Dog Sledding in Iceland
Dog Sledding in Iceland
Experience the thrill and excitement of touring Iceland’s incredible scenery while dog sledding in Iceland. Share the beautiful sites and open spaces as a dog sled team guides you in a great adventure. It is both a chance to travel old school style and also to experience a form of travel that brings you into contact with nature in a unique and picturesque way. Dog power has been utilized for hunting and travel for hundreds of years. As far back as the 10th century these dogs have contributed to human culture.
Dog sled teams are put together with great care. Putting a dog sled team together involves picking leader dogs, point dogs, swing dogs, and wheel dogs. The lead dog is very treasured, and seldom will mushers ever let these dogs out of their sight. Indeed, trained lead dogs become part of the family household. Important too is to have powerful wheel dogs to pull the sled out from the snow. Point dogs are located behind the leader dogs, swing dogs between the point and wheel dogs, and team dogs are all other dogs in between the wheel and swing dogs and are selected for their endurance, strength and speed as part of the team.
Dog Sledding on Langjokull Glacier
The dogsleds are operated on the Langjokull glacier in the western part of the central Icelandic highlands. Currently dog sledding tours are offered all year long. After a 3-hour drive to the glacier from Reykjavík, you will be transported to the glacier itself either by 4x4 or by snow mobile. The tour lasts 45 to 60 minutes depending on the weight of the sled and the condition of the snow.
Dog Sledding without Snow
Dog trolley – sledding without a sled! In the autumn when there isn’t enough snow in the highlands and the glaciers are not safe for sledding, the company offers another kind of sledding experience. This is the ‘dog trolley’, a specially-built trolley that the dogs can pull like a sled. On these tours, passengers are given the opportunity to have a nice break in the middle of the tour, and then there is plenty of time for photography and dog-petting.
Dog Sledding for Everyone
For those hungry for an adrenaline rush, dog sledding tours offer a unique opportunity to combineadventure and sightseeing in one. Given that dog sledding is a year-round activity, you can do it any season, there are no age limits, and is suitable for everyone: couples, friends, or families.
You’ll experience the harmony between animal and nature in a totally silent landscape, where the only sound is the breathing of the dogs and the sled running softly along the ground. Sledding creates no air or noise pollution and is a life enhancing moment that you’ll treasure for a long time.Bring your camera and enjoy a dog sledding adventure on the glaciers of Iceland under the reigns of experienced guides.