Dog Sledding Tours

Dog Sledding Tours

Embark on the ultimate arctic adventure with a dog sledding tour through Iceland’s stunning wilderness. Behind a pack of Siberian and Greenlandic Huskies, you will experience an ancient and thrilling mode of travelling while witnessing the astonishing wild terrains of Iceland’s natural landscapes.

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Frequently asked questions

What clothing should I wear for a dog sledding tour?

Make sure to bring warm layers of winter clothing, sturdy winter boots, a wind/rainproof outer shell, a hat, gloves and sunglasses. Contact your specific operator to see whether or not they provide overalls.

Do I have to be physically fit to participate in dog sledding?

Participants should be able to walk a kilometre (0.6 mi) without becoming exhausted. Dog mushing is a sport and therefore requires physical participation. If you weigh over 100 kg (220 lbs), special arrangements will be made to accommodate you.

What is the age limit for participating in dog sledding?

The minimum age limit to participate in dog sledding is two years old. Children between 12 and 16 year olds may be allowed to ride a sled independently based on the guide’s discretion. Those over 16 may operate sleds independently.

Do you ever cancel dog sledding tours due to poor conditions?

Yes, in case of blizzards or a severe storm, a tour might be cancelled. In these situations, you will be offered a refund or the option of rescheduling. Due to Iceland’s ever-changing weather patterns, a tour may be cancelled in advance of your booking or on the day.

What type of dogs are used for sledding in Iceland?

Siberian Huskies, Greenlandic Huskies and Alaskan Huskies.

How many dogs pull a single sled?

Depending on the operator, five to six dogs will be used for a single rider. There are ten dogs to a two-person sled.

Can we bring treats for the Huskies?

In general, feeding and providing treats is left to the kennel staff. However, certain providers may allow you to feed the dogs cookies at the end of the tour. Any treats given to the huskies is at the discretion of the tour provider.

Can we pet the Huskies?

Absolutely! Huskies, though incredibly energetic, are very loving and affectionate animals who love nothing more than to receive your appreciation.

Do the Huskies enjoy pulling sleds?

Yes, the athletic Huskies have, for generations, been born and bred to do just this! Husky sledding has long since been a tradition across most northern hemisphere arctic countries including Iceland, Greenland, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. 

How fast do the Huskies go?

The fastest dogs can run up to 20 km/h (12 mi/h). However, the average riding pace is around 10 km/h (6 mi/h).