Where are they?...
- 1. Discover Dog Sledding in Lapland
- 2. Husky Mountain Expedition in Lapland
- 3. Dog Sledding and Winter Camping on the King's Trail
- 4. Northern Lights Dog Sledding in Lapland
- 5. One-day and Overnight Husky Tours in Kiruna
- 6. Dog Sledding and Northern Lights in Vindelfjällen
- 7. Wilderness Dogsled Adventure in Vindelfjällen
- 8. Private Dogsled Tours for Two in the Taiga Forest
- 9. Aurora Husky Adventure in Finnmark
- 10. Midnight Sun Dog Sledding in Svalbard/Live Like a Husky Musher in Svalbard
- 11. Go Dog Sledding in Trondelag
- 12. Husky Sledding at the Foot of the Jotunheimen
- 13. Polar Lights Husky Sledding in Finnish Lapland
Calling all mushers! Discover the adventure of life on the trail on a husky holiday in Sweden, Norway or Finland!
If you are looking for a winter holiday with a difference this year, how about a dog sledding adventure in the Nordic countries? The season for our dog sledding holidays runs from mid-November to early May depending on the tour.
Nature Travels offers many ways to answer the Call of the Wild. A large selection of scheduled dog sled tours of varying duration and level of challenge are offered on fixed dates throughout the season, ideal for solo travellers, couples or families. If you would like a private dog sledding tour, many of the tours can also be booked by small groups on custom dates by arrangement - perfect for your very own husky holiday with friends or family, as an active stag trip or adventurous training expedition!
Photo: Kristen McLean
The vast wilderness of Swedish Lapland to the north is the location for our Northern Lights Dog Sledding in Lapland, Husky Mountain Expedition in Lapland and Dog Sledding and Winter Camping on the King's Trail tours, adventurous but accessible 8-day tours with accommodation in cabins or winter camping along the route depending on the tour chosen - marvellous choices for those looking for the additional challenge of a longer trip. The tours take place well inside the Arctic Circle, so there is also the added attraction of dog sledding in an area offering good chances to see a spectacular display of the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis. Discover Dog Sledding in Lapland is a flexible option for a shorter 4-day tour, ideal both for families and for adults, where participants can choose between driving their own dogsled or sharing a sled. Despite being located in the far north of Sweden, this area is straightforward to travel to and is conveniently accessible by night train or domestic flight from Stockholm.
Photo: P. Karlsson
For those who like their dog sledding well and truly off the beaten track, we offer 5-day and 8-day husky experiences in the beautiful region of Vindejflällen in western Lapland. Our Dog Sledding and Northern Lights in Vindelfjällen is the 5-day tour, which runs between November and late April, and is a wonderful opportunity to sled in Europe's largest protected area and with a very personal flavour. For additional challenge, our 8-day Wilderness Dogsled Adventure in Vindelfjällen features not only an extended route, but the option to include winter camping on some nights in the itinerary. You may not have heard of Vindelfjällen before, but this wilderness region is a marvellous area for husky touring, accessible by night train plus bus from Stockholm or by domestic flight.
For our dogsled tours in Norway, the Finnmark region in the far north offers wonderful mushing across the mountain plateau, in a region rich in Sami culture, as well as some truly unique cabin accommodation! Aurora Husky Adventure in Finnmark offers three different tour options of duration 5 of 8 days, including an 8-day tour combining dog sledding with a Sami cultural element. Being located in the very far north, these tours generally require a little more effort to reach and travel costs may also be higher, but the journey is certainly worth it!
Photo: Sofia Carter Nature Travels
Alternatively, our tours in the Trøndelag area in central Norway offer the advantage of reduced travel costs and time, being easily accessible from Trondheim airport. We offer Go Dog Sledding in Trøndelag, ideal for a short-break husky getaway and including some special Ladies' Tour dates especially for female participants, perfect for those who would like to holiday with an all-female group. Both options feature very comfortable chalet accommodation for nights at the start and end of the tour.
Another option which offers ease of accessibility combined with stunning mountain views is Husky Sledding at the Foot of the Jotunheimen. With a long winter season stretching from December to May and flexible tour durations from 2-5 or more days, this is an ideal option for a dogsled adventure for adults and youths aged 14+ and can be easily combined with a number of other winter activities in the local area before or after your tour.
