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Canned vacations are like canned food -- uninspiring. You deserve an authentic experience. Ski trips are common as can be, but there's only one dogsled vacation package -- at Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge. Refresh, relax, rejuvinate in the sparkling snowscape of our northwoods winter. Enjoy our fun-loving guides, sumptuous meals, lovely lodging and our furry 4-legged friends who love to pull. We'll keep you warm, cozy & smiling! Our guests consistently rank Wintergreen as their "BEST VACATION EVER."

Sorry! WE ARE FULLY BOOKED FOR THIS SEASON. Email us if you'd like to be on our "Sneak Preview" list to receive advance notice this spring of next season's schedule & get 'first dibs' on your preferred trip date.
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For over 35 years! ...we've offered these dogsled options:

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Which to choose?  Start by considering our most popular option, which is outlined below:


Deluxe 4-Night Dogsled Vacation Package

  • Offered each Wednesday to Sunday, December through March
  • Best suited for couples or pairs, open to complete beginners
  • Features 3 days of guided "Mush Your Own Team" dogsledding fun
  • Includes all meals, lodging, guides, dogteams, gear -- everything!

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And There's More....

Your itinerary includes a visit to Ely's famous International Wolf Center, a chance to try some skiing, snowshoeing & our Finnish wood-fired sauna, northwoods stories around the fireplace and, with a little luck, the magical dancing Northern Lights in our stunning night sky.

But our beloved dogs are sure to steal the show. They're friendly, handsome, love to be petted and love to pull.

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A Global Top Spot
Easy to Get here & Easy to Dress for


National Geographic ranks our northwoods among "the world's most beautiful places." Getting here is easy. Flights from anywhere connect through Minneapolis (or Chicago) to our Duluth airport. From there, the Ely Shuttle van will bring you to our lodge (OR car rentals from Minneapolis are cheap & the drive is scenic!)

Gearing up for your trip is easy. We'll guide you through your clothing needs and, if needed, outfit you with our rental parkas, snow pants & warm boots. OR purchase our  Wintergreen Northern Wear "Made-in-Ely" 4-season jackets, pants & tops at your guest-discount pricing.  We also offer warm mitts, hats, socks & thermalwear in all sizes.

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2018 Arctic Treks

HudBay.JPGDogsled Hudson Bay to Churchill along Polar Bear Park
10 days: pm Fri Mar 30, 2018, to am Sun Apr 8, 2018, from Thompson, Manitoba.


Our favorite features of this trip are the Tundra Train ride to & from the Hudson Bay coast (a rolling party!) and the scenic transition along our sled route from wooded forest (with BWCA-style campfires) to open tundra to Arctic Ocean sea ice.  And of the course the mom & cub bear tracks along the way and the chance to see their abandoned subterranean dens is part of the intrigue.  Then as we approach Churchill, we enjoy an overnight stay with Arctic scientists and our route takes us by quirky historic sites (plane wreck, ship wreck, stone fort).  The frontier town with its amazing Inuit History & Art Museum is fine grand finale.  We’ve largely experienced calm weather on this route. But the chance of deep snow in the forested areas and of winds on the coast means this can be more challenging than our other trips.  Although the terrain is flat, the scenery is varied and, given the highlights outlined above, this trip has a lot of novelties!

Greenland-shark.jpgDogsled Northwest Greenland with the Polar Inuit 
Sunday, April 22, 2018, to Friday, May 4, from Ottawa, 13 days: 8 days/7 nights dogsledding, 2 nights Ottawa, 3 nights Inuit villages, all-inclusive package price $9,900 to $11,900 pending group size of 6-9.  

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If there’s an arctic travel experience out there that includes more stunning beauty, cultural intrigue and dogsledding fun, we’ve yet to discover it! This trip has it all. You’ll be immersed in the arctic’s most traditional culture.  You’ll be paired up with a Polar Inuit musher to travel & camp with his sled and dog team.  And you’ll visit the world’s most northern communities.   The first time we did this trip (in 2001), we all kept marveling to each other “Is this for real?”, and we were still thoroughly mesmerized by our most recent trip.  We're very anxious to return to “Ultimate Thule,” the land of Greek legend beyond the known world.  



Wintergreen's Arctic Adventures

We first visited the arctic by dogsled  in 1985 on a journey along our continent's northern coastline and we've returned every spring since. We're hooked on the ethereal beauty and cultural intrigue of the mysterious land of endless horizons.

Our Arctic adventures have included dogsledding with the Russian reindeer herders of Siberia, traversing Alaska's North Slope, sledding through the realm of the white wolves on Canada's Ellesmere Island, reaching both the magnetic and geographic North Poles by ski & dogteam, and traversing Hudson Bay. They've also included sledding the coast of northwestern Greenland with Polar Inuit hunters, (the most traditional experience the Arctic offers!) as well as sledding beautiful Svalbard Island, home of the world's northernmost community -- Longyearbyen, Norway. And we've enjoyed treks along Canada's new Polar Bear National Park to reach the legendary community of Churchill on Hudson Bay as well as journey along the Arctic's most dramatic sea cliff, mountain and glacier topography of Greenland's east coast.

Wintergreen's arctic trips are planned and led by director Paul Schurke, a top-ranking arctic adventurer and guide who has received the Explorers Club's "Merit Citation" and Outside

magazine's "Adventurer of the Year" award. He designs his trip itineraries to include meaningful opportunities to connect with local culture and communities, a mix of easy and challenging travel days, a variety of mountain, tundra and sea ice scenery, opportunities to observe arctic animals without impacting them, and information on environmental issues particularly the urgent research being done on arctic climate change.

These springtime trips include the luxury of arctic round-the-clock sunlight but the weather can range from balmy to blizzards. Trip candidates need an open mind, an adventurous spirit, a good sense of humor and better than average fitness. Skiing skills are NOT required but winter camping experience is. That can be obtained by participating on a dogsled camping trip of choice at Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge, Ely, Minnesota. This training opportunity is available to all arctic trip registrants at no additional charge and helps gauge if an arctic trip is a "fit" for them.

Wintergreen's arctic trips rank among the most exotic experiences available anywhere (Outside Magazine ranked our Greenland trip among the world's "Top 25 Adventures of a Lifetime" and National Geographic featured them in an award-winning documentary movie!). But trips in the Arctic, where the remoteness magnifies the costs of everything, are very expensive. Please note however that most of the cost will stay in the Arctic as it's passed along to the local mushers, charter planes and Arctic service providers who help us make trips of this magnitude possible. This is eco-tourism at its best since these trips contribute substantially to the sustainability of these Arctic communities and cultures, and feature traditional Arctic skills.


"a Top 10 small outdoor business"


"a Top 6 U.S. adventure lodge"


"The perfect dogsled destination"


"Best in the business"


"A Top 10 Minnesota lodge"


"A Top 10 adventure bargain"

Wintergreen supports preserving wildlands & enabling disadvantaged people to enjoy nature with two non-profits we helped found: SaveTheBoundaryWaters.org

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Ready to enjoy what our guests tell us is their "best vacation ever"? Call us anytime toll-free: 877-753-3386 (877 Sled Fun). If Yukon answers, tell him you're looking for one of our 2- legged staff. We hope to share a Wintergreen experience with you!


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