Upon arrival at our seaside base on Douglas Island, you will be outfitted with glacier overboots and a floatation device. Our professional staff will provide a thorough safety briefing before helping you into one of our A-Star helicopters. Your pilot will choose one of many scenic routes to fly you to Musher's Camp, providing stunning views of the Tongass National Forest and Juneau Icefield along the way. You might even get lucky enough to spot wildlife or a calving glacier!
At the Musher's Camp, you will be greeted by your guide, a professional musher with years of dog sledding experience. During your 2.5 hours on the ice, learn about the history, lifestyle, and techniques of dog sledding and experience personalized interactions with the dogs. This includes the option to assist with harnessing and booting the dogs, learning to drive the sled, and learning how to provide the best wellness care for the team. After covering the basics, you will go on a mush for up to four miles across the snow-capped Norris Glacier.
Upon return from mushing, enjoy the opportunity to assist in feeding your dogsled team a snack. You will also get a behind-the-scenes tour of Musher's Camp for a closer look at the glacier dog camp lifestyle. This hands-on extended tour is topped off with a light lunch prepared by the camp's chef, before the helicopters return for your gorgeous flight back to base. There will be a brief opportunity to visit our gift shop and view your dogsledding photos before our comfortable vans escort you back to town.
Please note: Persons weighing 250lbs or more must pay an additional $115 surcharge for safety reasons. Please purchase the "250lbs+ Adult" ticket if this is the case. Children under the age of 2 are not permitted on this tour. This tour operates May-August
Duration: 4.75 hours (Flight time: 30 minutes. Dogsled/glacier time: 2.5 hours)
Can I pet and play with the sled dogs?
Yes, the dogs love human interaction and the musher's will let you get close and snuggly with their team.
Do I get to drive the dogsled?
You will be given the opportunity to run the sled alongside our professional musher if you wish.
How many passengers ride in the sled together?
Each sled can accomodate 4 guests.
How many passengers ride in the helicopter together?
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.
What is the seating arrangement in the helicopter?
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.
What is the temperature on the glacier?
The average temperature is between 15-20°F cooler than on the ground.
Will I see any wildlife or bears on this tour?
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.
Are there any age restrictions for children?
Children under the age of 2 are not permitted on this tour.
Can I bring a backpack?
All bags must be stored at the helicopter base and are not allowed on tour. Due to safety protocol, we do not allow selfie sticks, iPads, or drones on this tour.
Can I bring my own food or drink?
Food and drink are not allowed during this tour.
Are food and drink included?
Water and hot beverages are available at the helicopter base, no food or drink is provided while on tour.
Are there child prices?
Adult and child prices are the same for this tour.
Are there any physical requirements for this tour?
Guests must be comfortable walking short distances on uneven and occasionally icy surfaces.
What type of clothing should I wear?
Layered clothing, hats, gloves and sunglasses are strongly recommended.
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