Things to know

In this section you will find useful information that you need to know when booking a tour with Dogsledding Iceland.

Things to know contains FAQ Frequent Asked Questions, What is dog mushing, and our Terms and Conditions. Scroll below to find out more, or click on the red buttons below to go to the section.

FAQ

General

Hólmasel, 801 Selfoss

South Coast of Iceland

Approx. one hour away from Reykjavík.

MAP

Please refer to Getting there section where you can see directions for self-drivers and information about transfer service.
Please check our section Getting there for more information.
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 above. 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.

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

It is very important to dress appropriately for the changing weather.

Watch this video to have a visual idea of what we are talking about Pack Warm Stay Happy made by Inspired by Iceland. In this webpage you can find out useful information for your trip to Iceland.

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.

Summer (June-August)

  • 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.

Winter (September-May)

  • 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

Extras

Swimwear, sunglasses and sunscreen; sleep mask during summer.

“There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing”

Southern Iceland can experience snow from December-April.

Please be aware that we offer an experience with sled dogs. We CAN NOT guarantee that it will  be on SNOW – even in the winter.

Only Make a reservation if you are keen with DRY-LAND experience (click on the link to see the video)

 

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 is Here you can see the links to download the apps for Android and Apple IceMetOffice apps

 

Go  HERE  for information on sunset and sunrise times in Reykjavik

You can expect to have day light about one hour before the Sunrise and one hour after the sunset on a clear day.

 

We want everyone to stay safe while driving in Iceland. Most car accidents are caused by negligence because people are unaware of how to drive in Iceland.

Below are  useful tips and links to external pages that will help you have a safe trip around Iceland and enjoy your visit.

Check out the video Driving with Elfis for tips on how to stay safe on the road.

SafeTravel is a page where you should leave your itinerary so someone knows your whereabouts, and they are able to reach you in case of an emergency. Information needed for ICE-SAR to start search or rescue in case something happens on your trip.

You can download their app in Android or Apple

Icetra gives you a short summary on how to drive in Iceland. You can download a brochure in English here.

Veggagerðin (Road commission) You can check the current road conditions. They have an android app for you to download.

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.

Tours

You can join any tour as long as someone else has already booked two seats.

If you can’t find any open tours let us know the tour you would like the most (with or without transfer) and the dates you are available for it.

We will contact you has soon as we have a reservation for the tour

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.

We do have some flexibly when the tours are operated on Dry-land

First of all dog mushing is a sport

Not just for the dogs but also for the musher and any other person involved.  

Any musher worth his while, will help his dogs. This means that in warm temperatures, through deep snow, breaking trails, going up hills and other difficult terrain we are helping out the dogs as much as we can. As a passenger booking the tour you are also expected to participate in this when necessary. This is part of dog mushing.

FITNESS:

Dogsledding accommodates persons of virtually any fitness level (BMI below 30) calculate here you BMI. However, if you are seriously out-of-shape (for example, if you find walking a mile to be exhausting), then our trips may be too challenging.

If you have basic fitness (that is, if you could walk 2-3 miles without much difficulty), then you’d enjoy our short trips.

If you’re moderately fit or better (and could handle, for example, a 5-mile walk), then you’d enjoy all our trips.

We’re happy to accommodate various health conditions and disabilities upon request.

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!

We use teams of 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.
We have Siberian huskies, Greenlandic Huskies and Alaskan huskies. Please read more in About us section. 
At holmasel the track is 5 to 10km depending on the weather/ temperature and conditions.

Bookings

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 at the bottom of the tour page.

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 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.

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.

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: Amazing 1h tour / DOG 1
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 without transfer from April to September (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.

Children under age 15 must be accompanied by a parent or tutor.
Yes, because each ride is guided, we are able to accommodate most injuries/impairments. We will recommend that you take into consideration the temperatures- if a limb is immobile, there is greater risk of frostbite.
Dog mushing is NOT suitable during pregnancy
We take usually 12 participants per tour

The group of 12 is either divided on 3 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

 

YES. You are welcome to bring your camera on the ride and in the kennel.

