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HELICOPTER AND DOG SLED TOUR

Per Person $597 USD
Per Person 280+ lbs (Persons weighing 280 pounds or more.) $736 USD
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HELICOPTER AND DOG SLED TOUR

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This is really something special. We happened to be in Alaska during the Iditarod Dog Sled Race and it seems to affect every corner of the state, although it takes place in the north. The company that is providing the dogs and sleds for your tour has participated in this race. This experience, along with your helicopter flight to the snowfield, will be a day you'll never forget!

This tour runs from May 8 until August 25th, weather permitting.

Glacier-carved mountains unfold in front of your eyes as you embark on your helicopter flight to the camp. The flight is about 15 to 20 minutes each way, depending on winds and weather. You will see that each glacier has its own personality.

As you land on the 20-30 feet of snow on Herbert Glacier, you will hear the 80 huskies barking their greeting, as they are as anxious to get moving as you are. You will have some time to chat with the mushers and hear unique personal accounts of the Iditarod backcountry experiences. You will be given instructions on stopping and using the brakes, if you want to drive the sled.

You will set out on a 1 1/2 to 2-mile loop and will be able to stop for photos, as well as to change places with your companion, if you wish. Your total time on the snow is one hour that you will never forget!

The actual excursion length is approximately 1.5 hours from liftoff at the airport to return. The total trip length, including transfer time to and from the cruise ship pier, is approximately 3 hours.

This dogsled camp houses about 40 husky dogs, along with puppies and crew. These dogs enjoy nothing more than doing what they have been bred for--running and racing. Operation of tour is dependent on the weather and snow conditions. Snow conditions at the dog sled camp, particularly in the last half of August, can be unpredictable. If this trip is not able to operate, the helicopter company will make every effort to accommodate you on an alternate excursion.

  • This tour includes:
  • Round trip transportation from the cruise ship pier
  • 15-20 minute helicopter flight to Herbert Glacier
  • 1 1/2 to 2-mile dogsled ride
  • Iditarod tales from experienced mushers
  • Once-in-a-lifetime photos and memories

Days of Operation

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Mon - yes
Tue - yes
Wed - yes
Thu - yes
Fri - yes
Sat - yes
Sun - yes

Departures (local time)

  • 8:15 AM (3 hrs) Pickup time. Trip length includes transfer time.
  • 9:15 AM (3 hrs) Pickup time. Trip length includes transfer time.
  • 10:15 AM (3 hrs) Pickup time. Trip length includes transfer time.
  • 11:15 AM (3 hrs) Pickup time. Trip length includes transfer time.
  • 12:15 PM (3 hrs) Pickup time. Trip length includes transfer time.
  • 1:15 PM (3 hrs) Pickup time. Trip length includes transfer time.
  • 2:15 PM (3 hrs) Pickup time. Trip length includes transfer time.
  • 3:15 PM (3 hrs) Pickup time. Trip length includes transfer time.
  • 4:15 PM (3 hrs) Pickup time. Trip length includes transfer time.
  • 5:15 PM (3 hrs) Pickup time. Trip length includes transfer time.
  • 6:15 PM (3 hrs) Pickup time. Trip length includes transfer time.

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• Dress warmly and in layers. Often the temperature on the glacier is colder than you expect.
• You will be outfitted with a glacier over-boot prior to embarking on your trip.
• Bring sunglasses.
• NO MINIMUM FITNESS LEVEL REQUIRED.
• During the early and middle of the season, we extend the service to 6:15pm flight time.

Restrictions

When choosing a trip departure time, you must allow a minimum of 1 hour between the time your ship docks and the time you are picked up at the pier.
• Each person must pay for a space. We do not allow any lap children, as they must be in a car seat (which we can provide if we know ahead of time).
• Heart patients, please beware this flight reaches heights of up to 5000'.
• No bags or backpacks of any sort are allowed on the helicopter. Everything you bring must fit in your pockets. Cameras or binoculars must fit into pockets or worn around your neck.
• You will be required to furnish the weight of each passenger. Be prepared to weigh in for this tour. To ensure your safety and comfort, passengers weighing 280 pounds or more (including clothing, footwear, and cameras, which may add an additional 10-15 pounds) will be reserved extra space on-board the helicopter and will be required to pay an additional amount as reflected in our pricing chart. It is important to be accurate with the weights, as there may not be additional space available at the weigh-in should you go over 280 pounds.
There is a maximum of 6 passengers per hour for this trip. If you have more than 6 people in your group, please contact ShoreTrips.
This tour runs from May 8 until August 22nd, weather permitting. Operation of all tours is dependent on weather and snow conditions. If the dogsled tour is not able to operate because of snow conditions, the helicopter company will make every effort to accommodate you on an alternate excursion.