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Dog Sleds in the Arctic

Posted By Guru4Travel on Mar 07, 2011 at 5:04AM

March 5 marks the start of the 2011 Iditarod where over 1000 racing dogs travel across the Arctic in the longest and most famous Dog Sledding event. With a top speed of around 17mph, the fastest competitor traveled the 1,161 miles with a fastest recorded finish of 8 days and 23 hours.

During my recent Arctic trip I experienced Dog Sledding at the ICEHOTEL in Kiruna - Northern Sweden as one of the optional activities organised by the property. They offer a 2 hour dog sled experience, where you share a sled with up to 3 others, plus a musher, carried along by 10 dogs. A video is posted to the ICEHOTEL entry here.
The ICEHOTEL also arrange a longer half day Musher experience, where for an additional fee you get the chance to lead and control the sled yourself, learning the basics of Dog Sledding. It is a fantastic experience, and one you'll likely want to repeat again. The thrill of being pulled by dogs, eager to run, through stunning now landscapes is fantastic! Check out the video!

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