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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.

In general, a dog sledding ride lasts from 10 to 40 minutes and is ideal for animals and nature lovers! Sledding on the fresh snow in snowy tracks or in an all-terrain kart, you’ll always feel the sensation of speed and adrenaline, and get to appreciate breathtaking views.

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. 

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

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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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