Dog sledding expedition | Kangerlussuaq to Sisimiut | West Greenland
This tour is an exhilarating journey through the Greenlandic wilderness, and with the harsh conditions of winter, it is not for the faint of heart. This experience is a true expedition type, and what you'll get out of it, is well worth the money and effort. You will be travelling cross-country over the ice and mountains, with skilled and knowledgeable guides who will teach you what to do while travelling with dogsled. You will get to know the Greenlandic sleddog and understand how strong and useful they are as a pack, through testing your limits, spending nights in remote hunting cabins and in tents.
This experience will completely change your mind of how man and animal can work harmoniously together to battle the forces of nature. You will quickly become an important member of the team, helping out with food preparation, dog feeding and packing down the camp to fit on the sled. This trip is a challenge and is therefore not recommended for anyone with health issues or a bad back. During this trip you will go into unpredictable snow conditions, ascending and descending hills and mountains far below freezing temperatures. It is obligatory to rent adequate polar clothing and boots unless you have your own, which in our experience is rare, the staff will determine whether or not yours are suitable to ensure your comfort and safety.
The tour is normally from Kangerlussuaq to Sisimiut, but if you'd prefer to start from Sisimiut then please contact us.Click on the Itinerary tab to read more information about each day of the tour, and then reserve your place on the sled by clicking on Book Now.
Arctic Circle Trail
You arrive down by the ice where the guide and dogs will be waiting for you. Here they will give you instructions and basic information, and they will inspect your clothing. If they decide your clothes will be too cold, it is mandatory to rent fur clothing and proper boots. When the briefing is over, you are ready to get on the sled and head out on the snow-covered landscape.
The incredible scenery will leave you breathless, with only the sounds from the sled sliding over the snow-covered ground and ice. Hear the dogs panting and the driver making sounds to navigate them in the right direction. Chances of seeing wildlife are very likely and they are majestic in their own way. You get to understand the vast and demanding environment Greenland is and gain a bigger knowledge of what the Inuit had to endure when trying to survive.
Along the way, you will together choose a spot where you will eat lunch, while enjoying the quietness, before taking the last trip to where you will be spending the night. When arriving at the stop for the day, you will help prepare dinner and feed the dogs. Then getting ready to head into your sleeping bag to get your well-deserved rest.
Day on the Ice
Today is a new day for another great adventure of demanding yet wonderful new experiences. After eating breakfast and slowly waking up with morning coffee, overviewing the sun rising on the sky and over the mountains and ice-covered ocean. After a while, you will help to pack the sled and head on the journey.
The terrain will be more hilly, but there are also chances of going over the ice and frozen lakes. Despite the spectacular sites, this day will be the day you will do most of the travelling. So if you feel you are getting chilly, running beside the sled is an option.
When you feel you are getting hungry, there will be a break to get lunch and relax. Thereafter the journey continues, towards the hut where you will spend the night. You will help set the camp for the night and when that is done, you will feed the dogs and arrange dinner. When the sun has gone down, and it is cloud-free, chances of low temperatures are big. But this is also a great chance for you to see the northern lights above you. Being out in the wilderness, northern lights will be an amazing show of mesmerizing colours moving across the sky.
Once storytelling and other activities it's time to crawl into your warm sleeping bag and get a good night sleep.
Waking up and realizing this is your last day and then packing up and getting ready to go on the last dog sled ride, take in all which the surroundings have to offer and enjoy it to the fullest.
Arriving in Sisimiut it's time to say goodbye to the dogs and your guide. You have completed the trip and are ready to head on your way.
- Camp equipment
- Sleeping bag
What to bring
- Warm winter wear. Ideally, you should dress in layers: at least one thermal underwear layer (top and bottom), activity layer (e.g. hiking pants and shirt), and insulation layer (e.g. fleece or down jacket). The outer layer must be proper winter gear which typically has lots of insulation and is windproof. Think ski jacket and pants if you come from a warmer climate.
- Warm hat, thick windproof gloves, buff or scarf
- Insulated winter boots
- Sunglasses and sunscreen - snow is very bright and even the winter sun can cause sunburn
- Camera with extra batteries (the cold drains the batteries faster)
- Day pack
- Water bottle
- This is a three day long trip, therefore it is very important that you know before you take the trip, that you need to be in good physical condition. If you have back problems or other injuries, this trip is not a wise decision.
- It's a good idea to have extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.
Terms of service
Our customers are the foundation of Guide to Greenland so we make great efforts to provide you with the best possible service.
We are located in Greenland and cooperate with everyone involved in the Greenlandic tourism industry. We are therefore perfectly placed to quickly react to changes or new wishes you may have to ensure you have the trip of a lifetime.
The earlier you book your trip, the better the prices will be, and the more likely you will be able to book the tour you want for the dates/times you want.
Package tours can be sold out more than half a year in advance (note that Guide to Greenland does not include international flights in packages, except where indicated from Iceland or Denmark). Day trips may sell out closer to your arrival date, but for popular destinations, certain dates/times can also sell out months in advance. We recommend that you secure all of your experiences by booking them well in advance of your trip.
All cancellations must be made via e-mail.
Although Guide to Greenland is committed to ensuring the best protection and service for our customers in the event of a cancellation, we are obliged to charge cancellation fees. This is in accordance with Greenland travel industry business practices. Details can be found in our general cancellation policy
Note: Due to COVID-19, a temporary cancellation policy applies. You can find it in the footer of the website under the "Terms & Conditions".
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