Dogsleds are something most people associate with Greenland - and that is hardly surprising. For several thousand years, dogsleds have played a crucial role in hunting communities in Greenland - and continue to play an important part today in East Greenland. However, dogsleds are not used exclusively for hunting and fishing, today it is a popular activity among tourists, simply because it is one of the best ways to experience the magnificent landscape and nature of East Greenland. Dog sledding gives you an unforgettable experience, thanks to the breathtaking scenery and wildlife, not to mention the sled dogs and dogsled drivers.
Starting February 2006 tourists in Ammassalik will have the opportunity to learn the basics of dog sled driving and get a first hand experience of this traditional Inuit means of conveyance.
About the product
The driving licence is a new soft adventure tourist product developed in 2005 by local hunters and Destination East Greenland.
Where you as a tourist on a traditional dog sled trip are inactive, just sitting on the sled enjoying the nature, we would like to you to be part of handling and driving the sled.
You will be introduced to the historical background, theory and all the working procedures of dog sledding. This training will end with a test in a marked area, and a driving licence will be issued.
The driving licence provide the tourist with the necessary skills to operate and drive a dog sled with 6 – 8 dogs and to act as a co-drive on a sled with up to 14 dogs.
We believe, besides giving you a great time, this product will add depth and perspective into your experience of dog sledding in Ammassalik.
The Ammassalik sled: Construction and history.
Preparing and handling the sled.
Learning the calls.
The whip: How and when.
Preparing the sled.
Handling the dogs: Fit on harnesses and strap the dogs to the sled.
Driving Licence 1 person: Sled with 6 dogs + instructor.
Driving Licence 2 persons: Sled with 8 dogs + instructor.
Language: English/ Danish
Additional product 1 – 3 days sled trips on Ammassalik Island. Sled with 10 – 14 dogs + instructor. Camping in tents and the opportunity for private accommodation in a settlement. During the trip you’ll act as co-driver and are in charge of feeding the dogs.
Experienced Inuit guides lead each trip. They will give you tips on staying warm and comfortable in this winter climate. Each of the hardworking sled dogs in your team has a unique personality you won't be able to resist.