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Dog sledding
The Silent way is an ecotourism tour operator in the north of Sweden. They offer dog sledding adventures in Europe’s biggest nature reserve - Vindelfjällens nature reserve and Padjelanta/Sarek National parks.
Photo credit: Staffan Widstrand/imagebank.sweden.se

Dog sledding in Sweden

Winter adventures do not get much more real, or exotic than mushing your own team of Alaskan Huskies in the Swedish mountains, or in Swedish Lapland in the Arctic Circle.

A good introduction to dog sledding in Sweden are the ski resorts in the Swedish Mountains, many of which (aside from having great skiing) offer short dog sledding trips led by an instructor. It’s a great way of getting used to the sport before booking a multi-day trip with a dog sledding operator or activity centre. 

Nature doesn’t get much closer than dog sledding through the white wilderness of the Swedish Mountains; through snow-clad forests and across frozen flatlands, lakes and mountains. It will give you an appreciation of the beauty of this part of Sweden and for the Huskies pulling you. They are bred for the task and you can expect them to cover between 15 km and 40 km a day, if you are lucky you might spot reindeer, wolverine and arctic hares on your trip and if you are extraordinary lucky, the very rare Arctic Fox. If you are here in April, there is a chance you will catch the world’s biggest light show – the Northern Lights.

For multi-day trips you will be accompanied by an expert guide and usually stay in log cabins or tents along the way. Usually, all accommodation, meals and a sleeping bag are included in the price.  The guide will introduce you to your team of dogs, instruct you on how to dog sled and handle the dogs, then guide you to the best views and nature spotting opportunities. The groups are usually small, ranging from 5 to 8 people.

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Team of huskies

Huskies working as a dog sled team in northern Sweden eagerly await the trail ahead. Going dog sledding or driving your own team of huskies through the pristine landscape is a wonderful way of experiencing Sápmi (Lapland); a dream-like sensation of being close to animals, the cold and nature.

Photo: Asaf Kliger/imagebank.sweden.se

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Team of huskies

Photo: Asaf Kliger/imagebank.sweden.se

Dog sledding in Skellefteå

Photo: Ted Logart/visitskelleftea.se

Sleddogs in the woods

Photo: Anna Öhlund/imagebank.sweden.se