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Best Destinations in Europe for Dog Sledding

This unforgettable family-friendly experience allows you to relax and take in spectacular scenery, while beautiful, friendly dogs pull you by sledge. Dog sledding is a means of transportation that dates all the way back at least to 2000 BC. 

The sled is always run by a professional musher (driver) who knows the terrain like the back of their hand, allowing you to sit back and enjoy your time. Depending on the weather conditions, the sled is usually pulled by 8 to 14 dogs, either Alaskan Huskies or Siberian Huskies.

With a variety of different sled ride lengths to choose from, from 10 minute discovery sessions to multi-day expeditions, there’s a magical tailor-made experience for everyone!

Check out our pick of the top destinations in Europe for dog sledding.

Svalbard Dog Sledding

Svalbard, Norway

The Northern lights have always held a certain amount of magic and mystery. Head to Svalbard, a stunning Norwegian archipelago, far north of Norway, to take a dog sledding excursion like no other. Whether you’re looking for a dog sledding trip to see the Northern Lights, an extended multiple day excursion or a private day long experience, Svalbard is the place to find it!

Let these gorgeous dogs pull you along through the stunning wilderness of this gorgeous Arctic archipelago, through deep valleys and past majestic mountains. The Arctic silence is interrupted only by the breathing of the dogs and the sled’s sound on the ice. The breathtaking Northern Lights in the sky will guide you through the dark, if you choose a nighttime experience, and leave you speechless.

See all our mushing activities in Svalbard.

Ilulissat Dog Sledding DestinationPhoto Credit: Gitte Winter

Ilulissat, Greenland

See the stunning surroundings of Greenland on a memorable dog sledding journey. Learn about the history and roots of the Greenlandic Inuit people, their history with the transportation method of dog sledding and explore landscapes beyond your imagination. Dog sledding is the perfect means of transportation for winter excursions in Arctic regions. This is, without a doubt, the best way to explore the snowy valleys, mountains, frozen lakes, and fjords around Ilulissat.

This activity is not just about the ride, but also about the art of mushing. You’ll learn a lot during your excursion including: how dogsleds are built, maintained and repaired and how to take care of the dogs. You may get to visit the village of Oqaatsut, 20km north from Ilulissat, a small sea-fishing village community where you can really experience Inuit culture and tradition. 

Tromso, Norway 

This gorgeous subarctic city in Northern Norway, north of the Arctic Circle, is the place to go for dog sledding adventures. With an extensive range of choice for trips, including different durations, daytime, evening and nighttime trips, Tromso has an experience to offer everyone wanting to try this sport!

A great destination for seeing the Northern Lights, Tromso is world-famous for being a magical destination to visit. Try your hand at mushing and guiding your own dogs or why not start your day off right with a morning dog sled ride, driving through the Norwegian tundra. Go on an evening excursion and try your luck at seeing one of the wonders of the world, the Northern Lights. If you’re wanting an expansive tour of Northern Norway, pulled by these gorgeous animals, try a 6 day excursion, guided by professional dog sled racers, leading you all the way to Sweden, or Finland depending on conditions.

With a whole host of tailor-made options, check out our range of dog sledding activities in Tromso.

dog sledding Andorra

Port d’Envalira, Andorra

Head to the east of the stunning country of Andorra for incredible dog sledding adventures at the mountain pass of Port d’Envalira, in the Pyrenees. Take the sled ride of a lifetime through gorgeous Andorran mountain valleys, through beautiful wintry forests and past the popular Grandvalira ski resort.

Choose a 2km or 3.5km daytime dog sledding excursion and experience the thrill of riding through the wintry snowscape of the Andorran Pyrenees. If you’re looking for a great nighttime adventure activity, take a dog sledding trip at night. Taking a dog sled ride at night is a great way to appreciate the experience through your senses, with only headlamps lighting the way and few sounds in this peaceful area, except the dogs and sled moving along the snow. Choose from a 4km or 6km ride at night, for an experience like no other.

Explore our dog sledding adventures in Andorra.

Akureyri Dog Sledding Destination

Akureyri, Iceland

Akureyri is one of the most stunning destinations for dog sledding, located in the Northeastern region of Iceland, just below the polar circle. This destination is the ideal place to experience the unique feeling of being pulled by a pack of dogs whilst riding a sled!

In the winter you may get to experience the amazing phenomena of the Northern Lights. If you have ever wanted to experience sliding through snowy Icelandic landscapes, head to Akureyri for a dog sledding experience and discover the wonderful panoramas that this part of Iceland has to offer!

Check out our dog sledding activities in Akureyri.

Briancon Dog Sledding Destination

Briançon, Hautes Alpes

Briançon, in the Hautes-Alpes region of France and near the country’s border with Italy, is a stunning location near the Ecrins mountain range. One of the best things about this area is that it gets approximately 300 days of sunshine a year, as well as having beautiful snow-covered mountains!

This area is one of the best destinations for trying dog sledding as well as snowshoeing. Why not try a multiple day excursion with elements of these two great sports? Sit back and relax with the mushing part of the excursion, and then take in your beautiful surroundings whilst practicing snowshoeing. Take in the scenic forest-covered Vallée de la Clarée, the perfect setting for a mushing adventure.

Check out our snowshoeing, mushing and spa experience in Briançon.

Oulu Finland

Photo Credit: Ugur Arpaci

Oulu, Finland

This tranquil Finnish city, in the west of the country offers perfect peaceful surroundings and fantastic magical landscapes, great to have a dog sledding adventure in. Head to Varjakka, around the bay from the city of Oulu for a mushing adventure like no other. Watch as the snow-covered landscape passes you by, as you’re pulled by some beautiful, friendly huskies.

Take a course in mushing, learn about how the dogs are looked after and even try driving the dog sled yourself, all whilst enjoying the beautiful winter scenery!

 

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