Dog Sledding without the cold toes 😉
What do you do when there’s no snow?
You slap a couple wheels on that sled, some seats and in front a steering wheel and a handbrake call it a
dog kart and hit the road. Dog-powered vehicles might not be the most efficient way to travel, but it’s probably the cutest.
Check out here our Dry-land video, ultimate experience for dog lovers!
One picture out of 2 on the tour page are for the DRY-LAND tour
Most of our review are for the Dry-land tour, here are a few Dry-land reviews from Trip Advisor:
When we were researching on Iceland, we knew that Dog Sledding is one of the things that we have to do “snow” or “no snow”. I am glad we did it. My husband and I love dogs of all shapes and sizes so Dog Sledding was something we could not say no to. “Dogsledding Iceland” made it so easy and flexible for us because they have so many options to choose from. They have musher of the day package and also a basic sledding package. We opted for the basic sledding package because of lack of time and budget constraint. When we reached their farm, we were made to feel welcome by the crew and the dogs alike. Though we had taken only the sledding package, our musher told us all about mushing, introduced us to each dog and we spent a considerable time with all the dogs. The dogs are as friendly as the Icelandic people. They are strong but very affectionate. In fact the mushers were also very affectionate towards the animals which I really admired. Our musher who was from Holland told us some really funny stories about the dogs and kept us entertained throughout. His passion for mushing and love for dogs is an inspiring story in itself. Since there was no snow, the sledding was done on the grass but it was fun nonetheless. It reminded me of my carefree childhood days and school vacations. The smell of dogs, the bumpy ride and the warmth of canine love filled our hearts with joy. It is something that I will remember forever. I will most definitely recommend this activity to everyone who loves dogs and still has a child inside. It is a must do for people of all ages. My best wishes to the entire team including the dogs and I wish I could spend a whole day with the dogs at the farm rolling in the grass.
You are welcome to bring your camera for the ride, to immortalise this moment
Small camera are more convenient to carry.
A break half way through the tour is included to take the pose with your favourite dog.
The clothing are very important for you to enjoy your experience.
Do not neglect your personal comfort specially in winter season.
This is what we recommend you to wear all year round:
Long under layer
Warm clothes as a woolen/flies sweater
Warm and waterproof outfit (pant and jacket)
Waterproof shoes that go above the ankle like boots or hiking boots
Accessories: Sunglasses, ski goggles, hat, gloves
Be dressed up as you were going skiing, but warmer as you might not be exercising during the ride while seating
You can easily buy all this clothing in Iceland and keep them as a souvenir
All of this clothing will also be useful during your trip to Iceland
Here is a link to a place to rent outdoor clothings from Reykjavik
During the tour we will provide you with thermal isolated suits to wear over your clothing if it is needed.
The suit will protect you from the cold and keep your clothing away from dog hairs, but you also need to wear warm clothing under to create a good base.
We also provide woolen gloves to keep you warm, we have spare hats and scarfs if needed
OPTION 1: RENT A CAR
Location is within one hour from Reykjavik.
Easy to get to if you follow the map and directions given here
4×4 recommended from November through April (no responsibility will be taken if you are not able to make it to the meeting point without a 4×4)
Road conditions can change very fast in winter, here you can see them.
Always make sure to leave early enough to have time to drive carefully to our location.
OPTION 2: BOOK A TOUR INCLUDING A TRANSFER
Stress- free! Our professional guides drive you through the beautiful Icelandic roads and share their knowledges about their country.
Note that we need a minimum of 4 participant to arrange a transfer (Notice we gather 4 or more passengers into a group), if the minimum is not reach we will cancel your reservation (usually about a week before) unless you are willing to pay for a private transfer.
