom! Not
bad at all!
Back in the cottage there was a 5-star dinner each night,
what else to wish for?!
Catrine & Kenneth, thank you for the most amazing
adventure, for the hospitality, your patience and above
all for sharing your passion for Sweden, its nature
and the dogs. It was a dream come true.
Catrine, thank your father for the scooter lesson,”
learning by doing”! It was great!
A special thanks to Kenneth for pushing my boundaries
and giving me the spirit to keep trying and finally
Greetings! A big hug to you and the dogs!
Alize from Holland and Alessio from Italia
Dear Catrine and Kenneth
When I found out that I was going to be living in Sweden
(on University exchange), I knew that dogsledding regardless
of the length of my stay, was a Must-do.
I was not sure what to expect, but your hospitality,
challenging drives and the amazing night skies have
set the standards for any outdoor tour.
Tack för att ni gett mig en möjlighet, ett
äventyr och en upplevelse!
Hope fully I will get to write in the guestbook once
Jon from Australia (right now in Lund, Sweden)
Dear Kenneth and Catrine
Dogsledding has been a dream of mine for a long time
and when I saw your website, I knew I was coming here
on my next holiday.
The time we spent in the mountains with the dogs was
fantastic and lived up to all my dreams. I especially
liked the downhill parts in the darkness – it’s
like a rollercoaster!
The views throughout our trip were spectacular, and
the sky amazing when the sun came out. Thank you very
much for the delicious food. I have never eaten so well
on a holiday. The dogs were great companions –
very well behaved and could run forever.
Thanks again for the unforgettable experience, hopefully
I can make it back here sometime soon.
Andreanna from Australia
Dear Kenneth and Catrine
“The Silent Way” is the most magical way
to travel across frozen lakes, compacted snow trail,
icy tracks, frozen mountain tops, powder snow and amazing
white tipped trees that continue further than the eye
Each day the sun just broke over the horizon and the
sky filled with amazing colors of pink and orange, which
was reflected onto the snow and lakes, highlighting
the colors further. This was a beautiful sight while
on dogsled. To experience nature is to do it as silently
as possible and to be as close to the nature as possible
(not sure if that includes crashing sleds and hugging
the tree! Mouth full of snow), but the closer the better!
Each dog lands softly onto the snow with each making
different sounds as we go. The sound of the dogs pads
on the snow with the odd sock, the sway of the main
lead and collar leads, and the smooth scrape of the
sled across the snow make a combination to be remembered.
The excitement of the dogs is also a sound that will
be with me forever. Their howling and barking before
we leave is soon silenced into long tongues out and
pads fast paced on snow as I hold on also foot on brake
& film the starts.
The trails we went on were amazing, difficult in parts
and the best downhill parts as I enjoyed them at speed.
Thank you so much Catrine for your amazing meals each
night which we were always looked forward to. Also thank
you for helping with the starts, driving us to and from
the cabin and your very friendly smile.
Thank you Catrines father who attempted to take us ice
fishing but the motor froze, instead we saw mountains
by snowmobile which was also amazing fun.
Kenneth you are the most amazing leader of both the
guests and the dogs. Your passion for this is seen through
everything you do and is reflected in the well behaved
dogs. Thank you so much for sharing the love of dogsledding
you have with me and my fellow guests. The scenery we
saw was amazing and the special place on the mountain
top on the last day was fantastic.
Thank you to Idun, My, Kanel, Melon, Tiger and Strider
who pulled me all those days.
This adventure was amazing, beautiful and I will have
some very good memories that will be with me forever.
The only way to travel this land is with a team of dogs
and an amazing leader, really is “The Silent Way”.
Caitlin from Australia
Crystal lodge to lodge, 10 – 16 January
Catrine & Kenneth, what a team!
Catrine for her kindness and tremendous hospitality,
plus her amazing cooking. Kenneth for his leadership,
knowledge and his uncanny sense of direction, he showed
us the raw beauty of Lapland, Sweden.
Thank you to Catrines father for getting the lodge nice
And last but not least the wonderful dogs, which without
them this trip would not have been possible, a truly
exciting and splendid experience.
Pauline and Daire from The Netherlands
Catte & Kenneth
Tack för en fantastisk tur over våra sagolika
fjäll, iskalla sjöar och genom våra
massiva skogar. Det är härligt att konstant
förvånas över den mäktiga natur
vi har precis bakom hörnet. Ni sköter allt
otroligt snyggt och till och med som släkt känner
man sig som en priviligerad, bortskämd gäst
från ett främmande, fjärran land.
Tack, tack, tack och lycka till med allt. Vi ses snart
Nanny-Maja & Toolie-Mina, Lapland, Sweden
Catte & Kenneth!
Det här har varit en av de mäktigaste upplevelser
jag har varit med om. Jag har skrattat, gråtit,
slitit, svettats och haft det alldeles, alldeles underbart.
Utsikten, hundarna, tystnaden, friheten, naturen, allt
har varit så sjukt fint. Åhh, maten.. mina
smaklökar kommer att få det tufft med att
återvända till stan. Jag vet inte hur jag
ska tacka er för den här möjligheten
och den här erfarenheten men jag hoppas att ni
vet att jag är glad och tacksam med hela mitt väsen.
Vi ses snart igen. All kärlek!
Elvira från Umeå, Sweden.
Arctic Colors and Light, 19 – 25 January
Dear Catrine and Kenneth
We’ve thought long about it and had a couple of
shots to get our own creativity starting, but we have
come up with a top 5 of 2011 puppy names: Jäeger,
Huey, Whale, Booz, Fart.
Thank you Kenneth for navigating us on the stars through
36 m p/sec blizzard on a lake. We are seriously impressed
with your hospitality and professional organization.
We will miss the dogs, piss trees and amazing views.
We will come back for the Northern Light and for the
-40 C. Thank you so much!
Gaspar, Ewout, Anthony, Floris and Pieter from The
Tack så mycket Catte & Kenneth
För en underbar upplevelse och en otrolig möjlighet.
Det har varit en spännande vecka med otroliga starter,
lite läskigt i snöstormen…
Tack Catte för din ovärderliga hjälpsamhet
och djävulskt goda matlagning! Kenneth för
din förståelse och hjälpsamhet när
jag skulle ta bilder. Din oändliga kunskap om fjället
samt din extrema respekt och kärlek till det du
håller på med.
Ännu ett stort tack till de hundar som drog omkring
på mig i vildmarken, Protes, Vidar, Bilbo, Rohan,
Smart också klart My.
Helt otroligt hur alla hundarna är så snälla,
ni har verkligen lyckats bra. Stor respekt till er och
tack, tack så mycket!
Andreas från Malmö, Sverige
Stars and Northern Light I, 27 Jan –
2 Feb 2011
Dear Kenneth & Catrine
We said we would love to come back and … we did!
And it was well worth it. We finally got to see some
scenery (all the mountains Kenneth was talking about
last time) & the (yellow?) Northern Lights!
All the rest is as good as we remembered it.
Rob now know all about how to a snowmobile out of the
snow and I learnt how to measure the perfect scoop of
dog food (down to the last nugget).
Will we be back? We hope so, but until then we will
miss you all!
Ioana from Romania, England, Belgium …
Ps/ See you sometime in Holland maybe? Remember there’s
always room in our big yards in Holland for an old Kanel,
Chili, Shrek etc, etc.
Another GREAT tour! And all the Ioana sad.
Rob from England
Dear Kenneth & Catrine
Thank you so much for this wonderful adventure! We have
never done anything like that before!
We were able to see the amazing winter wonderland of
Sweden and even the (definitely!!) green Northern Light.
We will always remember the storm.
We will also always remember the (price-winning) delicious
food that Catrine made for us!
Thank you again for this adventure!
Alexandra & Ulrich from Wien
Dear Kenneth & Catrine
Thanks very much for a fantastic tour. I really enjoyed
it despite falling several times in the water on the
lake! The descents through the trees were exhilarating
roller coaster rides, the scenery was beautiful and
the food was yummy! And of course thanks to the gorgeous
dogs in my team: Gandalf, Strider, Loke, Freja and Peppar
for pulling me 240 km and for being so well behaved!
I will miss them, maybe I should come back!
Thanks for a great trip! Love
Claire from England
It was an awesome, awesome, awesome adventure! An adventure
full of experiences that will last a lifetime!
The homemade food was very tasty and dogs are great.
I will miss them dearly.
I have truly enjoyed the 5-day adventure!
Thank you for being so helpful throughout the trip and
for an amazing adventure!
Christina from England
Stars and Northern Light II, 3 - 10 February
Dear Kenneth & Catrine
I come to Lapland looking for an unforgettable experience
and in The Silent Way I found one! Everything exceeded
any expectations. From the breathtaking landscape, the
amazing food, Kenneth’s guidance and the amazing
connection that I established with my dogs.
This was one week of paradise that I will tell everyone
about and whose pictures are not enough to relive the
experience. And for that reason I am absolutely certain
I will return to The Silent Way very soon.
Miquel from Portugal
Very many thanks for allowing me to take off on of
those “things to do before you die”. But
now you have left me a problem – I have to cross
out another one, in order to come back!
Brendon from England
Everything begins in Silence…
From Australia, the UK, Portugal, Moldova and the United
States we came each with our own reasons for being here.
We were silent at first but it was our own eagerness
to embark upon the adventure of a lifetime that bound
The same could be said of the dogs, there was silence
when we met the first time. A sniff here, a look there,
or a muzzle pressing out from the fence of the kennel.
However it didn’t take long for the bond between
dogs and human to form. Booties put on feet and harness
placed upon their backs and …
Soon the silence was uploading with an explosion of
excited barking. Energy filled the air sending tingles
down our spines.
Kenneth takes off in the lead and we all follow one
after the other. The Energy and barking rapidly subsides
to be replaced by another form of Silence. A silence
of dogs panting. The pattering of paws crunching the
snow, The runners on our sleds smoothly sliding along.
An occasional rattle from the chain connecting the lead
line to the sled.
This is essentially the silent way but also so much
more including fantastic food, stunning views, frozen
snot and blizzards too…
And so our thoughts and hearts will think upon these
last five days. The silence, friendship and energy will
send us all our way back to our friends and family with
stories to tell.
And one more important thing: both of you are such amazing
friendly people. We felt like home. And thanks for the
yummy food! I’ll miss Sky´s eyes! Thank
Rodica from Moldova and Brian from America
Dear Kenneth & Catte
Thank you SO much for sharing a little bit of your paradise
with us for these 5 brilliant days of dogsledding in
Lapland. Each day blew us away and we loved every minute.
We cant say enough times what an awesome tour this was
and how much our hearts have been warmed up by meet
you and spend time with your lovely, beautiful pack
Breathtaking scenery, the most delicious food, friendly
enthusiastic dogs, it cant get much better than this!
One last thing – we were wondering if it might
be possible to apply to become members of the dog pack.
We know that we have to be very, very good and train
hard to make up for being human but were super keen!
Claire already asked Saga and Katie checked with Alou
and Isa and they´d be happy to have us in their
teams as wheel dogs. We´d be very happy if you
will consider our application and we will hear from
Thank you so much again!
Claire & Katie, sisters from Australia
Sunshine Awakening I, 14 – 20 February
Five days outside in the cold with a team of affectionate
dogs and a most professional musher.
This journey has been such an intense experience of
the beautiful landscape with incredible views. Catrine
cooked for most delicious food and the tour, which’s
was prepared by Kenneth in a real chef-manner.
I have learned that Catrine and Kenneth really love
their dogs and treat them with authority and affection.
One would expect these “working dogs” to
care less about humans but I felt that they were really
happy to have us around.
I was much appreciating Catrines and Kenneth’s
hospitality and many thanks to Andreas, too. He was
a great help. This was my first time on a dogsledding
tour, but it will not be my last. And next time, I will
come back here!
Biggi from Germany
Last year we did our first dogsledding tour and we
knew that we have to do it again – and so we are
Our tour this year was again a great and incredible
experience with the best musher on earth and a good
helping hand on his side – Andreas. Thank you
for another unforgettable tour with such lovely dogs,
such great meals. It was a wonderful time and it is
not so easy to say good bye. But we are sure –
we will back again!
Kerstin & Jörg from Germany
Thank you so much for your hospitality on this tour.
It has been fantastic. Mushing through a scenery snowing
landscape while it snows, with my trusty team of dogs
pulling me along has to be one of the greatest experiences.
But everything about the tour has been great –
the food, the scenery, our incredibly helpful and laid-back
hosts and of course the dogs. It is going to be very
hard to say good bye so I hope to be back.
Thanks again for everything.
Clare from Scotland
Dear Catrine and Kenneth
Thanks very much for the great trip!
Everything was well prepared and even through the memory
horizontal snow I kept warm. The dogs seem to really
like to be out there all day. I enjoyed my sledging
even more when I knew they were well cared for and have
a good life.
The landscape was truly beautiful and I understand why
you like to make a life here in Lapland.
All the best!
Julie from England
I wouldn’t have missed this trip for the world!
Starting off I admit I did feel a little hesitant but
Kenneth and Andreas looked after us so well and Catrines
cooking very well! The personal touch and the hospitality
really make this trip.
The dogs are so beautiful and well lived. Thank you
Tanja, Gandalf, Loke, Sinbad and Sky for your tolerance
and beauty. I would definitely recommend this trip.
Thanks again guys and I wish you well for the future.
You are so lucky to live here.
Lynne from New Zeeland
Sunshine Awakening II, 22 – 28 February
Dear Catrine & Kenneth & Andreas
A great trip which bet all our expectations and more.
Very well organizes from the initial training to Catrines
fantastic culinary delights, Kenneth’s way with
the dogs and Andreas help. Thank you! A place to come
Christophe and Romain, from Russia and England
How can you start to describe
the wonders we’ve had before our eyes.
But the Silent Way is lots, lots more…
A wonderful experience, not just a tour!
Kenneth – top dog of his pack
His caring his discipline, his “nack”
Of handling his dogs with such care
(and only unnecessary barking…if you dare!)
He son had us novices all in tow
With what to do of where to go
After a few hills and downs
We all had the hang-not acting like clowns!
At each stop we all did our chores
The dogs were tended before we went indoors
This shows the caring, love, concern
The dogs rightly first – we did learn.
Their individual characters, all unique.
Some strong willed, others quite week
If you brake too hard, they´d give you the “eye”
“Hey lets go”… they almost say.
The food for the dogs looked… well…juk!
But full of goodness to keep their fitness up
Day after day they kept up the trot
Butting up with skills and us inexperienced lot
The food for us was … well yum, yum, yum
Catrine –her cooking is number 1
No restaurant in town could ever get near
Cooking and delicious as moose and reindeer!
And thank you Andreas for your assistance and good
Moving our gear from there to here
With your good humor all day it’s easy to tell
You enjoy your job and the trip as well.
The Mountains, so beautiful, so scene
The snow, the forests, the wonderful scenes
We are all privileged to experienced it all
The Silent Way is food for the soul.
Thank you Kenneth, Catrine and Andreas
Thank you Phil, Christoph, Romain and Jose
Thank you dogs for the wonderful adventure
The pit, pat of paws we will always remember.
Sandra and Doug from Australia
I am sitting in front of a warm log fire on my return
from a trip through the mountains with Kenneth and the
dogs. You have to go back to 2001 to find my first entry
in the guest book and there have been many more since
then. People ask me why I come to the same place so
many times. The answer is simple; it is Kenneth and
the dogs, and Ohh of course Catrine. Where else could
you be welcomed into a family and feel part of a small
community in Sweden. The countryside in all its moods
never fails to amaze me and to travel through it with
all friends makes it all the more special. In my trips
here I have seen almost the whole dog yard change. Many
old travelling companions are no longer with us but
new ones have taken their place. My old friend Pumba
has gone but his son Berry is there to remind me of
his father, and what would be a trip without having
Jet pulling so steadily before me. That’s what
makes these dogs so special; you get the chance to glimpse
the character of each dog. The dogs see so many people
throughout the season but it seems that they treat all
of us as if we are special and the only ones who will
drive them the whole year. Being here is so different,
then where I live, Kenneth and Catrine take me out of
my normal comfort zone and show me a world so different
to mine and I thank them heartedly for doing so.
Yet again I wish both Kenneth and Catrine all the success
that they deserve in making The Silent Way one of the
best dogsledding experiences in Sweden, and of course
the best family run business from such a small dot in
the Swedish country side.
