This article is all about dog sledding, an unforgettable family-friendly experience that allows you to relax and take in spectacular scenery, while amazing dogs pull you by sledge. A means of transportation since 2000 BC, dog sledding in Europe has become a popular way of exploring the beautiful winter landscapes
The sled is always run by a professional musher (driver) who knows the terrain like the back of their hand, allowing you to sit back and enjoy your time. Depending on the weather conditions, the sled is usually pulled by 8 to 14 dogs, either Alaskan Huskies or Siberian Huskies.
With a variety of different sled ride lengths, from a 10-minute discovery sessions to multi-day expeditions, there’s a magical tailor-made experience for everyone!
But where to go for dog sledding in Europe, you might wonder. That’s why we have gathered our top 10 destinations for mushing in Europe. One more extraordinary than the other, you will have a tough time choosing!
The Northern lights have always held a certain amount of magic and mystery. Head to Svalbard, a stunning Norwegian archipelago, far north of Norway, to take a dog sledding excursion like no other. Whether you’re looking for a dog sledding trip to see the Northern Lights, an extended multiple day excursion or a private day-long experience, Svalbard is the place to find it!
Let these gorgeous dogs pull you along through the stunning wilderness of this gorgeous Arctic archipelago, through deep valleys and past majestic mountains. The Arctic silence is interrupted only by the breathing of the dogs and the sled’s sound on the ice. The breathtaking Northern Lights in the sky will guide you through the dark, if you choose a nighttime experience, and leave you speechless.
Port d’Envalira, Andorra
When it comes to dog sledding in Europe, we don’t only talk about the Great North, but also about more southern spots. Head to the east of the stunning country of Andorra for incredible mushing adventures at the mountain pass of Port d’Envalira, in the Pyrenees. Take the sled ride of a lifetime through gorgeous Andorran mountain valleys, through beautiful snowy forests and past the popular Grandvalira ski resort.
Choose a 2km or 3.5km daytime dog sledding excursion and experience the thrill of riding through the wintry snowscape of the Andorran Pyrenees. If you’re looking for a great nighttime adventure activity, take a dog sledding trip at night. Taking a dog sled ride at night is a great way to appreciate the experience through your senses, with only headlamps lighting the way and few sounds in this peaceful area, except the dogs and sled moving along the snow. Choose from a 4km or 6km ride at night, for an experience like no other.
If you are curious to know more about this activity, read our Q&A article on Dog Sledding in Andorra with Mushing Pirineus.
Back north, to Norway! Tromsø is a gorgeous subarctic city in Northern Norway, north of the Arctic Circle, and THE place to go for dog sledding adventures. With an extensive range of choice for trips, including different durations, daytime, evening and nighttime trips, Tromsø has an experience to offer everyone wanting to try this sport!
A great destination for seeing the Northern Lights, Tromsø is world-famous for being a magical destination to visit. Try your hand at mushing and guiding your own dogs, or why not start your day off right with a morning dog sled ride, driving through the Norwegian tundra. Go on an evening excursion and try your luck at seeing one of the wonders of the world, the Northern Lights. If you’re wanting an expansive tour of Northern Norway, pulled by these gorgeous animals, try a 6-day excursion, guided by professional dog sled racers, leading you all the way to Sweden, or Finland depending on conditions.
With a whole host of tailor-made options, check out our range of dog sledding activities in Tromsø. And if you wish to read more, don’t miss our article on all you need to know about dog sledding in Tromsø.
Let’s stay in Lapland, this time in Finnish Lapland. One of the best spots to go dog sledding in this region is definitely Rovaniemi, the second-largest city of Northern Finland.
The many dog sledding itineraries in Rovaniemi allow you to discover the magical arctic landscapes in the way that suits you best. Choose the Northern Lights version to combine dog sledding with the hunting of the beautiful Aurora Borealis, or drive the sleigh yourself during a 1-hour excursion through the Arctic forests.