Transfer DOG 1: 14.600 isk pp / Transfer DOG 1 + Golden Circle: 24.600 isk pp
Transfer from/to Keflavik airport / Grindavik (Blue lagoon) to Reykjavik (on way): 18.000isk (+ 3.600isk pp from the 6th passenger)
Pick up from Reykjavik to Holmasel/ Skalafell: 58.400isk (+ 14.600 isk pp from 5th passenger)
Including drop off in Reykjavik
Pick up from: Hotel Ranga to Holmasel : 78.000isk (+ 19.500 isk pp from 5th passenger)
Including drop off at Hotel Ranga
Include the Golden circle for an additional 18.000isk ( + 24.000 isk pp from 5th passenger)
Pick up from: Hotel Ranga to Skalafell 96.000 isk ( + 24.000 isk pp from 5th passenger)
Including drop off at Hotel Ranga
Include the Golden circle for an additional 12.000isk ( + 27.000 isk pp from 5th passenger)
Private driver for the day: 108.000isk ( + 27.000 isk pp from 5th passenger)
OPTION 3: USE A PUBLIC TRANSFER
There is no public transportation to our camp, use either option 1 or 2
OPTION 4: BOOK A TAXI
Not recommended from us. To use as the very last resort.
Price very variable depending on “who” you are asking to, but roughly the same as a transfer with us (for a minimum of 2passengers) often with a non english speaking driver.
- Get a fixed price for the drive
- Give the map to the driver here
- Get the driver to wait for you on the location
- Make sure to leave early enough to get to us on time
Payment is made through an online booking system KORTA , to which you can access after filling in your details for your
Payment by credit card only is accepted as the following: Visa, Maestro and MasterCard
Full payment is required to make a reservation
The price of the website is shown in Icelandic Krona, your bank will automatically make the conversion into your own currency when doing the transaction through you credit card
Minimum age 6years old:
Due to the fact that this is an outdoor activity, we recommend children to be at least 6 years old to join our dog Sledding tour.
Minimum age 4years old:
Younger children down to 4 years old are welcome on our tours from April to September.
Children must be warmly dressed to enjoy the ride even though we provide warm suit.
We offer discount for kids up to 11years old
The most suitable tour with kid is the DOG 1 without transfer.
You can join any tour as long as someone else has already booked 2seats.
If you can’t find any open tour let us know the tour you would like the most (with or without transfer) and the dates you are available for it.
We will contact you has soon as we have a reservation for the tour
First of all Dog Sledding is a sport
Not just for the dogs but also for the musher and any other person involved. It´s an outdoor activity which means it is very much dependant on the weather and conditions outside, and we work with live animals. Part of what makes this sport so amazing is that every single run is different. The snow conditions are different, the weather is different, it´s a different day for the dogs, you might take out a team in a different setup than usual. There is no ‘’normal’’.
Any musher worth his while, will help his dogs if the conditions dictate this. This means that in warm temperatures, through deep snow, breaking trails, going up hills and other difficult terrain we are helping out the dogs as much as we can. As a passenger booking the tour you are also expected to participate in this when necessary. This is part of dogsledding.
Level: Easy (Dry-land) to Moderated (on snow)
Not suitable during pregnancy
Min age: 4years old
Participant should be physically fit (BMI below 30)
Max weight 95kg pp
We take usually 12 participants per tour
The group of 12 is either divided on 3 sleds (or 3 trolleys on the Dry-land ) so we usually take 4persons per sled/ trolley
If you are a group of 5 of small size we can (sometimes depending on the conditions) take you all together on the same sled/ trolley
If you are a group of 3 we will most likely take you all together on the same sled/ trolley, however it can happen that we need to split up your group
If you are a couple, you can expect to share your sled/trolley with another couple (we also offer private tours upon request – request should be made in advance to guarantee availability)
If you are a single person you will ride with other people
We can accommodate larger groups depending on the participants sizes, we however recommend to contact us far in advance to guarantee availability
If you are a larger group than 4- 5 you will be split up over 2 or more sleds/ trolleys
The good point of splitting up your group over two sleds/trolleys is that you can take pictures of each others