One of the most exciting adventures to enjoy during the Russian winter is dog-sledding. It is perfect for those who are passionate about animals and landscapes. Imagine gliding over the frozen Volga. Have you ever dreamed of drifting through 1-metre deep snow in the Siberian taiga? Or ice-skating on the scintillating turquoise ice of Lake Baikal?
Dog-sledding season and tracks depend on the weather and the depth of snow. We have an approximate calendar of months and locations to meet your schedule. <br> <br> <b>Moscow Region</b><br> If you only have one free day and you don’t want to travel too far, you can visit the Husky breeders just 70 km from Moscow. It is the closest location to the capital where you can go dog-sledding and is open from the end of December to mid-March.<br> <br> <b>Suzdal</b> <br> Winter is the best season for a 2-day trip. You can get there from Moscow by taking the train to Vladimir, which is just 20 km from Suzdal. The “Strizh” and “Lastochka” trains are fast, modern and comfortable. From Vladimir, it is just a 30-minute drive to the ancient town of Suzdal. In terms of logistics, it is the best way to escape Moscow at your own pace. After visiting the Kremlin and monasteries of Suzdal, you will head to a small village (5 km) for a dog-sledding excursion.<br> <br> <b>Kostroma</b><br> For a weekend (2–3 days), head out for a dog-sledding adventure to Kostroma, a town of the Golden Ring located 350 km from Moscow. There are two ways to get here: either by night train Moscow-Kostroma or a day train Moscow-Yaroslavl and a 1h30 drive by car. We don’t advise driving to Kostroma because, even if it is not far, it can take seven hours to drive there – especially on the weekend. Traffic on the outskirts of the town is also exhausting. Get an authentic experience by taking an excursion to tree forts for a few days.<br> <br> <b>Karelia</b><br> For a weekend (2 days or more), head north to Karelia, 700 km from Moscow. To reach Petrozavodsk, take the night train from Moscow (duration: 1 night). Here, you can have a truly unique experience: add a trip to the island of Kizhi with its historical architecture to your dog-sledding excursion. In Karelia, you can line up several activities like one day for dog-sledding, the other for snowmobiles. Dog-sledding season in Karelia lasts from the end of December to the beginning of April. <br> <br> <b>Lake Baikal</b><br> If you have 4 or more days, and you have been dreaming of Baikal, we can arrange a dog-sledding tour for you. This spectacular experience living on Lake Baikal includes riding into the mountainous taiga of Siberia and, of course, sliding over the translucent ice that is more than 1 m deep. Spend the night in a log cabin in the forest that is only accessible by dog-sled or snowmobile. Dog-sledding season on Baikal lasts from the end of December (in the taiga) or mid-February (on the lake) to the beginning of April.