The Skagway dogsled & glacier flightseeing helicopter tour is one that you do not want to miss!
Combine your helicopter flightseeing tour with Alaska's favorite sport - dogsledding. Whether it's the thrill of driving a sled, playing with puppies, flying through breath-taking scenery, or getting to be a part of the largest sub-artic dogsled camp operation in the world, this excursion is for you!
From the pier, a short walk brings you to the heliport where, following a safety video, you are outfitted with boots and vests and loaded onto the helicopter. Once airborne, soar over stunning glaciers and snow fields, before landing at the Skagway dog camp situated on the Denver Glacier.
Leave your aircraft behind to become acquainted with the world of "mushing" and dogsledding. You have the option to either stand on the sled and mush, or relax in the sled and observe the breathtaking environment around you. A truly authentic Alaskan adventure, this outing enables you to meet the professional mushers and their friendly dogs that have made the Iditarod dog race famous.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS EXCURSION OPERATES MAY - AUGUST ONLY.
Included: Boots and vest.
Choosing Departure Time: "Morning Departure" (range of 8:15am - 11:45am) or "Afternoon Departure" (range of 12:15pm - 5:45pm). Once your order is received, we will contact you with all options within your preference to finalize the reservation.
Please note: Guests weighing 250lbs or more, with all clothing and camera, are required to purchase a seat surcharge. Extra space will be reserved on the helicopter. Guests are not able to stay on the helicopter at the glacier. Please dress appropriately for weather and conditions. Children under 2 can ride for free on adult's lap.
Duration: 2 hours (Roundtrip from downtown Skagway. Time on Glacier: 1 hour. Dogsledding: 30 minutes. Flight Time: 30 minutes.)
- Headsets to listen to the narration by your pilot
- Traction overboots
Duration: 2 hours. Tour times below are approximate:
- 30 minutes preflight safety briefing and preparation
- 30 minutes glacier flightseeing via helicopter
- 60 minutes at the dog camp with approx 30 minutes of dogsledding
- This tour meets at the helicopter base, a short walk from your cruise ship. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.
Can I pet and play with the sled dogs?
Yes, the dogs love human interaction and the mushers 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 with your 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 there are more than 6 passengers, multiple helicopters will fly at the same time and land at the dog 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 sightings are not 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 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. There is no charge for infants under 2 years old and they will be required to ride on a guardian's lap.
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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Want to learn more about our dogsledding tours?
Check out our blog for more details on all of the dogsledding tours we offer: http://alaska-shoreexcursions.com/blog/alaska-dog-sled-tours!