Dog Sled Tours
Coastal Helicopters and Blue Kennels have teamed up for this "once in a lifetime" tour. Blue Kennels has been offering dogsled tours since 1997 and in 2009 Sebastian Schnuelle, camp owner of Blue Kennels, won the 1000 Mile Yukon Quest and also finished the Iditarod in 2nd place only a few weeks later.
To start your dogsled experience, you will be picked up at your cruise ship dock and transported to the heliport in our Coastal Helicopters vehicles, where you will start your very special adventure. The helicopter flight is only one part of this legendary experience that includes flying over the Juneau Icefield to the dog camp, a kennel tour, and the dogsled ride. When you take off, glaciers are seemingly within arm's reach and the glacier-carved mountains will unfold in front of your eyes as you embark on your helicopter flight over the Juneau Icefield to the dogsled camp. When you arrive at your destination, you will share this adventure with 80 Alaskan huskies and hear unique personal accounts of the Iditarod, back country experiences and have an opportunity to ask questions. You'll have ample photo opportunities and can dress up in original Iditarod Trail dogsled gear and finishing bibs.
FEEL THE EXCITEMENT as the team is hooked up, then.... YOU'RE OFF! A team of 12 to 14 dogs will pull the dogsled while you and your family or friends begin your mushing adventure. Imagine yourself standing on the runners of a dogsled with a team of Alaskan huskies loping across the ancient snowfields nestled among the peaks of the vast Juneau Icefield. The lure of the trail and the thrill of driving a dog team creates this "ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE!" You have the choice of riding the runners or being comfortably seated on the sled for the duration of your dogsled ride. The actual tour is approximately 1.5 hours from lift off at the heliport to return to the helicopter base. We pride ourselves on providing personal service to every participant, keeping your experience one of a kind with small group sizes and excellent mushers. Please ask us about private tours for an exclusive dogsled experience, where you and your family or friends can be the only group in our dog camp to savor your surroundings.
Blue Kennels Dogcare Humanitarian Awards
Blue Kennels Mushers
Sebastian Schnuelle: 6 time Iditarod Finisher, 2nd place best finish, 6 time Yukon Quest Finisher, 2009 Champion
Eric O. Rogers: 3 times Iditarod Finisher
Armando J. Mantilla: Professional Musher and Dog Sled Expedition Guide
Michaela Pedersen: 1000 Mile Yukon Quest Finisher.
Jimmy Lebling: Mid Distance Racer, Yukon Quest 300 finisher
Patrick Rogers: Professional Musher and Dog Sled Expedition Guide
Contact Coastal Helicopters now to schedule your Dog Sled Tour!
Call: 1-800-789-5610 within the US only
907-789-5600 local and outside of the US
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Please view the other services we offer to see how Coastal Helicopters can meet your helicopter needs:
Coastal Helicopters will provide transportation to and from the downtown cruise ship docking area at no additional cost. Please add an additional 45-60 minutes in each direction.
$495.00* per seat (includes tax and transport to and from the ship). Persons weighing 280 pounds (clothed weight) or more must pay an additional $100.00 for safety reasons. These prices apply to the 2013 tour season only.
Call 1-800-789-5610 to make your reservations. Advance reservations are recommended and must be confirmed with a credit card. Coastal Helicopters accepts most major credit cards. Please take a moment to review our cancellation and weight restriction policies.
WHAT TO WEAR:
Dress warmly and in layers. Often the temperature on the glacier is colder than you are used to. You will be outfitted with a glacier over-boot prior to embarking on your trip. Don't forget your sunglasses! Hats and gloves are available when you arrive at your destination should you forget to bring yours. Remember to bring your camera and plenty of film. These tours are for EVERYONE. No minimum fitness level is required.
*Restrictions: Passenger names and weights are required by the FAA for weight and balance calculations and flight manifesting. To ensure the comfort of all travelers, passengers weighing weighing 280 pounds (clothed weight) or more must pay an additional $100.00 to secure extra space in the aircraft.
We have a no bag policy in all our 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: Cancellations made at least 48 hours prior to a scheduled tour will be refunded in full. Cancellations made 24-48 hours prior to a scheduled tour will be charged 25%. Same day cancellations will not be refunded. If Coastal Helicopters cancels a flight due to weather, cruise ship, or flight delay, and we are unable to reschedule, the passenger will be refunded. Decisions to fly are at the discretion of Coastal Helicopters, Inc.
Safety: Customer safety is our primary concern at Coastal Helicopters, Inc. Whether you are joining us for your first helicopter experience or as a seasoned veteran heading back to work in a remote region Coastal Helicopters calls home, our staff is here to make sure you are comfortable from take off to landing. Throughout the year we subject our aircraft, pilots, maintenance and support staff not only to training and inspections required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), but also to independent and internal audits, inspections by the Office of Aircraft Services (OAS) /U.S. Forest Service and are very committed to the Alaska Air Carriers Association's Medallion Program (providing a level of safety for all passengers above and beyond that required by the FAA).
United States Forest Service
Landings on glaciers inside the Tongass National Forest are under permits issued by the USDA Forest Service.
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