Our Juneau dog sledding tour via helicopter will take you on an experience of a lifetime! Imagine riding in a dog sled behind a team of huskies as you race across a snow-covered valley nestled in between picturesque mountains on the Juneau Icefield. This thrilling adventure provides a combination of of the best Juneau excursions: dog sledding on snow and a helicopter tour over the glaciers.
The journey begins when you are conveniently picked up at the main cruise ship terminal in Juneau and transported to the helipad in the Mendenhall Valley. The scenic helicopter tour over glaciers and in-between mountain peaks is only the beginning of this legendary Alaskan tour. While taking in magnificent views of the Juneau Icefield, you will arrive at the dog sledding camp on Herbert Glacier, enjoy a kennel tour, and the ultimate highlight of this Juneau tour, the dog sled ride!
You will share this adventure with 160 Alaskan huskies who live on the glacier and hear unique personal accounts of the Iditarod racers and their experiences racing and mushing with Alaska's most unique form of transportation. You will have an opportunity to ask the dog trainers and mushers questions about raising and racing Alaskan sled dogs and of course partake in multiple photo opportunities.
Feel the excitement on this amazing dog sledding excursion as the eager team of huskies is harnessed up and takes off on a race over the snow. The thrill of driving a dog sled team and taking part in a great Alaskan pastime creates this once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Your dog sledding tour concludes with photo opportunities, a scenic helicopter flight of the glaciers, and return transfer to the cruise ship terminal.
Please note: Persons weighing 280lbs or more must pay an additional $100 surcharge for safety reasons. Please purchase the "280lbs+ Adult" ticket if this is the case. Child prices are the same as adult prices.
Duration: 3 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal. Flight time: 30 minutes. Dogsled/glacier time: 60 minutes.)
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 dog sled?
You do have the option and opportunity to stand in the musher's position while on the dogsled tour. For safety reasons, the actual dogsled musher will be able to assume control of the dogsled at all times, but will give you instructions on how to safely control the sled for the duration of your trip.
How many passengers ride in the sled together?
Each sled can accommodate 4-5 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?
There are no age restrictions for this tour.
Can I bring a backpack?
All bags must be stored at the helicopter base and are not allowed on tour.
Can I bring my DSLR camera?
Yes, you can bring your DSLR camera 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.
Are there restrooms available during this tour?
There are restroom facilities at the helicopter base before you depart on your tour, but there are no restrooms available on the glacier.
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Want to learn more about our dog sledding tours?
Check out our blog for more details on all of the dog sledding tours we offer: Alaska Dog Sled Tours!