Play with Sled Dogs in Greenland!
Experience Greenland’s arctic nature with a sled dog as your guide! Sled dogs are an important part of Greenland’s culture and have been a mode of transportation for about 5,000 years. These high energy dogs have a special ability to read the environment, and can even sense when ice is too thin to cross. Iperaataq offers two ways to experience sled dogs, take the dogs on a hike on local trails or go on a dog sledding expedition!
Where: Ilulissat, Greenland
Ages: For safety reasons, younger children may not go on dog sledding tours from February 1st- April 1st. Exceptions might be made for teenagers, depending on the weather and trip you’d like to take. It is extremely cold and the weather can be very unpredictable during this time. In April, the weather starts getting warmer, and children as young as 5 can participate!
Tour Info: The easiest way to experience sled dogs is by taking Iperaataq’s cani-hike tour. The sled dog will be attached to you with a special harness that allows it to slowly pull you. Learn a few basic commands and be ready to hit the trails, take in the beautiful scenery, and see the Ilulissat ice fjord. This tour is offered twice daily, year-round!
If you’re looking for a bit more adventure, Iperaataq has dog sledding expeditions ranging from 1-60 days. Their one day and over night tours are most popular for families and require the least amount of physical effort. On Iperaataq’s one day trip, go dog sledding across the mountains and frozen lake and marvel at the views along the way. Stop at a warm fishermen cabin to eat lunch, and before heading back to Ilulissat, walk on the frozen sea!
For a longer adventure, consider an overnight trip to Dead Glacier. Spend the day dog sledding across the mountain and over the frozen sea to the icecap, where you can take a short hike out on the ice sheet. Set up you camp next to Dead Glacier, and head back to Ilulissat the following day.
Please keep in mind that Iperaataq can cancel the dog sledding tour if they feel that your child is not well protected or is getting too cold. Weather conditions can be unpredictable and can become dangerous, especially in Ilulissat, where almost all of the tours are near the icecap and temperatures can drop to -45.
Iperaataq is run by a group of professional hunters/ fishermen who travel by dog sled to remote locations for hunting and fishing. Members of their team speak fluently in English, French, Danish and Greenlandic. Contact Iperaataq for pricing and booking.
Bonus: The art of mushing is often passed down from one generation to the next. Don’t be surprised if you see children with small sleds and a few dogs of their own!
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