You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to a Nature Park (located near the town of Ogre; 50/60 min drive from Riga Old town) where you will be introduced to the adorable huskies and Alaskan malamutes. You will have time to cuddle, snuggle and play with them (and of course take a lot of beautiful photos) while we prepare the sled. After the sledding instructions, you will be ready to hit the trail. At a time there is only 1 sled with 2 people on it (one as a musher and one as a passenger). In the middle of the 3 km (1.85 mi) track, we will make a stop and you can swap so both of you will have a chance to enjoy the feeling of controlling the sled. If you are more than 2 people in a group the rest of you will stay at the beginning of track where you spend time with the other huskies or wait in a warm van (in case if it is too cold outside). For groups of 12 people or more, we have also found a solution by combining two husky dog providers so 2 sleds can hit the track at a time thus reducing a waiting time by half.
All dogs which you will meet here are rescued dogs from shelter very often after being mistakenly chosen as pets or left by people who are not able to handle the character of huskies/malamutes. These dogs need a lot of exercises and they are truly happy to earn their own living while giving a memorable experience to people who are taking part in this dog sledding tour.
The well-being of dogs is very important to us so we swap dogs after each ride to give them a time to rest. During the ride, dogs can go as fast as they want and we do not push them to go further than 3km (the track is made as a loop, so 1.5km one way and 1.5km return). The husky ride itself takes approx. 15 minutes, depending on weather conditions and energy level/excitement of dogs. On some days the husky dog sledding tour is not possible to be done at all because dogs are getting a full day (or sometimes two full days) off each week and every day do not run more than 3 `tours`. This is not only for recovering physically but also mentally as during the week they meet many people and share a lot of emotions.
We can offer both husky dog rides with a sledge in the case of snow and with a specially made cart on wheels in the case of no snow. Do not worry if it is very cold outside (sometimes we can get temperature down to -20/-25 degrees Celsius in February in Latvia). Huskies and Malamutes are made for cold weather so the activity will still go on. The only problem that can occur the rides is if the temperature is around zero degrees. At the beginning of winter when we have not received any snow that is still fine, but during the winter a melting snow can made a mud or puddles of water which can re-freeze again during the night. This can be dangerous for both people and dogs, so we cancel the ride and in that case, you get a full refund.
There is a watchtower located nearby the track so after the rides, you can have a chance to go there for a lovely view over the forests.
As this is an outdoor activity please dress warm and take gloves, winter hat and scarf with you.