Frequently Asked Questions
We are operating in different locations depending on where are the best conditions for our dear 4-legged crew in order to get the best performance of our dogs. The travel time from Reykjavík will vary from 30 minutes to 1 hour.
We will operate as close to Reykjavik as possible. Thus we recommend for you to book your accommodation in Reykjavík the night before the tour.
Customers who have booked a tour will get an instant message with a link to a webpage showing them the address and directions to our location.
If you have rented a car and booked a tour with us, you will get a link to a webpage so you can get directions on how to get to us.
If you have not rented a car, please read the next question.
Alternatively, if you feel fancy, we are happy to arrange a helicopter transfer service.
All of our tours are offered with and without transfer (optional for additional cost). You can add on a transfer service while making a reservation.
OPTION 1: RENT A CAR
Tour option Dogsledding Meet on Location
Our location is within one hour from Reykjavik city and includes asphalt and gravel road (no F roads).
Due to fast changing road conditions in the winter (from November through April), we recommend 4×4 vehicle (no responsibility will be taken if you are not able to make it to the meeting point without a 4×4 at this period)
From May to October our location is accessible by any kind of vehicle.
Here you can see the road conditions – it is good to check on them before you start driving.
Always make sure to leave early enough to have time to drive carefully to our location, estimate longer driving time if snow/ frost/ strong rain/ wind/ fog is affecting the roads.
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OPTION 2: BOOK A TOUR INCLUDING A TRANSFER
Tour option Dogsledding tour with transfer and Dogsledding with Golden Circle tour
Stress- free! Our professional driver guide drives you through the beautiful Icelandic roads and share their knowledges about their country.
Departures with transfer from Reykjavík must have a minimum of 4 adult participants. If your group is smaller than 4 adults, you are still able to book a tour with transfer. However if we have not reached a minimum of 4 adults who have booked two weeks prior to the tour, we must the cancel transfer service.
In this case, you would receive a 100% refund.
It is possible to request a pick up outside of Reykjavík. Contact us before booking for a private transfer quote.
If you plan to stay in Reykjavik but haven’t booked accommodation yet, it is ok to contact us later to confirm the pick-up location.
OPTION 3: BOOK A TAXI
Not recommended by us.Only use as a very last resort.
Prices may vary depending on the taxi service, but are roughly the same cost as a private transfer with us (for a minimum of 4 passengers). Please note: It is common that taxi drivers do not speak English.
- Request a fixed price for the drive
- Give the drive a map to our location
- Get the driver to wait for you on the location
- Leave with plenty of extra time so you do not miss your dog sledding departure
OPTION 4: THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO GET TO US
We operate year round Monday to Friday.
Weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) are our doggy's day off.
Prices shown are ONLY transfer prices.
REGULAR TRANSFER (per person when more than 4 adults have booked a seat). We gather 4 adults into a group.
If your group is smaller than 4 adults, it is possible to open the tour for you to book. However, if within 2 weeks prior to the date, we have not reach the minimum of 4 adults requested we would have to cancel the departure.
You would then receive a 100% refund.
Transfer for DOG 1 tour : 14.600 isk pp / Transfer for DOG 1 + Golden Circle tour: 24.600 isk pp
We require a minimum of 4 adults for this tour.
Transfer from/to Keflavik airport / Grindavik (Blue lagoon) to Reykjavik (one way): 18.000 isk pp (+ 3.600isk pp from the 6th passenger)
Pick up from Reykjavik to Holmasel: 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)
Private driver for the day: 108.000isk ( + 27.000 isk pp from 5th passenger)
Our pick up service is from and to Reykjavík.
According to a new decision made by the Reykjavík City Council, taken place on the 7th of April, we started operating a new drop-off and pick-up system. All stops are now forbidden in certain areas in downtown Reykjavík. Pick up and drop off can be only done in authorised bus stops and directly in certain addresses.
If your residence address falls under these regulations, then your hotel/residence name will be followed by “Bus stop no. xx” when booking on our system.
You can see a map with the locations by following this link www.busstop.is This webpage is a useful guide to help you find your way from your residence location to the designated bus stop.
