Dog Sledding

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars (rounded up)

Dog sledding trips

Mush!

Picture yourself racing along a snow covered trail, holding on tight as the path twists to the left, then right and up and down the hills. You can feel the power and excitement of the dogs as they pull you through the narrow passes and across the open spaces.

It’s just you, your dogs and the great outdoors in an epic adventure you’ll want to share with anyone who’ll listen.

Dog sledding adventures are one of the true untamed experiences available today that will thrill your heart and warm your soul as you conquer new territory and bond with the incredible animals so eager to please the musher who cares for them.

The views can be spectacular on a good day where you’ll see beautiful snow-covered landscapes and amazing wildlife. You may not get the best view when it comes to your dog team, but that’s just part of the deal.

Dog sledding trips are more than just a romp out in the nether regions. You’ll learn a lot about yourself as you face new challenges, negotiate dicey situations and lead your canine team in an exhilarating journey that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

For some added fun throw a little snow-shoeing into the mix and try to catch a glimpse of the northern lights if at all possible.

Risk Factor
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

There are no two ways about it. Dog sledding trips can be a dangerous activity. However, if you pick the right operator, who makes safety a priority, and you don’t push the limits of this adventure, you’ll have a safe journey and a lot of fun along the way.

Some of the things you need to be careful of include the obvious like the weather conditions. Cold weather isn’t something many people tolerate very well unless they bundle up and dress properly. And weather can change dramatically in a hurry, so you have to be prepared for different situations.

There are also other things you need to be mindful of that happen out in the wild.

When you’re speeding along the slippery snow, things can get out of control causing collisions with others and/or stationary objects, like trees. You can also get into sticky situations with wildlife, and sometimes there are unseen hazards hidden under a light covering of snow. So know what you’re getting into.

Skill & Physical Factors
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars

If you’re going along for the ride and sitting on your butt the whole time then you don’t need any skill or physical fitness for that. However, for the ones that truly want to get the full experience on their dog sledding trips you’ll need to pay attention to the one training you and be in reasonably good shape.

Prepare to start slow, and you’ll become a more confident and skilled musher as you learn the nature of the dogs and get better at handling the dog sled. You’ll do this by going through a progression of experiences including how to issue commands to your dogs, control the sled around curves and on hills and how to stop your dog sled team.

Sure, you may be a little anxious at the beginning, but you’ll probably be amazed how much you’ll improve in a short period of time. If you follow the instruction given and bond with the dogs, you’ll be a fairly decent musher in no time.

Fun Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

What used to be an activity crucial to survival in the unforgiving frozen regions of the world has now become a popular recreational sport. Dog sledding is a unique adventure that allows you to experience the outdoors in a raw, authentic and natural setting.

You see amazing wildlife along the trails, feel the excitement of the dogs, who actually enjoy pulling the sled, and you get to experience a way of life that goes back hundreds of years.

Imagine yourself… dashing through the snow in an eight-dog open sleigh, over the hills you go, mushing all the way. Now that’s a rush.

Popular places for dog sledding adventures

It’s not hard to find great dog sledding tours in your quest for overseas adventure travel. Pretty much all you need to do is get out a map and look for the cold places on this earth. In case you don’t have a map handy, here are 10 places where you can find excellent dog sledding vacations.

  • Alaska, USA
  • Canada
  • Finland
  • Greenland
  • Iceland
  • Norway
  • Patagonia
  • Russia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
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