If you have the soul of an explorer, then the Svalbard archipelago, part of Norway but 500 miles north from the mainland, offers stunning landscapes and the chance to go dog sledding in the land of the polar bear! Our Midnight Sun Dog Sledding in Svalbard tour is a winter camping expedition into the wilderness, ideal for the adventurous while still accessible to all adults with general good level of fitness and some experience of the outdoors. Alternatively, Live Like a Husky Musher in Svalbard gives you the chance to join the daily life of the husky kennels for a week with a private experience for 1-2 persons.
In Finland, we offer our very special Private Dogsled Tours for Two in the Taiga Forest, located in the east of the country near the border with Russia. Just you and your loved one (or friend), your guide and the dogs! Choose between hotel accommodation on some nights or all nights in cosy cabin.
Alternatively, head to the far of Finland for Polar Lights and Husky Sledding in Finnish Lapland, a 6-day dogsled adventure in the wilds of Pallas-Ylläs National Park from base at wilderness lodge
Dog sledding is a wonderful sport, and Sweden, Norway or Finland offer world-class opportunities for a husky holiday. The combination of outdoor adventure, nature experience and personal challenge is hard to resist - and dog sledding is a marvellous way to experience the beauty and tranquility of the winter mountain world. Many of our experiences run in areas with restricted access for snowmobiles, ensuring there is nothing to disturb the silence but the excited barking of your husky team straining to be off!
Photo: P. Karlsson
Nature Travels dog sledding holidays are suitable for anyone in generally good physical condition, though the level of challenge varies considerably between tours and it is important to ensure you choose the most suitable experience for you.
Life on the trail can be demanding, but above all you will need a willingness to work with the huskies in your dogsled team, caring for them and earning their friendship during your tour. All tours are based on each (adult) participant driving their own dogsled with 4-5 Alaskan Huskies or Siberian Huskies depending on the tour. For some tours, those who are not able or do not wish to drive their own sled can choose to share a sled or use a sled attached to the guide's sled.
You will be given full training and guidance in handling your dogsled before the tour from your local guide. Some strength and fitness is required when braking the sled or when it is necessary to step off the sled to run or "scoot" behind for short distances when travelling uphill, but you will be surprised how quickly you gain confidence and begin to develop the skills needed. You should be very proud of your progress as a musher by the end of your tour!
Each of our dog sledding holidays offers something different, and it is important that you choose the best experience for you. We have outlined information on the range of options below. You may also find our dog sledding FAQs of interest. Alternatively, please contact us and we will happy to answer any questions you may have.
Our dog sledding tours are ideal for and very popular with solo travellers, couples, small groups of friends or larger groups arranging a private itinerary. A private tour may be suitable option if you are 4-6 or more persons travelling together, such as for adventurous training for Armed Forces groups or a charity dog sledding expedition.
Dogsled Tours in Finland - Eastern Finland
Private Dogsled Tours for Two in the Taiga Forest (4-6 or more days, easy)
Private Dogsled Tours for Two in the Taiga Forest is a wonderful option for couples (perhaps for a special occasion such as honeymoon or landmark birthday) or just for two friends travelling together, offering a very exclusive adventure! For those wishing to add some comparative luxury/romance into the mix, the 4-day tour features two nights in comfortable hotel accommodation plus one night in wilderness cabin at your host's house at the kennels. The 6-day tour features accommodation in your host's cabin at the kennels on all nights - a simple but cosy cabin beautifully situated by the lake with wood-fired sauna.
Each day you will set out to explore the surrounding forest and lakeland landscape with the huskies, normally beginning by using shared sled driven by your guide and moving on to driving your own sled when you have gained confidence. But as a private experience, this tour can be very easily adapted to your requirements - for example, for guests who do not wish to drive own sled or for those who want to do more of their own driving.
Dogsled Tours in Finland - Northern Finland
Polar Lights Husky Sledding in Finnish Lapland (6 days, medium)
Located in the far north, in the wild expanse of the Pallas-Ylläs National Park, Polar Lights Husky Sledding in Finnish Lapland tour makes a great choice for those looking for an extended dogsled adventure in a beautiful and remote region but with the logistical advantages of a fixed accommodation base from which to explore the National Park landscapes driving your own team of Alaskan Huskies. Accommodation during the tour is in wilderness cabin with simple facilities, but with a little "extra" in the way of home comforts, such as basic LED lighting and access to traditional sauna by the lake each evening. This area also gives very good chances to see a display of the Northern Lights during your tour.
