Imagine standing on the runners of a dogsled in the middle of a snowfield!
This is really something special. We happened to be in Alaska during the Iditarod Dog Sled Race and it seems to affect every corner of the state, although it takes place in the north. The company that is providing the dogs and sleds for your tour has participated in this race. This authentic Juneau helicopter dog sledding excursion will be a day you'll never forget!
This tour runs from May 11 until August 9th, weather permitting.
Glacier-carved mountains unfold in front of your eyes as you embark on your helicopter flight to the camp. The flight is about 15 to 20 minutes each way, depending on winds and weather. You will see that each Alaskan glacier has its own personality.
As you land on the 10-18 feet of snow on Herbert Glacier, you will hear the 80 huskies barking their greeting, as they are as anxious to get moving as you are. You will have some time to chat with the mushers and hear unique personal accounts of the Iditarod backcountry experiences. You will be given instructions on stopping and using the brakes if you want to drive the sled.
You will set out on a 1 1/2 to 2-mile loop and will be able to stop for photos, as well as to change places with your companion, if you wish. Your total time on the snow is one hour that you will never forget!
The actual Juneau Dog Sledding and Helicopter tour length is approximately 1.5 hours from liftoff at the airport to return. The total excursion length, including transfer time to and from the cruise ship pier, is approximately 3 hours.
- Dress warmly and in layers. Often the temperature on the glacier is colder than you expect.
- You will be outfitted with a glacier over-boot prior to embarking on your trip.
- Bring sunglasses.
- NO MINIMUM FITNESS LEVEL REQUIRED.
When choosing a trip departure time, you must allow a minimum of 1 hour between the time your ship docks and the time you are picked up at the pier.
- Each person must pay for a space. We do not allow any lap children, as they must be in a car seat (which we can provide if we know ahead of time).
- Heart patients, please beware this flight reaches heights of up to 5000'.
- No bags or backpacks of any sort are allowed on the helicopter. Everything you bring must fit in your pockets. Cameras or binoculars must fit into pockets or worn around your neck.
- You will be required to furnish the weight of each passenger. Be prepared to weigh in for this tour. To ensure your safety and comfort, passengers weighing 280 pounds or more (including clothing, footwear, and cameras, which may add an additional 10-15 pounds) will be reserved extra space on-board the helicopter and will be required to pay an additional amount as reflected in our pricing chart. It is important to be accurate with the weights, as there may not be additional space available at the weigh-in should you go over 280 pounds.
- There is a maximum of 3 helicopters and 16 participants per hour for this trip.
- This tour runs from May 11th until August 9th, weather permitting. Operation of all tours is dependent on weather and snow conditions. If the dogsled tour is not able to operate because of snow conditions, the helicopter company will make every effort to accommodate you on an alternate excursion.
Days offered: 7 days a week