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  • Helicopter Dogsledding with Extra Landing

$509.00

4.82 out of 5 based on 11 customer ratings
(11 customer reviews )

Helicopter & Dogsled Glacier Excursion

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A helicopter ride over jaw-dropping landscapes, huskies by the dozen, and a thrilling ride across the icy surface of the Herbert Glacier – helicopter dogsledding tours have to be the ultimate Alaskan adventure! Dogsledding in Juneau is the highlight of many an Alaskan adventure, and the unique Helicopter and Dogsled Glacier Excursion includes a thrilling helicopter ride over the spectacular Juneau Icefield, as well as a landing right on the Herbert Glacier, where your team of huskies is waiting excitedly to take you on a mushing adventure across the icy landscape. Dogsledding in Juneau is an indelible part of local culture and history that lives on today, and with this excursion you’ll have the opportunity to spend time with professional mushers and learn more about their amazing huskies and the mushing life. Each dogsled is pulled by a team of 12-14 huskies, and you have the choice of riding on the runners or being comfortably seated inside the sled itself. At the signal from their musher, the dogs are off and loping across the icy snowfields at a pace you won’t believe! Then, back at the dog camp, it’s time to thank your tail-wagging team and have your photograph taken with them, dressed in traditional Iditarod Trail dogsled gear if you so wish!

The heli-base is located just a short ride from the cruise docks in Juneau, and your tour lasts for 1.5 hours from take-off to your return to the helicopter base. As with all other helicopter dogsledding tours, you’ll meet your pilot/guide and receive a brief safety orientation before boarding your helicopter. Any initial nerves will be quickly quelled by your total absorption in the bird’s-eye view of spellbinding icefields and endless snow-capped mountains. On landing at Herbert Glacier you’ll meet your dog team and their mushers and be readied for your exhilarating dash across the snowfields! And besides being great fun, dogsledding in Juneau will take you below beautiful mountains you’ll have to see to believe. On your helicopter ride back to base, you will have a real appreciation of the important role that huskies and their mushers played in opening up the vast Alaskan wilderness. Helicopter dogsledding tours are in high demand during the summer season in Juneau, so be sure to book early for this amazing experience!
Note: For a slightly longer experience and an extra glacier landing, you might consider the Helicopter & Dogsled Glacier Excursion with Extra Landing for the ultimate experience.

3 Hours Duration

A full hour on the glacier


See Juneau’s Massive Icefield

With landing on remote Herbert Glacier


Husky Dogsled Ride

Across a wild snowfield


Limited Availability

Book early to guarantee a spot

Port

Juneau

Type

Flightseeing, Glacier, Husky Sled Dog, Off the Beaten Path

Length

3 hours

Adult Rate

$509.00

Child Rate

There is no child rate for this tour. All participants will be charged at the adult rate.

Minimum Age

There is no minimum age to participate on this tour.

Accessibility

To ensure the comfort of all travelers, passengers must weigh less than 250 lbs (clothed weight) in order to travel in the helicopter., This tour is for everyone – no minimum fitness level required., Passenger names and weights are required by the FAA for weight and balance calculations and flight manifesting.

Other Restrictions

There is a no bag policy in the aircraft, if you have medical needs that require a carry on, please contact us. All bags brought to base will be stored in the tour office until you return from your flight.

Cancellation Policy

In the event your cruise ship is late, delayed, or doesn’t make it into port we always issue a full refund for the tour., Changes or cancellations are allowed up to 14 days prior to the tour departure with absolutely no penalty., Including ‘Flex Cancel’ allows refunds up until 24-hours before the tour., Any cancellations made within 14 days of the tour departure (or within 24-hours with ‘Flex Cancel’) are nonrefundable.