Phil from England
Ps/ who ever reads this may know that Ullis, Kanel,
Jet, Berry, Thor and Frodo will pull you uphill and
down dale, across lakes and through forest with no problems.
All I can say is talk to them gently tickle them often
and you can make a friend for life.
PPs/ Dreams are made of many things but here dreams
really can be made to come true. Open yourself to the
countryside, the dogs and little hard work and your
dreams will be re-paid in full – believe me I
know it to be true!!!
Northern Silence I, 2 – 8 March 2011
Dear Kenneth, Catrine, Greta and Andreas
Thank you so much for an incredible trip.
Day 1 – being shot out of the dog yard and blown
across the lake – but we made it! Not bad for
Day 2 – Cozy in the lodge. Storm outside. Then
the long day, deep snow for the snowmobile, all the
guys working hard digging, but we came to the nice lodge
before the dark.
Day 3 – Beautiful weather – all went well
to Ammarnäs. Spectacular flying falls onto the
roads. Very nice beer in the guesthouse…
Day 4 – Back to the lodge for lunch. Icefishing
and visit in the church.
Day 5 – Sideways wind on the mountain, could we
make it? Yes! A good ride home.
And we saw a lemming and Northern Lights! Wonderful
dogs, wonderful food, good company and we hope to be
Vanny and Annabel from England
Dear Kenneth and Catrine
What to say more after reading all these enthusiastic
comments from your former guests? I can just wish you
that you both, as a wonderful couple, may continue your
incomparable job for many many years so that more people
may have this pleasant adventure.
Willy and Eddy from Belgium
Northern Silence II, tailor made family tour.
10 – 13 March 2011
Dear Kenneth and Catrine
Thank you very much for allowing our kids a taste of
the great white north!
Johan from Belgium
Thank you Kenneth + Catrine for a great adventure!
Jackson, 11 years old from Belgium
Dear Kenneth and Catrine
Thank you so much for allowing us to have this amazing
trip and letting us into your home. I will never forget
Julia from Belgium
Sound of Silence, tailor made 12 days trip.
14 – 25 March 2011
Dear Catrine, Dear Kenneth, Dear Dominique!
Thank you for an amazing dog sledding tour around Vindelfjällen.
We enjoyed some sunny, windy, stormy days with a lot
of powder snow.
The tour us from – Umnäs – Överstjuktan
– Aigert – Bäverholmen – Guijaure
– Laisstugan – Dalovardo – Tärna
lake – Överstjuktan and back to Umnäs!
Thank you for another wonderful tour and delicious dinners!
Martin, Felix, Markus, Franz, Ueli and Rene from Switzerland
Across The Arctic Circle and two Nationalparks
I, 28 Mar – 8 April 2011
Ett STORT och VARMT TACK, Cathrine och Kenneth från
oss alla i Örnsköldsvik!
Vi var alla så glada och förväntansfulla
inför vår förestående hundspannsresa
2011-03-28 – 2011-04-08 med ert fantastiska företag
The Silent Way.
Tänk att vi så när som på en familjemedlem
fick samman våra barn och sambor, på en
helt underbar hundspannsresa genom svenska fjällvärden.
Vi saknade Micaela som väntade barn och fick stanna
hemma. Hon fick följa vår tripp via telefon
och MMS när det fungerade. Tillsammans med dig
Kenneth och Catrines insatser och era fantastiska hundar
har vi fått oförglömliga minnen med
oss i livet. TACK FÖR DET!. Hundarena som tog oss
från Umnäs över fjällen till nationalparkerna
Padjelanta och Sarek. Vi matade, smorde tassar, pysslade
om ”våra” hundar och fäste oss
rejält vid dom, så det var svårt att
skiljas. Vid slutstationen i Kvickjokk hade vi avverkat
50 mil, trots det kändes det som vi skulle vilja
fortsätta. Men nya gäster väntade på
att börja sin hundspannstur. Vår tur var
Vi kunde inte ha fått bättre väder.
Mest sol och vackert väder men också snö
och bitande kalla vindar med iskristaller som kändes
som nålar i kinderna. Maten var helt suverän,
genuin och vällagad av Catrine och Kenneth.
Tänk att Åkes och min dröm gick i uppfyllelse,
en dröm som började gro efter att vi våren
2010 var på en hundspannstur med The Silent Way
tillsammans med gäster från Canada och Europa.
Vi ville dela detta med våra nära och kära
och så blev det. Det är vi mycket glada för.
Minnena av de vackra vyerna, de goa sociala och duktiga
hundarna, Kenneths och Catrines professionella sätt,
vår gemenskap och mycket mer kommer att värma
våra hjärtan länge, länge.
Det blev en liten flicka, Ida som föddes den 18
Varmaste hälsningar Gudrun och Åke Lidfalk
Liselotte Lidfalk och Ulf Strinnholm, Olle Burland,
Across The Arctic Circle and two Nationalparks
II, 9 – 21 April 2011
Tusen takk Catrine for helping me out of the water!!!
Tusen takk Kenneth for leading us through the mountain
in the snowstorm!!
The tour was no Sunday afternoon tour in the sunset
and I LOVED it!!
Needs not to mention all the grandiose meals every day,
all the others did!
Tusen takk AnnaKarin for all good support all the days!!
Gerlinde from Norway
I would never have seen so much of the Swedish mountains
if it hadn’t been in your company. Thank you for
letting me see that and have these wonderful and so
gorgeous and giving dogs like they were mine for these
Bruno from France
Tack för en fantastisk upplevelse genom fjällens
ödsliga vidder. Att få färdas här
på detta sätt är för mig en oförglömlig
upplevelse! Jag är stolt att ha gjort något
som väldigt få andra har gjort. Tack för
gott och rutinerat ledarskap och utomordentlig god mat.
Till sist tack till alla fantastiska hundar för
er villiga insats!
Jag kan starkt rekommendera er för äventyrssugna
Michael from Sweden
My third time over here and again a wonderful trip
in The Swedish mountains in good company. The tour was
a little different from the last two.
Spring was early this year making it a little tougher
(some steep up and downhill’s even wading through
knee-deep icy slush).But in the end it was very rewarding.
Many thanks to Catte, Kenneth and AnnaKarin for taking
good care of us and to the other guests (Gerlinde, Michael,
Bruno and Sam) for the good company.
And special thanks to my power team: Gert, Smart, Neo,
Tor, Pippin, Melon and last but not least SNÖ.
Looking forward to next season for another great tour
in the wonderful Swedish mountains.
Ludo from Belgien
From season 2009-2010:
Crystal days and Northern Light I, 9-14 Dec.
It is not easy
to put into words such strong memories and experiences
over the past days. Specially coming back from having
a wonderful last dinner with Kenneth, Catrine and Sofie.
Today it was Lucia (a traditional Swedish festivity)
and the delicious food was fitting not only the end
of a wonderful 4 days but also the celebration.
Having dreamt for many years about dogsledding, having
seen all the films one can see, read all the books,
I can only say that the reality was better than the
Even if conditions were not perfect, Kenneth managed
to find interesting routes, bring us to dream landscapes
and give us a full feeling of what it is to be underway
His knowledge of the region and his skills are hard
to find. The food, extremely tasty and healthy and with
enough power to tackle the uphill’s and downhill’s
If you are reading this before your first trip and you
worry. Do not! You are in great hands. You might fall,
or you certainly will. But you will get up and each
time will be easier. Having seen other sled dogs which
sometimes are like crocodiles, I was surprised by these
dogs. They always want to pull, they never fight, you
can put your hand in their food, take it away and guess
what, and they are as nice as ever. And once the hard
work is over they enjoy the pat and the scratch like
your regular sofa dog. I cannot imagine how it is to
deal with so many dogs, but one thing is for sure, fairness,
consequence and discipline are needed and Kenneth keeps
a perfect balance.
In summary, the dogs give themselves fully and so do
Kenneth and Catrine and also Sophie. They open their
heart and home and share it with you surrounded by their
wonderful nature. From the bottom of my heart, Thank
you! I wish you well and a lot of success in all you
do. You deserve it! And hopefully see you again.
Jose Valverde – Austria
Jag har gått runt med ett pirr I magen ända
sedan I somras då jag fick överta min brors
vinst, denna resa. Hade ingen aning vad jag egentligen
gav mig in på. Mannen fick jag lämna efter
mig pga. hälsoskäl.
Har fått uppleva underbara dagar i Vindelfjällen
dessa snöklädda vidder, fantastiskt utsikt,
släden glider tyst. Jag har trillat hit och dit
men alltid tagit mig upp. Vilka fantastiska hundar ni
har, alltid villiga att arbeta. Särskilt tack till
”mitt” spann. Ledarhunden Peppar, trygg
och pålitlig, och de andra Pirat, Elvis, Itzak
och Jet. Tack Catte för den goda, sunda maten &
Kenneth, bättre turledare kan man inte ha!
Tack för er gästfrihet!
Kommer aldrig att glömma detta äventyr. Känner
mig stärkt i själ och hjärta.
Tack och Lycka till i fortsättningen!
Anneli Brodin, Stenungsund, Sverige
Crystal days and Northern Light II, 16 –
21 December 2009.
Dear Catrine, Kenneth and Eric
Thank you for providing us with an amazing, unforgettable
adventure! We will talk about it for years to come.
Your surroundings are really so beautiful. We hope your
environment stays like this for all the time. The dogs
are really great – hard workers, haapy and sweet.
I thought my team of four – Sinbad, Salt, Neo
& Itzak, were the best of course (Philippa). I know
that I will never again think that dogsledding is a
“´gentle” sport, it is vigorous and
difficult – a real challenge. I am now an okay
dog-sledder. I learnt so quickly from day 1 to day 4.
Don learnt quickly also and had fun trying out what
the sled could do!
Thank you again for the best but hardest adventure.
Love! Philippa and Don – Perth, Australia
To Boris + the rest of the magnificent 7
Brave boys + 1 lady! You did it! I am sure when you
laid eyes on my large American frame, you were worried
about going up into the mountains for four days. But
he magnificent 7 – Momo, Chili, Balder, Tor, Boris,
Snö and Shrek, did not bat an eye + charged forward
as hard as they could every morning. For that, the scenery,
the beauty + the memories, I thank you!
Also, a thanks to Catrine, Kenneth and Erik –
a good sense of humor and the companionship of adventure
has made this one of the finest experiences that I am
lucky to call my own. Again, thank you to everyone and
I hope to return soon for another adventure.
– 40 C. (That’s what I’m talking about!!!)
A 7-dog man Justin G. Corbitt. USA.
The Silent Way is a fantastic time. An exciting adventure
I will always remember!
40 below zero. Pitch black darkness; snow in your eyes
as you careen recklessly down the mountain through the
woods. I can’t imagine how this could be fun,
fortunately I no longer have to imagine. Thank you Kenneth,
Catrine and Erik for a great time and an unforgettable
experience I´ll likely never are able to replicate.
Kenneth, Catrine and Erik
Thank you so much for the great hospitality and the
awesome adventure dogsledding in the mountains of Sweden.
My friends in America thought I was insane for going
to a place that was -40C. but I had a great time and
learned a lot! I´ll always remember riding my
dogsled through the mountains, a pitch-black darkness,
with only a headlamp as my guide. It was truly the greatest
thing I have ever done, and I will always remember it,
Take care of Sessan, Greta, Tiger, Loke, Henke and Jet
and the rest of the dogs, I will look all of you up
Take Care. Jared, USA
Kenneth and Catrine
Thank you for your hospitality and guidance, for made
this the best holiday I´ve ever experienced. From
the home-cooked and traditional Swedish meals to the
frightening, but exhilarating downhill ride in the darkness,
this has been the best time of my life. Also your sense
of humor and kindness brought real warmth to the trip,
despite the -40 weather on the mountain. I only wish
I could have this much fun all the time, but then you
wouldn’t be the special people you are. I hope
to see you again in the future.
Jacob Crawford, USA
Happy New Year Adventure, 28 Dec – 4 Jan
Tack! Thank you so much! Muchas Gracias! Obrigada!
No matter in how many different languages I say it.
How many times I say it, I cannot express how thankful
I am for your wonderful hospitality and all of your
hard work in making the trip unforgettable. We have
been talking about doing this type of the trip for the
last three years and we finally did it!
Everything about it was absolutely amazing and exceeded
my expectations. I’m really sad that the dogsledding
adventure is soon coming to an end, tomorrow.
I will miss the great company, Kenneth, Catrine, Erik,
my dogs Salt, Kanel, Cayenne, Idun and Snö, and
all the other dogs, the delicious food, the homemade
bread, the porridge with blueberry soup, and the fun
filled daytrips with the breathtaking scenery. Lastly,
thank you so much for taking such good care of us, making
sure we go home with all our limbs, fingers and toes
still attached. I´ll definitely try to come back!
Don’t forget us! I certainly will remember you!
Sincerely, Cecilia Cheng, New York/London
Dear Kenneth, Catrine and Erik
I found The Silent Way online almost four years ago.
And ever since that day it was my dream to go dogsledding.
Even now I almost can’t believe that this trip
has become a reality and even more it surpassed all
that I thought it would be. Your passion for the dogs,
the wonderful hosts you’ve been and your patience
with us has been incredible. The Three of you have really
made this an incredible journey that I will take with
me for the rest of my life. I’m so glad we found
you guys. Or maybe, you somehow found us.
The dogs are amazing. You can tell how much you all
love and care for them by how well behaved they are.
How happy and social they are with us and by the way
they interact with you. They work so hard for us, I
wish they know how grateful we are to be able to ride
with each of our teams. The cabin was so much fun and
seeing the sun sets as the moon rose over the lake was
unforgettable. Kenneth led us through so many unforgettable
trails, the mountains, 20 km lake!, the solid white
mountains. By my third day I was much better at breaking
downhill. Thank you for the everlasting memories and
I hope I will be back again.
Best, Jolene Chen, New York
Thank you for sharing your lives, your home and your
extended family (all 60 of them) with us! We´ll
remember this rest of our lives…
Mike and Kimmie Pool
Dear Kenneth, Catrine and Erik
These days have been the greatest experience, full of
adventure and fun. I could have not asked for more...
Starting off this trip, I was very nervous about this;
will I be able to stay on the sled? Will I be able to
take good care of dogs etc? Kenneth and Erik was really
patient with is, thought us step by step. We saw the
best views out ion tour and this was all because of
your hard work and preparations you guys did for us
every night. Tack!
Going through the forest, going over lakes, going up
and down mountains full of snow… it was like as
if I was in a massive magical snow globe, it is so beautiful!
Some of the thrilling points of the trip was going downhill
in the forest under the moonlight, It was hard to see,
but the dogs were so good, I has to have completely
trust in them. Catrine, thank you for all the delicious
meals and desserts. All three of you made this trip
possible, I enjoyed every moment. I will cherish these
memories forever. Thank you so much!
Crystal lodge to lodge, 7-13 January 2010
“Sex, sailing and dogsledding” I sad to
Kenneth after the first hour of dogsledding in my life.
Now at the end of this fabulous trip I want to thank
you and all our team for this extreme experience. Dreaming
about the Yukon Quest.
Ps: Now I know why this place is called The Silent Way.
Manuel from Italy
This is my third visit to Umnäs and The Silent
Way. It has also been one of the coldest but the best
tours so far and has provided stunning sun rises which
were just amazing. It was good to see the dogs again
and watch how hard they work in front of the sled. Kenneth
and Catte have worked so hard to give their customers
dogs which have good temperament and are easy to handle
for both novice and more experienced mushers. It is
always good to bring friends along to experience the
mountain tours and hope they leave with good memories.
See you again next year!
Roger Bines, UK
Dear Kenneth, Catte, Erik and Elin
This was my first time dog sledging. When Roger told
me about it a few years ago it sounded like fun…
so I thought I would give it a go, however, I was totally
unprepared for the fantastic experience that I have
had this week. When I get back to UK I am going to find
it hard to find the words to express for my family and
friends how good The Silent Way is!
Kenneth was a great host out on the trail and he guided
us safely through some of the most breathtaking scenery
that I have ever seen. The dogs were a pleasure to be
with, I was lucky enough to have Protes in my team.
The most impressive thing to me was watching a man have
total control and command over 36 dogs out on the trail.
