- How long have you been in the sled dog business?
'The Silent Way' has existed for 130 years, and we
have been in the dogsled business for 16 years, combined
with wilderness guiding experience. People from all
walks of life, from all around the world have been
enjoying our tours.
- Who actually conducts the trips? What are
their qualifications and experiences? What
medical training have they had?
Our guides are Swedish, Norwegian, English and French
spoken, experienced in backcountry winter survival,
first aid and dog handling, and carries a NMT mobile
phone for evacuation or emergency first aid assistance,
along with the assistance of a GPS. Kenneth, our mushing
leader, has fiften years of mountain guiding experience,
with thirten years mushing experience. When trips
are more than five guests booked we are assisted by
Dominique who has been mushing for 20 years in our
area. Besides that we have Catte and Malte, who are
our other key personnel here at 'The Silent Way' with
more than 20 years Ranch expedience.
- How many dog teams do you have operational
at one time? How many teams will be going on this trip? How
many people per sled? How many guides?
All our trips feature one person per sled. A fully
booked trip consists of 5 guests and 1 guide (perhaps
one assistant). Under typical conditions each guest
drives a 5-8 dog team while the guides drive 8-10.
You can also book as one group. In that case we take
maximum 8 guests with 2 guides.
- How much are guests involved in harnessing?
We encourage maximum involvement. To make a good adventure
we encourage all our guests to help with the dog,
carrying wood, bring water and help packing and unpcking
the sleds when we are out on the tour.
- What kind of dogs do you use?
Alaskan huskies; all are of them are racing stock
for competitive racing.
- Do you ever have dog fights?
We have worked very hard to eliminate fighting from
our kennel and consider a fight extremely unlikely.
- Are the dogs socialized well? To children
All dogs are individuals; some are very friendly while
some are more reserved or even shy. Our dogs have
very little contact with small children and are therefore
not well suited for them. The dogs are very friendly
but their size is large. Thus, a happy dog and a small
child is not a good mix.
- What is included in the price?
Everything except personal gear and expenses.
- What equipment is provided? What isn't?
We recommend that you have your own personal winter
gear. Please study our . Otherwise, we have
the essential gear to make your tour as comfortable
- Do you have sleeping bags or comforters
for guests who ride in the sled?
Yes, we have sleeping bags for every guest, but we encourage everyone
to mush their own sledge as that is part of the adventure, and
it is actually uncomfortable to sit in a sledge the whole day.
- What about weather conditions?
We will be in full operation unless the temperatures
is -35 degrees Celsius or colder. And unless there
is very stormy weather. However, this very rear and
we stand by for weather improvements which always
- What kind of meals are provided?
Hearty, healthy, home made, local food. Please let
us know if you have any special dietary requirements.
We will do our best to accommodate you or we will
let you know well in advance if we cannot.
- What kinds of accommodation do you have?
Cabins/lodges or hotel. Our lodge are charming and
of high standards. We can also provide tents if you
- How much time will we be on the trails?
You will spend arrival and departure day in Umnäs
village. When we are on the trails, we usually mush
4-8 hours per day.
How many miles will be
covered each day?
Distance can vary depending on conditions. We mush
from lodge-to-lodge. In average conditions we will
mush 35-55 km per day.
required? What kind of physical ability is needed?
No experience is required, except otherwise specified
in the program. Good health and average physical
ability combined with a willingness to learn is
all that is necessary. When driving a modern dog
sled you stand on the runners. There is no requirement
to run behind or walk in front. You can also choose
to be pulled by two dogs while you are on ski (skijoring).
be pre-trip training available?
You will receive proper instructions and training
for each tour. Don't worry, we will accommodate
the tour according to your skills. You can also
receive answers to any questions you might have
before your trip via
- Do you have adequate liability
Yes, the owner/operator/guide carries liability insurance,
however participants must recognize there are risks
inherent in these sports. You should also have a personal
travel insurance prior to departure.
Have you ever
had an accident that injured a guest?
No. We have had small accident likes like bruises
and small scratch wounds that you can get on an
Do you have
all necessary permits?
- And off course, should you have
any other questions feel free to contact us at