If you need further assistance please email us.
We use different vehicles, some of them are not labeled. For which for your own convenience, the driver will come and say your name at the pick up location.
View our options below. We are currently operating a one hour dog tour.
DOG 1 without transfer
This tour is easy and accessible to everyone within the fitness requirements mentioned . This is our cheapest tour and you will need to rent a car to get to us (note some part of the year a 4×4 is mandatory).
Recommended if you are visiting with children.
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DOG 1 includes transfer from Reykjavik
This tour is the same as our Dog 1 option, but also includes pick up and drop off close to your accommodation. If you are not comfortable driving on gravel roads, or in snowy and icy conditions, we recommend this option.
DOG 1 includes transfer from Reykjavik and Golden circle
This tour is the same as our Dog 1 option, but includes a guided tour of the Golden Circle. On this tour you will combine activity and attraction all in one day, ideal if you are visiting Iceland for a short time want to see as much as possible. You will be picked up and dropped off by your hotel reception, and taken around the Golden Circle. This is a stress free tour.
Note: Due to the length of this tour, we do not recommend it for those visiting with young children
In this tour, there will be up to 8 customers in the same time slot (depending on the season). For further information please refer to "How many people are per tour?" question here below.
Ideal for up to 4 passengers. There will be more customers on location but you will get to have your own sled/cart, dog team and guide.
*Planning on proposing? This is a tour you want to book.
For up to 8 passengers. There will be no one else on location but your group with the guides and dogs.
Please contact us directly to give you further instructions on how to book a Semi-Private or Private tour.
*Planning on proposing? This is a tour you want to book.
It is very important to dress appropriately for the changing weather.
Layering so you can put on and take off clothes on demand. You can bring a small backpack to storage the extra clothing when exploring.
- Base layer: normal underwear and short or long-sleeve t-shirts are usually fine
- Warm sweater: wool or fleece
- Lightweight outdoor trousers/pants.
- Lightweight weatherproof jacket with hood - rain – and windproof shell.
- Sturdy hiking boots - water-resistant with ankle support, especially if you plan on hiking. If not, then lighter trekking shoes are enough.
- Hat, scarf and gloves/mittens.
For camping or travelling in the highlands: Bring woollen underwear (‘long johns’, matching t-shirt, socks) and a warmer jacket, hat, scarf and gloves/mittens.
- Base layer – woollen underwear i.e. ‘long johns’, thermal long-sleeve t-shirt, socks
- Warm sweater – wool or fleece
- Outdoor trousers/pants – thin waterproof pants over thermals or thicker waterproof outdoor pants on their own, both work
- Warm weather-proof jacket with hood – down is the warmest, if not down then take extra care to bring a warm sweater and base layer with you to wear underneath
- Sturdy hiking boots – as in summer.
- Warm hat, scarf and gloves/mittens
Swimwear, sunglasses and sunscreen; sleep mask during summer.
“There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing”
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
All year: For the ride we can provide you with thermal isolated suits or rain suits to wear over your clothing if it is needed. The isolated 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 can provide woolen gloves to keep you warm, we have spare hats and scarfs if needed.
Southern Iceland can experience snow from December-end of June.
August, September and October are Dry Land tours only.
Icelandic weather can change quickly, it is said that we get to have all seasons in one day.
Here is a video showing exactly that Driving with Elfis-Weather in Iceland.
Because of the fast changing weather, weather forecasts are sometimes inaccurate. Be prepared for everything.
The forecast is updated twice a day, at 9:00 and at 15:00
Icelandic Meteorological Office webpage in English is en.vedur.is
Here you can see the links to download the apps for Android and Apple IceMetOffice apps
Working dogs have roots as farm dogs and draft animals, literally pulling their weight for their owners. Working breeds are study, powerful, and focused dogs. They are highly intelligent and fearless, though their personalities range from very serious to easy going. They are large and require plenty of space to move and lots of opportunities to exercise.
If you want to make a working breed happy, give him a job. In order to raise a happy, even-tempered working dog, they must be given consistent training and a structured, schedule life.
