After our Reykjavik tour, we quickly hopped onto our next excursion…dog sledding! This easily tops my list of favorite life experiences. The van that picked us up was warm & I hadn’t slept in a few days so I dozed off in the car. I was quite disoriented when I woke up and instead of being in the city, we were out in snow tundra as far as you could see. Eventually we finally arrived at a single temporary building at the base of a ski lift with long lines of dogs tied up. The dogs live outside all of the time. They don’t go in at night, they’re just used to the cold! At first I felt bad for them, but they were just as happy as can be! They ate the snow to stay hydrated & wandered around on their chains, begging to go out for a run!
We got plenty of time to play with the puppies while the sleds were set up. We couldn’t play with the dogs that would be pulling our sled until after the ride so that they wouldn’t get too riled up, but the puppies were fair game. Sooo cute! I couldn’t stop taking photos of them!
Ben’s best friend!
Finally, our dogs were all snapped in so we boarded the sled. I got to be the first at the helm, which was a lot harder than it looks! Standing on one rung of the sled, I kicked with the other to help the sled from getting stuck going uphill.
We had two lead dogs. One was a super high energy dog that had been donated from a family who loved him, but his high energy kept him escaping their home on a regular basis. He was much happier to be out running sleds! The other dog was a much smarter dog who didn’t have the same strength but was crucial to keeping us going in the proper direction. He had to pull his easily distracted colleague back on course a number of times!
A snow mobile followed along with us to make sure we were safe out in the snow!
The two dogs in the back of the sled were called the Kardashians because of their big butts. Our guide laughed at it every time! They were in the back because they had a lot of muscle but not a lot of brains. They did better just following along! It was funny how each dog had a distinct personality and purpose on the team!
This easily tops my list of most incredible experiences in my life. If I could do one thing in Iceland again, it would be dog sledding! We went with Dogsledding Iceland & couldn’t have been happier.
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