Can I go dog sledging in Greenland?
Yes, there are dog sledging opportunities in the winter in Greenland. For most winter visitors, going on a dog sledging trip is on the top of their wish-list as it is quite unlike any dog-sledging excursions people may do in Lapland, for instance.
Dog sledging in Greenland is first and foremost an authentic experience and gives visitors a great experience of what hunting in the Arctic wintertime is like. The sledges used are traditional wooden sledges based on a design that has evolved over the centuries to work perfectly in harmony with the hunter, the dogs and the landscape.
It is not a leisurely sightseeing trip where you lie back and just enjoy the ride, it is however a fantastic experience if you want to experience real dog sledging ‘warts and all’. The local hunter you travel with will be experienced in dog sledging and have detailed knowledge of the area you are venturing into.
For the dogs it does make a difference travelling with two humans on the sledge rather than one. Sometimes it will be necessary to get off the sledge and help the dogs (e.g. when travelling up-hill). At this point the hunter will let you know if you need to get off the sledge and also if he needs assistance in pushing the sledge. We don’t recommend this activity to anyone under the age of 12. The hunter is at all times in charge of the dogs and his judgement in regards to route and travel time will prevail at all times.
Travelling in the Greenland wilderness is not always a smooth ride (as you may have experienced on commercial dog sledging trips at other destinations). The landscape is by its very nature rugged and wild – the snow masses do a lot to smooth your route, but bumps and jerks along the way should be expected. It is important to remember this is an authentic experience which uses ancient routes created over centuries because they are the safest/fastest/most lucrative routes to travel – the routes have not been prepared by snow plows. There will be times when you will drive over rocky areas which will shake you about and moments later you enter pristine snow giving you the feeling of being the very first people to set foot here.
See our page on optional activities for more details on what other unique experiences you can enjoy in Greenland.