CAN I GO DOG SLEDDING, WHEN I NEVER HAVE TRIED IT BEFORE?
Yes! If you have average fitness, a positive attitude, and are prepared for cold and variable weather conditions, then you have what it takes to dog sled! Dog sledding is a fun and also physically demanding activity that requires balance, strength and perseverance. You have to help the dogs by braking the sled, or kicking and pushing the sled. If you don’t think you can manage this, you could be a passenger in the sled. Before we start out, your guide will give a safety briefing and instructions on how to prepare and control the sled. During the trip your team will be safely following the guide.
HOW SHOULD WE BEHAVE TOWARDS THE DOGS?
The dogs are all different individuals and like us humans, they have all their own personality that we have to respect. We must always behave in a calm way when we are around dogs. We don’t shout out to the dogs while we are mushing, because the dogs know their job, and always do their best. In the dog yard some of the dogs are modest and want to be alone in their kennel, others are extremely social and want a lot of attention.
WEATHER AND TEMPERATURE
The temperature in Meråker varies from +30 to -30 C, but in winter it's usually between – 5 and – 10 C. In summer the temperature might vary from 0 – + 30 C, normally 10- +15 C. Not often, but sometimes, we get snow in June. We might have a lot rain in the spring and autumn. When the summer is good, Meråker is one of the warmest places in Norway.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR FOR A WINTER TOUR?
– Long underwear, of wool.
– Thin sweater of fleece or wool
– Thick sweater of fleece or wool
– Windproof trouser
– Two pair of wool socks
– Windproof gloves
– Thin finger gloves of wool or fleece
– Scarf or buff
– Windproof jacket with hood
– Windproof cap
– Warm winter boots for example Sorel (we can provide)
– Overall or thick jacket and trouser (we can provide)