Thank you all for a great week.
Ps. I will be back!
Tom Charnock, UK
Thank you so much for the best week of my life. I have
never been to such beautiful place or laughed so much.
For that I have to thank Manuel and Kenneth!
Thank you Catrine for the most fabulous food. The best
meat I have ever eaten. I really hope to come back.
I don’t imagine Narnia to be as good as here.
What amazing dogs you have too. They are all characters.
Stars and Northern Light I, 25-31
Dear Kenneth and Catrine
Thank you very much for giving this opportunity to be
so united in this magnificent nature. Our 5 days were
more an adventure than anything else. First day went
fast. I was having 7 dogs and still struggling with
their speed, fell three times. Second day would become
a very long one. Kenneth selected a new track, which
brought us in a wonderful environment. For me third
day was though, lot of icing, difficult to keep my glasses
clear. Next day was very cold and beautiful and without
glasses I was only able to see the first two dogs. But
we managed and Kenneth took great care of everybody’s
health. Last day looked like holiday, beautiful sunny
weather. Through the tour the dogs were great and I’m
feeling sad to return home.
Dear Catrine and Kenneth
We would like to thank you for this unique experience
and the sound of silence in the middle of Narnia. We
really enjoyed the journey into the white. We came to
see the real winter and that’s what we got! -5,
-20, -25, -30, -28 C) We wish you many happy guests
to come and hopefully we will be one of them again!
Kristyna and Martin, Prague
Sunshine Awakening I, 11-17 February 2010
Thank you for understanding that I was unable
to go through the 5 days mushing. I knew it before coming
but I wanted so much to give it a try.
Thank you for both of you to arrange my coming back
after 90 km.
Thank you for your kindness and hospitality which made
me feels at home. Thank you Stig and Inga-Lisa who welcomed
me at their home and made me meet several community
This life is so different from mine, so close to nature.
It is The Silent Way.
Thank you so much for your kind hospitality, from meeting
me at the bus stop (one nervous lady travelling on her
own) to the warm welcome at your home! Your cook was
fantastic + all the work you do in the background is
Thank you for sharing your passion for nature + the
wonderful dogsledding adventure. Clear direction, a
sense of humor – a true leader.
Dear Tanja, Freja, Chili, Loke, Tiger, Tor and Jet.
My fantastic team! Truly “mans” best friend
–never complaining, always willing – thank
you so much!
With Love from Diana, Surrey, England
Sunshine Awakening II, 19-25 February 2010
Once again here in the mountains I joined forces
with some old friends and made new ones.
Sadly Momo was not well enough to go out on the tour
but Jet, Boris and my special friend Pumba was there.
This year was my 10th trip with The Silent Way, with
Kenneth. We have been through many adventures together
but his time it was colder than ever before.
Temperatures of -33 C, on some days -48 C when you add
the wind chill factor, made crossing the mountains and
lakes a new experience. Some days we crossed plateaus
in bright sunlight with clear blue skies – it
seemed that we were travelling across the roof of the
world. Other days my goggles were completely frozen
inside making downhill’s very challenging.
I would not be in the mountains with any other guide
(well really friend) than Kenneth and would certainly
not want to be out with any other dogs them those I
have come to know so well over the last few years.
I have watched The Silent Way grow into what must be
the best mountain dogsledding experience in Sweden.
That has been achieved only through the hard work and
determination that Catrine and Kenneth put into looking
after us out on the tours and at their home. This year
for the first time Eric joined us on the snowmobile
making the starts so easy and preparing the cabin for
when we arrive so that all was warm and cozy. Between
them Kenneth and Eric add so much to travelling through
the mountains with dogs.
I wish Catrine and Kenneth all the success they deserve
for the future and hope The Silent Way will introduce
many more people to the joys of travelling with dog
teams through the beautiful Swedish mountain.
Phil Gretton, England
P.s. Good luck in the Finnmark. We will all be sending
you good vibrations!
Dear Kenneth and Catrine
Thank you for the wonderful trip and wonderful experience.
Everything was perfect and the dogs were exceptional
We wish you success with the race.
Annamaria and Viktor, Hungary
Dear Catrine and Kenneth
The idea to go dogsledding was born for us a few years
ago when my son and I were leaving to fly fish in Scotland.
We made some inquires, but the minimum age was 16. So
last year when my son turned 16 we looked in more detail
on the internet and The Silent Way seemed most attractive.
We are very glad that we choose this company. The past
days have been an amazing experience. Never realized
how cold -35C really could be and how hardy the dogs
could stand all this. Every day was a very different
experience. Every day we thought we might eat outside,
but was clear it was simply too cold and Kenneth rightly
pointed out “the guests are very important, but
my dogs even more…”!
A very big thanks to Catrine for the lovely food, Erik
for the great support and Kenneth for his kindness and
leadership out in the mountains. I do hope your eye
recovers very fast, and Good luck on the Finnmark Race.
Also thanks to my dogs for the week Melon, Jet, My,
Greta, Freja and Protes. All the best and hope to see
Henk, The Netherlands
To Catrine and Kenneth
When I was 10 years old I saw the Iditarod on television
and said to myself and to my dad, one day I will be
on a sled with a number of dogs pulling me. My dad than
said to me, let’s go on your 16th birthday and
it will be you present.
And now 6 years later I’m in Sweden and The Silent
Way. Yesterday we finished our tour of 5 days in the
mountains. It was one of the best experiences I ever
had. My team of:
Boris, the beautiful dog who pulls a bit to the left
Tiger, the wolf
Loke, one of the kindest dogs I have met.
Smart, the silent dog.
Isa, with blue eyes.
Cayenne, small but strong
Pulled me 250 km through the mountains and through -35C.
I met lovely people and was guided by Kenneth, who has
a great passion for the dogs.
It was just like imagined!
Bas, The Netherlands
Ps. I’m almost 17, so… see you soon.
Northern Silence I, 26 Feb – 6 March 2010
Dear Catrine, Kenneth and Erik
When we decided to make a dogsledding tour we thought
the will be a nice experience. But now, being back after
5 days dogsledding through the incredible sceneries
of these regional mountains with fantastic and friendly
dogs, your lovely hospitality during the whole time.
We only can say: Thank you so much, it was not only
an experience, it was more than that, it was a dream!
We will miss you and the dogs and the “cooking-fairy”
Thanks to you all, also to your father for catching
us from Storuman and for your brother for staying in
We hope to come back soon, but up to that we will enjoy
and remember all these nice and amazing days here in
Umnäs and on The Silent Way!
Kerstin and Jörg, Steinheim, Germany.
Northern Silence Extra, 24-29 March 2010
Dear Catrine, Kenneth, Erik and all the dogs, especially
Tiger, Boris, Vidar, Cayenne & Elvis. What an adventure!
A dream comes true in every sense and there is no better
way than The Silent Way, that’s for sure!
Thank you for all the good care and energy you spent
to give us a fantastic holiday. I see why you get so
many people coming back and I hope I will be one of
them. Your personal touch and professionalism does the
trick. I will make sure I make some good marketing for
you in Holland.
Thanks again and see you again!
“get on your brakes, please”!
Marguerite Fraser, The Hague, Holland
Dear Catrine, Kenneth, Eric and our 39 dog friends.
Thank you for our glorious adventure and superb food!
It was an experience unlike any other that been well
documented in my 1000+ pictures. It was a pleasure getting
to know my dogs and learning the art of dogsledding.
I loved the wonderful meals of reindeer and moose. I
even enjoyed the sideways Snow and poo duty; it was
all part of a wonderful 4 days in a heavenly place with
friendly welcoming hosts and dogs. Thank you for all
you did for us! Special hugs to Tanja, Balder, Kanel,
Isa … Greta and Pumba get an honorable mention.
My lovely team!
Erin (lady long), Canada
This has always been a dream adventure and I waited
12 years until one person convinced me to do it and
we found The Silent Way to be the best hosts, organizers
and teachers! Thank you for this amazing trip, and I
thank My, Neo, Prosit, Snö and Itzak for their
patience and the power, at the same time the sweet and
friendly being-together. I thank Kenneth for his guiding
Eric for his enormous help and teaching and Catrine
for the lovely food and taking care of equipment. I
will miss all of you – and hopefully see you soon!
Catrine stands for the perfect host, excellent cook
(those moose balls!!) and an ever brilliant smile. Kenneth
stands for the “Master of the dogs”, the
expert musher and guide, who makes you feel secure and
safe, in all weather conditions his guests will end
up in. Eric stands for “if you don’t know,
I’m always here to help”, always there,
always busy, always active,
And of course
Ullis and Shrek, my ever patient lead dogs
Jet and Chili, dog power overtaking horse power…
Smart and Salt, who with their steering saved me many
times from ending up in the deep, deep snow.
Such an experience! It’s hard to describe the
professionalism of all of you.
Thanks a million times in this very Silent Way.
Love and kisses yours
Till varma, goa, kärvänliga Catrine, Kenneth
Tack för en fantastisk resa. Oron vi kände
ersattes snabbt av enorm glädje, trygghet och lyckokänslor.
Upplevelsen av både natur och djur, det professionella
handhavandet, utrustningen, den superba maten and de
otroligt goa hundarna har varit helt suveränt!
Andra dagen när vi kommer upp på fjället
är det solsken, vindstilla, hundarnas kamp att
ta sig fram Ser vyerna och vidderna av snö och
fjäll. Känner sin egen litenhet till de enorma
vidderna, tystnaden. Detta gav enormt starka känslor
hos oss båda. Väl uppe på fjället
fick vi mätta magarna med en god lunch.
Resten blev bara bonus!
Våra medresenärer, Marguerite från
Holland, Hilde från Belgien, Erin från Kanada
och Ivo från Schweiz gjorde resan trevlig och
rolig. Dom lämnade oss efter 4 dagar. Trevliga
familjen Green från England var våra medresenärer
resten av resan.
Skidturen med en draghund var en ny trevlig upplevelse
tillsammans med Catrine ned från fjället
som avslutning på resan.
Gemenskapen, omsorgen och den kärlek vi fick och
gav till hundarna värmde!
Tack till er alla, fortsätt jobba som ni gör!
Speciellt tack till Åkes spann – Saga, Freja,
Henke, Sinbad och Charlie.
Gudruns spann – Peppar, Loke, Sol, Tor och Melon.
Vi kommer att rekommendera er och The Silent Way!
Vi ses igen – nästa Sarek!!?? 50 mil!
Åke och Gudrun Lidfalk, Sweden
Family tour, 26 March – 3 April 2010
Thank you Kenneth and Catrine for a fantastic week.
We were here 3 years ago and had a great time we wanted
to return with our children. Last time -32C –
this time, -15 - +2C, wind, snow and rain. No one was
disappointed, we all gained lots in the wonderful Swedish
mountains. The food was fantastic, even gluten free
cake! The boys slept in a snow cave; they dug on the
Your hospitality and leadership has made this week a
great break for us all. Now we look forward to a longer
A kiss to my team Snö, Chili, Cayenne, Henke, My
Karen Green, UK
Thanks you for another “cold” welcome and
sharing more time in very special arctic mountains,
If felt very good to be back with friends and although
some of our old four legged friends are missing there
are lots of new friendly faces – the dogs are
still Superstars!. If only more people could be so friendly,
loyal and willing to help! Your company, cooking and
hospitality were again excellent. The whole family had
a fantastic time – we need to come back!
Mike Green, UK
Kenneth + Catrine
What a brilliant experience! Despite some bad luck with
the weather I had such a great time. The surroundings
were stunning, the food very welcome and delicious and
the dogs were just great! Thank you Elvis, Tiger, Boris,
Cayenne, Freja and Vidar as I couldn’t have had
such a good holiday without them!
Joe Greene, UK
5 amazing nights… (Well maybe except the one
spent in the snow hole… but I have learnt, what
doesn’t kill you makes you stronger) Thank you
for a truly amazing experience e which I will remember
for a very long time. Goodbye and thank you to you and
all the dogs.
Ben Greene, UK
Across The Arctic Circle and Two Nationalparks,
10 – 21 April 2010
Kenneth + Catrine
Thank you so much for a magical 10 days in the mountains.
Catrine, your cooking is amazing. You fuelled my passion
for wild meat and even made my husband try things he
won’t eat at home! Kenneth, your skill in the
mountains is much admired. Cool, calm and collected
in all situations and injecting some humors in the stickiest
of situations. Without your optimism, I doubt Matt would
have been on a sled 2 days after dislocation his shoulder
on our arrival in Umnäs! Between us, I think we
discovered almost all ways possible to wipe yourself
out on a dogsled and, although not much was said at
the time, your uncanny ability to recall each detail
days later was amazing! You have given us some very
fond memories. You have both worked so hard to create
the amazing tours you offer and the time you put into
creating outstanding, friendly, well mannered dog teams
does not go unnoticed, Thank you both for memories that
will never leave us. (And we hope we also shared some
tips (go the PaPaw cream!))
Matt and Katrina, Cairns, Australia
When we left Umnäs 10 days ago, Berry was a young
dog not really learned how to handle the lines and his
work as a pulling dog. After 10 days hard pulling through
beautiful landscapes, changing weather, fresh snow and
crusty ice, berry is a dog that proved his value and
knows who he is. Thank you for this tour, Swedish wild
nature and mountains, Big thanks to Kenneth, Catrine,
Tiger, Itzak, Vidar, Idun, Prosit and of course Berry.
Hey, hey Kenneth and Catrine
This was the second wonderful tour you gave me. I’m
not a man of many words, so I’ll just say what
Kenneth says a lot – Amazing!!
I don’t have to write much more because I know
I will be coming back for I don’t know how many
times. See you guys and girls next year! Thank you!
The second time around was even more beautiful than
the first. Many thanks for the wonderful tour to Catrine
and Kenneth and of course to my dream team; Smart, Snö,
Pippin, Arwen, Tor and Balder.
And as Schwarzenegger would say “I’ll be
From season 2008-2009:
Honeymoon Adventure 5-12 December 2008
Thank you for making our honeymoon an unforgettable
experience. We have been blown away with your hospitality,
kindness, delicious food and the beautiful surroundings!
We both loved the dogs very much and we had such a good
time with the dogs on the mountain. We shall never forget
the beautiful sight up there!
You do a wonderful job and you have a lovely place.
May good look after you and your family and bless you
with many happy years ahead.
We would love to come back here soon! We will come a
little longer next time.
God bless and a wonderful Christmas and New Year to
Justin & Marli, South Africa
Crystal days and Northern Light I 8-13 December
What an amazing experience! I’m so happy that
I could come up for the day tours on this adventure.
I never accepted the dogs would love it so much! They
truly seem to have happy lives here. I couldn’t
help but feel like we were walking 40 dogs every day.
I hope every year turns out to be fully booked like
this year. I learned a lot about hard work here, and
Thank you for all of the – well – everything!
M. Trollan, New York City.
Happy New Year Adventure 28 Dec – 4 January
To dear Kenneth, Catrine and Erik
Thank you for such an amazing experience. This is the
greatest adventure we have ever been on. Incredibly
beautiful countryside, amazing challenges, magnificent
home cooking and wonderful dogs. The conditions during
our adventure ranged from ice following rains –
so slippery and challenging, to gailforce winds that
blew the dogs and us sideways across the lakes, heavy
snowfall, steep mountains and so much more. In day-light
and by head-torch, we experienced what it really is
like to survive in this white wonderland. They saying
that “dog is man´s best friend” could
never be truer. They do so much work and never complain,
are always so friendly and love to have a pat and cuddle.
Certainly we will miss the dogs, just ad we miss the
warm hospitality provided by all at The Silent Way,
including Catrines father Stig.
Thank you Silent Way.
Brett and Mae – Dubai
Kim and Luke – Australia
Training with your own dogs 28 December 08
– 10 January 09
Happy New Year and Thanks to Welcome us to Lapland.
-30 degrades is a good experience. Yours dogs look good
and it is really amazing to see their all together in
the dogyard. I will come back in February with my family
and I’m sure my children like to play with your
dogs. They are so well behaved! Thanks again for your
Serge and his 10 dogs from France
Crystal lodge to lodge 5 – 11 January
To Kenneth, Catte and Erik, but also … to Isa,
My, Itzak, Protes and Hoppans!
Pictures say more than words:
Click here for a movie http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=qOfR2bhupZo
Click here for Martijns pictures http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=Cvc_wDYZ_I8
Martijn from The Netherlands.
