Huskies are such beautiful animals. Put them together, a sled and an Arctic landscape and youâ€™ve got yourself a rather niche and epic adventure. I recently went dog sledding with Hurtigruten as part of an Arctic cruise and being such a dog lover it was one of the highlights for me. As much as the chocolate cake we were given being ridiculously good (it was pretty noteworthy) they did have several husky puppies that needed playing with.
Dog sledding with huskies has been on my bucket list for a very long time and its such a unique method of transport I am glad I can add to my list. Given how popular husky sledding was on social media during my trip, I thought it was worth putting together a list of ten places that you can go dog sledding in the world.
Dog Sledding Norway
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Nothing is more breathtaking than Norway in the winter. Book your next adventure sledding across the frozen landscape and enjoy stunning views of the ocean and the land. Hurtigruten offers many dog sled adventures for all types of adventurers along side their Arctic Cruises. There are a variety of options including seeing the Northern Lights at night from the sled. You’ll bond with the dogs, enjoy the cold wind in your face, and have a great time seeing Tromso, Norway, and the surrounding area. You’ll have a unique appreciation for a working day on the sled and the beautiful country of Norway after spending several hours on this adventure. It’s sure to be the trip of a lifetime.
New York Dog Sledding
You can stay in the U.S. and still have a great time dog sledding. The Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort on Lake Placid, New York is a great short 10-minute sled ride. You can check out their offerings here. Another legitimate dog sledding location is Northern Exposure Outfitters about 3 hours from the city into Massachusetts. They offer tours and lessons. Both of these options are small day or weekend trip suggestions if you’re looking to try dog sledding for the first time.
Alaska Dog Sledding
Still in the U.S. but further North is the vast state of Alaska. It’s Alaskan tradition and probably could be classified as an obsession. Everyone knows about the famous Iditarod Dog Sled Race in March that goes from Anchorage to Nome, a distance of a mere 1,150 miles. If you’re going to try dog sledding anywhere, Alaska is an option that’s right there at the top. Seward, Alaska is the home of Seavey’s Ididaride Sled Dog Tours and has been voted one of the best options in Alaska. Mitch Seavey is an Iditarod champion, and the resort is his homestead.
Greenland Dogsled Tours
If you’ve always wanted to visit Greenland, dogsled tours are another reason to go there. Greenland Explored offers both winter and spring tours where you can go dog sledding with Inuit hunters. There are a variety of options to view wildlife, sleep and hunt on the sea, or just go out for a day trip. They also offer dog-free tours of Greenland’s coast for those who don’t want to try dog sledding. There’s definitely a little something for everyone.
Sweden Dog Sledding
Another great winter destination for dog sledding and many other winter activities is Sweden. Nature Travels offers an eight-day package to go dog sledding on Sweden’s most beautiful landscapes. The Tornetrask river is one of the many places you’ll sled on, as it’s frozen over in the winter months. Then it’s up to Kebnekaise, the highest peak in Sweden. It’s a great chance to see some of the most beautiful parts of Sweden in the winter time. You’ll also learn how to handle the dogs on your trip.
Minnesota Dog Sledding
If you’re based in the U.S. and unable to travel long distances but still want a great experience on a dog sled, consider a place like Minnesota. It’s the Sled Dog Capitol of the U.S., and Ely is a great winter destination. Boundary Waters Wilderness offers lodge-to-lodge dog-sled adventure trips and cited by National Geographic as the best in the business of dog sledding. The will work with you if you’re a beginner or if you’ve been on many trips like this already. There are also camping options for those brave souls who like the winter weather. They have been offering these dog sled trips for almost 30 years, so you’re in good hands.
Dog Sledding Iceland
Iceland is a wonderful winter destination with plenty to do. Dog sledding is one of those things, and you’ll want to check out Dogsledding Iceland. They are a professional Dog Sledding company booking all kinds of tours from just an hour to several hours. You have options of including transportation with the tour or providing your own. You learn about the dogs and how to handle them. You’ll bond with them on your journey around the beautiful areas of Iceland. Because winter weather can be unpredictable, the tour will still operate if there is no snow on the dry land.
Dog Sledding in Finland
Hetta Huskies, World Responsible Tourism award winner of the Gold Award in Finland offers a variety of activities surrounded by dog sledding. From single-day to multi-day adventures, you’re sure to find a package that suits your style. You can train the dogs, visit the farm, or even sign up to live with the Huskies for longer periods of time. The Finnish Lapland is a beautiful area to explore by sled, and you’ll get to see it in all of its frozen glory. There are plenty of other winter activities for you to enjoy while you’re staying in Finland as well.
Wyoming Dog Sledding
Another continental U.S. location that is popular for dog sledding adventures is Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Jackson Hole’s Continental Divide Dog Sled Adventures offers dog sled tours through the famous Teton and Shoshoni National Forests. The Yellowstone Area is so beautiful, and if you haven’t seen it during the winter, you need to put this destination on your bucket list. The tours are hosted by Billy Snodgrass, Iditarod veteran. They offer partial day, full day, and extended multi-day tours to meet your budget and comfort level. If you find yourself in Jackson Hole during the summer, they even offer summer kennel tours.
Dog Sledding in Canada
The Canadian Rocky Mountains are the perfect scenery for a dog sled tour, and Snowy Owl Dog Sled Tours would be happy to help out with your adventure. They offer packages ranging from two hours to two days with an overnight stay. If you’re comfortable, you can even drive the dog sled team. Take a tour that includes lunch by the campfire or a combo that has snow shoeing and tobogganing as side activities. If you choose the overnight option, you get to stay in a heated tipi. If winter adventure is your thing, you’re sure to come away with memories that will last a lifetime.
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