A short three-hour flight from Reykjavik transports travelers back in time to West Greenland where sled dogs continue to play an important role as a means of transportation for hunters. Greenlandic huskies are unique to Greenland, and are considered to be the purest breed of husky.
Dog sledding is a classic way to take in the magnificent Arctic landscape, the only sound being the hiss of the sled runners over the snow and the driver's calls of encouragement. It was developed by the Inuit thousands of years ago and to this day it is still the primary means of transport for a great many people in Greenland during the winter and early spring. Dog sledding season in West Greenland runs from December until the end of March.
The Greenland dog is a large husky-type dog, with a strong body, triangular ears and rolled tail. It has been used as a working dog for centuries and valued for it's great stamina and strength, rather than it's malleable temperament. The Greenland dog is first and foremost an asset, like any other household animal, and is mostly not treated as pets by locals. These dogs have been bred for ages to pulls sleds and help with the hunt of polar bears and seals.
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