Guide to finding your ideal dogsled tour!

Dog sledding is a wonderful adventure and at Nature Travels we have a wide variety, from easier tours for the family to challenging adventures in the mountains. Each of our tours offer something different and it’s important that you choose the right tour for you!

Photo: Sarah Hook (Dog Sledding and Northern Light in Vindelfjällen)

No experience is required for any of our tours and your guide will give you full instructions and training in how to control you sled. These tours are suitable for anyone in generally good physical condition as some strength and fitness is required when braking the sled or stepping off to assist the dogs uphill by jogging or “scooting” behind for short distances.

However, the tours do vary considerably in terms of overall level of physical challenge, so it’s important to choose carefully and feel free to discuss any questions you may have with us.

A typical day involves starting by feeding and cleaning up after the dogs as your new furry friends always come first! Then after breakfast you’ll pack up, this time cleaning up after yourself and head out for your day’s adventure. Once you’ve reached your destination, the dogs get a snack after all their hard work and you start the chores around the night’s accommodation, maybe fetching water from the lake, feeding the dogs, chopping wood and assisting with cooking/washing up.

Photo: Niki NT

Accommodation whilst out on tour varies but in general will be in simple wilderness cabins and some of our tours include a winter camping element. The wilderness cabins are simple and cosy, generally with no electricity or running water and shared sleeping rooms with bunk beds.

Photo: Niki NT

Our special Private Dogsled Tour for Two in the Taiga Forest is ideal for couples or friends looking for a little bit of luxury. The 4-day tour includes two nights in a comfortable hotel and a night at your local hosts’ cabin at the kennels with your own private room. Usually, the tour starts by sharing the sled with your guide until you build your confidence and eventually start driving your own sled. There are also 4-day and 6-day tour options with all nights at the cosy cabin.

Photo: George Baker (Private Dogsled Tour for Two in the Taiga Forest)

If you have been dog sledding before and are looking for another adventure, the Wilderness Dogsled Adventure in Vindelfjällen makes the ideal “next step” but is also an excellent choice for novice mushers looking for a challenge. A small personal tour with a maximum of 4 persons, this travels along some parts of the famous King’s Trail. Accommodation on this tour is a combination of wilderness cabins and camping in tents and/or snow bivouacs (snow holes).

Photo: PK (Wilderness Dogsled Adventure in Vindelfjällen)

Other tours that include camping are Midnight Sun Dog Sledding in Svalbard, exploring the untouched arctic wilderness of the island’s glaciers and fjords, and Dog Sledding and Winter Camping on the King’s Trail, which runs in the mountains of northern Sweden.

Photo: John Wilton (Dog Sledding and Winter Camping on the King’s Trail)

Winter camping adds an expedition feel to any adventure and can be physically challenging. As well as the general chores around camp, walls of snow will normally be dug around the tent as well as a hole in the snow for shelter while cooking and spending time in the camp.

Photo: Keith Slater (Midnight Sun Dog Sledding in Svalbard)

Tours with cabin accommodation include the Husky Mountain Expedition in Lapland, which runs on a similar route to the above Winter Camping King’s Trail tour but is in wilderness cabin accommodation along the route. These tours run from end February, when the mountain conditions become suitable for exploring during the beautiful “spring winter”, when the days get longer and the temperatures become milder.

Photo: Sofia NT (Husky Mountain Expedition in Lapland)

In the same area, Northern Lights Dog Sledding in Lapland runs in a lower elevation, winter wonderland landscape of frozen forest and lakes, and is a popular accessible adventure available throughout the winter season.

Photo: Niki NT (Northern Lights Dog Sledding in Lapland)

The shorter version of the Northern Lights tour is Discover Dog Sledding in Lapland. This 4 day/3 night experience (with arrival/departure day, 2 days’ sledding and a short sled in the morning of Day 4) is ideal for a wide range of participants including families with children from the age of 6. Children won’t normally be able to drive the sleds as you need a little weight behind you to be able to jump on the brake when going downhill but they may be able to have a go driving for certain parts of the route where depending on weather/trail conditions.

Photo: Lucy Fishburn (Discover Dog Sledding in Lapland)

Dog Sledding and Northern Lights in Vindelfjällen is located in a little-visited area, further south in Europe’s largest Nature Reserve with beautiful landscapes of mountain plains and ancient forest. Our tours in Vindelfjällen have a maximum group number of 4 persons plus guide, ensuring a really personal experience in the deep Swedish wilderness and the head guide of these tours is a European Champion for sled-racing.

Photo: Lydia Lam (Dog Sledding and Northern Light in Vindelfjällen)

The Aurora Husky Adventure in Finnmark, located in the far north of Norway, has 3 options for duration and type of tour, but the first and last nights of your tour are at very unique accommodation at the Husky Lodge in hand-crafted cabins built by the local host from natural materials.

Photo: Hariprasad Kuppuswarmy (Aurora Husky Adventure in Finnmark)

If short on time and from the UK, Go Dog Sledding in Trøndelag is an ideal option for a dog sledding getaway with reduced travel costs and time commitment compared to tours further north as it is easily accessed by the direct flights from the UK to Trondheim.

Photo: NT (Go Dog Sledding in Trøndelag)

If you are doing other experiences in the Kiruna area (such as our Wilderness Cabin at the Reindeer Lodge) and would like to add some extra days/activities to your stay but do not have the time to combine with one of our multi-day dogsled tours, our One-day and Overnight Husky Tours in Kiruna are ideal.

I hope that points you in the right direction and if you have any questions, we’re always happy to help! Other articles you might find helpful when choosing your ideal tour are:

Happy mushing!

Niki from the Nature Travels Team

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