We recommend small cameras, which are easier to carry during the tour.

A break half-way through the ride is organised to take the pose with your team.

They run once or twice a day, we never push them more than their limits.
We do not allow any visits while we are operating; our dogs interact with people during the tour and really enjoy this attention.

We recommend that you to keep an eye on the website for cancellation. Short notice cancellation do happen.

We also post last-minute cancellations on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dogsledtours.iceland/

Follow us to receive notifications.

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.

Email us to ask for a discount.

Mushing

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 (km) 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.

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    First position Considered the most important member of the pack Execute a mushers commands Set the team’s pace Ensure everyone is going in the right direction Independent, can think by itself.
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    Swing dogs
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    Second position Help lead dogs to turn the pack
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    Third position Provide momentum and speed, and the muscle. They keep on pulling until it is time to stop
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    Fourth position (next to the sled). Bring up the rear. Usually the largest dogs on the team.
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.

 

Policies

When you book a tour through DogSledding Iceland- we kindly ask you to read our terms and conditions carefully.

 The purchase of any travel services offered by DogSledding Iceland – constitutes a contractual agreement. We therefore recommend that you read and understand these Policies prior to booking.

Once payment is confirmed, you will receive an email with an attachment containing the voucher with a booking number and a list of services purchased. Please check the details of your confirmation carefully to ensure they are exactly as you requested.

Please note that it is the responsibility of the client to communicate their pickup location to DogSledding Iceland at least 48 hours before the beginning of a tour, for those tours with transfer. If the pickup location is not specified at the time of booking, DogSledding Iceland cannot be held responsible if you miss your tour due to not submitting the correct pickup location in a timely manner.

CANCELLATION POLICY

All cancellations must be made by e-mail.  In conformity with business practices within the Icelandic travel industry. DOG SLEDDING ICELAND is obliged to charge cancellation fees to the client as follows:

  • Cancellations made 30 days or more prior to your day of arrival: No return on 10% deposit
  • Less than 30 days prior to your day of arrival: Cancellation fee is 25% of the total amount.
  • 2 weeks prior to your day of arrival: Cancellation fee is 50% of the total amount.
  • 1 week prior to your day of arrival: Cancellation fee is 75% of the total amount
  • 2 days or less: No refund.

If a medical emergency is claimed and evident, a medical certificate for sudden illness is provided and confirmed with the issuing physician, then a 25% service charge of the total amount will be assessed.

Any trip cancelled or interrupted by the client or because of the actions of the client will result in no refund.

No Show

When a passenger is not present at the submitted pickup place at the beginning of the pickup time, the driver-guide is obliged to continue the pickup of other passengers and is allowed to start the tour without the missing passenger (in order to not delay the tour for the rest of the passengers). This is considered a “No Show” and no refund will  be provided.

It is also a “No Show” if you are not at our location 15-20 minutes before the tour starts.

Dogsledding Iceland reserves all rights to delay, alter or cancel tours due to weather or any unsafe conditions for safety reasons. Or to remove individuals where participant(s) do(es) not follow the guides directions including but not restricted to entering underground openings, traversing unsafe terrain, driving rules, time constraint issues or failure to follow your guides instruction prior or during the tour.

We reserve the right to cancel any trip prior to departure if the minimum of participant is not reach

If DogSledding Iceland cancels your trip due to weather, equipment failure…you will receive a 100% refund.

DogSledding Iceland has the right not to operate a tour when the minimum number of passengers for DOG1+Transfer has not been reached. 100% refund will be given.

Self drivers

We always recommend a 4×4 vehicle to drive to our tour location. We are not responsible for any wrong instructions given by a third party including GPS or Sat Nav.

DOG SLEDDING ICELAND does not assume any responsibility for road/ weather conditions, or driving behaviour, including any events that occur during the drive to our location.

INSURANCE

DogSledding Iceland strongly recommends to all its clients to purchase travel insurance from a reputable provider in their country of origin, prior to their journey to Iceland. It is important for all travellers to protect themselves in case of unforseen problems or additional costs.

