Husky fueled adventure, dog sledding in Iceland
Watching the sun set while Dog sledding in Iceland to the sound of panting Husky dogs was surely the highlight of our trip. To get there was exciting enough itself.
The drive onto the ice was onto one of the country’s ‘F’ roads that was still officially closed according to the transport authority (and a fence across the entrance..) Taking a bit of a gamble, and quite interested to find out the meaning of ‘closed’, we veered around the barrier and continued onto the small gravel pathway. It eventually iced over, covering numerous potholes and the snowdrifts gradually crept further onto the road until there was not much of a road left at all. We had a 4WD but not quite to the standard of Iceland’s custom built glacier 4WD’s. Stopping at the end of the road, we were taken the rest of the way by such a machine across the glacier, towards the dog sledding station.
During winter, an average of -10 degrees celsius guarantees huge amounts of snow and ice freeze over the Highlands (inner Iceland) and make them all but inaccessible until the melting occurs enough for access in June and July (tourist months). It was now March, and only just out from winters dark clutches so we donned large warm suits that had a pungent smell of dog to them, and then proceeded further up the glacier in another Superjeep. The wheels were 32” in diameter!
The husky dogs were huddled together on a wind-blown ridge not too far in the distance. As soon as we approached them they jumped and howled, tongue’s wagging and all eager to gain our attention. I have never met such a friendly and playful dog! Even my girlfriend who is a cat person, found joy as we threw small snowballs at them at watched them roll around on the ground in glee.
Two people to a sledge, with 6 dogs on the tow. A few basic commands (basically just shouting YA as ferocious and powerful as possible) and we were hurdling along the glacier. The speed was roughly the equivalent of a slow runner, but it felt great and the dogs really enjoyed it and no, there was no whipping, only verbal commands.
Of course there were longer options, multiday trips and such, but we had time only for a short introduction. After around an hour on the sledge, we turned around and headed back and stopped halfway to play with the dogs again in the snow. Dog sledding in Iceland, such a great experience!
What? Dog-sledding in Iceland.
More information – www.dogsledding.is/
Where? Langjokul glacier, 2.5 hours from Reykjavik, Iceland.
Price – 20,000 ISK / €130 / $175 USD p.p