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11 reviews for Helicopter & Dogsled Glacier Excursion

  1. 5 out of 5

    Once in a lifetime experienceWe did several excursions while on our Alaska cruise and this was without a doubt the best one. As a dog lover with two dogs of my own, this was truly an experience I will never forget. The helicopter ride gives you some absolutely gorgeous views. When you land and find yourself surrounded by mountains and snow as far as the eye can see, you'll feel like you literally in the middle of the Alaskan frontier. The dog sled ride lasts about an hour, with a few stops so every member in the group gets a chance to sit in the front or stand in the back as a musher. Words cannot adequately explain how incredible this experience was. We were blessed with excellent weather, which only added to the experience.

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  2. 5 out of 5

    Our favorite excursion in AlaskaThis was by far our favorite excursion. Everything was perfect. The company provided excellent safety information as well as waterproof shoe covers and pants. The short helicopter ride was amazing over the tops of mountains and into valleys. WOW! Our musher was from Vermont and had just been accepted to Medical School there so this was going to be his last summer in Alaska. He and my husband had medical school in common because my husband teaches at a medical school. It was also obvious how much he loves his dogs and sharing his and their lives with others. We had a wonderful 2-mile circular trip in the sled behind 16 dogs. the dogs were delightful to pet and talk to afterwards and our musher took lots of pictures for us (he even volunteered to do so!). We had learned a little about dog teams at a stop in Denali National Park, but this was, by far, the best and most informative time we had about these amazing animals. We could have stayed a lot longer, because even on top of the glacier, it wasn't very cold, even though it was raining slightly. Even those this excursion was a big splurge for us, it was worth it to have the "real{" experience of sled dogs on snow, not pulling a training vehicle over dry or paved ground. I would recommend this experience to anyone who wants a real Alaska adventure.

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  3. 4 out of 5

    Interesting experienceOur whole family enjoyed this tour, even our 20yr old sons. The ground crew was really great-helpful and talked to us while waiting which was a nice personal touch. We enjoyed interacting with the dogs. Wish we could have done more of that while they were not tied to the sled. Some seemed too old to be pulling and that was sad. Wish musher was more talkative and louder so we could hear him. Would have loved to hear some history of dogsledding, etc. All of the mushers seemed a little "out of it" but overall we were glad to have this experience.

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  4. 5 out of 5

    Best ever!Thank you so much. Loved the whole experience! I was reluctant at first to book and my sisters encourage me to have a go. Felt very safe in the helicopter and just loved the dogs. We had so much fun on the sled as we went around in the snow. The staff were very patient we us and helped make it a very wonderful memory. Glad I went

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  5. 5 out of 5

    Incredible adventureThis was so thrilling. We took my 13 year old grandson and this surely exceeded his expectations. Until you experience this you just can't imagine how beautiful and how interesting it all is , from the helicopter to the dogsledding . It was definitely the highlight of our trip . Everyone was so nice and made sure that we were safe and comfortable. Don't miss this one it is worth every penny.

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  6. 5 out of 5

    Ice ice baby!We are a family of four from the UK. Absolutely brilliant excursion. Helicopter trip was exciting and gave us the opportunity to take some fantastic photos of the two big glaciers surrounding Juneau. Dog sledding was also great - guides (and dogs!) were really friendly and this was a great way to see a glacier close up. Awesome trip - would recommend to anyone.

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  7. 5 out of 5

    This excursion was beyond our expectations!!!! The best excursion we took while in Alaska. Something that should definitely not be missed. Scott our pilot was awesome, Jim the musher was friendly, took his time with us and answered all our questions and it was fantastic spending time on the actual sleds. We would highly recommend this excursion!!

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  8. 5 out of 5

    Worth it!This excursion was a little bit of a splurge for me and my husband but I think it was worth it! It was such an awesome experience I get butterflies just thinking about it. The guides were awesome and helpful. I really appreciated that when we were on the glacier mushing, the trainer gave us opportunities to take pictures so that we could remember our experience. I'm pretty sure I took over 200 pictures during our day in Juneau and I'm so glad I did so I can remember everything. Even though we were a little bit nervous about booking an excursion not through the cruise ship, it worked out great and we are so glad we booked through Alaska Shore Tours! It was such an incredible experience, my husband and I were in disbelief after we finished and got back on the ship. We couldn't believe what we just experienced! I would definitely recommend this excursion.

