Quiet, Cold, Love: Dog Sledding in the Arctic Circle

December 9, 2017
dog sledding in tromso

When @FareWhispers and I grabbed cheap airfare to Norway, I automatically knew that dog sledding in Tromsø had to be on the itinerary.  Just a no-brainer.  So as we planned everything, I was looking for a company that got great reviews (particularly around treatment of the dogs and how happy they seemed) and offered something special.

So after a lot of back and forth, we went with Lyngsfjord Adventure, and booked not only dog sledding, but an overnight stay in a traditional Sami tent as well.  So we had about 20 hours out at Camp Tamok outside of Tromsø to experience the thrill of dog sledding and fall in love with these adorable pups.

I mean, look at that face!

Beautiful sled dogs

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Because we were doing an overnight stay, we met the tour bus at Ishavshotel at a bit before 5:00pm, and it’s a 75-minute drive to Camp Tamok.  That night we (unsuccessfully) chased the Northern Lights, had a delicious lamb stew meal, and slept in a traditional lavvo—a Sami tent.

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Lyngsfjord provided very nice snowsuits, heavy boots, hats, and mittens for the duration of our stay, so after breakfast we bundled up and headed out to the dog houses.

Dog sledding at Camp Tamok in Norway's Arctic Circle outside Tromso

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Our guide got us paired off and assigned to different sleds, then we met our dogs and got them harnessed properly. This guy’s derpy face is just the best.

dog sledding in tromso

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And then we were off into the quiet, cold morning. I drove first, getting a feel for the dogs and staring at how the tiny bit of “sunrise” (at 11am) was painting the tips of the mountains hot pink.

Dog sledding at Camp Tamok in Tromso, Norway

dog sledding in tromso

dog sledding in tromso

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I had to ride the brake more than I wanted, but was following the guide and he kept having to slow down because folks in the back weren’t keeping up. The dogs definitely wanted to go faster (as did I!), they were having a blast. We whizzed along pretty well though.

At the halfway point we stopped and rested, and swapped roles, so I was riding and @FareWhispers was driving. The dogs were having a ball rolling around in the snow and chasing each other…they kept getting their lines tangled and then we had to grab them and undo the mess.

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This guy wanted some love…and it escalated pretty quickly!

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The ride back to camp was just as beautiful. I mean seriously, like freaking Narnia. For the most part you couldn’t hear anything but the crunch of snow, frosty breathing, and occasional barking.  It was such a still morning…absolutely peaceful.

dog sledding in tromso

dog sledding in tromso

dog sledding in tromso

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It seemed over too soon, though we were gone somewhere between 1.5 and 2 hours.  We grabbed some lunch (delicious fish soup!) and as we came out of the lavvo to grab the bus back to Tromso, the “sunset” (at 2pm) was breathtaking—perfect farewell from Camp Tamok!

Gorgeous Polar Night "sunrise" at Camp Tamok

sunrise at 1pm during Polar Night

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While the whole trip was definitely a splurge, we had an amazing time and would recommend it!  Since this trip I’ve also been dog sledding in Finnish Lapland (in the Arctic Circle as well), so you can compare the experiences.

How to plan your dog sledding in Tromsø

  • There are a couple of companies that offer dog sledding in Tromsø, but we booked with Lyngsfjord Adventures and were super happy with the overall experience at Camp Tamok.  Villmarkssenter and Active Tromso are two others that offer it.
  • The sledding is available roughly mid-October til the end of March.
  • The route is about 10-12 km, and you’ll ride for half and drive for half.  It takes around 1.5-2 hours.
  • If you just did the dog sledding, it would be about $220 per person.
    • We did an overnight package that included an evening activity (we did Northern Lights tour), overnight stay, dog sledding, and three meals (dinner, breakfast, & lunch), and it was around $465 per person.

What questions do you have about dog sledding in Tromso?  Have you mushed before?  I’d love to hear all about your experience!

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Comments (7)

  • Rachel

    February 13, 2024 at 11:08 am

    We are in the middle of booking an overnight stay at Camp Tamok (very excited!). Our first thoughts were northern lights on the evening and snow mobile the following day. However, I notice your comment was if you were to return you would opt for an activity rather than the northern lights trip. Can I ask – do you know if the company go in search of the northern lights or are we just as likely to see if we opted for the dog sleigh in evening instead? Thank you

    1. Jessica

      February 17, 2024 at 11:25 am

      Hi Rahcel! We sought out the Northern Lights for a bit, but then returned to the camp for dinner quite early (like 8 or 9pm?). So it wasn’t like a real Northern Lights chase where you’re out until the wee hours of the morning when the lights are especially active. If you really want a good (though definitely not guaranteed) chance of seeing them, I’d book with a company that focuses on that and read the reviews around how they operate, how “in the know” they seemed in real time about where activity was, the lengths they were willing to go to see them, etc. I can’t say for sure on whether you’d be just as likely with a dog sled, but my guess is yes? See if any of the recent reviews on TripAdvisor could give a good idea as well. I hope you have a great time!

  • Charlotte

    July 29, 2019 at 4:57 am

    I am off to Tromso in Jan 2020 and really want to do husky sledding but am concerned about missing the amazing scenery because of the Polar Night. Your pictures look amazing and show that there is some light but did you think the experience was in any way lessened by the lack of light or the opposite and it made the experience better?

    1. Jessica

      July 29, 2019 at 12:44 pm

      Hi Charlotte! Absolutely not, I think doing it during Polar Night was amazing! We did the morning dog sledding, so I think it was around 10 or 11am. The sky was a beautiful pearly pink, like you can see from my pictures. The only thing that I suppose could be a complication is if it were super overcast and gloomy…maybe that could make it feel darker? But we could see just fine and I loved the dawn feeling of our photos!

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  • Different Frame of Mind

    December 16, 2017 at 11:14 am

    This looks so amazing! I’ve always wanted to do this, I’m definitely going to have to check this out if I ever go to Norway. Your pictures are amazing!

  • Kim

    December 16, 2017 at 10:06 am

    That looks simply amazing. This is definitely a bucket list dream of mine. Thanks for the inspiring read!

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