ARCTIC DOGSLEDDING DAY
Learn how to mush and navigate a dogsled
Speed past icebergs, wildlife and frozen fjords
Discover the history and the importance of dogsledding
Learn the skills that were necessary to Inuit survival
ARCTIC DOGSLEDDING DAY
BONDING WITH THE DOGS AND EXPLORING GREENLAND'S WILDERNESS THE AUTHENTIC WAY
This Arctic Dogsledding tour is designed to teach you about Inuit culture as well as show you around the breathtaking landscapes that surround Ilulissat. Live a once in a lifetime experience with true experts. Our local guides will take you through some of wildest places on earth. The dogsledding tour allows you to explore the wild environment of a winter wonderland.
DETAILS OF THIS EXPERIENCE
Speed past icebergs, glaciers and frozen fjords. Discover the history and the importance of arctic dogsledding. Learn the skills that were necessary to Inuit survival. Experience something far greater than a simple ‘tourist trip’. On this day you will immerse yourself into a different world filled with age-old traditions. You will get to experience traditional Inuit dogsledding at its best.
What to Expect on Your Arctic Dogsledding Tour
Normally, the dogsledding tour lasts about 5 hours and takes travellers 20 kilometres up north from Ilulissat towards Oqaatsut. Oqaatsut is an ideal location to visit because it is remote as well as home to an authentic settlement. The settlement is home to only 37 Inuit people. Once, we arrive in Oqaatsut we take a tour of the settlement and share a hot drink and biscuits with the Inuit residents. This provides travellers with the perfect opportunity to speak to locals and learn about their culture and traditions. Please keep in mind that Greenland’s extreme weather can affect the tour. Therefore, it is important to note that routes may vary depending on snow and ice conditions.
After our visit to Oqaatsut’s settlement we continue our dogsledding tour up the mountains as we continue to see incredible sights. We then link up with another dogsled as we follow it to the ice. This is the part of the tour that takes you through an icefjord, which is where travellers have various viewpoints of Ilulissat, Disko Bay and the Ice Cap. We enjoy one last short break before heading back.
This is one of Greenland's must do experiences.
The Greenland Dog, has a thicker outer coat and dense under wool. This multi-layer fur allows the dogs to withstand outdoor temperatures as low as -20 to -40 °C. Sled dogs have changed and evolved due to their environment, like the Greenlandic Dog for example, which was the first dog to be brought into Greenland from Canada by the Inuits. The breed then later evolved due to Greenland's harsh environment. Some adult male weighs about 30kg and is fed lots of meat and fat in order to keep warm.
Here you are in safe hands! Our mushers follow a strict animal welfare policy, they are careful not to exhaust the dogs and make sure to give them plenty of rest before their next ride. Our guides carry a satellite communicator ‘Delorme In-Reach’, with a GPS locator as well as a first aid kit. What are you waiting for?
WHY IS THIS A
Experience something far greater than a simple ‘tourist trip’. On this Dog Sledding Day in Greenland you will immerse yourself into a different world filled with age-old traditions. You will get to experience traditional Inuit dogsledding at its best as you connect with the wicked and wild nature of Greenland’s outdoors.
The musher speaks english allowing for a real interaction with a real chance for bonding with the dogs. The mushers we work with are genuinely caring for their dogs and animal welfare is very well respected. (We checked!)
Few places in the world still give you that feel of remoteness and being like an explorer such as dogsledding in Greenland.
AGENDA FOR YOUR ADVENTURE
- 10:00 Meet at the local office where they check your winter gears, and brief you about the activity
- 10:30 Go with your guide/musher to meet the dogs, get introduced to them and get started.
- 11:00 The ride starts and you travel 20km North of Ilulissat away from civilisation
- The ride last for 3.5 to 4 hours depending on weather and general conditions
- On the way you stop at Oqaatsut and visit the Inuit settlement before to head to the mountains for panoramic view
- Head back to Ilulissat before dark
- Inclusions: Includes all the equipment: Musher, dogsled, dogs, extra warm jacket and pants, mittens, boots, hot drinks, snacks and English-speaking guide.
- Exclusions: Hotel transfers, travel insurance, personal expenses, tips and gratuities.
- Voucher info: You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this experience.
- Local operator information: Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher.
- Cancelation policy: If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Note: Please note that due to unpredictable weather and conditions during winter, the itinerary of this tour is subject to change. While it is our goal to deliver the best tour experience possible, the safety of our clients is always our first priority.The duration of our activities includes the time to gear-up / dress-up, safety brief-ings and transfers to departure points.
WILDTHENTIC TRAVELERS TESTIMONIALS
" This dog sledding trip is fantastic!
The guide was super knowledgeable and the dogs were incredibly trained. I was impressed by their intelligence and agility. They're like a fine-tuned machine! But, what impressed me the most was the landscape. I felt as if I was on the adventure of a lifetime while discovering new corners of the earth. Greenland's mountains are spectacular and it's safe to say that this tour is an absolute must! "