Dogsled Tours in Sweden - Lapland (far north of Sweden)
One-day and Overnight Husky Tours in Kiruna (1-2 days, easy) and Discover Dog Sledding in Lapland (4 days, easy-medium):
Photo: Kathi Otreba
These shorter experiences are the ideal choice for families or as a shorter or "taster" tour for adults, with flexible options allowing adult participants and older children to drive their own dogsled while younger children can ride in their parents' sleds. Including a full two days of sledding, Discover Dog Sledding in Lapland gives you all the adventure and excitement of an extended tour, with accommodation in wilderness cabins along the route. And once you've caught the mushing bug, you will very likely want to come back next year to develop your skills on a longer expedition! For those with limited time or combining dog sledding with one of our other activities in the area, One-day and Overnight Husky Tours in Kiruna offers a choice of shorter options for all ages and levels.
Northern Lights Dog Sledding in Lapland (8 days, medium), Husky Mountain Expedition in Lapland (8 or 12 days, medium-hard) and Dog Sledding and Winter Camping on the King's Trail (8 days, hard):
Located in the far north of Sweden inside the Arctic Circle, these tours for adults are a marvellous way to experience the Lapland wilderness, also offering good chances to see a display of the Northern Lights, described by many as the most beautiful natural sight they have ever seen. Group sizes are small, just 6 persons, and each participant drives their own sled with 4-5 Siberian Huskies. All are 8-day tours (arrival + departure + 6 days' sledding) taking you through some of Sweden's most beautiful winter landscapes. Husky Mountain Expedition also has a 12-day tour once per season.
Northern Lights Dog Sledding in Lapland has scheduled tours weekly from just before Christmas until mid-April and runs in a beautiful winter wonderland landscape of forest, frozen lakes and rivers with accommodation in simple cabins along the route. A very popular adventure available throughout the winter season.
Photo: Nature Travels
From the beginning of March onwards, during the "spring winter" when the days lengthen and temperatures typically become milder, conditions become suitable for dog sledding in the mountains. Husky Mountain Expedition in Lapland runs from the beginning of March until mid-April and takes in the spectacular section of the famous King's Trail between Abisko and Nikkaluokta. This can be a wonderful time to go dog sledding in Lapland, combining the deep snows of winter with the milder conditions of early spring. Husky Mountain Expedition features accommodation in cabins. For those with a taste for extra adventure, Dog Sledding and Winter Camping on the King's Trail runs on a similar route to the Husky Mountain Expedition but features overnight accommodation in 2-person tents with a traditional "lavvu" (tipi) tent for socialising and meals. A good choice for those seeking an additional challenge, but still with some of life's little luxuries, including the chance to use the wood-heated sauna facilities at the mountain cabins along the route.
Dog Sledding and Northern Lights in Vindelfjällen (5 days, medium) and Wilderness Dogsled Adventure in Vindelfjällen (8 days, hard)
Located in the western part of Lapland, a little-visited region, Dog Sledding and Northern Lights in Vindelfjällen takes place in a section of the Vindelfjällen Nature Reserve, Europe's largest protected area, and offers a real "get-away-from-it-all" experience with accommodation in simple huts along the route. Standard tours are 5 days/4 nights (arrival + departure + 3 days' sledding) and are suitable for participants aged 15+. This region also offers very good chances to see the Northern Lights for dates up to early April.
The "spring winter", in later March and April, is the time for the 8-day Wilderness Dogsled Adventure in Vindelfjällen tours, which are suitable for adults only (18+). These are intended to have a rather higher level of challenge and can feature accommodation in wilderness cabins on all nights or combination of cabins + winter camping (sleeping in tents and/or snow holes for some nights). The route is variable but normally travels deeper into the Vindelfjällen reserve and also includes sections of the King's Trail.
Dogsled Tours in Norway - Finnmark and Svalbard (far north of Norway)
Midnight Sun Dog Sledding in Svalbard (8 days, hard):
Spitsbergen, the main island in the Svalbard archipelago, lies 500 miles off the north coast of mainland Norway and is the location for Midnight Sun Dog Sledding in Svalbard, an 8-day winter camping expedition into a wilderness of glaciers, fjords, polar bears and seals! Winter camping adds an additional level of challenge to any dogsled tour, but while this experience is challenging, as the route follows the valleys between mountain peaks for much of the tour, it is also accessible to anyone with some previous outdoor experience and good general fitness.
