Dogsledding in Greenland
Experience the white world
Drive silently away with the sled dogs in a majestic landscape. A dog sledding trip in Greenland is a unique experience you will never forget. At the same time, there is something very fascinating about experiencing Greenland's magnificent nature from a dog sled, which can not be compared to skiing and snowboarding. The cold bites a little in the nostrils, but what does that mean for an unforgettable experience? The driver of the dog sled is in control of all the tails that are directed at his command. The passenger can safely sit back and use all their senses to just be present and enjoy the magnificent Greenlandic nature.
Photo Aningaaq R. Carlsen
Dogsledding trips in Greenland
If you want an experience of a lifetime, and try a dog sledding trip, then you should travel to Greenland during the winter months. It is at this time of year that you can experience the magnificent Greenland from the most authentic side, which is a dog sled. A dog sledding trip takes you around the country in a completely unique way, and as an extra experience, it is also during these months that you have the greatest chance of seeing the northern lights.
Dogsled trips can be booked lasting from a few hours to several days with overnight stops in huts and tents. Everything is prepared – from food to elegant and warm clothing. Only you and your adventurous spirit set the limits for your dogsledding journey.
Dog sledding in Greenland: An important cultural heritage
The dog sled is an important part of Greenland's cultural heritage and history. For more than 4,000 years, Greenlanders have ridden dog sleds to hunt, transport and survive in the Arctic climate. Today, there are fewer Greenlanders who use the dog sled for fishing or hunting. Over the past 20 years, there has been more than a halving of Greenlandic sled dogs, as means of transport such as the snowmobile have replaced the dog sled to a greater extent. Instead, the dog sled has increasingly become a leisure activity and tourist attraction that brings together both locals and tourists. For example, you can experience dog sledding in Sisimiut, Ilulissat and Kangerlussuaq.
Photo Aningaaq Rosing Carlsen
Photo Aningaaq Rosing Carlsen
Dogsledding in Ilulissat
Among other things, we can recommend a two-day dogsled trip to the dead glacier. The trip runs from Ilulissat, out over Akinnaq to Nallurasuk, from where there’s a view of the glacier. The sled then flies over the thick ice between the icebergs. Need we say more?
Dogsledding in Kangerlussuaq or Sisimiut
If you want to experience expedition-like trips, choose for example the trip between Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut. The trip lasts three days and you’ll stay overnight in tents and huts used by hunters. As part of the team, you have to help make food, load up the sled and feed the dogs.
If you arrive in Disko Bay in late summer, there’s also a chance to take a sled trip in the light of the midnight sun. The trip takes you out to the Lyngmark glacier, from where there’s an unrivalled view of the whole of Disko Bay.
There’s no better way of experiencing Greenland than by riding a dogsled with the snow crunching under the runners and with 12 eager dogs straining at the leash – a means of transport that hunters and fishermen have used for centuries and still use when snow and ice cover the landscape.
Can you go dogsledding anywhere in Greenland?
It is possible to ride a dog sled north of the Arctic Circle. Some of the easiest towns to get to on the west coast are Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut. If you want to experience the east coast of Greenland, then you should go to Tasiilaq and Kulusuk.
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