Dog Sledding - Greenland

For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience. 

The winter in Greenland is cold but dry. You should prepare for this before your arrival. Make sure you bring plenty of warm clothing. The different layers need to be worn together so your outer layers should be roomy enough to accommodate plenty of insulating layers underneath. Make sure that you are able to cover any exposed skin (face mask / buff & ski-goggles). After the face, hands and feet are most prone to cold injuries, so a selection of good gloves and mittens is an absolute must as well as good insulated polar-boots. An insulated overall is included in our dog sledding tours, a sleeping bag and polar boots can be rented through booking@greenland.is

Boots and clothing:

  • Insulated boots; can be rented
    • Sorel or comparable made for extreme cold. Roomy enough to wear thick socks underneath and still have good room for toes
  • Thermal underwear shirt & long-johns – preferably wool
  • Thick wool or fleece sweater/jacket
    • Possibly two of different thickness that can be worn together
  • Trousers – thick softshell or fleece pants
  • Jacket with a good hood – windproof, and breathable
    • Gore-Tex or similar – big enough so that multiple layers of insulation can be worn underneath
  • Insulated jacket, ski-jacket or down jacket that fits over other layers
    • An insulated overall is also available on location, free of charge
  • Over-pants – windproof and breathable
    • Gore-Tex or similar – big enough so that multiple layers of insulation can be worn underneath
  • Insulated over pants, e.g. ski-pants
    • An insulated overall is also available on location, free of charge
  • Ski-gloves; 2 – 3 pairs of warm windproof gloves
  • Mittens; Large and well insulated expedition mittens
    • Down, fleece of fibre insulation – wind and waterproof, Consider bringing 2 pairs of different weight
  • Linger gloves, thin fleece or wool gloves that can be worn under mittens or ski gloves
  • Socks – Wool or synthetic socks, thick – few pairs
  • Warm hat – Wool or synthetic
  • Balaclava – fleece or wool that can be used to cover the face also
  • Warm jacket/sweater – Wool or fleece (3rd layer)

Other gear:

  • Backpack – small pack for gear you will need to access during the day
  • Duffel bag – for your gear. Max weight 10kg. Hard suitcases are not permitted
  • Sleeping bag – a warm 3 / 4 season sleeping bag
    • A sleeping bag can be rented
  • Ski-goggles
  • Towel – light weight and packable
  • Sunglasses & sun protection
  • Change of clothes – e.g. long and short underwear
  • Water container – thermos flask 1L
  • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films
  • Prescription medication and other personal health items
  • Toiletries; toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc.
    • Lip balm and hand cream (not water based), the fatter the better. This will keep your lips and skin healthy in the cold & dry climate

Optional gear:

  • Buff or scarf for protecting your neck and face
  • Gaiters
  • Pen knife
  • Heart-warming spirits
  • Head lamp
  • Book

Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact booking@greenland.is