To Catrine, Kenneth and Erik at The Silent Way.
To saying it was an experience of a lifetime is putting
it mildly. I am glad and my life is richer for the experience
of meeting you all and your fabulous dogs. To trust
absolute beginners and let them loose with your sleds
and dogs takes a lot of courage and trust. Thanks to
you Kenneth and of course Erik we all come back with
great memories of a fabulous trip in Lapland, with funny
stories of near misses (disasters), not to mention the
fantastic scenery. It was hard going at times but we
all come through it richer in knowing that we had pushed
ourselves and won. My legs are like two trunks now,
The good food, companionship and doing something different
made the whole Silent Way experience one never be forgotten.
New friends made - human and animal, experience and
laughs shared on six days of pure excitement and at
time adrenalin producing downhill charges made me feel
alive again. Thank all of you and Catrine, you can cook
a mean blueberry pie!
Mervyn - UK
It is a real complement to say that The Silent Way
has to be the best dogsledding kennel in Lapland. This
is my second visit to Umnäs and it was really good
to see Kenneth and Catrine again and of course the Alaskan
Huskies. There are some new additions to the dogs this
year but also it was good to see some old friends again,
specially Sinbad who always shows good temperament together
with being a good lead dog.
Our guides Kenneth and Eric were always willing to advise
and help if needed and kept us amused with stories over
a glass wine or two!
A special thanks to Catrine for providing us all with
such good feed throughout the tour. The elk was particularly
good and the reindeer stew was even better.
Thank you all again for making this trip so enjoyable
and looking forward to seeing you all again next year.
Roger Bines, UK
To Kenneth, Catrine and Erik and of course the Dogs
We saw some movies and documentaries about dogsledding
and planned a weekend in France but it didn’t
work out and actually we are glad that it didn’t
because it wouldn’t have been the same experience
as here in Lapland with all of you! Those days have
been a total cut with our daily lives and living in
a hut was a good experience. We learned a lot of things
during those days about dogs of course but also about
The dogs were great and really did a good job especially
on those tiring uphill! We were so tired and they were
not! We experienced different weathers and temperatures
and saw different landscapes. The most beautiful one
was yesterday, the sunset was just amazing, never seen
those colors in my life! We will really keep memories
from this trip; we really enjoyed it and had fun. I
need to stop writing now because we have to meet everybody
in the dog yard. We just spotted an elk in the yard
and spent some time taking pictures of it. Now I have
to rush finish my breakfast. Thanks again for this great
Lisa and Ranjit – Switzerland
Arctic Colors and Light, 13-20 January
The Tasty Way!!!
We had quite a few remarkable days up here close to
the Arctic Circle. We experienced some arctic temperatures
and breaking ice as well.
Moments, smells, sights, tastes, uphill’s and
downhill’s we will never forget for the rest of
Tusen tack to the champion cook Catrine, the big dog
Kenneth, the small dog Erik and all the other brave
and strong working dogs. Now we know wild Sweden! “So,
please get on the brakes with your gloves on, please
now!” Truly a tour of highest quality. So rare
to find such a genuine experience and to be welcomed
so warmly. Keep up the outstanding work.
Sam – Belgium
Joe and Ira – Belgium
Ralph – Germany
Stars and Northern Light I – 22-28 January
Kenneth, Catrine and Erik
Many thanks for a truly memorable experience; this was
definitely a holiday of a lifetime.
The views, scenery and especially the dogs were magnificent.
The food was outstanding with so many flavors, Catrine
you are truly a Master Chef.
Kenneth and Erik are a fantastic team. Thank you for
letting us share this experience with you. Now we know
what Wild Sweden looks and feels like. Well be back!
Once again many thanks for everything and all you have
done for us.
George and Kate – England
Wow!! What an experience!!
The hospitality, friendship and efficiency of your operation
is great! We arrived VERY apprehensive, and left with
a great feeling of fulfillment.
Thank you Catrine, Kenneth and of course Erik, you have
helped us experience your part of the world, and done
it well. Last, but definitely not last, a HUGE pat,
cuddle and ear scratch to all the dogs – what
Paul and Sue – Australia
Thanks for a fantastic trip with great dogs, scenery,
guides and food.
The Silent Way – The Best Way!!
Andrew and Lester – South Africa
Stars and Northern Light II, 2 - 8 February
To Kenneth, Catrine and Erik
Words cannot describe how much of an amazing time we
have all had here in Lapland with the three of you and
all 53 of your beautiful dogs. This was the trip of
a lifetime and one that I will be remembering and reflection
on for the rest of my life. To Kenneth and Erik –
you guys made the trip what it was and without the both
of you as our tour leaders, the trip just wouldn’t
have been the same. I will really miss you Catrine,
your meal were so delicious!! I just hope I can learn
to cook like you one day. I now have a couple of new
favorite meats – elk and reindeer! Thank you all
for accommodating us so well plus for inviting us so
warmly into your home. Truly an amazing experience and
certainly one I hope to have again in the future. Dogs
– I will miss you Snö, Charlie, Liza, Elvis
and Momo. Such lovely, beautiful dogs. Thanks for everything
– will seriously miss you guys!!!
Love Jean – Australia
To Kenneth, Catrine and Erik
What an amazing adventure you have all provided us.
I find myself leaving with mixed emotions. Proud in
the sense of achievement for completing the trip, envious
that I won’t be eating any of Catrines Sami dishes,
sad that we will be leaving 53 good friends behind,
but most of all happy that we were able to meet you
and share the last six action packed days together.
Thanks team “puppy Power” – Kanel,
Stig, Jet, Harley, Roxy and Sinbad.
Love Richard – Australia
To Kenneth, Catrine and Erik
The trip was more than we could have anticipated it
to be. It was truly a wonderful adventure and we will
go away with some amazing memories. Thank you Kenneth
for your guidance, patience, direction and humor, your
wonderful personality made this trip. Thank you Erik
for the time and effort in the behind the scene work
– it certainly didn’t go unnoticed. Catrine
… words cannot describe how much we LOVE your
food. Thank you for making the delectable food we tucked
into throughout the tour. To all 3 of you, we are amazed
at your enthusiasm for hard work and for making our
Silent Way tour something we will never forget. As a
group we will have many years reflecting on this adventures,
laughing about our experiences. We are really sad to
be leaving and hope that one day our paths will cross
again. To the hard working young dogs… we will
miss you so much! Thanks for working hard. You are all
gorgeous and we really can’t wait to show off
all our photos!!“Ok .. We go now”
Love Lisa and Ben – Australia
Kenneth, Catrine and Erik
We can’t really put into words exactly how amazing
this trip has been. It has far surpassed our expectations.
Your wonderful hospitality, expert guidance, delicious
food (you have converted one non – red meat eater!),
humor and kindness. The dogs were unforgettable and
some will definitely stay etched in our memories. If
only we could take them home with us! We will miss them
and you but maybe back one day. You have certainly made
us want to explore this part of Sweden more.
Tack så hemskt mycket!
Melissa – Australia and Martin – Sweden
Sunshine Awakening I, 11-17 February
Kenneth, Catrine and Erik
Thanks again for an amazing week. Everything was perfect
– luckily for us that included the weather. Even
the little storm we got was great – it showed
me just how dauntless the dogs are. You live in a very
beautiful part of the world – thanks for sharing
it with us. I can’t imagine a better holiday –
awesome scenery, fantastic food, your incredible dogs
and of course your patience and enthusiasm. Thanks!
Pete – London, UK
Kenneth, Catrine and Erik
Thank you for inviting us into your home and into your
piece of paradise for a short period of time. The dogs,
the scenery and the food were incredible. Words cannot
describe the experience we had but the memories will
always be cherished. Thanks again! Hope to see you again
Traci and Chris - Alabama, USA
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
An amazing experience, I loved the wilderness, the dogs,
and of course, famously, the food! Great to get a mini-storm
too. -30C, -20C, -10C all mean something now. But, got
to go back to London and hear people complain about
0 C! Strange people!
Steve – London, UK
Dan, the drag queen says Thank you!
Dan – London, UK
Kenneth, Catrine and Erik
Thank you for the wonderful experience, it was far better
that I thought it would be. Thanks Catrine for your
cooking, it was very tasty. (thanks Kenneth for shooting
the elk we ate).
I think the Swedish mountains are the most beautiful
in the world. Especially seen from a sled pulled by
the kindest Alaskan huskies in the world. To say it
was a once in lifetime experience would be to lie, because
I’m sure will return.
Thanks for everything and a special to the lovely and
strong dogs that pulled us through (especially Snö,
Ludo – Belgium
Sunshine Awakening II, 20 – 27 February
This has been an amazing experience for all of us! No
words or pictures can explain the extent of the experience.
The diverse nature of the Lapland was incredible! We
will never forget… spending day and night bonding
with the dogs, each with individual characters. Thank
you Kenneth and Catrine for making it possible. Catrine,
your food was delicious, you are a great cook! Kenneth,
good luck on the race. (be careful during windy bathroom
breaks!).Erik, this trip would have been nothing without
you. You were the 4th member of our family. Your multi
tasking and various skills impressed us all! We admire
your patience and optimists throughout the toughest
of times. We are sure it wasn’t easy working with
deaf people (one was dad – Mihran, and the other
was Carla and her IPod)
This trip was a great chance to get out of our comfort
zone and experience raw nature at its fullest. Whether
it be, cleaning up dog poop, hanging up those darn boots
at night, feeding the dogs or munching on frozen power
bars wouldn’t have had it any other way!
Thank you all again!
Best wishes to all of you! Warm regards.
Mihran, Carla and Lucie, Beirut – Lebanon
Family Week, 22-28 February
It felt like coming home again when we arrives in the
middle of the night at Svantes house.
We had a great week with the most beautiful weather
you could imagine.
Two days on the snowmobile in which we learned how difficult
it can be driving those monsters! We also learned how
to make a nice and cozy place to have lunch, with a
real sofa and a real kitchen, great!
Going skiing a little further than planned, but again
with a lot of sunshine learned us noticing and understanding
the tracks of the fox, the hare and the elk. Thank you
And everyday a different lunch, all of them so really
Then on Thursday “a day off”, we took “our”
car to Tärnaby.
And than finally a day with the dogs. Oh, they were
great! It was so much better than last year, when there
wasn’t as much snow as there was now. It was great.
We ended the day and holiday with a lovely meal. I even
ate fish and liked it!
Thank you very much for this week of total difference
from all of the other weeks.
Peter, Elvira, Anne and Sander – Holland
Northern Silence I, 3 – 10 March
Hello! I´ve had the opportunity to go for a trip
with Silent Way for six days. It has been amazing trip
all the way, in spite of the weather.
We have struggled through storm and deep snow, but everyone
has had a great spirit. We have had good meals, slept
well and laughed a lot. We have carried wood and water,
shoveled doggy-poops and cared for the dogs.
The dogs are incredible, they work hard and run all
the time pulling the sleighs with all our equipment
and ourselves, imaging the weight comparing to their
We weren’t able to see the beautiful mountain
tops, as often as I´d like to, since the clouds
were all around and the snowing kept coming and going,
but it didn’t matter that much.
To be able to manage through a snowstorm and still be
safe is a special challenge and will last as a great
This trip has been really special for me since Erik,
our guide, is my son. I think he does a really good
job and it felt safe all the time, relaying on him.
Catte and Kenneth can also feel safe sending their guests
into the wilderness with him.
Michael and Charlotte from Munich did a great job, too.
Friendly, helpful and a good mood. Easy to become friends
with such a people! I wouldn’t hesitate to do
this trip all over again if the opportunity was given.
Thank you very much Catte, Kenneth, Erik and all the
Johnny – Sweden
We wanted to do something special for our honeymoon
and we did! Before we arrived in Umnäs we were
not sure if dogsledding was the right thing for us,
especially because Michael was a bit scared of dogs.
But this days were like a therapy and after our six
day tour Michael and the dogs were best friends (especially
Boris). Although we had a bit if bad luck with the weather
(including “ a nice little snowstorm”) we
enjoyed every minute of the tour. Special thanks to
our guide Erik who had so much patience and also to
his dad – we had very much fun with both of them
and were laughing a lot. (grrrr….) The six days
passed so quickly, we really wanted to go on. Many thanks
to Catrine for the warm welcome in Umnäs and her
help while our additional days, and for bringing us
to the elk! We are sad now, because we will have to
say good bye to the dogs tomorrow…
We will recommend The Silent Way to our friends!
Charlotte and Michael – Germany
Northern Silence Extra, 12 – 18 March
Thanks to Erik, the best guide there is. What I will
miss after this experience? I certainly will miss the
sound of the dogs when they are getting ready to go
and when we are just going steady, the dogs panting.
The thrill of the downhill’s. The best food of
the trip was Silent Way kebab, yam! Of course I am going
to miss my power team, my wonder dogs – Prosit,
Isa, Jet, Hoppans, Melon and Tiger!
Maja – Finland
Our trip was wonderful! I`ll never stop being amazes
by nature, it’s the coolest thing. THe most beautiful
thing. I have not been thinking at all during the daysbehind
the dogs. It´s like my brain have been turned
off and instead of thinking I have just been feeling.
Thank you for that! And Erik you have been a great guide.
Nanny-Maja – Sweden
My before the trip – tired and sitting to much
by the computer…
After the trip – I’m alive again!!
Harley is my favorite dog.
Cattes cake was “off the hook”!
I even kind a miss the smell of dog poop.
Marc – Sweden
Northern Silence II, 20 – 26 March
Silent Way, you are the best! We had a great adventure
out with you. And the dogs are wonderful! Belissimo!
Anna, Andrea, Laura, Claudio, Viola and Marco –
Sarek, Padjelanta, Kebnekaise, 30 March –
Text coming soon.
Felix, Rene, Marcus, Paul and Franz
Spring Adventure in Sarek and Padjelanta, 20
April – 1 May
To Catte & Kenneth
Your dogs are great and really fit
we fed them well and picked their shit.
We climbed white peaks on mountain steep
and crossed cold rivers, green and deep.
We fought the storms and banged on trees
we fell from sleds and crawled on knees.
We surfed the lakes and broke the ice
but we survived – surprise, surprise.
Thanks for a nice and adventurous tour!
Helmut, Christin, Claudia – Austria
Linda – Norway
Phil – UK
To get the most out of an experience you sometimes
have to work hard to make it happen.
Ten days out, starting beyond the Arctic circle, travelling
further north for two days in soft snow certainly was
a challenge. Turning south, still in soft snow, against
strong winds and across 10 km of frozen lake with water
on top at times almost up to our knees took us to what
seemed to be the windiest place in the world. Crossing
flowing rivers, further journeys across lakes with so
much water some of the dogs had to swim took us further
through the Swedish mountains. With sleds heavy with
five days provisions for us and the dogs made the going
hard at times, it seemed like a real expedition. After
the five days we were re-stocked by Catte near the Norwegian
border with five more days of supplies.
Where did all this take us?
Well is was through mountain scenery so pristine
that the only other signs of life at times were the
fox, lynx and wolverine tracks. We saw reindeer and
On days with clear blue skies the ice crystals in the
snow twinkled like a myriad of lights!
The dogs, so strong, pulled us up steep slopes, over
bare ground and of course over those water covered lakes.
Travelling with Momo, Pumba, Boris´, Yet, Melon
and Snö was like seeing the mountains with old
friends, whilst new acquaintances were made with Saga
and Loke. How else would you experience the wonder of
the Swedish mountains as winter turned to Spring –
I can’t think of any better way. The earth was
renewing itself from a winter sleep and I was there
to see it.
Yet again Kenneth showed his skill in understanding
the conditions and countryside to bring us each night
to a warm cabin, even in the windiest place in the world.
Kenneth is at home in the mountains and I was happy
to be there with him.
I wish Catte and Kenneth all my best wishes for the
summer and new dogsledding season and especially for
the well earned holiday in the Galapagos.
Best wishes! Phil – UK
From season 2007
lodge to lodge 5-11 January
Dear Kenneth & Catte
Words are not enough to tell you what amazing time I
had with the dogs on the mountain, so great!
Thank you very much for all your good care and giving
a little inside on mushing and Lapland.
Barbara Samwel, Holland
I’m sitting in “my house” at the
kitchen table, thinking really hard what to write…
It’s my third visit to you guys and I’m
still impressed as I was the first time!