Photo: T. Simonsen
Live Like a Husky Musher in Svalbard (8 days, medium):
For an authentic taste of life in the remote communities of Svalbard and an insight into the daily life of a husky kennels, Live Like a Husky Musher in Svalbard is the ideal option! Spend a week at simple musher's cabin at the kennels, helping to care for the dogs and learning the art of mushing. During the week, minimum three day tours are included and you will also do an overnight tour.
This programme is offered year-round, and so will a offer very different experience depending on when you choose to visit, whether it is during the polar night of midwinter with the Northern Lights illuminating the skies, or the endless days of summer when the valleys are rich in flowers and wildlife.
Aurora Husky Adventure in Finnmark (5 or 8 days, easy-medium):
Located in the far north of Norway in the starkly beautiful Finnmark region, Aurora Husky Adventure in Finnmark is a dogsled experience for adults and families with older children (min. age 13 for scheduled tours) alike. Three tour options are available. The 5-day tour combines two nights in unique accommodation at the Husky Lodge with three days' dogsled tour into the surrounding wilds, sleeping in mountain cabins and/or wilderness camp along the way. The 5-day tour + 3-day extension features additional days at the Husky Lodge. There is a wide choice of dates throughout the season and very good chances to see the Northern Lights during your tour. The very special cabins at the kennels means that the accommmodation also forms an integral part of this experience, and the Aurora Husky Adventure in Finnmark can be a very good choice for occasions such as an active honeymoon. For a higher level of challenge, there is also an 8-day option featuring 6 days' sledding. The hypnotic landscape of the tundra and the rich Sami heritage of the Finnmark plateau region make the Expedition option the ideal choice for those who would like to immerse themselves in the adventure of dog sledding for a longer period and discover the wild beauty of northern Norway. A moderately challenging yet still accessible experience, the tour takes a circular route through the heart of Sami Country, including a visit to a Sami reindeer herder and accommodation in mountain cabins along the route.
Dogsled Tours in Norway - Trøndelag and Jotunheimen (central Norway)
Go Dog Sledding in Trøndelag (3 or 5 days, medium):
An alternative option for multi-day tour, Go Dog Sledding in Trøndelag is ideal for adults as well as families (scheduled tours have min. age 15, but families with younger children can be accommodated on tours on other dates on request).
Like Discover Dog Sledding, the 3-day tour features 2 full days' dog sledding with overnight in wilderness cabin (sledding begins directly on Day 1 for these tours - you will need to overnight locally in Trondheim before your tour begins). This tour is particular suitable for a short break or those with limited time, as direct flights serve Trondheim from the UK, which can reduce both the travel time and costs of travel compared to tours further north.
With comfortable accommodation for nights at the start and end of the tour, this experience is a good choice for guests who will enjoy the challenge and adventure of the expedition part of the tour but also appreciate comfort! The tour also offers a choice of "mixed gender" or "ladies only" dates.
Husky Sledding at the Foot of the Jotunheimen (2-5 or more days, medium):
Located just 4 hours by bus from Oslo, Husky Sledding at the Foot of the Jotunheimen enables you to experience the adventure of a multi-day point-to-point dogsled tour in a mountain environment but with very accessible transport connections compared to tours further north. A number of tour dates are offered with duration 2-5 days. For this experience, tour duration does not include arrival/departure day - sledding begins on Day 1 and continues to the end day of the tour, so you will overnight locally for at least one night either side of your tour, and being located near the Beitostølen winter resort gives a wide range of options to try other winter activities in connection with your trip.
Using "tandem" sleds ideal for sledding in mountain terrain and with overnight accommodation in wilderness cabins along the route, the tours offer all the adventure and visual interest of a mountain dogsled experience, yet are possible throughout the winter season, with tour dates from December to May. In addition to scheduled tours, private tours for one or more persons can be arranged on custom dates.
Combining dog sledding with other activities:
Finally, if you like the idea of a husky holiday but are not looking for a dedicated dogsled tour, we offer a range of experiences which include dog sledding alongside other winter activites. Our Aurora Lodge Escape in Lapland multi-activity experience combines dog sledding with reindeer sledding in the beautiful Lapland wilderness.
For families with younger children or those who would like to just "have a go", it is possible to arrange husky day tours when staying at our Winter Wonderland on a Forest Farm experience, usually using shared sleds driven by a guide.
Dog sledding is a unique and wonderfully addictive experience, and there are no better places for it than the Nordic countries! If you haven't tried it, you really should. And if you already have, then it's time to get back on the trail!