What is the difference between dog sledding ride and the self drive dog sledding tour?

Husky Sled Ride – the sled is driven by one of our professional dog mushers. There are two people in each sled. You will sit inside the sled with another person. If you have small children in your family/group, they will also sit in the same sled. Children must be accompanied by a parent! This activity is perfect for enjoying the scenery, taking pictures and watching the dogs enjoy a day at work. If you are travelling alone, be aware that you may sit in the sled with another guest, which is a great opportunity to make a new friend.

The tour runs in both the Day and Evening.

Self-Drive Dogsledding – a professional dog musher will give you a quick lesson on how to drive your own team of dogs. After this, you will control your own team who will happily follow one of our guides making the trail up front. There will be two persons per sled, in the middle of the track you will switch control of the sled. This tour is physical and involves coordination to control the sled, however no previous experience is needed.

The tour only runs in the day.

Both activities include approx. 45-60 minutes of dog sledding.

How to book a dog sledding trip if one of our group/family members wants to drive and others want to ride?

If you book both ride and drive within your family/group – you will be split in two groups for the activity, however you will meet after the tour to enjoy the meal together. We suggest you all book dogsled ride if you all want to be within the same group during the whole experience.

If you are two, however only one wants to drive the sled, you can still book the dog sledding drive. Then one of you will drive the sled, and the other will sit inside the sled the whole trip.

What should I bring with me on the regular dog sledding tour?

We provide overalls (from children to XXXL size) and boots (from children to 45 EU), however you should bring your own gloves, hat, warm socks, goggles, and do not forget the camera.

Where is the pick up location? Can I come on my own transport?

We will pick you up outside of Radisson Blu hotel in Tromsø. The address for the pick up is: Sjøgata 7, 9259, Tromsø. Please be at the pick up at least 15 minutes before departure.

If you are travelling in your own car, our address is: Straumsvegen 601, Kvaløysletta. Please park the car in the guest parking right side on the road up to Villmarkssenter. Please make sure that Tromsø Villmarkssenter knows that you are coming on your own transport.

Please be aware that transport costs are still included in the price if you choose to use your own transport.

Can I bring small children for the dog sledding trip?

The Self-Drive Husky sled and Expedition tours have an age limit of 16 years. Our other tours do not have any age restrictions and we welcome children and families. If you are traveling with a newborn infant, please be aware that dogsledding carries an inherent small risk. Even with professional guides accidents can happen but are very rare. We will provide a warm sleeping bag and reindeer skins in the sled, however, we do not provide overalls and boots for small children.

If you are traveling with the family/group that wants to go dog sledding, however, you would prefer to stay with your child at the center, please contact us and we will book you for the visit activity.

On tours that are not with Tromsø Villmarkssenter, separate age limitations may apply.

Can I go dog sledding during my pregnancy?

In general there is no risk to go on the dog sled ride being pregnant. On certain time of the year the trail can be bumpy – please make sure you inform your musher that you are pregnant. Be aware that you do it on your own risk. If you prefer to stay at the center, please contact us, and we will book you for the visit activity.

I lost my camera/phone/hat/gloves at Villmarkssenter, how can I find it?

All lost & found stuff is being sent to our town sales desk in Tromsø at: Kaigata 2, Tromsø. Please contact us and we’ll do our best to pair them back with you.

What happens if there is no snow?

Tromsø Villmarkssenter AS and our partners reserve the right to cancel the activity at any point for safety reasons. We however will offer to you an alternative activity/rescheduling or a full refund.

When is the polar nights and polar days?

The midnight sun is from 21.05 to 21.07 in Tromsø.
Polar nights from 21.11 to 21.01 in Tromsø.

What if I participated in the Northern light tours but I did not see them?

Tromsø is a very special place in the world that has a very high northern lights activity, therefore the chances seeing the northern lights from our camp which is located in the wilderness, is very high. However the mother nature plays a big part in your evening, and is possible, that you don’t see the northern lights appear. But, don’t worry, the great thing about booking the northern light tours with us, is that our guides will make sure you have a great experience visiting our 300 Alaskan huskies and enjoying the evening by the campfire.

What if I want to cancel the booking?

We require 48 hours notice before the excursion departure time in order to cancel and receive a full refund. Any cancellation within 48 hours of departure time or failure to attend is non refundable.

Bookings for groups of 11 or more members have special cancellation terms that require the confirmation of a minimum billable group size 30 days prior to tour date and final numbers 1 week in advance. We are happy to send out the complete cancellation terms and booking procedures for big groups upon request.

5-day expeditions must be cancelled no later than 1 month prior to departure day.

If you have to cancel due to sickness or injury, our cancellation policy does not cover this but should be covered by your travel insurance. Tromsø Villmarkssenter will provide any documentation necessary for your insurance claim.

Is there a minimum group size for the tours to start?

Nearly all our tours require a minimum of 2 guests booked per departure to run. Only our 5-day expedition requires a minimum of 4 guests booked.
If you are traveling alone and we do not receive other bookings, we will either offer you a rescheduling, an alternative activity or a full refund. If you are unsure when to join, you can always ask us if there are any other bookings for the departure you consider!