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Go Dog Sledding in Trøndelag (Norway)

A husky escape just an hour from Trondheim with choice of Open or Ladies-only tours

  • Guided
  • Medium
  • From £753/person
  • Jan-Apr, 3 days/2 nights
  • Adults (min age 15), Groups, Solo

Description »

The mountains of Trøndelag in central Norway offer excellent possibilities for dog sledding. Being easily accessible from Trondheim, served by direct flights from the UK on many dates, makes Go Dog Sledding in Trøndelag an ideal option for a dog sledding getaway with reduced travel costs and time commitment compared to tours further north.

There are three tour options available - choose between a 3-day Open Tour, welcoming both male and female participants, or 3-day or 5-day Ladies Tours, which are specifically for female guests.

You will be given full guidance in how to harness your team and handle the sled before heading off into the beautiful winter landscape, stopping for lunch over open fire along the way.

Go Dog Sledding in Trøndelag is an ideal introduction to the excitement of a point-to-point dogsled tour and the thrill of driving your own sled. No previous experience is required - just a taste for adventure (and of course a love of dogs is also very helpful!).

These husky tours is suitable for adults of all ages as well as families with older children (min. age normally 15 for scheduled tours - familiies with younger children are welcome to book tours on other dates by arrrangement, when younger children will normally share a sled with an adult or older child).

During sledding days, you will normally be sledding for around 3-5 hours per day including lunch, typical distance 20-35km.

Option 1: 3-Day Open Tour

After instruction in harnessing your dogsled team and handling the sled, you will set out for a 2-day dogsled adventure in the mountains, mushing your own team of 4-6 dogs. The tour includes one night in simple mountain cabin in the wilderness and one night in comfortable chalet accommodation.

Options 2 and 3: 3-Day and 5-Day Ladies' Tours

These special "ladies only" dog sledding tours, where the only males will be in your dog team, combine the adventure and excitement of mushing your own dogsled team with the special atmosphere of an all-female tour.

The 3-day husky tour includes comfortable accommodation in shared chalet near the husky kennels with two dog sledding day tours in the surrounding area, while the longer 5-day option features chalet accommodation plus a point-to-point tour component with an overnight in simple mountain cabin out in the wilderness.

The ladies' husky tours are an ideal way to discover the joy of dog sledding and working with your own husky team in an all-female setting, whether you choose to participate as a solo female traveller or with friends.

Getting Involved

As with all our dogsled tours, you will be involved in all aspects of the trip, and this is very much part of the experience. You will assist with caring for your dog team, including harnessing, feeding (and, yes, picking up poo!), as well as tasks around camp such as fetching water, chopping wood, preparing food, washing up, etc.

Itinerary »

Option 1: 3-Day Open Tour

Day 1

NB: In some cases, dates for this experience will match direct flights London-Trondheim with Norwegian. Participants must fly to Trondheim the day before the tour begins to overnight there. You are of course welcome to arrive earlier and spend additional night(s) in Trondheim before your tour begins.

Morning train from Trondheim Vaernes airport (or Trondheim city if staying additional nights locally before your tour) arriving Kopperå 09.04. You will be met from the train for transfer to the kennels (3km).

Here you will receive your warm clothing and information/instruction for the tour, before packing the sleds and harnessing your dog teams. Each participant drives their own sled with 4-6 dogs.

You head out into the beautiful surrounding winter landscape, with the intention to cover around 20-35km depending on route taken. You will make a stop for lunch before arrival at the wilderness cabin in the afternoon.

Once at the cabin, you prepare the teams, unharnessing your dogs and getting them ready for the night, fetching water, feeding the dogs, heating the cabin and preparing dinner together. The cabin accommodation is simple with no electricity or running water, but cosy and comfortable - it is a real

Day 2

Breakfast and taking care of the dogs, before harnessing your teams for a dogsled tour back towards the kennels. Lunch along the way. Once at the kennels, you unharness the dogs and arrange the equipment after the tour before transfer to your accommodation for the night. This is normally chalet accommodation approx. 12km from the kennels, where you will have a farewell three-course dinner together and a chance to reflect on your adventures in the Norwegian mountains.

The 4-day tour features an extra day's sledding and overnight at the wilderness cabin. Day 3 of 4-day tour as Day 2 of 3-day tour.

Departure

Breakfast and taxi transfer to Meråker (approx. 13km) for train departing 10.50 to Trondheim or Trondheim airport (arrives airport 11.45). Taxi cost is payable locally and shared between participants departing that day.

