Best Places to Go Dog Sledding

23 Nov Best Places to Go Dog Sledding

Tis the season for sleigh rides! While Santa’s sleigh may be a bit full this time of year, we scouted some of the best places in the world to hop on a dog sled! With many places operating daily and multi-day tours we’re sure you can find something to fit your needs.

These furry friends will show you winter wonderlands like you’ve never seen before!

As always, if you think we have missed any please let us know in the comments section below.

North America


Stunning views of the Canadian Rockies and Banff National Park await adventurers in Canmore. Get your adrenaline pumping while racing through some of the most stunning scenery in North America.

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Dog sled race in Alberta. Photo credit: Grant Hollingworth on Flickr


Did you know over 80% of the Yukon is wilderness? We know plenty of mushers will be more than excited to show you their stunning backyard.

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Dog sled race in the Yukon. Photo credit: Amanda Graham on Flickr

3. QUEBEC – Canada

You might need to brush up on your French before venturing to “the beautiful province.” Here’s the first lesson, traîneau à chiens means dog sled.

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Sled dog team on the trail in Quebec. Photo credit: Wikimedia

4. ALASKA – United States

To find some of the best dog sledding you have to head the the US’s largest state. The fun thing about dog sledding in Alaska? You can do it year-round.

Dog sledding in Alaska
Dog sledding in Alaska. Photo credit: Martha de Jong-Lantink on Flickr


Salmon Berry Tours

Trip Length: 8 hours
Season: November 11 – April 8
Cost: Starting at $299

5. COLORADO – United States

What better way to see the majestic Rocky Mountains than behind a group of adorable and energetic dogs?!

Dog sledding In Colorado
Dog sledding in Colorado. Photo credit: brent flanders on Flickr

6. MAINE – United States

While lobster may be the first thing you think of when you hear Maine, it definitely shouldn’t be the last. The great outdoors is calling your name from the Pine Tree State and what better way to experience it then by being led through the Mahoosuc Mountain area by a well-trained (and adorable) dog team.

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Dog sledding with Mahoosuc Guide Service


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Mahoosuc Guide Service

Trip Length : 1-10 Days
Season: December – April
Cost: Starting at $280

7. MINNESOTA – United States

The Land of 10,000 Lakes is chalked full of scenic routes through state forests and other extraordinary wilderness any adventurer would be thrilled to explore. Minnesota is sure to provide an un-fur-gettable experience for travelers.

Sled dog race in Minnesota.
Sled dog race in Minnesota. Photo Credit: Jeff Keacher on Flickr


8. LAPLAND – Finland

All the snow that Finland receives makes it a prime spot to get in touch with nature while driving your own dog sled.

Dog sledding in Finland
Dog sledding in Finland. Photo credit: Visit Lakeland on Flickr

9. ILUlSSAT – Greenland

Don’t let the name fool you, there will be plenty of pure white snow for your voyage. Dog sledding is readily available here and in some towns the dogs outnumber the people!

Dog sledding in Greenland
Dog sledding in Greenland. Photo credit: Drew Avery on Flickr

10. AKUREYRI – Iceland

Perhaps one of the hottest (not temperature) destinations to visit nowadays seems to be Iceland. With all of its natural beauty that comes as no surprise, lucky for you dog sledding is offered year-round here.

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Mountains in Akureyri. Photo Credit: Elli Pálma on Flickr

11. TROMSO – Norway

Norway is perhaps the best place in the world to see the Northern Lights, thus we are going to recommend doing your dog sledding under the Aurora Borealis. If the cold doesn’t leave you breathless the sites will.

Dog sled team in Norway
Dog sled team in Norway. Photo credit: Yiannis Theologos Michellis on Flickr

12. SIBERIA – Russia

A dog sledding trip to Russia is for the truly bold, as there is a good chance your trip will take you through Siberia. Fear not because the beauty of the deep winter is something everyone should experience at least once.

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The dog is ready. Photo Credit: HJ van W on Flickr

13. ABISKO – Sweden

You’re coming here to take in Abisko National Park and all of it’s natural wonder. Fun fact: The park was originally established as a reminiscence for scientific research.

Abisko National Park by dog sled
Abisko National Park by dog sled. Photo credit: guido da rozze on Flickr

14. KIRUNA – Sweden

Head to the northernmost town in Sweden for an unforgettable dog sledding trip. There’s a chance you could see more moose than people!

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Showing some love. Photo credit: Adventurin' on Flickr

15. AVIEMORE, SCOTLAND – United Kingdom

The UK may not be Huskies natural habitat but it doesn’t mean they don’t love running here! Enjoy the seemingly endless country-side and rolling hills as snow may not actually be necessary for your trip!

River Spey in Scotland. Photo credit: Tony Armstrong on Flickr

Australia and New Zealand

15. SOUTHERN ALPS – New Zealand

Just outside the adventure capital of the world – Queensland – you can find some great sled dog teams. Novice to pro all are welcome for this rush through the mountains.

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Views from above. Photo credit: Sandy Frew
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    Posted at 08:08h, 14 December Reply


    It’s very interesting, it’s very nice to know about the this dog sledding. I will definitely join this.

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