Some working dogs come with short, smooth, no-fuss coats, but many breeds in this group are of Nordic or mountainous origin, and have thick fur that sheds heavily. They are not recommended for inexperienced dog owners.
There are different types of sled dogs for different purposes/ work.
The original sled dogs were chosen for size, strength and stamina, but modern dogs are bred for speed and endurance.
Our weight limit is set by the sled manufacturer (breaking point at 100kg)
We are working in Iceland on difficult uneven terrain, therefore our sled/cart take a lot of beatting, flexing in the curves and side slops.
We can’t guarantee safety on the ride if we go above this, therefore we have set our weight limit to 95kg/ 210lbs/ 15 stones per person to guarantee safety on tours and a maximum of 30 BMI. Calculate your BMI HERE
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 and hit the road. Dog-powered vehicles might not be the most efficient way to travel, but they are probably the cutest.
Check out our Dry-land video here , ultimate experience for dog lovers!
Off snow dog sledding
Time of the day?
We can give you advantages to taking any of our 4 time options.
The first one (9AM OR 10AM OR 11AM) tour is the first departure of the day, it’s Klara’s favorite, she says that the colors in the sky can be magnificent – this time match the sunrise in the winter months.
Second departure (10AM/10:45AM) tour is the second departure of the day, everything is still calm – recover from your late sleep after chasing the northern lights and join us.
Third departure (12 something) allows for a more leisurely morning, and it is usually the warmest.
The last one The 1:00 pm tour gives you time to take in a morning activity, while having a warm part of the day to dogsled. During the winter months, this departure will be during the Sunset and can have a colorful sky – enjoy the meeting of the Sun and the moon.
Check the sunset and Sunrise time here: www.timeanddate.com
Time of Season? This depends on you – we can have great temperatures and snow in any month of the season, which runs from December to April. We have had wonderful snow in December or April (or any month in-between), and we can be above freezing any month, even January.
We use teams of 8-10 dogs to pull the sled/cart. We adjust the number of dogs pulling the sled based on trail conditions and weight load in the sled/cart.
The track is 5 to 10km depending on the weather/ temperature and conditions.
We have departures including transfer and for self-drivers.
If there are only seats with transfer left available, then we will sell the rest of the seats to self-drivers (Meet on Location tour) if the car (tour) for the transfer doesn’t filled up about 2 weeks prior to the tour.
We advise to keep an eye on the website and on our Facebook page
Yes, there is a lunch break in the Golden Circle tour. You do not need to worry about brining your own food. The place (s) where we stop have a great selection of Icelandic local cuisine, or other fast food meals that you can select from. The guide will be able to point you out to the best selection.
Please note that meals are not included in the tour. They need to be purchased by the customer.
The musher guides the dogs. You as a participant will get the chance on ridding next to the musher, taking turns with the other participants that are on the same sled/kart.
Our tours can sell out months in advance. We recommend booking far in advance.
Once you have choose your trip, you will find an online booking system on the tour page (calendar).
Green means available, red means sold out and white means doggies day off.
If there is no availability for the trip you are looking for you can check on other tours but be sure to always choose a tour that is suitable for you.
If you do not find any availability that means we are sold out and the best thing to do is to check our website and Facebook page once in a while for cancellation.
We are the only professional Dog Sledding company located in Reykjavik area/ South Iceland, any other advertisement about dog Sledding are from our resellers.
If the tour is sold out, or only fewer places than needed are left; we can put you on our waiting list in case of a last-minute cancellation.
Please email us your contact details:
- Number of participants
- Possible dates
- The tour of your choice (Meet on Location, with transfer, with Golden Circle)
- Contact information while in Iceland (sometimes we have to reach out customers the day before a tour).
We will then reach you if there was someone cancelling a tour that fits your request.
We are also publishing on our Facebook page the last-minute cancellation; follow us to receive notifications. We recommend aswell to keep an eye on the website in case of last minute availability.
For Christmas Period you can subscribe to our notification list http://eepurl.com/dmoFY5
Minimum age 6years old:
Due to the fact that this is an outdoor activity and weather can not be controlled, we recommend children to be at least 6 years old to join our dog mushing tour.
