Dog sledding adventures in Swedish Lapland

In Swedish Lapland, dog sledding has been a mode of transportation and hunting for centuries.

For those seeking adventure, dogsledding provides an exhilarating experience. Controlling a team of eager huskies as they race through the snowy landscape offers a thrilling and immersive way to enjoy the Arctic environment.

Engaging in outdoor activities like dogsledding can have numerous health benefits. The fresh Arctic air, physical exercise, and the sheer joy of being surrounded by nature can significantly boost your physical and mental well-being.

Going dogsledding in Swedish Lapland offers a unique and unforgettable experience for several reasons.


Here, we give you 6 reasons:

1. Stunning Arctic Scenery

Swedish Lapland is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty, including vast snow-covered landscapes, dense forests, and pristine frozen lakes.

Dogsledding allows you to traverse these remote areas, providing a close-up view of the untouched wilderness.


2. The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)

Many tourists travel to Swedish Lapland to be witness to the Northern Lights. Dogsledding tours often take place in the evening, offering an incredible opportunity to see the Northern Lights dance across the night sky, far away from city lights and pollution.

3. Cultural experience 

Dogsledding is deeply rooted in the history and culture of the indigenous Sami people. If you participate in a dog sledging tour, it often includes learning about the Sami way of life, their traditions, and their close relationship with nature and the dogs they use.

In Storuman, you can visit Team Petter Karlsson Sleddogs, which is owned by long-distance world champion Petter Karlsson.

In addition to professional racing, they organise multi-day sledgedog tours through the Vindelfjällen nature reserve.



4. Connection with animals

Dogsledding allows you to bond with the huskies known for their friendly and energetic nature. Many tours include time for visitors to interact with and learn about the dogs, making the experience exciting and heartwarming.


5. Environmental sustainability 

Dogsledding is an eco-friendly way to explore the Arctic wilderness. It relies on the dogs' natural strength, making it a sustainable activity.

6. Unique accommodations

Many dogsledding tours in Swedish Lapland offer unique accommodations, such as staying in traditional Sami tents (lavvu), cozy cabins, or even ice hotels.


Recommended locations

Kiruna:  Known for its stunning winter landscapes and the famous Ice Hotel.

Abisko Sky Station:  Offers some of the best conditions for viewing the Northern Lights.

Jokkmokk: A great place to experience Sami culture and traditions.





When to go

The dog sledging season runs between November and April. It is a moderate challenge suitable for adults and older children (minimum age 15) with a good fitness level and a love of the outdoors.


The perfect way to go

During the Northern Light season, dog sledging is an obvious choice to explore and be amazed by the spectacular Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. You will be travelling far away from light pollution and habitation.

This will give you the feeling that the lights are shining just for you! See the link information about the Northern Light.

If you want to experience a real arctic way of life, it is the perfect combination to sleep in an ice hotel and try a dog sledding tour.