With friendly pilots who are ready to make sure you have a great time, this tour is bound to be one you won't soon forget. Once you take off, the flight will begin as you fly over a beautiful braided river that lapses in the ocean. Wildlife is abundant in this area, so as you fly towards the mountains and head over Resurrection Bay, keep an eye out for otters and whales!
Your experienced pilot will land on the Godwin Glacier, and our staff will escort you towards the dog camp where you will be greeted by more than two dozen sled dogs anxiously awaiting to pull you across perfect white snow. To ensure a positive experience for all, our staff will show you how to interact with the friendly sled dogs and you'll have the chance to pet and play with them before taking off!
Ready for the dog sled ride?! With our unique double driver dog sled, you'll have the option to sit and relax or to stand and help mush the team under the supervision of the guide. Before taking off, our guides will teach you the basics of dog sledding before hitting the 2-mile snowy trail.
Upon return from your journey, we'll have you meet the camp puppies for a photo opportunity, or you can simply relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The guides are happy to share more about how these beautiful dogs are raised, so don't hesitate to ask them all of your questions!
After saying good-bye to the team, it is time for your scenic flight back to Seward! At our office in Seward, we'll have complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, and tea and eagerly await to hear about your experience!
Duration: 1.5 hours (Roundtrip transportation. Flight time: 20-25 minutes. Glacier Time: 1 hour. Dogsled ride: 20 minutes.)
What type of clothing should I wear?
Layered clothing, hats, gloves, sunscreen and sunglasses are strongly recommended. We have rain gear available if the weather warrants it as well as cold weather parkas available for use at camp. We also have gloves available upon request. Comfortable, closed-toe shoes are recommended as we provide overboots that will go over your shoes.
Can you hold my luggage for me?
For a worry-free day, we highly recommend storing your luggage at your hotel or the Seward Train Depot before embarking on the tour. We also recommend seeing if your cruise line can transfer your bags directly to your hotel or the Train Depot for you. We can hold your luggage, but only during the time of the tour.
Can I bring a backpack?
Only small backpacks or handbags are permitted.
What is the temperature on the glacier?
The average temperature is between 15-20°F cooler than on the ground. However, there are some days that it is warmer on the glacier than it is on the ground. This is the reason why we recommend dressing in layers. The weather in Seward typically ranges between 55°F and 75°F.
What time of day do you recommend booking your excursion?
In general, we recommend booking the excursion in the morning for this tour, so that if we do encounter weather problems we can push your tour back later in the day. We have tour times throughout the day, however, so book what works best with your schedule.
Are food and drinks included?
We provide complimentary water, coffee, tea and hot chocolate in our office. Drinks are not permitted in the helicopter. No food is provided on the tour.
Is there a weight limit for passengers?
Yes. We have a 300 lbs weight limit per seat.
Can I fly if I am over 300 lbs?
No. Due to FAA regulations for the helicopters that we fly, we cannot fly anyone over 300 lbs. This weight includes all clothes/gear guest may be wearing.
Is there an age limit for passengers?
No. Passengers under 24 months are required to sit on a guardian's lap. You must be able to get in and out of the helicopter without assistance.
Do you fly if it is raining?
We fly as long as visibility permits us to do so. We maintain active communication with our glacier dog sledding camp via satellite phone as conditions at 3700' elevation are often considerably different than at sea level. At times, it may be raining at our airport office but is perfectly sunny at camp. Our flights generally go out unless there is a considerable amount of cloud coverage or high winds. We have an impeccable safety record and only fly if the conditions warrant.
How many passengers ride in the helicopter together?
Our helicopters can accommodate 3 passengers in addition to the pilot. There are two seats in the back and one located in the front next to the pilot. Everyone gets a window seat.
How many helicopters do you have available?
There are 2 helicopters available throughout most of the summer season. If you are part of a large group and give us advance warning, we will try to make more machines available.
What type of helicopters do you fly?
We fly Robinson 44 helicopters.
Do I get to drive the dogsled?
We give all our guests the option to sit and relax or to help mush the team under the supervision of the guide.
How many passengers ride in the sled together?
Each sled can accommodate 3-4 guests.
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