Option 2: 3-Day Ladies' Tour

NB: In some cases, dates for this experience will match direct flights London-Trondheim with Norwegian. Participants must fly to Trondheim the day before the tour begins to overnight there. You are of course welcome to arrive earlier and spend additional night(s) in Trondheim before your tour begins.

During sledding days, you will be sledding for around 3-5 hours per day including lunch, typical distance 20-35km.

Day 1:

Morning train from Trondheim Vaernes airport (or Trondheim city if staying additional nights locally before your tour) arriving Kopperå 09.04. You will be met from the train for transfer to the kennels (3km).

Here you will receive your warm clothing and instruction in how to handle your sled and harness your team, before heading off for a dogsled tour in the surrounding area. You make a stop for lunch by the fire before returning to the kennels.

After your tour, you will be transferred to your accommodation for the night at comfortable chalet, normally approx. 13km from the kennels, where you have two-course dinner and overnight.

Day 2:

After breakfast, you will be collected around 09.30 for short drive back to the kennels. Today you have a tour with around 3-5 hours sledding, with lunch by the fire. You return to the kennels to unharness and say farewell to the dogs before transfer to chalet accommodation for three-course dinner and final overnight.

Day 3:

Breakfast and taxi transfer to Meråker (approx. 13km) for train departing 10.50 to Trondheim or Trondheim airport (arrives airport 11.45). Taxi cost is payable locally and shared between participants departing that day.

Option 3: 5-Day Ladies' Tour

NB: In some cases, dates for this experience will match direct flights London-Trondheim with Norwegian. Participants must fly to Trondheim the day before the tour begins to overnight there. You are of course welcome to arrive earlier and spend additional night(s) in Trondheim before your tour begins.

During sledding days, you will be sledding for around 3-5 hours including lunch, typical distance 20-35km.

Day 1:

Morning train from Trondheim Vaernes airport (or Trondheim city if staying additional nights locally before your tour) arriving Kopperå 09.04. You will be met from the train for transfer to the kennels (3km).

You receive your warm clothing and meet the huskies, before instruction in handling the sled and setting out for a half-day dogsled tour (around 10-15km) with your team as an introduction to the days ahead. Lunch by the fire after the tour.

You will then be transferred to your chalet accommodation for the night for two-course dinner.

Day 2:

After breakfast, you will be collected around 09.30 for short drive back to the kennels. You will be given a note with the names of the dogs in your team and begin to get to know their individual characters, harnessing them for a day's dogsled tour in the surrounding area, driving your own team of 4-6 huskies. You will make a stop for lunch.

When you return to the kennels in the afternoon, you will unharness your team before transfer to your accommodation where a 2-course dinner is served in the evening.

Day 3:

After breakfast, you are transferred to the kennels where you begin an overnight dogsled tour into the mountains, taking you over the mountain plateau for a day's sledding of approx. 20-35km. You stop along the way for lunch and have good chances to see reindeer in the area. Your destination is a simple mountain cabin, where you will take care of your dogs before readying the cabin for the night. Everyone assists with tasks such as feeding and caring for your team, lighting a fire in the cabin and fetching water. You then make dinner together and relax for the evening in the silence of the winter landscape.

Day 4:

After feeding the dogs and organising the cabin, you will sled back towards the kennels with lunch along the way. Once back, you unharness your team and take care of the equipment before transfer back to the mountain lodge, where you have time for a short walk or just to relax and enjoy a shower before your farewell three-course dinner together.

Day 5:

Breakfast and taxi transfer to Meråker (approx. 13km) for train departing 10.50 to Trondheim or Trondheim airport (arriving airport 11.45). Taxi cost is payable locally and shared between participants departing that day.

Dates»

Dates 2019

  • Option 1 (3-Day Open Tour): 05.01-07.01.19, 07.01-09.01.19, 21.01-23.01.19, 11.02-13.02.19, 30.03-01.04.19, 08.04.10.04.19.
  • Option 2 (3-Day Ladies' Tour): 19.01-21.01.19, 02.03-04.03.19, 06.04-08.04.19
  • Option 3 (5-Day Ladies' Tour): 02.04-06.04.19

Additional tours on other dates can be added on request from min. 2 persons between January and mid-April.

Prices»

Prices 2019

Prices are in British Pounds and Euros. If you wish, you are also welcome to make your payment in Norwegian Kronor (NOK) - please contact us for details.

