Dog-sledding

Gliding through Lapland’s winter forests, Greenland’s dramatic ice cap, or Canada’s open wilderness on a dog sled is an experience that will stay with you for a long time. Working in harmony with animals is a rare pleasure that until you experience it, is hard to describe.

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Megan's dog sledding experience

I have to be honest, I was really nervous about the experience from an animal lover's standpoint and as someone who truly didn't know what to expect.

What did I end up discovering? The pups at Tromso Safari were well taken care of, all had unique personalities (some in line with mine which may not say too much about me ) and loved to run and have fun! It was my last experience in the Arctic and one of the most memorable! I highly, highly recommend it for a truly Northern Norway experience!

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Overnight dog-sledding adventures

Master fine art of dog mushing as you and your pack of excitable huskies chase through Arctic tundra on a multi-day dog sledding adventure. On this gentle outdoor adventure you'll learn what it takes to look after your furry friends. Fully embrace the Arctic lifestyle and stay overnight in wilderness lodges and cosy lavvu tents. 

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Engholm Ruff (not rough) Ridin'

4 nights | From £1,395

In the far north of Norway lies a warm and welcoming husky farm led by Sven and Christel Engholm. Driven by passion and professionalism, they are keen to teach dog mushing newbies about life as a dog musher. This trip sending you into wilderness of Northern Norway is an experience our previous clients keep as a warm memory. 



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Epic Pawdventures at Birk

3 nights | From £875

Just a stone throw away from the Russian border, Trine lovingly looks after her own pack of huskies. Her expertise, hospitality and love for her pack of huskies makes this activity an experience that scores high on animal welfare and authenticity. At the farm you have the chance to join an overnight adventure or treat the dogs to a spa day. 



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Whoof-factor stays at Holmen

3 nights | From £995

This dog-sledding adventure is designed to experience the very best of Northern Norway's wilderness. View the mountaineous region around Alta from your dog sled during the day, relax in a cosy Glamping tent at the night. 

 



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Customise your dog-sledding adventure

A dog-sledding adventure offers a unique learning experience; travelers explore the cultural roots of Arctic life, and acquire hands-on outdoor skills. Whether it is the cultural aspect that inspires the journey or the adventure, we can help plan an adventure that fulfills each individual travel goal.

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Family-friendly dog-sledding adventures

Our travel experts at MNT have been travelling the Arctic regions with their own children and like to think of the dog-sledding experience as one of holiday highlights for the entire family. Not only is the journey through the frozen winter forests a magnificent adventure, being responsible for your own pack of huskies is a confidence-boosting learning curve, too. Be in touch for our individual recommendations for your family. 

 

  • Children can join as drivers or passengers
  • Half and full-day options are available
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Lyngen Alps

3 nights | £1,105

Touchdown in Tromso, travel from the Arctic airport into the Arctic wilderness surrounding Arctic Panorama Lodge. Tucked between the Lyngen Alp's cloud-piercing peaks and glassy fjord water, guests can fulfill their dog-sledding dream on a daytime or evening expedition. 



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Camp Ripan

3 nights

Just outside Kiruna, snow-craving children find an exciting outdoor playground and stress-plagued parents a relaxing spa. In the family-friendly cosy cabin a great number of snow activities including dog-sledding await. Pace through the wilderness on a half or full-day adventure. 

Image: Bjorn Wanhatalo

 



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Birk Husky day tour

3 nights

Families who like to take a walk on the wild side will enjoy this trip taking them to the Arctic borderlands between Norway and Russia. Join a day tour or perhaps treat your pack of huskies to a spa day. 



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At Magnetic North Travel we believe that that each trip should start with a conversation and end with a story to tell.

We also believe that it is impossible to write a good story about everything, that a journey's magic lies in the detail. As destination specialists our focus can match your Nordic or Canadian travel goals with experienced local knowledge. We start with ideas to inspire, hands-on advice and offer guidance along the way, so you can focus on what matters-the storyline.



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When can you go dog-sledding?

The best time to travel

Husky sledding needs good quality snow and minimal ice to be safe. Holidays in November and December at the start of the winter season can risk being too mild with unstable snow conditions which can result in cancelled trips. By January the snow has usually stabilised but temperatures can be at their lowest so some of the day trips can be colder. Evening dog-sledding adventures bring the chance to view the Northern Lights. By February there are more daylight hours meaning more opportunities to join longer expedition tours right until early May in some areas. Get in touch with our expert team who'll help you select the perfect tour for you.

What happens on a dog-sledding adventure?

Arrival at the husky farm

The dogs will be excited to see new guests arrive at the farm knowing that their run is imminent. They will be harnessed in teams of 6 to 8 dogs per sled. There will be one leader dog - not always the biggest - but always the most intelligent. There will be some powerful dogs strategically harnessed and others with stamina that thrive on longer expeditions.

Then there’s the moment when you stand on the sled, the dogs are pulling at the ropes keen to get going and you wonder how you’ll control this crew. The moment of doubt soon disappears when the anchor is released and the dogs set off. And then silence except the thud of paws on snow and the quickness of breath as they work together to pull the sled. You’re in charge now. 

An expedition to the High Arctic

Review of a multi-day dog-sledding adventure in Svalbard

Guest blogger Andrew shared his insights of an overnight husky expedition he joined in Svalbard just 300km below the North Pole. 



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Picture credits: Lyngsfjord Adventure, Birk Husky Farm, Trasti Og Trine

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