LIABILITY

Iceland is a country where weather conditions can change rapidly. DogSledding Iceland reserves the right to alter tours due to adverse weather or road conditions. All tours can be changed or cancelled at any moment during the trip to assure the safety of the clients and staff. All participants on tours are advised that they participate in all activities at their own risk.

DogSledding Iceland acts as a tour operator and does not assume responsibility for accidents or deaths that can be traced to the participant´s negligence, acts of third parties or exterior circumstances beyond DogSledding Iceland control (force major) such as weather, natural occurrences, war or other similar causes. No responsibility is accepted for losses, expenses due to delays, changes of flights, or other services or because of strikes, accidents, sickness, damage, negligence, weather, war, changes in schedules, or other similar causes beyond our control.

The estimated duration of tours as indicated on our website, are standard times and can vary.

In all arrangements involving third parties DOG SLEDDING ICELAND acts only as the agent of the Client and no liability of any kind whatsoever shall be attached to DOG SLEDDING ICELAND in connection with or arising from such arrangement with a third party.

With the purchase of a tour through our website, you accept these conditions and confirm that you understand them and that you accept responsibility for your participation in your tour.

ONLINE BOOKINGS

Services booked directly at the DogSledding Iceland website require a valid credit card that is charged upon booking.

PRICES

All prices quoted on the DogSledding Iceland website, are in Icelandic kronas (ISK) and calculated per person, unless otherwise specified. Our currency converter is for guidance purposes only. Prices are subject to change without notice in the event of currency fluctuations, government taxes, or any such cost increase, which is beyond DogSledding Iceland’s control.

After the payment has been confirmed, the price is guaranteed against any surcharge, unless an increase is due to government laws or currency changes. Should the surcharge exceed 10%, clients will be entitled to cancel their booking with a full refund.

PRIVACY POLICY

All personal information will be strictly confidential and will not be given or sold to a third party.

PERSONAL IMAGE RIGHTS

You authorize expressly and without any compensation, DOG SLEDDING ICELAND, to use any of the photographs taken of you or your children during your trip, for publicity purposes of the DOG SLEDDING ICELAND.

PICK-UPS/DROP-OFFS

When a transfer service is booked we provide pick-up service from most of registered hotels, hostels and guesthouses.

If you need help to find the closest hotel to your private accommodation, do not hesitate on contacting us. Please e ready outside the hotel or in the lobby.

Pick-up times take 30 minutes up to 45 minutes. However, due to traffic conditions or having to locate clientes, pick ups may take longer.

Drop-offs are provided at the same places as pick-ups unless otherwise arranged with the driver/guides.

SPECIAL NEEDS

When a passenger has any special needs or requests, please notify DogSledding Iceland as soon as possible. We try to fulfill our customers’ wishes at all times.

REQUIREMENTS

Not suitable during pregnancy

Min age: 6 years old – (4yo from May to September)

Minors (under 18 years old) must be accompanied by a parent or tutor on the sled ride

Participant should be physically fit – Max weight 95kg pp and BMI below 30

Dog sledding Iceland has the right to refuse anyone that do not fulfill this requirements:

  • With a 90% refund, if the reservation is cancelled right away.
  • Without any refund, if the cancellation has to be made on our behalf at the location, because of wrong information given.

Anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohols will not be allow to come on the tour or near the dogs no refund will occur.

COMMENTS OR COMPLAINTS

DogSledding Iceland welcomes all clients to comment and provide feedback on the tours. The recommended way is to send us an email to info@dogsledding.is. If you are not satisfied with the services for any reason please contact us as soon as possible.

TAXES

Prices given by DogSledding Iceland already include taxes.

GOVERNING LAW/ JURISDICTION

These Terms and Conditions are in accordance with Icelandic law.

Thank you for reading through Policies of DogSledding Iceland. We welcome you to participate on our tours.

For any emergency, please contact the number below. Otherwise, send us an email at info@dogsledding.is and we’ll make sure to get back to you as soon as we can.

We are only reachable for emergencies outside of those office hours. So if you drove in a river, got lost in the highlands or spotted a polar bear, please call us at +354 822-0012 we will be happy to help you !