Dogsledding

The runners slide into the tracks, tails dance ahead, the driver’s brief commands sing in the air. You’ll never forget a dogsled ride.

Ulloriaq driving his sled dogs near Sisimiut in Greenland

Ulloriaq driving his sled dogs near Sisimiut in Greenland. Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

A trip on runners accompanied by panting dogs and the sound of silence

Silent runners, panting dogs and a majestic landscape lie ahead, to the right and to the left. The cold bites into your nostrils, but this can’t detract from an unforgettable experience. The driver controls all the tails that obey his every command. The passenger can lean back and relax and concentrate all his or her senses on experiencing the moment.

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.

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?

If you like trips that bear a closer resemblance to proper expeditions, choose for example the trip from Kangerlussuaq to 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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Trips with dogsleds can begin from the moment the first snow has fallen and ice has covered fjords and lakes.
  • Sled dogs are only found north of the Arctic Circle and in East Greenland.
  • The design of the sled depends on whether it’s to be used for running on ice, over the fells or in deep snow.
  • For more than 1,000 years the physical and mental state of the dogs has been developed such that today they are one of the strongest species of working dog in the world.
  • If the driver says “ili, ili, ili”, the team of dogs will turn right, whilst if the driver says “iu, iu, iu” they will change direction and turn to the left.
  • Remember sun cream with a high protection factor. The sun and reflections from the snow and ice are very strong.
  • WOGAC, WOG and Greenland Travel have special offers to suit you and start from Kangerlussuaq, Sisimiut and Ilulissat and other towns in Disko Bay.