Dog sledding districts in east and west
In Greenland, you can experience the sled dogs on the east coast and, on the west coast, you will find them north of the Arctic Circle. South of the Arctic Circle, winter is too short to benefit from keeping sled dogs, as that means that they would have to sit around ‘unused’ for much of the year. It is a pity to the dogs, but it is also dangerous, as the sled dogs can be aggressive and need to move a lot.
There is a difference between the dog sleds in East and West Greenland, and this is due to the terrain that they drive on. In East Greenland, the sleds are long and narrow, because they often travel in more undulating terrain, and because they run over many icy ravines. In West Greenland, the sleds are shorter and wider because here they mainly drive on flatter ground such as sea ice.
Then there are the Sirius Patrol sleds which are almost the size of jumbo jets if you compare them with the ordinary Greenland sleds because they transport their drivers for several months at a time and a lot of luggage is needed.
Dog sledding clothes
If you go on a sled ride, it is a good idea to dress in seal skin clothing. You can rent it in most towns at the tourist office or from the dog sled tour providers. These clothes have been tested to resist cold for hundreds of years. Sure, you may have spent a lot of money on a cool down jacket with built-in Goretex but believe us when we say that the skin clothing is preferable.
Dog sledding trips can last from one hour to several days – it depends on your temperament. Do you want to have a brief ride, or do you want to spend days on a sled? If you choose the latter, we advise you to purchase a package where everything from catering, warm clothing, and booking of huts or tents is in place. A dog sled ride from Kangerlussuaq to Sisimiut lasts three days and is a hit among adventurers.
Dog sledding trips in the summer
In the summer it is also possible to go dog sledding. It is available on Disco Island, on the Lyngmark Glacier above Qeqertarsuaq. As these tours take place in the summer, you may get wet from the ride as part of the ice is melted, but it is still fun to try!