6-Day Dog Sled Expedition from Tromso

Spend 6 days becoming a true 'musher' while driving a dog sled across the remote Lapplands region of Norway, Sweden and Finland

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6-Day Dog Sled Expedition from Tromso

Spend 6 days becoming a true 'musher' while driving a dog sled across the remote Lapplands region of Norway, Sweden and Finland

  • Norway
  • March, April
  • Tromsø Airport, Tromso (TOS)

Experience the joys and challenges of driving a dog sled across the arctic landscape and camping in remote mountains. You’ll learn how to set up your own sled, drive it, and care for the dogs on your team. At your camps in the mountains you’ll have the opportunity to see the Northern Lights flicker over the arctic wilderness, fish from frozen lakes, and see wildlife in their native habitat. This is the ultimate dog sledding experience, and you’ll be able to call yourself a true musher by the end of it!

  • 6 days guided excursion driving a dog sled across the arctic landscape
  • Full introduction to the ins and outs of dog sledding
  • 1 night in a traditional Sami tent at the dog sledding centre
  • 4 nights camping in the mountains
  • Northern Lights and wildlife viewing in the wilderness
  • All meals
  • All expedition clothing and equipment

Perfect for:
- Adventurers who want to truly experience the thrill of dog sledding
- Travelers keen to explore remote arctic wilderness

What to Expect

You’ll be picked up in Tromso and driven to the dog sledding centre where you’ll meet the dogs and spend the afternoon learning all you need to know to be a successful dog sled driver. You’ll spend the night in a traditional communal Sami tent before packing up and driving 2 hours north to Signaldalen the next morning. From Signaldalen you’ll hook up your team and drive them into the rugged mountains on the border of Sweden and Finland for 5 full days of dog sledding. You’ll be responsible for caring for your team and your sled each day. Nights will be spent camping beneath the Northern Lights. On the last day, return to the cars and head back to Tromso as a real musher!

What follows is our typical itinerary, but your expedition leader will decide your exact route based on snow and weather conditions.

Day 1: Pickup and intro to dog sledding

You’ll be picked up by your host from the airport or your hotel in Tromso in the morning and taken to the dog sledding centre 30 minutes away. A knowledgeable guide will introduce you to the principles and equipment of dog sledding, and you’ll meet and bond with the dogs on your team. Spend the evening relaxing around a campfire with a dinner of reindeer stew before retiring to a traditional communal Sami tent for the night.

Day 2: Drive to Signaldalen and dog sledding

Fuel up with breakfast, then pack up all the sleds and dogs and drive to Signaldalen, your starting point 2 hours north. After you hitch up your team and stow your gear, you’ll drive them deep into the arctic wilderness. This first day of sledding is also the hardest, with several steep hills to encourage your team up. You’ll often have to help push the sled, too. Arrive at camp, care for your dogs, pitch your tent, and settle in for a well-earned meal beneath the Northern Lights. This will be the routine each night for the duration of the expedition—you’ll be a pro in a few days!

Day 3: Dog sledding

Care for your dogs, eat breakfast, pack up, and head even deeper into the wilderness. Today you’ll reach the high mountains of the Lapplands region and be rewarded with epic views of the arctic wilderness. Weather and snow conditions will determine your route to the border, where you’ll cross into either Finland or Sweden.

Day 4: Dog sledding

Today you’ll cross several large, frozen lakes tucked into the valleys between mountains. At camp you’ll have the opportunity to go ice fishing. If you’re successful you’ll have fresh fish for dinner!

Day 5: Dog sledding

After days on the tundra you’ll descend into woodlands along the border between Finland and Sweden. The change of scenery also brings the possibility for a campfire that night.

Day 6: Dog sledding and return to Tromso

The day will start by crossing large, flat lakes. You’ll stop for lunch where Norway, Sweden and Finland all meet—quite the international affair. The final challenge comes after lunch with a tough climb back into the mountains, but your reward is a long, fun descent back to the cars. Drive back to Tromso as an accomplished musher!

Accommodation

The first night will be spent in a traditional communal Sami tent. a peaked wooden structure heated by a wood-burning stove, with room to sleep 10-12 people. Sleeping bags and reindeer hides are provided. Toilets are in an adjacent building. A private tent that sleeps up to 4 people can be arranged at additional cost. Inquire at booking.

During the dog sledding expedition you’ll stay in a 4-season, 2-person tent. Sleeping bags and sleeping pads are provided. There are no toilet facilities in the mountains.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

If you can't find a private trip that suits you, try a group trip or ask for a quote.

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Location

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Located in the Arctic Circle, Tromso is known as the Paris of the North. It is the northernmost city in the world with a population just over 70,000. The contrast of modern city with old wooden buildings backed with views of the fjords and the Northern Lights are sure to captivate you. The dog yard is located half an hour outside town.

The Lapplands region spans northern Norway, Sweden and Finland. The terrain is mountainous, remote and rugged, providing beautiful views of white peaks backed by blue skies. Large frozen lakes dot the landscape. Native wildlife includes arctic foxes, snowshoe hares, arctic hares, eagles, moose and reindeer. It’s the ultimate setting for viewing the Northern Lights!

Start point?
You will be picked up either at your hotel or at the airport in Tromso at the start of your tour. Your tour operator will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You will be dropped off in Tromso when your expedition is over. Your tour operator will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
There are regular international flights to Tromso and domestic flights from Oslo throughout the year. The airport is just a 15 minute drive from the city centre by bus, shuttle or taxi.

Frequently Asked Questions

To maximise convenience, we’ve included much of the travel and logistics:

  • 1 night in a traditional Sami tent at the dog sledding centre
  • 4 nights wilderness camping
  • Sleeping bag, sleeping pad and winter tent
  • Weather-appropriate clothing, including boots
  • Guided dog sled excursion
  • Northern Lights viewing at camp
  • All meals
  • Round-trip transportation between Tromso, the dog sledding centre and Signaldalen
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking guides

The following are not included in the tour price: - Flights to and from Tromso - Tips for your guides - Travel insurance

Driving a dog sled for several days over difficult terrain requires a high level of fitness.

Winter temperatures in northern Norway are cold, but due to the warm Gulf Stream current it’s much more pleasant than other countries at the same latitude. Daytime temperatures average just below freezing, but can drop to -20 °C even when it’s sunny out.

Traditional Sami cuisine is based on a diet of fish, reindeer and berries. It includes such foods as reindeer sausage, bread, cloudberry jam, salted fish, and bidos, a hearty reindeer stew with vegetables.

Absolutely! Vegetarian options are easy to arrange, and other needs can also be met. Inquire at booking.

Warm and waterproof gear is included to keep you safe and comfortable during the long hours on the sled. Tents, sleeping bags and sleeping pads are provided.

Bring warm layers including thermal underwear, wool socks, sunglasses, sunscreen and all toiletries. Don’t forget a camera!

Start point?
You will be picked up either at your hotel or at the airport in Tromso at the start of your tour. Your tour operator will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You will be dropped off in Tromso when your expedition is over. Your tour operator will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
There are regular international flights to Tromso and domestic flights from Oslo throughout the year. The airport is just a 15 minute drive from the city centre by bus, shuttle or taxi.

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