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Finnmark Finnmark A person dog sledding in full speed
Finnmark A person dog sledding in full speed
Dog sledding in Finnmark.
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Dog sledding

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Get close to nature on a dog sledding trip this winter and travel at high speed across the Norwegian wilderness.

Steer into the white desert

Our four-legged friends up and down the country are ready to give you an experience of a lifetime. Try your hand as a musher and steer your own pack of dogs for several days, or enjoy the view as a passenger on a one-day dog sledding trip. The choice is yours.   

Huskies, the breed commonly used for dog sledding, are strong dogs. On a typical trip, they will pull you at high speed through the white wilderness. And as the wind slaps you gently in the face, you will get a taste of what life was like in the old days, when dog sledding was a much more common mode of transportation.

Joining a dog sledding tour is a great opportunity to feel the strong bond between man and dog. You will often get the chance to feed and look after the huskies yourself, something that will appeal to dog lovers everywhere.

And don’t worry if you can’t visit Norway during the winter. The dogs enjoy a good run even after the snow has melted, and several destinations offer dog sledding trips on wheels.

Watch the elite in action

If you want to learn from the best, Norway is an ideal destination. Each year we host two world-famous races: Femundløpet and Finnmarksløpet.

Femundløpet is the world’s biggest race and is known for being extremely challenging. It all starts in the cosy mining town of Røros, which is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The professional mushers and their dogs travel at high speed past the cheering crowds in the middle of the town, before disappearing into the wild and scenic surroundings.

A month later, mushers from all around the world travel to Alta to participate in Finnmarksløpet – Europe’s longest dog sledding race. For several days the white, freezing desert is their home. Hundreds of kilometres later they get a warm welcome from the audience at the finish line, also in Alta.

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Where to try dog sledding?

Northern Norway
Svalbard and Finnmark are popular places for dog sledding. Many local suppliers, most of them small family businesses, offer a range of set and tailor-made dog sledding tours. 

If you are heading north, but not as far north as Finnmark or Svalbard, operators near Bardu and Tromsø are ready to welcome you. In this part of Norway, many operators combine a dog sledding experience with a northern lights adventure. 

Central and Eastern Norway
Dog sledding tours are also available in other parts of Norway. Two operators are located in Røros, while several companies in or around the Hallingdal valley – such as Geilo, Ål, and Nesbyen – offer trips of varying duration.

Elsewhere in the east of the country you could try your luck in Gålå, Trysil, and Beitostølen.

Southern Norway
In the south you will also find tours on offer in mountainous Telemark. Go to Sirdal, Rauland, and Hovden.

Travellers’ own pictures

Safety in the mountains

Norway is an incredible place to explore, with untamed mythical landscapes, mountains, valleys, and fjords. Before you enter the outdoors, get familiar with the nine simple rules of the Norwegian mountain code to help you stay safe.

  1. Plan your trip and inform others about the route you have selected.
  2. Adapt the planned routes according to ability and conditions.
  3. Pay attention to the weather and the avalanche warnings.
  4. Be prepared for bad weather and frost, even on short trips.
  5. Bring the necessary equipment so you can help yourself and others.
  6. Choose safe routes. Recognize avalanche terrain and unsafe ice.
  7. Use a map and a compass. Always know where you are.
  8. Don’t be ashamed to turn around.
  9. Conserve your energy and seek shelter if necessary.

Read the mountain code with supplementary comments.

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