Facts about dogsledding in Kiruna
Have you ever dreamt of gliding across the snow fields as a real musher? Hearing the Huskies howl in excitement? Feel the cold on your cheeks while surrounded by the amazing winter wonderland?
Kiruna in Swedish Lapland offers many different options to experience a genuine dogsledding adventure in subarctic climate. Drive over the frozen lakes and rivers, through snow covered trees in the forest and magnificent mountain areas, the possibilities are many. Dogsledding is a sustainable and eco-friendly way of enjoying the vast nature and it also gives you great insight into our lifestyle up here in the north.
What is dog sledding?
A dogsled is run by a musher and that is a person who stands behind the sled and guides the dogs with different commands so they know in which direction they should go. A dog team can consist of anything from 2 to 18 dogs per team. Most of them are Alaskan or Siberian huskies, however there are other breeds as well that are suited for dogsledding.
How can you experience dog sledding?
In and around Kiruna there are many different dogsled companies that offer all kinds of tours. The duration of the tours vary, anything between 2.5 up to 5 hours and the time on the sled is usually around an hour on the shorter tours. You can choose between a morning glory, an afternoon delight or an evening tour with a chance to see the northern lights. You can also choose to drive your own dog team, share with a friend and take turns driving or simply sit on the sled as a passenger. Overnight tours are also possible or several day tours if you want to enjoy the wilderness life for a few days with the dogs.
Dogsledding can be done during the winter season from around December until April, but depending on how early we get enough snow, at times you can enjoy sledding already in November. Before the snow arrives, you can join the companies when they train their dogs for the upcoming season. This usually starts when the days get cooler, August-September.
Most common questions:
How much does a sled tour cost?
Prices vary all depending on what kind of tour you choose. Roughly 1200 SEK/person and upwards.
How does one know if the dogs are well taken care of?
Ask the company in question how they handle their dogs. The companies you find on our website that we at Kiruna Lapland recommend take very good care of their dogs. Happy dogs, happy staff and happy guests make a win-win-win situation. Most are also small family companies that live side by side with their dogs all year and the they are treated as any other family member.
Can children join the tours?
Most companies will accommodate you with children, however, check with the company in question since weather conditions and the age of the child play a part. Perhaps a private family tour is a good option.
How many guests are there on each tour?
Some companies take maximum four guests per tour for a more intimate experience. Other companies take on more guests, but usually four per sled, and there will be several dog teams per tour. If you choose a tour where you drive, then it is two per sled or you can be alone.
Can I join a dogsledding tour if I am physically challenged?
Most companies will accommodate you, however please contact the company in question for more information.
Do I need to have any experience?
No, not needed, normal physical condition is required if you are driving the team as at times you need to help the dogs as when heading up hill. There will always be a guide on the tour, and they teach you everything you need to know before you head out into the nature.
How should I dress for the tour?
The companies provide outdoor gear, such as an overall, shoes and mittens. It’s important to have several layers under the outer wear, preferably wool thermals.
Any questions unanswered? Please don’t hesitate to contact us at the Tourist Centre and we will gladly help to find the perfect tour for you!