Do You Want to Go Dogsledding?

What to know, when to go and what to pack on a dogsledding trip

by Peggy Orenstein
A sledder's-eye view of the endless tracts of snow and ice
Photograph: Michael Todd

These trips are popular throughout Scandinavia as well as in Canada, Alaska, Minnesota and Maine. You can find an excellent selection at To book the trip I went on in my "Call of the Wild" story from the September 2013 issue of More, contact Pallas Husky at

Cost: A one-week trip—including two nights at the inn, five days and four nights with the dogs, full board and airport transfer from Kittila—is about $2,000.

Best time: January through March. January is colder and darker, but sledding through the salmon-colored sunset is glorious.

What to take: Tour operators typically supply polar boots for the sled, an anorak, overalls, driving gloves and a fur hat. My own gear list included light and midweight long underwear (tops and bottoms),a fleece layer, a winter jacket, warm gloves, a balaclava, a scarf, a hat, goggles, lots of wool socks in different weights and the warmest boots I could find. Chemical hand and toe warmers helped, too. Avoid cotton! It doesn’t wick moisture when you sweat, so it makes you colder. Go for silk, wool or a synthetic like polypropylene.

Leave behind: Your phone, your computer, your iPod or any device that needs charging. Extreme cold is hard on batteries. Besides, why would you need them? tip:Stash your camera in an inside pocket next to your body; I didn’t, and the lens froze shut.

Related: Call of the Wild

Related: Peggy Ornstein's Trip in photos

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First published in the September 2013 issue

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