Dog sledging for private groups | tailor made to suit
We can tailor-make an exciting private dog-sledging expedition just for you and your family or small group of friends in summer or winter. You choose anything from a three hour experience to a journey of up to three weeks and we will arrange it for you.
In Northern Norway, you’ll be guests of our old friends who work their long-established dog team out of a comfortable cabin at Øverbygd, at latitude 69N. Enjoy cosy evenings, perhaps with a delicious reindeer stew round the fire, or a glass of wine under the stars in the open air hot tub. For the more adventurous we can plan a mountain route from hut to hut along remote trails. The emphasis is on comfort and conviviality rather than luxury but it will certainly be a holiday to remember. From mid-September to mid-April you may be able to see the Northern Lights dancing on the sky. If you are lucky enough to witness this, you’ll never tire of the spectacle.
In Spitsbergen, our partners run their family-owned business from Bolterdalen, a valley 10km from the main town of Longyearbyen. They have many years of combined experience derived from the Elite Military Sled Patrol (Sirius, Greenland and Svalbard). The dog team is made up of Greenland dogs, an ancient breed, thought to be directly descended from huskies brought there by the first Inuit settlers. It is a lively, healthy pack comprising some 100 dogs, with 10 to 15 puppies being born each year – bringing joy both to their families and our visitors.
The sledding is superb with varied valleys and the High Arctic offers perfect conditions for the dogs to show what they can do.
Fiona’s travel tipsTOP TIP: We provide superbly warm sledging suits and thick felt-lined boots so you will never be cold.
GREAT DAY OUT: The polar museum in Tromsø – it has wonderful atmosphere. The Northern Lights Planetarium or ‘Polaria’ is also well worth a visit.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Stunning displays of the aurora borealis in the night-time sky in the depths of winter (if you’re lucky)!
BEST MEMORY: Sledging through spindrift across a frozen river.
DON’T MISS: Summer Island – it’s just one and a half hours’ drive from the Lofoten Islands which are five hours’ drive from Skjaerhaugen. Both offer cosy and comfortable cabin accommodation.
BEST TIME TO GO: January to early April has the best snow conditions for sledging. July and August for walking and camping.
“We board the plane from the Arctic with heavy, heavy hearts & many tears. This trip has been an overwhelming experience for all three of us. Safe to say that it has been the most memorable, incredible holiday we have ever had!!! And we've had many amazing holidays.”
Karen Chaloner, Dog sledding in Arctic Norway
“Everything went like clockwork from the moment we contacted you. We were delighted with our welcome, food, warmth. Your pre-trip information, your representatives. In fact just everything. We would certainly recommend Arcturus as a firm to deal with for a memorable holiday in every respect.”
Evina Montgomery, Explore Dividalen, dog sledding in Norway
“It was a very special holiday and the activity of dog sledging is amazing. The break was exactly the right length of time for beginners and our Norwegian hosts and guides were excellent.”
Stephen and Elaine Bailey, Dog sledging in Dividalen
“The equipment provided locally was great – we were warm, dry and comfortable in our suits and boots. The dogs are incredible, always keen to go and tireless. It was obvious the guys knew them very well and respected each individual dog for its attributes. Of course I cried like a baby when we waved goodbye to them all from the Ice Hotel… And finally, how could I forget! On the last night of our dog sledding we had a fantastic viewing of the northern lights. Fiona thank you very much for arranging the trip which all went so smoothly.”
Jude Perry and John Verschaeren, Dog sledge The King’s Way: Crossing Norway into Sweden