Dogsled tour | Ilulissat | Disko bay
Experience the ancient Inuit tradition of dog sledding on a 2-hour journey to the backcountry near Ilulissat.
Sled dogs have been used for thousands of years by Greenlanders as the primary mode of transportation during Winter. Many hunters still utilize these tough working dogs as they are able to reach places that a snowmobile cannot, and to nurture the special bond that has been formed over centuries of working together.
Your experience begins with a transfer out to an area of “dog town”, where you will be greeted by a symphony of howling dogs and your musher (dogsled driver). Your guide (or musher) will give you a safety briefing and show you how to sit on the sledge correctly before you head off on your dogsled adventure.
During the tour, the icebergs and spectacular landscape around Ilulissat will provide you with endless photo opportunities, and there will be plenty of time to stop and stretch your legs with a hot drink. The snow conditions and the sledge tracks will determine the exact route for the tour, but no matter where you go, the experience of sledding behind a pack of dogs will be an unforgettable experience.
Ready to experience the authentic mode of winter transportation in Greenland? Select your preferred date and click Book Now to reserve your place.
Please remember that Greenlandic sled dogs are working animals. You should keep your distance when arriving at “dog town”.
- Transfer to/from departure point to the dogsled track
- Safety briefing
- 1,5- 2 hours on the sled
- Coffee & tea
Please note all participants should be at least 8 years old.
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 sun screen - snow is very bright and even the winter sun can cause sunburn
- Camera with extra batteries (the cold drains the batteries faster)
- It is not recommended for people having back problems and pregnant women.
- The dogsled driver might not be able to speak English or Danish. If this is the case, the safety briefing will be given by the guide before you head off. During the tour, the musher will communicate with gestures and perhaps a few words. It's amazing how much can be communicated this way!
- If you book the tour for an even number of people, you will be placed in pairs of two on each sled.
- If you book for an uneven number of persons, 1, 3 or 5 persons, the even number of guests will be placed on a sled in pairs of two, while the uneven number will be placed on a sled alone.
- It is possible (and highly recommended) to rent arctic outwear, such as jackets, thermo trousers and winter boots
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”.
3 reviews for Dogsled tour | Ilulissat | Disko bay
1 600 DKK
Very nice experience.
The dogs are beautiful and the musher was nice and friendly. Even if he didn’t speak english it was not a problem at all.
The guides were present at the begining to explain how to sit and to behave on the sledge, which was helpful
Emilie Sofie Fredsted Dahl –
Fantastisk tur på hundeslæde i den smukkeste natur! Dog lidt ærgerligt at kusken ikke kunne snakke dansk, men det var vi forbedret på gennem Guide to Greenland. Også meget ærgerligt at vi ikke kunne/måtte snakke med nogle af slædehundene, men forståeligt eftersom det er arbejdshunde. Synes dog, at de fleste hjemmesider beskriver, at kusken altid har en enkelt hund man kan få lov at snakke med. Derfor kun 4 stjerner.
Ming (verified owner) –
Worth to join the trip in Ilulissat. Don’t worry about the cold weather, warm clothes and shoes will be prepared. Don’t worry about communication with mushers, the guide will remind the important safety guidance. Don’t worry about tough terrain, the musher will take care to make the sledding comfortable.