Tromsø – Kvaløya
Dog Sledding in Tromsø
Dog sledding is a tradition of travel in the Arctic. Our dog sledding consist of a musher, a sled and Alaskan huskies. It´s an adventurous activity for your Arctic holiday in Tromsø. We love doing this and want to share the amazing feeling of leading a dog sled with happy and strong Alaskan huskies. From our kennel we slide into the snow-covered highlands of Kvaløya, between trees and over hills. And if we are lucky – the Northern Lights will dance on the sky above us on the late evening tour. For the really passionate polar adventurers we also offer a 7- days Dog Sledding Expedition.
You don´t need any experience because our guides will give you all the equitment you need, teach you how to use the sled and then into the wild we go. We will pick you up with our mini-bus in Tromsø city and drive you back after the tour.
DOG SLEDDING – SELF-DRIVE
Daily departures: 09:00 / 11:00/ 13:00
Duration: 4 hours (1,5 hours of dog sledding)
From our Husky Kennel at Kvaløya – near Tromsø
Meet up outside Scandic Ishavshotel
2- 16 guests
Happy and eager alaskan huskies
NOK 1850 Adult
NOK 1750 Student
NOK 975 Child (7-12 years)
Included; transport, suits, boots, mittens, hats, hot beverages, cake and guiding.
Become a dog musher for a day
Pick up: Meet at Scandic Ishavshotell 10 min before your departure time.
Drive: Our driver will meet you in front of the hotell with a mini bus and transport you to our Kennel at Kvaløya (35 min drive).
Dressing: At the kennel you´ll get suits and all the equipment you need.
Dog sledding (90 min): Now the fun begins! The guide will tell you about our huskies, show you how to use the sled and work with the dogs. Then we enter the sleds and slide into the highlands. Our guide will lead you and find the best track through the snow-covered landscape of Kvaløya.
Sami lavvo: After the tour you gather around a fire and wll be served chocolate cake, coffee and tea. This is the cozy and relaxing part when you can share your moments from the tour.
Drive home: With a big smile and a mind full of memories, we´ll bring you back to Scandic Ishavshotell.
- Daily departures:
#1 09:00 – 13:00 (4 hours)
#2 11:00 – 15:00 ( 4 hours)
#3 13:00 – 17:00 (4 hours)
- Meet our driver at Scandic Ishavshotell
- 16 seats Sprinter mini-bus
- Indoor dressing room with restrooms.
- After the tour we serve a hot beverages and chocolate cake.
- We recommend you to dress up with warm clothes, gloves and a hat.
- Our drivers a local and familiar with winter conditions
- Guides and handlers are experienced and will take good care of both guests and dogs.
- Our Alaskan huskies are well trained working dogs who loves to be active, play and cuddle. For more information about our huskies please ask us, or read the Animal Welfare Policy.
But what about…
Your tours are ‘self-drive’ but I don’t know how to drive my own team of dogs
You will be given a demonstration by our guides in how to drive your own sled, and the chance to ask any questions before we start.
Minimum and Max age
For safety the minimum age for our daytime trips is 7 years old, for our evening trips the minimum age is 10 years old. We do not have an upper age limit, but you need to be able to actively take part on the sled. Please note that your time outside on the sled will be approximately 90 minutes, so for very young and older guests it is vital to wrap up warm.
Is it possible to take photos on the tour and can I bring a tripod?
Yes, we encourage you to take photos during your adventure, however keep in mind this will be the passenger’s role on the sled, as the driver will need to concentrate on the trail! You are welcome to bring a tripod for use at the kennel, however there is not enough time during the trip itself to set up advanced camera equipment. Once back at the kennel you will have plenty of time for photos and to set up your tripod.
I am scared of dogs, can I still come on the trip?
What type of dogs do you have?
All of the dogs at our kennel are Alaskan Huskies. These are a specially bred mix of Siberian husky, setter, pointer and border collie. Our dogs are all trained and used as touring dogs for guests and have many miles of experience doing their job.
What should I wear and what should I bring with me?
We will provide you with both Arctic Suits and boots (as well as hats and mittens if you don’t have your own). You will need to wear warm clothing underneath that allows you to be active. We recommend multiple layers such as woollen thermals with and thick woollen socks. Bring your camera!
What happens if there is no snow or the weather conditions are bad?
Or dogs love the cold and snow so there aren’t many weather conditions where they don’t want to run, however Arctic Adventure Tours reserve the right to cancel the activity at any point for safety reasons. We will of course offer you an alternative activity, rebooking to an alternative date or a full refund if your trip is cancelled.
I do not want to drive my own dog sled; can I just be a passenger?
You will be in control of your own dog sled in pairs, one as driver and one as passenger. You will have multiple opportunities to swap between passenger and driver, however if you prefer to just be a passenger and your partner is happy to drive for the entire trip (approx. 90 minutes) then that is fine. You will both take an active part in the tour, passengers help to balance the sled by leaning from side to side, and drivers help the team on the uphill by kicking and pushing the sled.
Is there a weight limit for the trip?
There is no weight limit, as our dogs are very fit and strong and love to run, but you do need a base level of fitness to take part in the activity.
What is the size of the group on each tour?
We like to keep our group sizes small, so the maximum number of guests on each trip is 16.
Do we get to meet the dogs/pet the dogs?
Yes, at beginning of the tour, once you have your winter suits on, you are welcome to go outside and meet the dogs in the kennel. Also, at the end of the trip you will have time to meet the dogs and the puppies and take some photos with them too.
We have hired a car; can we drive ourselves to the kennel?
You are welcome to drive yourself to the kennel, please let us know when you make your booking. If you choose to drive yourselves we cannot offer you any discount on the cost of the trip as the passenger spaces are pre-booked and paid for in advance.
Do you have multi day trips we can join instead of just the day trips?
Yes. We run week long expeditions from the end of March to the end of April – read more about the Dog Sledding Expedition.
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