How to Dog sled - How physically demanding is it?

What it takes to go on a dog sled tour over several days

How physically demanding it will be depending very much on the snow and weather conditions at the time of your tour. But, to dog sledding requires that you have good balance and are in good physical condition.
In up-hills (which can be very long in the mountains) and heavy snow conditions you must help your dogs by kicking beside the sled and in steep up-hills run and push the sled.

You will personally be responsible for a dog team, which means that you for example don’t let go of the dog sled without it being securely anchored or driving carelessly because then both the dogs, you and others can be injured.

We will give you instructions on how to drive the sled and how to handle the dogs. This isn’t very complicated but, you have to have some strength, be in good physical condition, have good coordination and balance.

We also want to point out that men tend to overestimate their physical capacity and women tend to underestimate themselves. If you are the slightest bit unsure if you can take part in this tour, do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

If you’re not already training, exercising and are physically active, then start with it well in advance of the trip. The better shape you are in, the better your experience will be! AND, it’s the physical shape you are in at the moment that counts, not which shape you were in one or more years ago 😉.

Our dog sled tours are not arranged as tourist adventures but are real experiences where everyone works as a team and helps with everything from taking care of the huskies, cooking, loading and unloading the sleds, fetching water etc.
In the cabins we sleep in bunk beds in mixed room both men and women. The cabins are heated with wood/gas and have no electricity or running water. There are dry toilets by the cabins, but when camping we dig holes in the snow.
No previous dog sledding experience is required, but you must like animals and feel empathy for them.

Never try to persuade someone to accompany you on the trip if they do not really want to and, fully understand what is required, then it is better that you travel yourself. We often have solo travelers on our tours so it’s absolutely no problem.
It is very important that everyone who participates in the tour really wants to join, and understand what it means otherwise it will cause big problems for both the group and the dogs.

That said, do not hesitate to contact us if you have the slightest doubt about whether you can participate in the tour.