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  9. 4 out of 5

    Everything went very smoothly for us as we booked this during a stopover on a cruise. The driver was there as planned and got us to the airport right on time. The helicopter ride was incredible and everyone was very professional. Kids and adults alike enjoyed the dog sledding on the glacier. No complaints ...maybe just a bit longer. Overall a wonderful and unforgettable experience.

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  10. 5 out of 5

    Great time in the helicopter and snow dog sledding on the glacierWe highly recommend this tour. The shuttle drivers and ground crew at the airport were very nice and easy going. The flight up to the glacier was gorgeous. Evan was our pilot with smooth hand on the controls. Smooth flight! Caleb was our guide on the mountain with his team of dogs. He was fun to talk to, as well as the other guides up there. The dogs were fun to pet and talk to. So much character in each one of those dogs. Landing on the glacier for the second landing was great. We were encouraged to drink the glacial water, and it was so clean and pure. We will definitely book this trip again on a future trip to Alaska. Hands down beats the dry land sledding offered by other companies, as I've compared photos and videos I've seen online.

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  11. 5 out of 5

    Wonderful experience. Would recommend this tour for anyone. Flight to Glacier was good but pilot needs to commentate more on the area. Overall experience the sled and dogs were a experience to be had.

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    Is the dogsled tour on an actual glacier?

    Answer: Yes, the dogsled operator is flown up via helicopter early in the season and sets up camp on the Herbert Glacier in advance of the summer tours.

    Will there be snow at the dog camp?

    Answer: Yes. Our dog sleds are similar to any you might see in professional competition and require a certain amount of snow in order to operate.

    Will I get to stand and mush the dogsled team?

    Answer: 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 per helicopter?

    Answer: Each helicopter can seat up to 6 passengers, provided the weight and balance calculations work out in each aircraft.

    How many people per dogsled?

    Answer: Each team of 10 – 12 Alaskan huskies is hooked up to a double sled arrangement, which allows for up to 5 passengers per dogsled team. We generally keep bookings at 12 passengers each hour, so the usual load out for each team is 4 passengers, but we can make just about any grouping work.

    What if my tour group is larger than 6 people?

    Answer: There are several helicopters available at the base and can make accommodations for larger groups with advance notice. If your group exceeds 6 passengers and requires the use of multiple aircraft, we instruct the pilots to coordinate landing locations on the glacier so that you can have your landing time together.

    Why do you land on the Herbert Glacier?

    Answer: We find the Herbert Glacier to be of particular charm and seclusion. Most passengers on our helicopter tours feel like they’re the only people in the world while on their glacier landing, and we like to keep it that unique and exclusive for everyone.

    Will the pilot get out with us?

    Answer: Definitely. Your pilot will act as your guide for your entire helicopter tour, including the time you’ll spend on the glacier. This allows for a truly focused tour experience.

    Will we see wildlife on the tour?

    Answer: There is a good chance wildlife will be seen during your tour, either in flight or while on the glacier. However, this is not a wildlife viewing tour and we cannot guarantee you will see wildlife.

    Can children come on the tour?

    Answer: Absolutely! We are more than happy to accommodate children of all ages and there are several car seats available for customers to use.

    What happens if the weather is too bad to fly?

    Answer: If the weather is just not cooperating and the pilots determine that it’s too bad to fly, we’ll do our best to reschedule you to a later time of day that works for you. If you choose not to reschedule or we can’t find a time that works for you, our refund policy clearly states that refunds due to weather canceled flights are refunded in full.

    What if I need extra help on the tour?

    Answer: Your pilot will be with you the entire tour, so they’ll be happy to lend a helping hand whenever necessary. If you require extra assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us ahead of your tour and discuss your particular needs.

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