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Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sledding & Helicopter Tour

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Excursion Overview

A Bucket List Excursion to the Mendenhall Glacier!

The famed Mendenhall Glacier is the destination for this exhilarating dogsled tour. Embark on a helicopter adventure after your complimentary transfer from your cruise ship. You'll arrive at the helicopter base and after a quick safety briefing, soar high above Juneau's mountainous terrain before landing on the glacier for the dogsledding portion of the tour.

The camp is situated atop the 12-mile-long Mendenhall Glacier and is full of excited Alaskan huskies waiting to take you on your thrilling mushing experience across the snow. After the mushing concludes, spend some time snuggling the puppies before flying back to Juneau.

Reporting Accurate Weights

Please report proper weights of all guests (including the weight of clothes and boots). Inputting improper weights, or selecting the wrong passenger type can lead to cancellation without refund. Please be aware that every guest is individually weighed at the helicopter base.

Things You Need to Know


  • Roundtrip transportation
  • Traction overboots
  • Rain suit if needed
  • Water and hot beverages are available at the helicopter base
  • Restroom facilities are available at the helicopter base before you depart on your excursion, but there are no restrooms available during the helicopter and glacier portion of the tour.
  • Infants under 2 years old are free and do not require a ticket. Please indicate that you are traveling with an infant during checkout.


  • Guests must be comfortable walking short distances on uneven and occasionally icy surfaces
  • Passenger names and weights are required by the FAA for passenger safety and comfort, as well as weight and balance calculations for flight manifesting. Any passenger whose weight is 250 pounds (113 kilograms) or more fully clothed at the time of departure will have a surcharge fee added to the ticket price at the time of booking.
  • Guests should wear appropriate clothing for glacier temperatures (15-20°F cooler than ground level) and wear close-toed shoes.

Duration: 3 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)

  • 15~20 minutes - transportation to the helipad
  • 30 minutes - preflight safety briefing and preparation
  • 15 minutes - glacier flightseeing via helicopter to dog sledding camp on the glacier
  • 1 hour - dog sledding camp (25 minute active mushing)
  • 15 minutes - helicopter time back to the helipad
  • 15 minutes - at the base to de-gear and visit the gift shop
  • 15~20 minutes - transportation back to the port area

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets in front of the Goldbelt Mt. Robert's Tramway building. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is not wheelchair or limited mobility accessible.

Refund Policy:

  • You may cancel for any reason up to seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will be outfitted with NEOS brand overboots that slip over your shoes. They are large boots with traction soles, available in sizes XS - XXL. They fit U.S. Men's sizes 3-17 and U.S. Women's sizes 4.5-15. For EU sizing information, please reach out to us! Snow boots are provided for children to wear instead of their current footwear.

For guests whose feet will not fit in the overboots, Yaktrax brand elastic traction cleats are provided. If you think you may need this option, please be sure to wear thick socks and close-toed shoes that can be exposed to ice and snow.

You may bring a bag with personal items, but all bags will have to be left at the base in a locked container during the tour. The following items are not permitted on the aircraft:

Carry-on bags of any kind (incl. camera bags, purses, backpacks)
GoPro extension poles or selfie sticks
iPads, iPad minis, or any other tablets
Animals of any kind (incl. service animals)
Food or beverages
Any smoking products including e-cigarettes

Personal walking sticks are not allowed on this tour as they tend to slip on the ice. We have glacier trekking poles with spiked bottoms available for use upon request.

Most guests choose to utilize a baby carrier. If your infant is walking, small boots will be provided for them!

No, no bags are allowed in the aircraft. Any necessary items for the infant will need to be stored in someone's pockets.

Yes, noise-blocking headsets are provided for all guests, including infants.

Yes, you can bring your camera. Camera bags are not allowed and we recommend having a neck strap. Professional pictures are taken and available for guests to purchase on the day of the excursion.

Layers are always key in Southeast Alaska during the summer. This should include waterproof outerwear, long pants, gloves, a hat, and sunglasses. We strongly encourage bringing sunglasses as well; the sun's glare off the ice and snow is much stronger than you might expect (even on an overcast day).

Yes, the dogs love human interaction and the musher's will let you get close and snuggly with their team.

You will be given the opportunity to run the sled alongside our professional musher if you wish.

Each sled can accomodate 4-5 guests.

There is a maximum of 6 passengers per helicopter. If your party is larger than 6 passengers, multiple helicopters will take your group and land at the dog sled camp together.

There are two front seats and four rear seats; FAA safety guidelines require seating positions to be assigned based on weight and balance of all passengers for each helicopter.

The average temperature is between 15-20°F cooler than on the ground

Wildlife is abundant in Southeast Alaska and sightings are possible on any tour, however this is not a designated wildlife tour and nothing can be guaranteed.

For safety reasons, service animals are not allowed on this tour.

Water and hot beverages are available at the helicopter base. No food or drink is provided while on tour.

Guests must be comfortable walking short distances on uneven and occasionally icy surfaces.

There are restroom facilities at the helicopter base before you depart on your tour, but there are no restrooms available on the glacier.


Guest Reviews


73 total


Karol S

On Jun 2024

Wow! Highlight of the cruise. Amazing views and incredible information about what it takes to train the dogs. Getting to mush the dogs ourselves was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and even saw an avalanche! Perfect day and will remember it forever.

Michelle R

On Jun 2024

Due to weather conditions, we could not do the dog sledding but we did do the helicopter tour up to the glacier. And we were glad we did. It was fantastic to walk on the glacier (overboots provided), see the colour of the water/ice and even have a drink of the glacial water. Views in the helicopter on the way up and back were also lovely.

Lisa S

On Sep 2023

Amazing experience. We had a great time.

Daryl G

On Sep 2023

AMAZING experience!!!!!

Frank R

On Aug 2023

This was a fantastic excursion and the highlight of our trip to Alaska. The whole operation is professional, safety first, and streamlined. The flight over was beautiful. As you leave the town of Juneau, you head over the mountains and get a frontal look at Mendenhall Glacier meeting the lake. You then go out further and see the other glaciers in the area and the Juneau ice field. This gives you an amazing perspective that simply can't be achieved on the ground. Once on the glacier, you are assigned to a musher and a dog team, there were 4 of us assigned to a sled. They stopped enough times for each of us to sit or stand in a different sled position. We got to meet the dogs and there were also puppies at the time we were there. The flight back was equally amazing with a buzz over the Mendenhall Glacier again. This is a don't miss activity and well worth the money spent!


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Duration: 3 hours

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Duration: 3 hours

Infant seats selected in checkout

Passenger (2+): $659.00

Weight surcharge included

250lbs+ Passenger (2+) : $809.00

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