Standard Prices    
Option 1: 3-Day Open Tour GBP 802 EUR 880
Option 2: 3-day Ladies' Tour GBP 753 EUR 825
Option 3: 5-day Ladies' Tour GBP 1,397 EUR 1,539
Single supplement GBP 40 EUR 44

Minimum age for scheduled tours is normally 15 years. Younger children can be accommodated on tours on other dates by arrangement and child prices are available. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Optional Extras

  • Extra night(s): You are welcome to extend your stay with additional night(s) if you would like to do some snowshoeing or cross country skiing in the area. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

What's Included »

Included

Accommodation:

  • Option 1 (Open Tour): One night in simple mountain cabin during dogsled tour. No running water, limited solar electricity. Sleeping accommodation in the cabin is shared. One night in 2-person rooms in comfortable, modern chalet* approx. 12km from the husky kennels. Bathroom facilities shared per 4 persons.
  • Option 2 (Ladies' 3-Day Tour): Two nights' accommodation in comfortable modern chalet* with 2-person rooms (accommodation used may vary depending on availability) with kitchen/living room area 12km from the kennels. Bedding and towels are included. Bathroom facilities shared per 4 persons.
  • Option 3 (Ladies' 5-Day Tour): Three nights' accommodation as for 3-day tour. Bedding and towels are included. One night in mountain cabin with simple standard, sleeping accommodation in 2-4 person rooms, no running water, limited solar electricity. Bedding and towels are included.

* Depending on availability, accommodation of similar standard such as hotel room may be used as alternative to chalet.

Meals:

All meals from lunch on arrival day to breakfast on departure day (breakfast, lunch, dinner + coffee/snacks, etc). Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

Equipment and Clothing:

  • All equipment necessary for dogsled tour including sled and team of 4-6 dogs.
  • Warm winter outer clothing: thermal snowmobile overalls*, warm winter boots*, hat and outer gloves. Goggles are also available to borrow on request (please advise in advance).
  • Warm winter sleeping bag. Small pillow is also provided at the wilderness cabin.
Clothing for dog sledding

Winter clothing provided as standard

*A limited range of sizes is available as standard. If you require particularly small or large sizes, please advise in advance so that equipment can be arranged.

Guide:

  • Instruction in harnessing and sled handling.
  • Services of local guide during the tour.

Transfers:

  • Local transfers between kennels and overnight cabin accommodation.
  • Transfer on arrival from Kopperå to the kennels.

Not Included

  • Travel: We do not arrange flights or domestic travel, but are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey. See under "Getting There" for general travel information.
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Taxi from kennels to Meråker on departure.

Good To Know »

Required

Health requirements/experience:

Good level of health and fitness. Participants should enjoy outdoor life and be used to being outdoors for extended periods. Minimum age 15 for scheduled tours. Younger participants possible for tours on other dates by request.

If weight >95kg, please contact us to discuss suitability.

What makes this "Medium"?

Level of challenge will vary depending on tour option chosen. The tour features comfortable accommodation near the kennels either for all nights or in combination with simple wilderness cabin depending on itinerary. Itineraries with night(s) in wilderness cabin will have higher level of challenge compared to those without. The terrain when sledding is quite mountainous and assisting the teams on uphill sections, etc, can be challenging.

NB: Perception of difficulty is very subjective. What is hard to one person may be easy for another and vice versa, depending on factors including level of fitness, age and previous experience. Weather conditions/temperatures can also dramatically affect the actual level of challenge encountered.

Equipment/clothes needed:

For information on any equipment and/or clothing included as standard for this experience, please see under "What's Included".

A detailed recommended packing list for personal items to bring will be sent with your booking documentation.

NB: We advise you not to buy equipment or clothes for your trip or to incur other non-refundable expenses such as flights until you have received confirmation of your booking from us in writing. Note of course that the most appropriate clothing to use as well as the level of challenge experienced during any outdoor activity may vary significantly depending on factors such as the time of year and the particular weather/temperature conditions during your trip.

Preparing for your trip:

For further reading, we also have a number of general information articles to get you ready for your trip, covering a wide variety of topics from what to do on a city break before/after your tour, advice on packing, eyewear for winter and considerations for female travellers.

Minimum number:

Min. total of 2 persons required for tours to be confirmed to run. You are of course welcome to book as a solo traveller.

Groups

Max. 6 persons per tour for scheduled tours.

This tour is also available as a private experience for groups. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Eco Info

This provider has a written environmental policy.

Getting There »

Detailed information on travel options to this experience will be provided in response to your enquiry. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.

Please ensure that you make a booking with us first and wait for confirmation that your spaces are reserved before making any travel arrangements.

By Air:

Fly to Trondheim Vaernes airport for train to Kopperå (about 1 hour), from where transfer is included. On departure, taxi to Meråker (approx. 13km, payable locally) for train to Trondheim.

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