Dogsledding - First Steps

Dogsledding has existed for thousands of years and has been crucial to the survival of the Inuit people. Sled dogs played an important role in the local economy. It was because of them that people in rural areas of the Arctic survived. Greenland is not only majestic but also harsh. It is because of these harsh conditions that many places were rendered inaccessibly by any method other than sled dog teams. Sled dogs were imperative to Inuit life, which is why despite the development of modern technologies they remain important to Inuit culture. Dogsledding in Greenland is more than a pastime, it is an homage to the past as well as to the Greenland Dog.

On this unforgettable journey, we travel with you to the roots of the Inuit lifestyle.

We believe that travel is more than entertainment; it is an opportunity to transform. Our desire is that you get more out of an experience than a just a visit; we want you to live it. As Wildthentic travellers you will be able to get involved with locals as you immerse yourself in the culture through activities such as dogsledding in Greenland.

Learn the art of dogsledding. Our local guides will teach you the tricks of the trade. You will learn about the dogsledding journey from start to finish. Learn about how a dogsled is built. Master how to correctly use a whip because it should never touch the dogs. Also, learn how to care for the dogs, and educate them.

Once you have gone through the learning process you will be ready to begin your adventure with your new companions.  Ilulissat’s backcountry offers the perfect landscape for a fast paced furry expedition. After all, dogsledding is probably the most authentic and eco-friendly way to explore the snowy valleys, mountains, frozen lakes, fjords and the sea ice around Ilulissat.

Description

Dogsledding, First Steps  learning about the art of dogsledding

Starting time

10:00 or 15:00 (depending on the season)

Departure Point

Operator office (will be detailed in the voucher)

Duration

2 – 2.5 hours

Return details

Returns to original departure point

 Season

from 6th of February to 22nd of April (subject to snow and ice conditions)

NOTES

  • Group size: Min 1 – Max 2.
  • Age restrictions: 15 years old (minors should always be accompanied by one adult).
  • Difficulty: Moderate 2/5. No previous experience is required.
  • 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 rst priority.

WHAT TO BRING

  • First upper layer (thermal shirt, wool or synthetic) – First lower layer (thermal pants, wool or synthetic) – Thick socks (wool is ideal)
  • Second upper l-ayer ( eece)
  • Second lower layer (hiking/ski pants)
  • Third layer jacket (Primaloft or down)
  • Third layer pants (wind and water proof pants)
  • Fourth layer jacket (wind and water proof jacket) – Warm gloves or mittens
  • Sunglasses and sun protection
  • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
    (Please inform us if you have any medical condition that could a ect you during the activity).

Itineraries with a heartfelt destiny

The Kangia Icefjord is not just an ice paradise. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 20 million tons of ice that are generated each day, give rise to some of the biggest icebergs on the planet which rise more than 100 meters above sea level. It is not surprising that the expeditions carried out in this place are truly incredible.

The dogs sledge highway, Sermermiut Valley, or Disko Island, are part of this unique orography, and can be seen and admired by following our itineraries.

Holmens Bakke, the famous place where the greeting of the sun is celebrated after the long winter darkness. And the settlement of Sermermiut, cradle of the first Inuit culture, are other destinations we reach.

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