The dogsled is iconic and legendary in Greenland, an Inuit tradition, which goes back 2000 years. You will not find many other means of transportation, which has survived for that long without any changes. The basic principle is still the same as in the Viking age - some dogs tied to a simple construction of wood. The experience cannot be explained – you have to try it for yourself.
In this unforgettable journey, we travel with you to the roots of the Inuit lifestyle.
For us it is important that you, as a visitor to Ilulissat, get involved with its people and take time to immerse yourself in the local culture through activities such as dogsledding. It is not only about the ride, but also about learning about the art of dogsledding. Our guide speaks fluent English and will explain and show you which are the steps to follow before starting a dogsled journey: how dogsleds are built, how to maintain and fix them, how to use the whip (a good use of the whip never touches the dogs), how to take care of the dogs, how to feed them and how to educate them.
Once you've learned about this preparation, you're ready to begin your dogsledding journey.🐶 Dogsledding is probably the most authentic way to explore the snowy valleys, mountains, frozen lakes, fjords, and the sea ice around Ilulissat.
Depending on weather conditions, our first choice is visiting the authentic settlement of Oqaatsut, 20 km north from Ilulissat, where 37 Inuit live all year-round. Once there, you'll have a walk around the settlement, share a hot drink, and eat biscuits with a local family and hear their stories about the settlement, its people, and their way of life. 🦊
If the weather conditions does not allow you to go to Oqaatsut, our second choice is a route that has unbeatable scenery. You'll go up the mountains and encounter other dogsledders and see ice-fishing spots in the Icefjord, before reaching a series of viewpoints of Ilulissat, Disko Bay and the Ice Cap. ☃️ In one of these spots, you'll stop for a break and enjoy hot drinks and biscuits. ☕️
WE CARE ABOUT ANIMALS
At Nomoon, we take animal welfare and Nomooners' safety very seriously. Unlike other sledges you may have experienced, dogs here aren’t tied by two’s, but each has his or her own line for safety in case they fall in a hole, crevasse, or water, so that the whole pack won’t follow. The musher uses a wipe to order the dogs but not on the dogs, only on the side to get their attention. We make sure that the dogs are well treated, strong, and healthy.
Our mushers are really careful not to exhaust the dogs and give them plenty of rest before the next ride. Our guides carry a satellite communicator ‘Delorme In-Reach’, with a GPS locator and first aid kit.
WEATHER CONDITIONS – GEARING UP
To join this activity you must be well prepared for the cold. We don’t want to take any chances, so we'll include winter boots and a warm jacket for your tour. Regardless, you should still bring warm winter clothing for below 0 temperatures in addition to our gear.
Dogsledding is such a wonderful experience following the ancestor’s path and learning about the Inuits lifestyle, and well worth experiencing.
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Comfortable clothing, hiking shoes and warm clothes according to this area’s weather forecast. Check out our packing list here to prepare for your trip.
- Dog sledding
Lunch, hot drinks, snacks
- English speaking guide
- Travel Insurance
- Personal Expenses
- Private trip - $346 for single (1 pax)
- Additional activities - keep in mind that we can add city tours, iceberg sailing trips, or snowshoe hiking trips. Just ask! 🙋
WHAT TO PACK:
Please see our checklist here.
From 1st of February to 22nd of April (subject to snow and ice conditions)
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY:
We currently offer this package February through April. Please contact us for other dates. ☎
Nomoon reserves the right to delay, alter or cancel any tour due to weather or any other unsafe conditions for the safety of our clients.
As you know, we’re all about sustainable travel and supporting local businesses – by booking this Nomoon tour, you will help create a better environment and stronger local communities.