Dog Sledding in Iceland, Naturally

Hands down, my favorite memory of Iceland is dog sledding. At home, I have A Siberian husky. Years ago, I saw a flyer in Riverside Park, NYC looking to find him a “forever home” and the rest has been history.

It’s been a long time since i saw that poster and we’ve been through a lot together. As he nears 17, i remain sad that he’s never pulled a sled in his dog life. People talk about animal instincts and comment ‘of course he would know what to do’ but i really doubt it. If you hooked him up and yelled “mush,” the end result would be nothing. That doesn’t mean i don’t harbor a deep-rooted desire to give it a go. With or without my own dog.

When i realized dog sledding was one of the many adventure activities in Iceland, i just couldn’t pass up the opportunity. If you’ve never wanted to go sledding, the joy of the experience will be lost on you. Sorry. For me, i loved it.

The dogs were enormous. Easily double the size of my own husky. They remain outside, in the wild at all times so when they see visitors they welcome you with lots of enthusiastic barks. (Yes, i have mixed feelings about this.)

Two of the dogs in my sledding team. It's tough to tell in this photo, but they are HUGE
Two of the dogs in my sledding team. It’s tough to tell in this photo, but they are HUGE

The art of slowing down and just “being” while sledding was incredible. I’m a go-go-go kind of person who doesn’t slow down much. After dog sledding, i started to really understand the concept of being and what that means to people.

The scenery deep in Iceland was beautiful. Since you only travel at about 25 mph, it’s easy to take all this in. To this day, i have never seen anything like it. Ice, snow, lush green mountains in the background as our team just pulled us along.

Sledding views. I love the contrast of snow, ice and green mountains in the background. To me, it's beautiful.
Sledding views. I love the contrast of snow, ice and green mountains in the background. To me, it’s beautiful.

My dog sledding team was a mixture of mature dogs and two younger dogs being trained to lead sleds. My favorite memory came after a quick break. The dogs had done a really great getting us out for our ride. But puppies will be puppies! When it was time to start again, they just wanted to play. It was so cute, we could not control our laughter despite the trainer begging us to. You can hear his frustration with puppies in my amateur video on YouTube.

I’m off on work travel for the rest of the week but plan to share at least one more Iceland post when i return. Until then, safe travels wherever you may go.

Author: Judi Kennedy

Wanderlust. A professional aunt, fitness enthusiast, dog owner and avid reader the rest of the time.

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