This time I got here early to spend some more time alone
in Svantes house of which I enjoyed every second!
I met all the new dogs and was reunited with my “old”
friend Henke. I have to admit that I have developed
a big weak spot for Sessan this time, that’s what
I call girl power!
So if you ever need a retirement home for her, here
is a volunteer…
See! Now I almost wrote a book.
The only thing left is to thank you for your warm welcome
again. I hope you realize that you are not getting rid
of me this way…
I will be back, hopefully next winter, with or without
company that doesn’t really matter because I really
feel home in Umnäs.
Thank you Stig for your trouble picking me up from the
airport every time, the really nice conversations and
not forgot the Swedish singing lessons! I will remember
to bring more “stroopwafels” next year…
I enjoyed the tour immensely especially your reindeer
stew! The dog sledding was brilliant especially travelling
through the forest at night time and every day proved
a challenge as there was always something new to learn.
I now know how hard you both have to work to make The
Silent Way a success and hopefully I will see you again
Roger Bines, England
Arctic Colours & Light, 13-19 Jan
Hej Catrine and Kenneth
I can’t get enough from dogsledding! This is my
third time and it is amazing what the dogs and nature
can do with me. It gives me such a peaceful feeling
and I forgot everything! I enjoyed every second of this
tour even when it was though.
Thanks also for everything – the food and all
your good care.
I think that there will be other time for dogsledding…
so see you again!
Tom, Holland who lives in Belgium
I gained a whole new “dog respect” here.
The dogs have pulled me through snow, ice, water and
even some worries.
Thank you Catrine & Kenneth for your hospitality,
warmth and great food.
Thank you Erik for the tracks.
Hope to come back.
Iris Linsen, Belgium
The trip has been a true adventure. The Silent Way
is a truly fantastic company that gives you opportunity
to experience Sweden in its most beautiful form.
When I was booking for my adventure back in 2006 I noticed
the website for The Silent Way. What I liked about the
company is that it offered longer trips rather than
just a 2 day trip. Having now just finished my adventure
I can whole heartedly recommend The Silent Way. Kenneth,
Catrine are excellent hosts, which will give you memories
that will last forever.
Joseph Woodward, England
Thank you for the great adventure, I didn’t know
what the trip was so though, but afterwards it gives
me a fantastic good adrenalin shoot through my vain.
And thanks to the good chief, he was a really a leader,
friend and a good guide. Thank you for everything and
the good food of Catrine! And see you soon.
Georges Lazic, Belgium
Last year I was in Norway for a 10-minute ride on a
dogsled… I want to have more… A dream come
true… The Silent Way is pear in its whole.
No-one on the tracks, splendid views, stormy weather,
Beautiful Northern Light, enjoying, suffering, breathing,
Thank you Kenneth for being a terrific leader. You gave
us the right energy to put us through the stormy weather
and the right smile at the right moment. Thank you Catrine
for the hospitality and great food…enough energy
through our trip…
And of course, thank you – Ullis, Cayenne, Isa,
Henke and funny Itzak. Thanks to them Im not afraid
for big dogs anymore and hug them without never leaving
Thanks, I will definitely come back.
Sandra from Belgium
Stars & Northern Light, 22-28 January
Thanks for an enjoyable and instructive tour in dogmushing!
Dogmushing in the mountains is an old dream that come
Thanks for your professional hostess, food and equipment.
I really like to come back one day…
John Fagertun, Norway
We have travelled through and up many mountains in
different parts of the world but this journey was indeed
very special. The “silent way” is not only
through a wild, peaceful landscape but brings peace
and ” inner silence” that some can only
find in the mountains. The temperature was cold -32C,
but the hospitality and welcome were warm.
Alpha dog – no need to bite my ear – I was
happy to follow your lead, and your company and cooking
was excellent. Catrine, our introduction to skiing with
dogs was … a laugh.
Thank you for opening your home and looking after us
so well. The dogs – the superstars of The Silent
Way! We will miss them after just one week. They are
so happy to work and such fun to be with. Even in the
wind, snow and dark you never feel alone as your “friends”
surround you. Even collecting shit in -32C is no trouble
for such very good companions. We are already planning
for our next “longer expedition” with you
Henry, Sinbad, Manchester, Chili, Triumph, Diesel and
great team of friends in the mountains.
Mike Greene, UK
It is difficult to add to the above. This trip was
“surprise present” for me…and a big
thank you must also go my wonderful husband who brought
I have laughed and laughed all week. Words cannot describe
the wonderful people, the warmth of hospitality and
the stormy tranquility of the mountains.
Thank you Momo, Cayenne, Jet, Melon and Henke for pulling
me so far and well.
Thank you Catrine for the “dogsking” and
excellent food and Kenneth … a great leader…
don’t ever forget Penguin Racing!
I will be back.
Karen Greene, UK
Lots and lots
Amazing big feet
Hot chocolate with brandy
Almost every day
Finally seen one
A good friend and great cook
Silent-way kebab……….…. The only
Frozen lake with water …... Very Wet
Penguin race ……………...
With lots of wine
Dog yard ……………….…
A lot of shit
Meat soup ………………...
Breakfast for the doggies
Long John ………………...
My hero when in trouble
Girls in heat ………………
Feeling cold ……………....
Keep on kicking
Still have a weak spot for him
…… Great trackmaker
Young and playful
Soft and friendly
Temperature …………….. Between
0 C and -32 C
Good for restday with stormy weather
Northern Light …….…….. On vacation
(except last night)
Big boss, great guide
Overstjuktan lodge ……….. Nice place,
Umnäs Guesthouse ………... Feels
Sunshine Awakening I, 31 Jan – 6 February
Kenneth & Catrine, this trip was a birthday present
for my 50th birthday, something I have always wanted
to do. My birthday was the impetus I needed to actually
get around doing it! A bit of Googling quickly came
up on your website, and all the pictures, especially
of the dogs, really made up my mind.
The trip lived up to and exceeded all our expectations…
great food, great company, great scenery, (not so) great
weather, but pride of place has to go to the real heroes,
the dogs. Sinbad and Boris upfront guiding the rest.
Tiger and Chili messing about like two teenagers, and
last, but very nor least my two wheel dogs, Snö
and Diesel who were the real power houses dragging me
up slopes and around bends catching up the sled where
the owners where of sled pushing.
Praise as well to Catrine for the wonderful food! I
didn’t know elk and reindeer were such versatile
So, thank you both and all the dogs for an unforgettable
once in a lifetime experience.
Alun & Alison, Ireland
Not knowing really what I was in for, having never
experienced dog sledging no serious minus temperature
before, turned into one of the best holidays and experiences
I ever had!
To try and capture everything in a few words is extremely
hard, however the high lights include the spectacular
views all through the mountains, that when you remember
The quietness travelling along behind the dogs and feeling
of being alone in the last space, and of course, the
dogs, which without them I wouldn’t have made
Thank you for allowing me to share this special part
of the world, your hospitality, kindness and encouragement
when I needed it.
I hope our paths cross again one day.
Sandra – one of the Australians living
in the UK.
A great trip with stunning scenery. It was fantastic
to be close to the nature again and great fun to work
with dogs that are all amazing friendly and good natured
even after a hard day’s work.
Thank Kenneth for being a good guide and keeping everyone
under control! I really loved the downhills through
the trees! Thank you Catrine for all the great food!
It was very, very nice!
Thank you for your hospitality + such warm welcome
to your home and land. Dogsledding in Sweden couldn’t
be further from what I experienced in dry, dusty Australia,
having now experienced it; the parallels are amazing
(except the temperature). I’ve loved every minute
of my trip – the scenery, the huts, the storms
and of course, the dogs!
Thank you again, I hope our paths cross again. I had
loved to stay longer to master the downhills!
Samantha (Australia) live in UK
Sunshine Awakening II, 8-14 February
Well, were to start? This has certainly been some of
the most rewording and exciting days of my life, it
reminds me of how simple life still can be and I thank
you for that. From the start, with all of the dogs howling
to the -31 C it really has been a real adventure.
I would recommend The Silent Way to anybody, Kenneth
and Catrine – you are a wonderful couple and thank
you for the hospitality and knowledge of the area. The
dogs are incredible and you should be proud of them.
Thanks again and as they say in Zimbabwe – “we
meet to part and part to meet” I sincerely hope
to see you again!
All my love!
PS. I loved the smell of dogshit in the morning!
Well, first thing to say is I can hardly write as my
arms are ache so much! Its been an amazing adventure,
from the “I cannot believe I’m doing this”
for 5 days ago, to the drilling ice holes for water,
to the pure exhilaration of so many long downhill’s,
with the winter light twinkling through the snow-laden
trees. It really was like venturing through winter land.
The dogs are extraordinary – how can such real
working dogs also be so utterly gentle! Hoppans, Phil,
Salt, Triumph and Tiger: what a bunch of troopers.
Especially as I no doubt got heavier by the day with
all the delicious food!
SO, thank you again for a really special five days and
all the memories. Not least of which the fact I can
now boast to all my friends that I have been to the
100 outside in the middle of the night at -30C. Who
would have thought it!!
Wilderness offers so much. It can be a place to think,
a time to reflect. But this time I can honestly say
I had only one conscious thought in the whole time out.
Gazing across a high plateau with crystal clear air
sparkling around dedicate snow laden brunches, it just
struck me – wow this is really me out here doing
this amazing thing. A great feeling.
Kenneth, Catrine, Prosit, Gert, Diesel, Chili and Sessan
– thank you all!
This second time just makes me sure – I’ll
be back again!
Dear Kenneth & Catrine!
Thank you for a truly marvelous trip. Your hospitality
has been wonderful. I would have liked to have had two
store cash’s to take full advantage of the great
I didn’t have any expectations about the dogsledding,
but it was a beautiful journey through the mountains,
the silent way – well except to the crazy starts.
It’s just great!
I didn’t want the trip to end on the last day.
The ice fishing was great, despite the lack of arctic
char for tea.
Thank you all, Kenneth, Catrine, Sofie, the dogs + Chefen;
it was great fun to meet a iguana in Lapland!
Ps/ I share my heart with a Husky called Boris…
Beautiful places, beauty people, beautiful dogs,,,
all make for a fantastic trip!
Thank you so much Kenneth & Catrine. If I try to
describe all the wonderful things it will get far too
long, so I’ll leave it at that.
Much love to you both and all the dogs.
Adventure with kids, 16 – 22 Feb
Dear Catrine, Kenneth, Eric and Richard
Thank you for a wonderful visit for me and my daughter.
We have had such a good time with the dog sledding and
other activities. Today was so thrilling and special
and the dogs were so strong and steady.
Eric and Richard looked after so well.
With many thanks and best wishes!
To Kenneth and Catrine
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to come dogsledding
and other activitets. To have the chance for me to drive
3 dogs was very exciting. I enjoyed being with the dogs,
they are very well trained and sweet.
Thank you also for your cooking and hospitality, the
food was very good. The area you showed us was beautiful
with mountains and animal tracks.
I will miss you and Triumph, Smart, Boris and all the
Vicki, 10 years old. England
Dear Kenneth and Catrine
It was really amazing to be here! We had a very nice
time here. You are really nice people and you gave us
a wonderful holiday. I’m really going to miss
the dogs and the beautiful nature.
Thank you Kenneth, Catrine and of course Eric. Good
bye Snö, Ullis, Itzak and Shrek.
We are going home and start the normal life again.
Maybe we will see you again, about a few years.
Good bye. Love to you and all the dogs.
Kaja 11 year, The Netherlands
Dear Kenneth and Catrine
I am really grateful that you gave us, me and my 11-year-old
daughter the opportunity to taste a first bite of your
wilderness adventures. Your tailor made week was unforgettable,
your care was heartwarming and the things you shown
us – nature and a way of living in it –
were true lessons of life. More than special thanks
are going to Eric. He become a close friend whose love
for the nature proves how wise a 22 year old kiddo can
be! He thought me - almost 50 years old! - A lot of
respect for the environment and about the satisfaction
that can be found in the small things daily life presents
us. Never let this guy leave you!
Paolo, The Netherlands
Training and Competition, 22 Feb – 16March
This is the 7th time I have come to Sweden to enjoy
The Silent Ways company in the mountains. This time
I come to train and take part in the Finnmark 500 km
dogsled race in Alta, Norway. A race described as the
world’s most northerly dogsled race, up beyond
the Arctic Circle. I trained with Kenneth, with the
most powerful dogsled team I have ever driven and although
I started the race I only covered the first 53 km to
the first checkpoint. Three times in the dark I tried
to leave the check point, but the first time my headlight
failed, the second time Ullis and Momo. My lead dogs
chewed through the harness and front anchor line and
run off into the dark and on the third time my brake
broke. I believed that there was a doorway on the other
side of the checkpoint and I was not allowed to pass
through. I decided to stay overnight at the checkpoint
and enjoyed the hospitality of the Norwegian people
who helped me, we talked about football and fishing
into the late hours. It was a hard decision to pull
out of the race especially after all the hard work Kenneth
and Catte had put in to just get me there. Some people
will say that I failed. Did I fail to realize the trust
Kenneth put in me to use the dogs in the race, did I
fail to enjoy the training with the dogs, did I fail
to enjoy the atmosphere of taking part in one of the
world’s most renowned dog sled races, did I fail
to marvel at the scenery we passed through during the
race? The answer to all these questions is definitely
NO. If you make what you think is the correct decision
at the time you can fail the race but still consider
you have run a good race – this is what I believe
I did. All the dogs in the team were safe, no injuries.
What an adventure, 3 days to get to Alta, beautiful
Northern Lights, great company (I will always be part
of Team Umnäs) and a race thrown in.
The most important thing is that are part of “Team
Umnäs” made it through the race!
Kenneth finished still with 7 out of his 8 dogs –
WHAT AN ACHEIVEMENT!
I must thank Kenneth, Catte and Ulrika for looking after
me so well, especially Catte who had to drive so long
to pick me up after I scratched from the race. Their
belief in me made the whole adventure possible. However
thanks most go to Momo, Ullis, Boris, Pumba, Henke,
Smart, Itzak and Melon the strongest team I have ever
driven. I am sure they would have taken me the whole
way round. Once again the only way I can describe what
I experienced is BRILLIANT! I have learned so much more
about dogsledding and also about myself, it’s
strange what you learn in the mountains with just the
dogsled team for company. This time I did not soar like
an eagle, I just hopped on fluttered like a sparrow
but I am proud of that anyway.
Best wishes for all your future ventures.
Phil Gretton, England
Northern Silence I, 18 – 25 March
Another wonderful trip except in Sunshine this year
and with the wonderful Northern Lights.
Thanks again to Kenneth for such good guiding, to the
dogs for the muscle power and to Catte for the great
food! I am looking forward to coming again soon!
Louis Owens, Dublin Ireland
Thank you Ken
Thank you Cat
What a great experience. Everything seems to have been
just right, the dogs, the weather, the scenery and the
Some unforgettable moments –
• Hanging on like grim death when leaving Dalovardo.
• The exhilaration of crossing the mountains.
• The friendliness of the dogs.
• And seeing a great display of the Northern Light
at the Victoria Church – something I have always
wanted to see.
I really don’t think it could have been better.
Thanks for everything Catrine & Kenneth.
Dewi – Swansea
Kenneth, Catrine, Eric, Stig + Sofie
Thank you so much for a wonderful trip I will never
forget – from snowmobiling, dogs, scenery, Northern
Lights, picnics, icefishing. I’ve loved every
minute of it.
Thank you for your hospitality, you made us feel so
welcome. We were really looked after well. I will miss
my team of dogs a lot, Snö, Melon, Crocker, Isa
(my baby girl, Gert, Alou and Momo.
Thanks again for everything, It really was fantastic.
Caitlin – Swansea, Wales
Northern Silence II, 27 March – 4 April
Dear Catrine & Kenneth
Thank you a lot for this unique experience and particular
your warm hospitality.
To discover Lapland’s scenery was amazing, especially
with Kenneth’s guidance and with seven fantastic
dogs: Smart, Salt, Peppar, Pumba, Boris, Snö and
Take good care of you and the dogs.
Hope to see you again soon.
Peter Lay, Switzerland
Stort tack till The Silent Way!
