Sled dogs are not only Birgitta and Mikael Sandin’s favorite hobby they’re a way of life. Together they own the company Nymånen based in the village of Auktsjaur not far from Arvidsjaur in Lapland.
Nymånen (the word means new moon) is both a sled dog business and an artist studio. They want the name to symbolize positive energy, creativity and new initiatives. Their business idea is about offering a range of creative products that focus on nature, dog sled tours and through handicrafts.
They’ve been working with their dog teams since 1977 and have participated more than ten times in one of Sweden’s toughest dog sled competitions the Fjälldrag. During this long-distance event dog teams compete over 150 km through the track-less mountains of Lapland. They still compete regularly in long distance competitions and today they have 40 Siberian Huskies as well as specialist dogs for bird hunting and for game tracking. Birgitta has trained and competed with dogs for many years. In 1983 she became an approved instructor and trainer by the Svenska Brukshundsklubben (a national association for training dogs in field sports) and she annually holds numerous courses for training dogs in field sports. Mikael works as a paramedic in summer with the regional ambulance service.
It’s a fine line between living with and off nature without exploiting it, but this is Nymånen’s aim. Birgitta is an artist with a studio called Atelje Nymånen where she creates glass and handicraft objects inspired by nature and her dogs.
Care for the dogs’ is a top priority and this is reflected in their modern, high quality kennel facilities. The dogs are friendly and well behaved, as you’d expect with such dedicated owners.
Nymånen is also involved in the international network Nature Based Tourism, with the aim of developing the quality of their tours and experiences.
The labelling comittes statement
Labelling Committee´s motivation (22 November 2007)
A dog sled company with 30 years of experience is welcomed into the Nature’s Best team. Here in the rolling hills and snow-covered forest of Arvidsjaur you can explore nature by dog sled, try your hand at ice fishing or hunt for Capercaillie and Black Grouse.