Gliding through the beautiful white landscape, hearing nothing but the sound of your sled moving against the snow. For a moment you feel completely alone and closer to nature.
There is beauty in this loneliness and an indescribable sense of peace. And of course, who can resist the cute fluffy Siberian huskies?
Let the huskies show you the stunning landscapes
Although dog sledding is not a native activity to Iceland, it is nevertheless worth giving it a go. Geo Travel offers dog sledding tours on a daily basis, starting every day at 10 am. Sitting on a soft sheepskin rug, the dog sledding experience feels like a luxury. The majestic white landscape makes you feel extremely small. Your presence feels like small dots on a white blanket, steadily moving through the snow. Before you start your trip, you will be briefed on the basics about the tour and dog sledding, then you are ready to go!
Some dogs are extremely hardworking and diligent, sometimes they almost don’t want to take a break! Things might at times feel somewhat fast but it is never at a dangerous pace and your musher will help steer the sled, keeping everything in control. If you are up to it, you can try your hand at being a musher with the guidance of experienced mushers. Standing on the back of the sled, you can help steer the sled, keeping it on course while the dogs work hard to
Apart from the ample photo opportunities during the tour, you can also get to know the dogs up-close during a short visit inside the kennel after the tour. They are extremely friendly and don’t be surprised if they try to compete for your attention!
Come prepared for the cold
Dog sledding with Geo Travel is safe and very enjoyable but in order to enjoy your trip to the fullest, an average level of fitness is required, especially if you want to try your hand at mushing. Dress warm and don’t forget to bring sunglasses and sunscreen, especially on a sunny day. A hat is also ideal as temperature can easily go below zero. If despite your warm clothing you are still feeling chilly, Geo Travel will provide you with warm overalls.
The trip costs 35,000 ISK (approximately 161 USD) per person and lasts approximately one hour. Bookings can be made via phone or online on Geotravel’s web page. Bearing in mind that this is a weather dependent activity,there is a possibility of cancellation due to bad weather.
There is a requirement of two adult guests minimum per tour, however, dog sledding is not just an activity for adults; children can take part in the tours, with children under 15 years of age eligible for a 50% discount. This is a great activity for families, not to mention that you are in good hands with professional mushers with great knowledge on the Siberian huskies.
Getting there with your own car might be slightly tricky if there is a lot of snow because the road might not be easily spotted. If you are driving a small car, it is best to book a pick-up service as you could easily get stuck in deep snow. Pick up and drop off services are available to and from any hotels and guesthouses in the area, with a fee of 2,500 ISK or 20 USD one-way.
Other important tips
This is a very photogenic tour, expect to take a lot of photos. While most high-end DSLR cameras can withstand low-temperatures quite efficiently, smaller compact cameras and phones might suffer from battery issues due to the low temperature.
A good tip is to keep them warm inside your jackets when they are not in use to make sure that you will be able to keep the cameras usable for the duration of the tour. You might also want to bring some snacks and warm drinks to pep you up after spending time in the cold.
Why you should give dog sledding a go
It is a great introduction to the Icelandic winter landscape in a relaxed environment. Once you are out there on the sled, the experience feels almost spiritual.
Maybe it is from the wide white landscape, the fact that it feels like you are sitting on a flying sled. Or perhaps it is because you do not hear anything else apart from the sound of your sled moving, the dogs panting and the small sounds of their footsteps on the snow, occasionally broken by the musher’s commands.
All of this seemingly empty space around you make you feel like you are in a different world altogether. Apart from experiencing this beautiful place, the highlight of the tour is also the fact that you get to interact with the huskies.
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