Alla på företaget Vardag har haft en underbar
dag I Umnäs. Ni och hundarna gjorde ett oerhört
bra jobb. Ser fram emot att komma tillbaka igen för
Anna, Lisa, Mariann, Nanny-Maja, Johan, Micke,
Peter och Robert
Sound of Silence, 13-19 April
A magical landscape of mountains, forests and lakes.
Good food, good company and wonderful dogs.
Mary Wyatt, United Kingdom
What an experience! This has been really special! It’s
not only about the beautiful nature
And dog sledging, it is the “Silent Way”
philosophy that makes it so different!
Being out there as a team, supporting each other, succeeds
in a difficult situation together is really an experience.
Last but not least: Great hospitality, Catrine for the
great food. We really enjoyed the beautiful weather
and the Grappa-evenings.
All best to you! Take care!
1000 hugs for my dogs!
Daniela and Michael, Switzerland
From season 2006
Stars & Northern Light, 14-20 December
Dear Kenneth & Catrine
What to say about such an indescribably wonderful experience?
I had always dreamed of going on a dogsledding trip,
but my wildest fantasies could never have prepared me
for the wonderful adventure "The Silent Way"
had in store for us. In short, a few of my highlights
(in no particular order):
1. SWEDISH COUNTRYSIDE - though we weren't lucky enough
for the Northern lights, the vast white desert of untouched
snow as seen under a full moon was unreal and unforgettable,
Sweden is truly such a beautiful country.
2. THE DOGS - Your dogs are amazing. Friendly and always
ready to run. I loved my whole team, and I will especially
remember "Henke" - who seemed allergic to
a slack line.
3. THE FOOD - Mistress of the kitchen, Catrine your
incredible meals at the end of every day made any tiredness
or sore muscles fade away. Thank you so much for the
4. THE LAYERS - of clothes, that is. Thanks to your
gear, I was warm the whole trip, and grateful to Kenneth
for the occasional help with a rebellious glove. Being
warm in such cold weather is a small miracle for a Florida
girl, so I guess that makes you guys miracle makers.
5. THE WIPEOUTS - I only fell 4 times during the trip
and I enjoyed every single one! Learning the basics
of mushing has been beyond fun, and if I'm lucky I will
get to do it again with you.
6. KENNETH - Alpha dog, intrepid leader, considerate
guide, professional food heater, fascinating conversationalist
and my top choice for a companion when I need to survive
in the middle of nowhere - thanks for an unforgettable
week, I hope its not the last!
Thank you for sharing this incredible experience with
me and my mom. Please keep in touch. The Silent Way
will always hold a special place in my heart.
Love/ Shay Weiner - Florida
Dear Kenneth and Catrine
Thank you for an indescribable tour in a lifetime experience
here in Sweden. Coming from Florida, the landscape,
the weather and the amazing dogs were absolutely astonishing.
Your kindness and strength as a leader, Kenneth, kept
us all safe and gave us the confidence that we could
be out there mushing and handle the dogs well. Catrine
your cooking and support was top notch.
Thank you for the amazing experience!
Diana Weiner - Florida
To Kenneth & Catrine
What a pleasure it is to leave the noise and glamour
of the city in order to experience what is essential.
To travel silently over pristine snow by the light of
the moon and stars.
To travel through forests under clear blue skis.
To watch while the sun sets the sky on fire and to glide
silently over frozen lakes.
You have found something special, and your hospitality
and kindness to your guests is something few people
have the privilege to enjoy in today's world where we
spend too much time on what is valueless.
And finally to the dogs that are so loyal and hard working.
Their enthusiasm to start n the morning put us to shame
as stumbled about.
Thank you for such a wonderful time.
Louis Owens, - Ireland
Dear Kenneth & Catrine
It has been a very exciting week of dogsledding and
not quite as cold as expected. At first when we arrived
to the dog yard I was a little bit nervous because I
have almost no experience with dogs. Fortunately they
were incredible peaceful and I quickly got used on sledding
with them. As a matter of fact I got quite used to my
five buddies, and I think they to me. That we didn't
see the Northern Light didn't smaller the intensity
of the rides a bit. I particularly enjoyed the downhills
in the deep snow, and that one first night trip in the
light of the full moon. Its with a sad heart I leave
Alou, Gert, Jet, Diesel and Crocker and I wish you Kenneth
good luck with the further training of Alou.
Regards, Daniel - Switzerland
Hi Catrine & Kenneth
Well as we arrived I didn't know what to expect, so
I just let it come. The first day I still think it was
the toughest and as matter of fact I thought I going
to end up like Ötzi (the frozen iceman), but then
I really started liking it and the dogs of course. Sometimes
when I was alone I felt like Santa Claus just without
the presents. Sad was that it was over so quickly.
It is in my eyes an unforgettable experience that everybody
should do. Kenneth and Ulf your very nice guys, stay
like that and hopefully I come back again. Catrine you
are a great cook, thanks a lot for refilling our energies
in a really pleasant and great tasting way. Your bread
is great! Thanks to all of you and obviously to all
the dogs, they are awesome.
Hopefully seeing you again!
Alessandro - Switzerland
Crystal lodge to lodge, 5-11 January
The sound of the dogs, baying, howling, barking, singing
as we get ready to set of in the morning is a sound
that will live with me forever.
Is there a better adventure holiday out there? I don't
Great equipment, fabulous food, eager well-trained and
enthusiastic dogs and of course excellent leaders who
made this trip.
Kieran Spillane - Ireland
I really can't describe how fantastic these last days
have been. It's hard to believe that I will ever be
able to top The Silent Way experience. Whether I was
huffing and puffing up hills or holding on for my life
coming down them, I was always having a fantastic time.
Catrine - thank you for delicious food and company.
Thanks to all the fantastic dogs without them I still
be sitting at the bottom of a hill somewhere in the
beautiful Swedish wilderness. And thanks Kenneth for
everything - be it picking me up out of the snow (again!).
Keeping an eye on me to make sure I stayed upright,
and for your fantastic company. The whole experience
will stay with me forever and I'm afraid, Kenneth, that
you may see me back in a few years time. I promise,
however, that I will not come back until I found some
way to practise!
Thank you so much for everything, I'll miss it terrible!
Becky Smith - United Kingdom
What a fantastic adventure this has been. I have always
wanted to try a dogsledding adventure but the experiences
of the last six days have exceeded my wildest dreams.
I have become addicted to the mountains, the company,
the snow, but most of all the dogs. They are a joy and
I have made a lot of new friends. I will be coming back!
Brett Gardner - United Kingdom
Arctic Colour and Light 13-19 January
A 1000 dreams, a 1000 journeys - this trip with The
Silent Way has been the best.
A true romantic with nature, great people and oh so
Laura - USA
O God, new people again.
After one rest day we are going to have to work again.
They look very inexperienced. It will be fun to throw
them off the sledge!
Hello! Let go of that brake! Let us run!
But still those people grow on us, its nice to be petted
by them and to see that we are giving them a fantastic
time. It turned out to be a wonderful adventure. We
hope to see Inge and Robert again.
Pumba, Smart, Harley, Itzak, Honda, Thruimph, max, Ullis,
Hoppans, Dennis, Sinbad, Spej, Henke och Jet.
Robert & Inge - The Netherlands
Sunshine Awakening I, 17-23 February
For more than one year we are developing, exchanging
and publishing ideas about the how the "expedition"
It was everything we expected, and more.
The experience in unforgettable and will be a very rich
source for countless new stones and fantasies about:
frostbite, crashes, dogshit, lodges, mountains and most
of all stories about FREINDSHIP!
Kenneth & Catrine, thank you!
Edward - Amsterdam
What is there to say? One year of mental preparation
and finally we were out there: four Dutch guys and the
English "mystery guest", 40 dogs and Kenneth.
We will never forget this. For five days I was one with
my relentless team:
Boris - the body builder with his question-mark shaped
Henry - the sad old man
Kaya - the Beauty and young
Hobbe - the dreamer
Gecko - the professional one
I will miss you guys! You pulled me all the way and
I thank you for that.
Kenneth thanks for your guidance, Catrine thanks for
the food, Lapland thanks for the views. I return to
Amsterdam as a rich man.
Rogier - Amsterdam
Your hospitality has been great, thank you so much
for your kindness, patience, for so many delicious meals
and for giving me the chance to pretend for a few moments
to be Ernst Shackletai.
I will never forget this week, the crystal snow, the
colours in the stars, the northern lights, the sun through
the trees as we did our last downhill to Umnäs
and, of course, the strength and diligence of the dogs!
Mel Hall - United Kingdom
A guide, an English bird, four Dutch guys & 39
dogs: nothing more is needed for an everlasting experience!
Thanks for all!
Eric - Amsterdam
Sunshine Awakening II, 27 Feb - 6 Mar
Loved every minute of our trip - even the scary starts
and very icy downhill's! Thanks for looking after us
so well Kenneth and Catrine, and to Hoppans, Honda,
Tanja, Melon and Snö.
Ruth Jones - United Kingdom
Awesome, amazing, outstanding, fantastic - that goes
for the dogs, mountains, Kenneth, Catrines cooking and
hospitality. Certainly a trip of a lifetime, one that
everyone should try to undertake.
Many thanks, love!
Julie - United Kingdom
Really a mind-blowing experience in many respects.
Its difficult to know what to expect - but a few things
will stay in y mind forever, the sheer power of the
dogs, especially every time we start up, the crazy downhills
where your life flashes before your eyes, the beautiful
views, the temperatures which I have never experienced
(-33 C), crossing the frozen lakes, using the ice screw
to drill for water, but mainly the whole dog experience
- what wonderful animals, so powerful and wild, yet
And of course Kenneth and Catrine looked us after superbly.
Thanks for a lifetime experience!
Pete - United Kingdom
I have waited nearly 20 years for this experience and
"wow" was it worth waiting for! Words can't
begin to describe the whole experience from the wilderness
to the sub zero temperatures. But what really made this
whole thing for me was the sheer exhilaration of being
pulled along by seven supremely fit + strong dogs day
after day, never slowing.
Thanks Kenneth + Catrine for a lovely fantastic experience.
John - United Kingdom
Northern Silence I, 10 Mar - 17 Mar
Dear Kenneth, Catrine & Erik
This was our first trip to Sweden and it was amazing.
We like it very hard!
The dogs, the weather, the food and the group
just everything was perfect!
It's the first time we feel us so relax and we really
If you come once to Belgium I hope you will visit us
and be our guests.
Thanks for all!
Katrin & Jo - Belgium
We really want to steal a couple of dogs to take home
so that we can live The Silent Way every day!
After some deep thought Julie and I feel we will truly
miss "skotta hunddynga" We will miss our daddy
yelling we will miss "lay a egg", soup in
the morning, coffee in the evening.
This was one of our greatest adventures!
We would like to thank Kenneth, Catrine, Lisa, Sophie
and all the dogs!
You are always welcome in our home.
Tom & Julie - USA
Northern Silence II, 21 Mar - 28 Mar
We had a fantastic time and enjoyed every minute of
our trip. The scenery was impressive and the dogs lovely.
We learned about strange Swedish traditions like "egg
throwing" and ice fishing. Many thanks to Catrine
& Kenneth and all our four-legged friends.
Petra & Uwe - Scotland
I would like to thank Kenneth + Catrine for allowing
me to spend a wonderful week with my 19-year old son.
We enjoyed the lovely landscape and specially to know
our dog teams, We will miss the breakfast and delicious
evening meals. Thanks again for such a memorable vacation.
Jim & Jimi - USA
Tour over Easter 13-17 April
Tack Catrine och Kenneth och självklart alla härliga
hundar för ett häftigt äventyr som vi
kommer att minas för alltid!
Det märks att ni har lagt ner er själ i hela
verksamheten. Allting fungerade klockrent. Bra mat (och
riklig) mysigt och bekvämt boende, underbara hundar
och bra guidning.
En fysiskt ansträngande, men spännande resa
i vacker svensk natur i trevligt sällskap med våra
nya fyrbenta och tvåbenta vänner är
vad vi kommer att ta med oss i minnet härifrån.
Stort tack och lycka till även i fortsättningen!
Hälsningar Ingrid och Andreas från Arboga
Kenneth & Catrine
It is very hard to express in words how amazing my trip
was. My expectations were so different from what I experienced,
yet in the end it was an absolute mind blowing adventure.
It positively affected my soul, mind and body. I felt
many different emotions during the tour, from being
nervous, to being happy + laughing, to being scared
+tired, to finally feeling relaxed. I was also very
impressed with how well organized the tour was, from
the hospitality, to the amazing food, to knowing I was
in good hands. Kenneths experience and knowledge of
the mountains made me feel safe. And than there were
the dogs. They are truly amazing creatures, ones who
earned my respect instantaneously. They encouraged me
to take a step back and appreciate where I was, what
I was doing, and where I was headed to. They brought
peace to my mind, something I desperately needed in
my life at this moment. I will miss them greatly and
they will forever have a special place in my heart.
With many thanks Stacy - California
Ps. I want to give a special thanks to my team for the
trip, Momo, Jet, Henry, Crocker and Diesel.
Sound of Silence, 2 April - 11 April
In the fairy tale wilderness of Sweden I have caught
an attack of poetry fever.
Wizards are wizards
Trolls are Trolls
Goblins are Goblins
Deep in their holes
Elves in the woods
Men on the sea
But the back of the dogsled
That's the only place for me!
Another tour through the wonderful Swedish country side
with great weather, good company (both human and canine)
and great dogsledding. There can be no better way of
enjoying the wealth of outdoor-winter than from the
back of the dogsled.
I like to think that the dogs themselves have become
friends and for me Umnäs with Catte & Kenneth
feels like a second home.
When a tour ends there is a certain feeling of sadness
but memories and laughter shared through these last
day6s make me look forward to new adventures next year!
I wish every success to Kenneth and Catte; they both
deserve it for all the hard work they put in especially
after having to listen to all my old stories over and
Phil Gretton - England
Ps/ Thanks to Zucki, Momo, Jet, PHIL, Crocker and my
old friend Diesel
After so many years our dreams have finally come true!
Bruce and I are from South Africa and although we have
our form of dry land dogsledding over here, we have
always dreamt of sledding on snow!
Thanks to Kenneth & Catte for having us fulfil our
Our tour was fantastic! Friendly, sociable dogs that
make you think you're their best friend ever.
A guide who is as friendly as the dogs, and a hostess
who can cook up a storm (to match the weather outside)
We really had a fantastic time. Good friends, good wine
and a wonderful dogsledding tour
As Liz has mentioned above we have waited so long for
this tour and funny how things end up so quickly! (Time
flies when you have fun)
There are so many highlights that a person can mention,
that we either experienced or observed. Those experiences
& images will be forever imbedded in my mind.
Thought all of it the dogs are the real stars &
I want to play tribute to them, because without them
this would not be possible. - Ullis, Kawa, Pumba, Melon,
Isa, My and substitute Fjodor.
I really had a great time & who knows you might
not have seen the last of us.
Here is a sunny hello and goodbye (tearful) to Kenneth
and Catte and all the dogs.
All the best for the future.
Bruce & Liz - South Africa
Just completed a wonderful tour with exceptional dogs
and guides. Breathtaking scenery with nothing but the
sound of dogs paws on snow. Followed by cosy nights
in the mountain huts with good food and fantastic coffee!
We will miss Gert, Max, Thruimph, Manchester and Honda
who worked so hard all week. Looking forward to our
huskies in Scotland.
The Silent Way is definitely the Best Way!
Heather and Bill - United Kingdom
Spring Adventure, 19 April - 30 April
Kenneth and Catte
Once again thank you for an amazing trip. The extended
spring expedition proved to be much more challenging
than last year but equally we were rewarded with some
awesome sights and memories that will last for a very
Thank you both so much.
Philip - London
Dear Catte & Kenneth
Thank you so much for this amazing adventure... once
again it was really fabulous!
I will miss the dogs so much and my team particular,
they are so sweet and strong.
Lot of love!
Sophie - London
It was a fabulous expedition to the Arctic Circle and
beyond. I shall remember the incredible views 1000 m
high under clear skies off the beaten track; Boris ears
flopping from right to left, the water shining party
across the lake, and the five puppies of Ullis to complete
it all in style.
See you soon!
Jerome - London
Dearest Catte & Kenneth'
Thank you both so much for such an amazing trip + challenging
trip. I loved every one of my dogs - especially Tanja
and Snö, and the last day was incredibly beautiful.
