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Best Alaska Dog Sledding Tours

Dog sledding in Alaska is the most popular shore excursion. Dog sledding tours typically include a helicopter trip into the mountains and a dog sledding ride with Alaskan sled dogs on a glacier. These trips offer a glacier tour experience most people only dream of: the exhilarating dog sledding ride, sweeping beautiful views from the helicopter, and first-hand stories and experiences from guides.

Dog sledding has been a popular sport in Alaska for generations. Iditarod mushers will take you on a a dog sled ride, tell you stories from the world-famous race, and let you cuddle with sled dogs.

Read on to find our picks for the best dog sledding in Alaska:

 

1. Juneau Dog Sledding & Glacier Helicopter Tour

Port: Juneau

Points of Interest: Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau Icefield

Highlights: Dog Sledding, Helicopter, Glacier

Our most popular dog sled tour, and one of the best Alaska tours, is the Juneau Dog Sledding Tour. The 3-hour trip includes 25-30 minutes of flightseeing via helicopter and 1 hour at the dog sled camp. To see not one but two glaciers, try the extended trip.

 

2. Skagway Dog Sledding Tour & Glacier Flightseeing Tour

Port: Skagway

Points of Interest: Denver Glacier

Highlights: Dog Sledding, Helicopter, Glacier

Skagway visitors can embark on the Skagway Dog Sledding Tour . The exciting two hour trip includes helicopter, glacier, and dog sled time. You’ll get the chance to drive the dog sled or relax and enjoy the awe-inspiring views.

 

3. Skagway Yukon Discovery & Sled Dog Tour

Port: Skagway

Points of Interest: Yukon, White Pass, Caribou Crossing, Gold Rush Trail

Highlights: Play with Sled Dogs, Musher’s Camp

The Yukon Sled Dog Tour includes miles of pristine wilderness, waterfalls, lakes, and glaciers (weather permitting.) It’s an all-day land tour that begins with a coach trip that parallels the 1989 Gold Rush Trail over the White Pass summit into the Yukon, with many opportunities for wildlife spotting. You’ll then get to take a dogsledding ride at Caribou Crossing.

 

4. Juneau Dogsledding on Mendenhall Glacier via Helicopter

Port: Juneau

Points of Interest: Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau Icefield

Highlights: Dog Sledding, Helicopter, Glacier

On this dog sledding excursion, you ride a helicopter to Mendenhall Glacier, where the dog sledding camp is located. Alaskan sled dogs will take you on a thrilling mushing experience atop the glacier.

 

5. Denali Iditarod Husky Homestead Tour

Port: Denali

Points of Interest: Husky Homestead

Highlights: Iditarod Husky Team, Play with Sled Dogs

Tour Iditarod Champion Jeff King’s Husky Homestead and experience Alaskan lifestyle. You’ll get a look at what goes into creating and training a championship Iditarod team. Plus, you can cuddle cute sled dog puppies!

 

6. Juneau Musher’s Camp Tour

Port: Juneau

Points of Interest: Tongass National Rain Forest

Highlights: Play with Sled Dogs, Musher’s Camp

On the Juneau Musher’s camp tour you can learn about the lives of sled dogs and take a ride on a custom-designed wheeled sled. Afterward, you can grab a refreshment and wander through the camp to meet the dogs. This is a musher’s camp visit and the sled dog adventure is not on snow.

 

7. Skagway Musher’s Camp Tour

Port: Skagway

Points of Interest: Dyea, Gold Rush National Park

Highlights: Play with Sled Dogs, Musher’s Camp 

The Skagway Musher’s Camp tour begins with an overview of historic Skagway as you drive toward Gold Rush National Park. Once there, sled dogs will take you on a beautiful ride through the backcountry of a historic gold rush site.

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