Through Lapland on a dog sled
200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, outside the northern Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi, we begin our journey in the Range Rover Sport, headed down remote trails through dense fir forests on the way to a husky farm. The Swedish wilderness, dog-sledding and a hotel made of ice await us. Photographer Philip Bruederle and cinematographer Julian Jankowski capture the experience.
Jonas leads us to the enclosures of the sled dogs, where 200 huskies look at us through their blue eyes and paw the snow. When Jonas enters the enclosure, they become excitable. He kneels between the dogs, pats and compliments them, presses his nose to the snout of his favourite dog River. Then he pulls the running harness over the heads of eight animals and lifts their paws through the loops. They bark, demanding, eager to get out, to run towards the sun.
A feeling of vastness and endlessness
Finally we sit on the sled as well. Then there is a jolt as Jonas releases the brakes that were previously rammed into the snow. Before we know it, we are rushing along a narrow path through the forest. The snow whirls up under the dogs' paws, the air turns white and cold, the wind hits me in the face. As the snowy landscape flies past them, the huskies are in their element: calm, concentrated, completely in their rhythm.
"When I stand on the sled, I feel happy and free. I love being able to go anywhere"
Jonas, dog sledge driver
The result of the shoot: a fast-paced story about impressive animals and a spellbinding hotel made entirely of ice, and spectacular pictures and video published on the Land Rover Owners Club website.