Kenneth, thank you for navigating the spring snow/water
so successfully and many apologies to all my "near
death" jokes. Congratulations to the new puppies.
I hope Boris makes a good father!
All my Love!
Yasmin - London
Dear Kenneth + Catte
Wow!! Those were some of the most unique, wonderful
and tough days of my life. It's hard to explain why,
but I really needed those ten days out in the mountains
that only The Silent Way could provide. This was food
for my soul, so thanks you so much. I feel more alive
by a long way than when I arrived.
The dogs were beautiful once again and I think this
time I even got all their names right!
Love to all!
Leon - London
From season 2005
Crystal lodge-to-lodge 11 Jan – 17 Jan
It was only after we arrived here and saw what
we were going to do and where we were going to do it
that I realised what a disaster this trip could have
been if we had chosen a different company to do an dogsledding
We appreciated your experience, your patience and your
sense of humour, your generosity AND the wonderful food.
It was a real pleasure to work with your dogs. They
are so warm and friendly and such hard workers. I have
never seen such well-disciplined dogs.
You run an operation you can be proud of. I will miss
the breathtaking scenery and the quiet. Our tour was
just the right combination of time spent in my comfort
zone and time of being challenged.
We may never meet each other again but Dan and I will
remember you forever.
The trip of lifetime – Thank you.
Suzi Johns – New Zeeland
Kenneth + Catrine are very lucky to live in such a
beautiful place. Their generosity of spirit, warmth
+ welcome are bigger than the mountains that surround
You will be in heaven on The Silent Way with Kenneth
as your guardian angel.
Dan Keene – England
Been here. Done it twice. Doing it again next year!
Caroline – The Netherlands
The Silent Way was the most fantastic week of my life.
Never have I experienced such natural beauty, such a
combination of exhilaration and pure serenity, such
wonderful people, and there are the dogs…. Amazing
creatures full of love, compassion, power, dedication
and every other positive trait one can imagine.
Between the company, the surroundings, the food and
the guide, the tour was never without a memorable moment
– Even though I captured hundreds of moments on
camera, there are thousands more that will forever live
in my memory. Kenneth was an absolutely fantastic leader
who made sure everything went smooth, that we were all
having a great time. (his personality and sense of humour
and easy way with everyone added to the great time)
I learned a lot about nature, myself and life while
out on the trail.
Thanks a million, and hopefully we will see each other
again very soon.
Mark Gustafson – USA
Training & Competition 20 Jan – 10
I feel a little sad writing in the guest book as it
means my adventure coming to an end. This is my 5th
trip with Kenneth and Catte and my second attempt at
the Femund 300 dogsled race in Norway – this time
I completed the 300 km course and was not last!
Sometimes it is difficult to describe to someone what
you have experienced, words may not be enough, except
maybe one – BRILLIANT.
I have to thank Kenneth so much for all the race training,
getting the dogs in such good race condition, trusting
me with their dogs and above all having the belief in
me that I could complete my race.
I have to thank Catte for being my doghandler, the friendly
face who helped and encouraged me through the checkpoints,
especially during the night.
The real thanks must also go to Nitro, Zucki, Max, Diesel,
Jet, Crocker, Boris and Pumba who pulled me through
forest, over frozen lakes and over mountains, I think
of them as real friends. I will never forgot training
over the mountains by moonlight or during the race going
along the lake Femund at night for 20 km with the headlights
of all the other dog mushers glowing like a string of
Kenneth says you have to use rubber bullets stop me
talking so much but I think he knows how much I have
enjoyed being here in Sweden, the whole experience of
working with the dogs and the joy of being exhausted
as I cross the finish line in the race. Even at 6 o’clock
in the morning they still couldn’t stop me talking.
For me now it is back into the crowd (Kenneth knows
what I mean) but for once I scared like an eagle and
that will stay to me forever.
Best wishes for all your ventures, so much hard work
Phil Gretton – England
Custom Tour 13 Feb – 28 Feb
Sent kom vi till Storuman den 13/2. Där stod Stig
och mötte oss. Under bilresan till Umnäs berättade
han om byar och personligheter. När vi kom fram
bjöds vi på the och smörgås trots
sen timma och fick prova kläder. Nästa morgon
hämtade Kenneth oss på vandrarhemmet. Vi
fick hundspann och vips var vi iväg. Staffan, Lena,
Franz, Solweig, med Kenneth i fronten som suverän
guide. Vi for till Solberg och startade där. Det
var inte lätt att sätta på hundarna
sele men vi lyckades. Sedan for vi till Tärnasjön,
det var kallt –34C.
Vi kom till en härlig stuga efter att ha tagit
hundarna över fjället utanför skoterleden
i puder! I stugan fanns Inger. Vi såg norrsken.
Sov gott efter en god middag.
Nästa dag for vi vidare i kylan –33C. Underbar
tur: naturen till Ammarnäs. Vi såg 5 älgar.
Där väntade härlig middag och bastu.
Tänk att få en dusch. Vi sov gott efter middag
och öl i bastun.
Sedan vidare till Viktoriakyrkan, härlig tur med
hundarna. I stugan vid sjön hade vi ett fint stopp.
Vatten hämtades ur ett hål i isen, härlig
brasa god middag.
Sista dagen hade vi underbart väder med sol och
vind. Lena och Solweig vurpade med hundarna men var
glada ändå. Kenneth var tålmodig med
oss. Vi njöt av underbar natur och Franz från
Österrike var hänförd över att åka
över så många sjöar. Till slut
hittade vi hem till Hundgården där hundarna
var lyckliga över att få se Catrine igen.
Vi duschade före en härlig middag. Tack Kenneth
& Catrine för en av de bästa upplevelserna
i livet! Detta är Sveriges framsida! Tack!
Solweig, Staffan, Lena – Sverige &
Franz – Österrike
Sunshine Awakening I 21 Feb – 27 Feb
How to describe the silence? How to describe
the feeling of speed? How to enjoy the “empty”
landscape? How to feel the greaten of pain in your shoulders?
I had an experience I will never forget. It took me
50 years! I lost myself but regain something more beautiful.
It in the start of another 50 years!
See you sometimes here in another life. Say hello to
Love from Cees, The Dutch with the arms of health.
I did it my (silent) way!
Cees – The Netherlands
Dear Catrine & Kenneth
Beautiful weather in a beautiful land with beautiful
It was really amazing how strong the dogs where pulling
the sledge. The start was tough but during the journey
it felt better and better.
This was a lifetime experience that I would not miss.
I will never forgot the way you both do things on your
own silent way. To morrow we leave and I miss the silence
already. Together with fly back to our own crazy Holland.
I want to thank you for everything and maybe I will
visit you again. Thanks of all my heart!
Frank – The Netherlands
It's such a sad day today, we had to say goodbye to
all the dogs. After 5 days it was really difficult.
We have enjoyed Sweden, all the fantastic views and
the silent of Lapland.
Thank you to the both of you for making our holiday
unforgettable. You are great and we hope you will make
a lot of other people happy.
We have the memories forever in our mind, Kenneth playing
with the yoyo, Catrine going to Stockholm receive a
price, Sofie laughing with her father, and the dogs…
Ullis, Alou, and Sessan always ready to go, Thruimph,
Honda and Kawa asking for attention. Jet, Smart, Harley,
Henry, Spej, Gecko, Harley, Hobbe, Diesel and Crocker
pulling like crazy and … Dennis who’s reminding
Thank you hope to see you soon!
Sophie & John – Belgium
Sunshine Awakening II 2 March – 9 March
I came here expecting little other than dogs and snow.
Instead I got a real dream of four legged friends and
beauty beyond belief. Thank you Catte, Kenneth, Sofie,
Cheva, Boris, Henke and all the rest of The Silent Way
for an experience that I shall hope to repeat soon.
Merci mille fois.
Jerome – London & France
An extra ordinary adventure, northern light and beautiful
It has been an athletic and true experience.
I shall miss Sessan, Kawa, Honda, Thruimph, Henry and
you guys and the landscape and the food too!
Sophie – Paris
Many thanks to Kenneth and Catte for the most amazing
adventure. I have learns many things in the past week,
including the following…
It is very difficult to shovel shit in icy conditions.
You should never build a snow wall for the dogs on the
No matter how excited the dog is, it is always possible
to get the harness on.
Sp special thanks to my team of dogs - Max, Henry, Castor,
and the brothers Melon and Fjodor. And especial thanks
to Kenneth and his incredible competence and unfailing
sense of humour – especially when we were flying
off our sleds…
If you are reading this and about to embark a tour with
The Silent Way – you are very, very lucky!
Yasmin – London
Kenneth & Catte
Thank you so much for an absolute brilliant trip. Expectations
were high as I had been studying the website virtually
every day of eighteen months to relieve me of the daily
grind of work. My belief that Lapland is a country of
never ending sunshine was confirmed. The scenery was
truly magical and the huts proved to be the perfect
refuge after an exciting day. Despite astounding Kenneth
with our food consumption, I’m sure my jeans are
a bit looser than they were on arrival.
Kenneth and Catte have been the perfect hosts despite
being as sick as John Clees`s parrot for most of the
week. It was a joy to see the different characters of
the dogs emerge over the course of the week and it was
impossible not to found a favourite. I look forward
to walking around Hyde Park on my return and being transported
back to happier times, as I smell the scent of distant
Thank so much. I look forward coming back again.
P.s. Poopa-scooping under the northern lights was the
most amazing experience.
Philip – London
Kenneth & Catrine
Thanks so much for such an amazing experience. I knew
we would have fun but The Silent Way was better than
I could of dreamt of. From the dogs to the cheese, everything
was perfect. Kenneth, just like Cheva, you are one in
I sincerely hope to see you all again in years to come.
Leon (not the elk dog) – London
Northern Silence 13 March – 21 March
Back here with the A-team- That is Kate, Simon, Rachel
and me. About the same date as last year, but the weather
was colder. The food was great again, thanks Catrine.
Good guide as usual.
Anyway we had a great time and sometimes it was tough.
Marjan – The Netherlands
I had a really good time. Thanks for the dogs, food,
care and everything.
Rachel – The Netherlands
Wales won the rugby – Yippee!
And we had the most wonderful adventure. Thank you SO
much for everything!
See you again!
Kate & Simon – Wales
Sound Of Silence - 3 April – 12 April
Many thanks to Kenneth and Catte for such a memorable
and exciting tour. It has been a real combination of
pleasure and fear, such beautiful scenery, stunning
mountains and lovely lakes mixed with a few scary moments
coming downhill and crossing “murder mile”.
The dogs have been the real stars; they have been such
a pleasure to handle. The rest day was very enjoyable
even though we didn’t catch any fish. The Northern
Lights were a bonus.
Again, many thanks for such memories.
Sandra & Eddie - Scotland
To my new friends Kenneth, Catte, Lisa and Sofie.
What can I say! I had such an amazing adventure –thank
you all for opening your home to me and making me feel
so welcome. It truly has been the most fantastic, terrifying,
exhausting and challenging experience of my life. There
have been tears of fear – Don’t run on blue
ice! But mainly tears of awe and wonderment at the beauty
around me, the stillness, this really are heaven on
earth. Kenneth, thank you for driving me on when I thought
I couldn’t and for helping me find my spirit and
Catte thank you for being the friend and for all those
lovely meals – Girls just want to have fun!
And finally a big thank you to my beautiful dogs who
literally pulled me through the last 8 days –
Hoppans, Henry, Dennis, Melon, Boris and Pumba I take
away a little piece of all of you in my heart and leave
a small piece of mine in Umnäs.
I'll be back!
Claire – England
Back again, not in the summer as planned – that
is still to done.
Again a lovely trip – greater experience this
time and not real summer weather.
Especially enjoyed the days on fresh snow, new trails
and back to the old huts and refuges. Every time the
sledging is less demanding. This time I was honoured
with the “Bitch Pack” – 8 girls confined
to the back of the line for safe sex reasons.
Thank you Catrine & Kenneth for good company, excellent
food and wonderful days on the trail.
Tom – Wales
Happy New Year Adventure, 27 December - 2 January
It has been a wonderful "sprookje" to be with
you and the doggies, we'll be back!
It was nice to be out in the deep snow. We will remember
also the adventure when our guide was gone on top of
the mountains looking for his dogs. And the surprise
everyday what's for dinner
. elk! The food tasted
fantastic, specially the Silent Way-kebab.
We think we were very lucky with the weather although
the Northern Light was not very bright. It was very
nice how Kenneth made us aware of the beautiful nature
around us at moments we were too busy managing the sled.
Next time we will try to fly on the sled like Kenneth.
We hope you will be able to continue for a long time,
so we can come back in the future. Thanks again Kenneth
- Lindoana Todicescu and Ernst van Noort, Holland
Dear Catte, Kenneth, Sofie & Lisa
We're read the pages of the people that were here before
us and; they have said it all
we are as impressed
as they are, if not more!
We didn't know anything about Lapland or dogmushing
and we're now lost for words
but we agree that
you Kenneth & Catte are 2 of the sweetest people
we ever met, truly amazing!
We are defiantly coming back for some ice fishing.
- Love Anthony & Caroline
Custom Tour, 2 -7 January
Thank you Kenneth, Catrine, Lisa & Sofie, and all
the 32 fun, lovely, hardworking dogs! I miss you all!
· I will miss playing with dogs, the quiet, some
time spooky forest, and the moon light on the snow-white
· I will miss laughing and joking with Sofie,
sometimes I wish she never grows up, stay lovely that
way for a long time.
· I will miss Lisa, she is so sweet, understanding
and helpful. I like to se her funny hairstyle when she
just wakes up in the morning.
· I will miss Catrines food, she is such a good
· I will miss Kenneth. He is like a movie star.
He is such a nature, playful and considering man.
· I will miss the whole wonderful family, lots
of love, very homie.
· I don't like the day when it was -30 C, it
was too uncomfortable, and going to "toilet"
in the wild field. Could possible freeze your "thing"
off! Eating lunch in the field is a speed test. You
can made all the sound and eat with fingers, with no
one blame you "uncultured" that are what I
- Julia & Wilfried, Shanghais & Hong Kong
I've seen a lot of dogsledding, this
was the best.
I've been to many places in Sweden; this area is one
of the most beautiful of all.
I've met many hosts, Kenneth and Catrine are some of
I like the dry, cold weather; we had plenty of it, -35
C and so
I love the Arctic light colors, it was here (and to
be seen in my 2000+ pix)
Thanks ever so much for great hospitality & safe,
friendly guiding as well as wonderful dog!
- Staffan Widstrand, photographer, Stockholm
Crystal lodge-to-lodge, 21 - 27 January
Thanks to Kenneth & Catrine for a great trip, my
first time dogsledding, but it will not be my last time!
A lot of things to learn at first and a bit worrying
to learn that I would have 8 dogs in my team. But with
Kenneth's guidance, very friendly dogs and help from
my companion on the trip, Phil, the trip was both a
challenging and great fun.
What else to say
beautiful scenery, good food,
great hospitality and a great show of Northern Lights!
Thanks again for everything, see you again sometime
- Malcolm, England
Crystal lodge to lodge + Training and Competition, 21
January - 12 February
This has been my fourth trip with Kenneth through the
mountains, but this year there was a special reason
for coming back. I have dreamed for many years, even
before I had been dogsledding, of taking part in a dogsled
race. The tour this year was the start of my training
for an adventure I could hardly believe was about to
A training run through the night for over 100 km led
me into that different world of dogsledding only with
your headlight to light your path. Focusing only on
the beam of light as is illuminates the dogs and the
track just in front of Nitro and Zucki, opened up a
different world. Each tree took on a personality of
its own trying to take off my hat and headlight as we
rushed passed them. The forest at night really was like
"Fang horn Forest" (I cannot say to much as
Kenneth has not seen the third Lord of the Rings film
All the work with the dogs was to enable me to take
point in the Femund 300 race in Norway.
What a sight at night as Kenneth started the Femund
500 race in the main street in Röros. Thirty-nine
teams with 12 dogs in each team.