The most suitable tour with young children is the short day tour: 1h tour / DOG 1 Meet on Location
The most suitable months are April and August through November (least cold temperatures).
Contact us prior booking to see if you are eligible for an exception.
Minimum age 4years old:
Children as young as 4 years old are welcome on our tours DOG 1 Meet on Location from August to end of October (warmest time of the year).
Despite the expected “warmer weather”, children must be properly dressed in warm outdoor clothing to enjoy the ride. Please contact us prior booking.
We offer discount for kids up to 11years old
We will happily accommodate seniors on any of our tours, providing they are
in good health, as you can do as much or as little as you want on our tours.
We take usually 8 participants per tour. The size can vary depending on seasons.
The group of 8 is either divided on 2 sleds/ carts with 4 participants on each.
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/ kart – if not we will split your group.
If you are a group of 3 we will most likely take you all together on the same sled/kart, however it can happen that we need to split up your group.
If you are a couple, you can expect to share your sled/kart with another couple (we also offer private sled/kart option for an additional cost, 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 participant's 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/kart
We are ok with you bringing a drone, it does not affect our performance.
However, you will need to get authorisation from the other participants that are on the tour with you.
We do not allow any visits while we are operating; our dogs interact with people during the tour and really enjoy this attention.
We have opened several dates when our doggies have days off so you can visit them. Book your visit to the kennel on our webpage.
Prices and payments
Full payment is required to make a reservation.
After making your reservation in our online booking system, you will be directed to a secured payment page VALITOR for the payment.
Payment can be made by Visa, Maestro and MasterCard.
The price is shown in Icelandic Krona, your bank will automatically make the conversion into your own currency when doing the transaction through your credit card. Additional bank fees might occur.
Please note that in Icelandic we use a point (.) to separate thousands.
Another term for dog sledding is “mushing”, as dog sledding is not always done on snow. It can be done on dry land with carting, sled dog racing, scootering, bikejoring, canicross, pulka, freighting, weight pulling, and other activities. It involves the participation of one dog or multiple dogs to pull a sled, cart, or other contraption either on snow or dry land.
There person who travels by dog sled is called musher. Their job is to select the dogs to make the dog teams. Each dog performs a different job while being tied together by a long ganglion running between them.
Dog sled teams can travel at speeds up to (32km/h) 20 mph on snow. There are two common breeds of sled dogs, Siberian and Alaskan Huskies. Generations of breeding have produced animals that love to run, not only the ones mentioned before. The main characteristics that make a sled dog is their need to go and being able to work in teams.
Dog sledding has also become a recreational sport, we are proud to say that Dog Sledding Iceland is an award winning competitor in Iceland.
No matter the breed, though, most sled dogs seem happiest when out on the trail.
These dogs are often misunderstood. The problem is that many inexperienced dog owners have an unrealistic view of their dog’s exercise requirements. They are a special type of dog, this kind of dog needs a job to do and the typical daily walk is not going to cut it.
When a dog is not getting his or her exercise needs met can take out their energy in destructive behavioral issues.
That is why mushing is a great opportunity for these dogs to get their exercise by powering transportation.
Urban mushing is also called Dry Land mushing and it was put into practice to keep winter sled dogs in top shape during the off season. It is similar to traditional dog sledding but it is done on dry land, not on snow. Instead of pulling a sled, urban mushing involves a dog or dogs pulling a cart, scooter, bike or other apparatus.
Dry land mushing benefits both the dog and the owner by allowing him to burn off excess energy while strengthening the bond between you two.
In any type of mushing, basic training is needed to be able to navigate. The handler and dog pair must be able to work together as a team. The dog needs to know the commands for slowing down, going faster, stopping, and turning. There’s a universal set of mushing commands that can be used or handlers can make up their own verbal commands (i.e. go, stop, left, right, etc.). The basics are “Gee” (right), “Haw” (left), “Easy” (slow), and “Whoa” (stop). While those are the basics, there are other commands to get your dog to ignore distractions and stay on trail.
Do you feel like practicing mushing at home?
There are many urban mushing products out there in the market that can help you get started, good for novice dog owner or busy families.