Than the next day it was my turn. Sixty dogsled teams
were in my race, it made me feel very nervous at the
start. Thankfully I did not fall over in the streets
of Röros. However I fell over 6 times in the first
40 km, got lost and arrived last in to the first check
point but I did not care - I was in a race. The trip
to the second checkpoint along a lake for 20 km through
a snowstorm all by myself was a great test. Then I took
the wrong way again, stopped to snack the dogs and worked
out where I was before getting back on to the correct
track. I took the wrong turn again but was helped by
some dog handlers from the other teams and finally arrived
to the checkpoint still happy to be in the race. The
veterinary took 3 of my dogs out of the race and as
I prepared to start again at about 3 am Gecko had developed
a problem so we decided to take him out of the race.
With only 4 dogs left I could not continue.
I had traveled over 80 km, mainly through the night,
through a snowstorm, been in the company of some of
the best dog mushers in the world, had an adventure
like nothing else before and still want to come back
I have to thank Kenneth for the hard work he put in
to my training, for the faith ha had in me to believe
I could take part in the race and for the trust he put
in my to race with his dogs. I have to thank Catrine
for being my dog handler during the race and for looking
after me so well in Sweden and Norway.
Mostly I must thank Nitro, Zucki, Henry, Mivok, Karlsson,
Jet, Hobbe and Gecko for being my companions through
the night and through the storms. Better companions
no man could ever have.
One adventure over, or hopefully the start of just another.
Best wishes for the rest of the season and all your
ventures, you deserve every success!
- Phil Gretton, Derby, England
Sunshine Awakening I, 17 - 23 February
With a big smile on my lips, and a painful feeling in
my back and shoulders after five days of fantastic dog
mushing through some of the most dramatic county in
Sweden. What can I say more than Thanks again for going
through the hassle to have me come along!
A few hundred pictures are coming soon! Big Hug!
- Staffan Widstrand, photographer, Järfälla,
Thank you for a great adventure.
I enjoyed the wonderful days and the hospitality both
Kenneth & Catrine shared to both of us.
I will always remember the beautiful scenery of Lapland!
- Shahid Ahmed, Chicago, USA
Thank you for an unbelievable adventure.
The hospitality of Catrine, Kenneth & Catrines father
and brother was wonderful.
I didn't know what to expect when I signed up for this
trip and I was fantastically over helmed by
the mountains, lakes and forests.
I will miss my hardworking team of dogs - Kawa, Jet,
Diesel, Dennis, Pumba and Henry.
Their hard work to pull me up the mountains and cold
lakes is unforgettable.
This is the best adventure trip I've ever had.
ps. Goodbye Lisa & Sofie
- Jin Kim, Chicago, USA
A trip of extraordinary adventure
and unexpected excitement.
I am sure if the trip was repeated in a week, the adventure
would be unique.
Catte and Kenneths warm hospitality was another wonderful
aspect of the trip.
It is a trip definitely worth repeating.
- Art Daar, USA
A fantastic trip more difficult than I thought but
well worth doing.
An amazing adventure very well organized by Kenneth
good food and great company.
The scenery is spectacular and the terrain changes hour
A trip that everyone should do at least once in a lifetime.
In my case I intend to come back as soon as I can!
- Terry Bird, Cumbrid, England
Sunshine Awakening II, 26 Feb - 3 March
Our last evening together with our group, what a shame.
What can I say, I did not really know what to expect
- like a fairytale in the woods with the dogs
- very great looks of nature
- minus 20C sometimes and still not cold, thanks to
all the clothing of you.
I cannot write it down in words, already the first day
I could cry, such a beauty around me.
Such a great dogs and Kenneth great with everything:
dogs, nature, us, food
I was afraid/nervous sometimes but the dogs helped me
I'm sorry I can't be more specific, its anyway a feeling
and experience that I will always carry with me and
no one can take away.
I imagine that those thought and feelings can cheer
me up in sad and bad times.
Thank you both very much and hopefully see you again.
- Chris from Holland
Sitting here at your table,
just have finished our dinner.
Fabulous as all the last days, but one thing is different
it is the last day.
No more mushing tomorrow. So I wipe away a tear.
This tour has given me more than I could hope or wish
Everything was perfect in its most natural way.
The food, the fun, the falling, the fishing (which we
the feeling groovy, the feeding of dogs, the flying
through the white, blue, yellow, red and green colors
with the sled.
The freezing in the ice cold, the fabulous faces of
the dogs, the fjäll, the flavors around every corner
and of course the flavor of elk,
the forest, the following of the leader, the Kenneth
of the month February and March as well, feeling the
sun melt the snow on my face,
feeling the dogs firm and after that smelling like dog
(I want wash my gloves ever more, so I can smell them
every time I want to catch up good memories!)
I can go on forever and for every letter of the alphabet
I can summon up a whole bunch of the things I have given
a warm place in my heart,
to take home with me. Souvenirs that money just can't
So thank you, Kenneth and Catrine with all of my heart,
for just being your beautiful self and showing me in
a beautiful way
with your beautiful dogs in your beautiful country.
- Sandra, Netherlands
This has been an amazing experience. It has really
been a holiday I'll never forget.
Pushing my own sled up a mountain while the storm was
closing in on us and the dogs were looking at me will
make a great story to tell.
The whole trip has been a fantastic contrast to the
streets of London.
- Jacobus Simons, Wellington, New Zeeland
Custom tour, 29 Feb - 7 March
Dear Catrine & Kenneth
We had a lovely week in Umnäs.
Your great hospitality and kindness were like a warm
bath to us.
We liked very much to race over the lakes on the snowmobiles.
But the trip through the mountains and the forests were
We thank Stig for a nice day ice-fishing and visiting
his grandma's house.
The lunches outside and in the cabin were very good
we give 4 stars.
The most amazing was the dogsledding.
Theo was glad to fall so softly in the deep snow and
he hugs many trees.
The dogs were so hard working.
The nature here is beautiful, quiet silence.
Thank you very much to be with you.
We wish you a good life with your daughters, dogs, family
- Love and greetings Theo and Alies from Holland
Northern Silence I, 8 - 15 March
Dear Catrine and Kenneth and Dominique.
Thank you for a beautiful holiday. Unforgettable experience
and very well organized.
Thanks a lot!
- Wies - Holland
Dear Catrine, Kenneth & Dominique
We have had a lovely time. Everything has been very
well organized and well thought out.
The dogs have been fabulous and worked very hard for
Trundling along through beautiful mountain scenery,
looking forward to yet another delicious meal
Will be the enduring memory from our trip.
Thank you all for help and hospitality.
- Amanda Hall & Mika Smith, United Kingdom
Catrine, Kenneth & Dominique
Thank you so much for the most fabulous time.
It will stay in my memory
. Until the next time
- Kate & Simon, Wales
Dear Catrine, Kenneth and Dominique
Had a great time. Good food all the way.
Hate to say good bye to the dogs
- Marjan, Holland
I had a really good time and a lot of fun.
The dogs were great and the guides were nice.
The food was good and the company interesting.
I will come back
- Love from Rachel, Holland
Northern Silence II, 19 - 26 March
We came as a family to celebrate my fathers 60th birthday
together with the dogs, snow, storms and wonderful company.
We will really miss the beautiful dogs - Castor, Spej,
Ullis, Gecko, and Mivok especially.
We hope Kenneth and Catrine come to California and do
some warm weather mushing (running with dogs on the
We really appreciate all the support and encouragement
in our training - and patience with false starts and
Pat, a California native and enthusiast, was astonished
by the way she stayed warm with the great gear -
She had predicted being cold in the arctic, but was
Warm liquids, warm lunch, good conservation kept us
all warm and happy and so grateful for having a chance
to be in Lapland.
We hope our dogs forgive and bad turns or slow starts
and wish The Silent Way many happy trips to come! Thank
- Pat, Char, Hans and Fritz, California
Custom tour 28 March - 4 April
It has been three years since our first trip, and the
dogsledding has lost none of its magic.
In spite of me being a little sick, we all enjoyed ourselves
Catrine accompanied us with Pavo and Leon pulling her
on skies and we all felt tired watching as we struggled
with the deep snow on days 2 & 3.
This trip was completely different in terms of scenery,
temperature and conditions.
We were blessed with 3 days of glorious sunny and hot
weather and packed trails as well as colder stormy conditions
in deep snow.
As before, we loved the dogs, the trip was exciting
and relaxing and most of all we felt like part of the
family with Kenneth, Catrine, Lisa & Sofie.
Thank you and see you again!
- Alison & Brendon, London
Dear Kenneth & Catrine
Thank you for the guiding + entertaining + feeding us
on our fantastic adventure.
The whole thing is clearly very well planned and I was
impressed at the professionalism that made (almost)
everything run so smoothly.
The high lights for me were the home stretch to Dalovardo,
the rest time + arrival meal when we got there.
Some advice for future guests: Dig deep holes in the
evening, keep your concentration on the down hills and
watch out for Henke.
Thank you Kawa, Mivok, Henke, Dennis & Spej.
- Toni, London
Thank you for a very memorable holiday. You run an impressive
operation, which made the trip fun and rewarding for
- Frank, London
Custom tour over Easter, 8 - 15 April
It has been wonderful to slide on silent ways through
real fantasy world.
Thanks for everything; it's been great to both of you.
You gave us unforgettable memories.
And last but not least:
Thanks to the dogs, maybe we will forgot your names
but never how brave and strong, how wild but social
Marcel & Helena, Switzerland
Sound of Silence 16 - 25 April
I would like to thank you both for the privilege of
getting to know and run with the dogs that you so obviously
It has been a unique week and I hope you find success
in all your adventures and that people great you with
the same open hearts that you show to everyone.
You and the dogs will always stay in my thoughts and
maybe we will meet again
that would be nice.
- Gary Blades, England
Thank you for giving such a wonderful experience, lovely
food and great company.
Thank you both and the dogs and I hope all goes well
for you in the future.
- Lorna Davis, Wales
Well - what a trip, what a challenge,
what an experience, what a various country to travel
Thank you both Kenneth and Catrine for your professionalism,
your guiding confidence and leading us through difficult
I enjoyed the variety of sledging on lakes, rivers,
forest and plateaus. When the challenge is greatest
the memory of the day is most charred.
So I leave, hoping that I became a more experienced
musher - to next time.
I'm ready to return summer and winter in this beautiful
- Tom Davis, Wales
An amazing trip, mountains, lakes, rivers, forests -
incredible scenery. The dogs so friendly and strong,
nothing too hard for them to do, they just kept going!
The adventure is trying to control them and the sled
shall stay with me forever. I've had the best adventure
trip, a pity it had to end. Thanks to Kenneth for making
it possible and for his help, Catte for the great food
we ate on the tour. - Alex Morrison, New Zealand
- 8-days tour "The Last Definition of Snow"
Thanks a lot Kenneth, Catrine, Katja and of course the
dogs. It's a topic but for me it has been a dream comes
true. I've enjoyed the trail, landscapes, people, huts
You can't even imagine how important for me it is to
have this adventure completed!
I hope to be able to come back again, for me you have
been a second family here in Sweden. Thank so much!
Espero que nos podemos ver en Espana tambien. - Jesus
M. De Porras Brun, Spain - 12-days tour "Discovery
Of Lifetime II"
Good bye Nitro, Tua, Papillion, Diesel, Honda, Dennis,
Hobbe, Manchester and all the other dogs. Thanks Catte
& Kenneth for a very nice adventure days in Lapland.
The dogs are the nicest and most social ones I ever
seen in front of a sledge. Kenneth's cooking talents
almost equals his mushing capabilities. Thanks for great
hospitality. We are sure we will be back soon! -
Helmut Sicheritz, Austria - 12-days tour "Custom
We had a really nice honeymoon here together with Kenneth,
Catrine, Lisa and Sofie. Thanks a lot for good service.
We like Lapland very much. It is indescribable beautiful
here. Your dogs are so nice and kind! The snowmobile
was great fun. We will certainly give our impression
on our website http://users.skynet.be/zwedenactief,
then perhaps other Belgian people can come up north
to your amazing adventures! - Virginie & Arne
Talliue, Belgium - 8-days adventure (honeymoon) with
dogmushing, snowmobile and skiing, "Custom tour"
I feel very privileged to have seen the wilderness in
the company of Kenneth and all the dogs. As each day
went by we grew nice confident in handling the sledges
and the dogs. The dogs are so patient whilst we put
on the harnesses and put them on the sledge lines. Kenneth
kept us aware of all the scenery we were passing through.
Some days we were in complete sunshine with blue skies
and no wind. Good friends, good weather, happy dogs
and wonderful scenery - who could ask for anything more?
Thanks Kenneth for all your help and guiding in the
snow! - Phil Gretton, England - 8-days tour "Sound
of Silence II"
After the wonderful days of silence with the dogs it
feels boring that it's already over. Thanks for your
guiding Kenneth and lovely days on the mountains! Great
food Catte. We hope to see you soon! - Pål
Olsson, Sweden & Maria del Mar, Patagonia - 5-days
tour "Custom tour"
As I traveled here I was reading "Frankenstein"
and there was a perfect quote for how I was feeling:
"It is impossible to communicate to you a conception
of the trembling sensation, half pleasurable and half
fearful, with which I am preparing to depart. I am going
to unexplored regions to The land of mist and snows."
I am happy to say that the trip was pleasurable and
although it was hard work on occasions the wonderful
scenery and the quietness were certainly worth it. I
still cannot believe how well behaved and friendly the
dogs were. Thanks for a great holiday!
Ps/ The names memory rhymes are: -
- There was a GECKO wearing LEWIS and a MANCHESTER united
shirt watching the film HONDA. After he got on his KAWAsaki
and met DENNIS the friend who was holding a stick of NITRO.
- An American WRANGLER went to Paris to see the MONA Lisa
and SESSAN ´s partings. He traveled on his SUZUKI
using DIESEL. He went to see the film PAPILLION wearing
his HOBBE hat and drank CARLSON lager in the interval
- Lesley Gretton, England - 8-days tour "Sound of
I do not know where to begin. I have wanted to come to Sweden for
at least a decade. I also have desired a dogsledding trip for many
years as well. To have both come true at the same time
sent. The people I have met have taken the time to make me feel welcome.
Meeting Catte, Kenneth, Ulrika, Lisa and Sofie has been a treasure
The sled trip
. After falling within the first three minutes
I had to ask myself if I had made a wise choice in coming. The answer
is definitive YES! Learning how to control the sled and dogs was exhilarating.
Seeing the mountains, forests and scenery gave me a new appreciation
of nature. The struggle with the melting snow was truly "the
definition of the last snow!"
Catte gave another experience I will not soon forget. Racing across
the half melted beach on Icelandic horses! Also an adrenalin rush!
Thank you so much for the experiences. You have now played a part
in furthering the development of who I am and who I will become in
Thank You! - Deborah Widmer, Texas, USA - 8-days tour "The
Last Definition of Snow"
Thanks for the opportunity for an adventure of a lifetime.
Your dogs were so behaved and the scenery was spectacular.
When I visit Sweden again, please be assured, Dogsled
riding will be on my list of things to do and see again.
- James Lawson, USA - One-day trip
Thank you so much for the experience of a lifetime. Ive
had an extra ordinary time. Lapland is very beautiful
place and I am very honored that you let me stay in your
home to experience it. The dogs you have are amazing!
Im honored to have been able to have such a experience.
Thank you for all the meals they were great! Especially
the reindeer on the trip and the fish for dinner. I know
I will return someday, hopefully for a longer running.
Thank you again for your warmth and hospitality. Sincerely
Deanna Grams. - Deanna Grams, USA - One-day trip
I had longed for dogsledding for many years. I am really
glad that my dream came true. I love the dogs here. I
fell off the sledge a few times, but I think I was a pretty
good driver after all! The food was very tasty. It was
the first time for me to eat elk and reindeer meat. Kenneth
& Catte are really friendly couples. I like them a
lot and so are Lisa and Sofie. Anyway, when I get home.
Im going to tell all my friends about it and theyll
be jealous of me. I hope to see you all again in the future.
Love Mariko - Mariko Tsukushino, Japan - Two-day tour
I just want to say thank you for our fantastic and exciting day trip
with your wonderful dogs. Marvellous food! An experience to remember
for life! - Lars Uhlin, Sweden
Thanks for a marvelous 6-day dogsledding adventure. Three years of
compressed mountain experience at one time. Very good! - Totta
We would like to thank you for this great experience with your dogsledge.
It was so impressioned that we can`t find any words to describe it
to our people at home. - Katja Ehlert & Aina Peschel, Treek