Duration : 3 hours (transportation time included)
Dogsledding on the Herbert Glacier is a one of a kind experience! Working in cooperation with Sebastian Schnuelle and his team of mushers at Blue Kennels, we orchestrate a thrilling adventure over vast expanses of Alaskan snow on the Herbert Glacier.
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. 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.
The actual tour is approximately 1.5 hours from lift off at the heliport to return to the helicopter base.
Landings on glaciers inside the Tongass National Forest are under permits issued by the USDA Forest Service.
All reservations are reviewed and evaluated by Coastal Staff Members with reference to the expected cruise ship schedule to insure a timely return to your ship.
Coastal Helicopters will provide transportation to and from the downtown cruise ship docking area or select area hotels at no additional cost. Approximate transport time is 25 minutes each direction and is factored into the overall tour length.
$524.00 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 2017 tour season only.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made at least 7 days prior to a scheduled tour will be refunded in full. Cancellations made 4 – 7 days prior to a scheduled tour will be charged 50%. Cancellations within 4 days of your scheduled tour will not be refunded. Cancellations must be confirmed via e-mail or phone with a Coastal employee. If Coastal Helicopters cancels a flight due to weather, cruise ship, or flight delay, and we are unable to reschedule to a later time, the passenger will be refunded. Decisions to fly are at the discretion of Coastal Helicopters, Inc.
Any disparity between charge and refund amounts due to currency fluctuations is the sole financial responsibility of the purchaser. All prices and transactions are in US Dollars.
Contact Coastal Helicopters now to schedule your experience, and begin your dog sled tour today!
Call: 1-800-789-5610 within the US only
907-789-5610 local and outside of the US
Dress warmly and in layers, as the temperature on the glacier is often colder than you are used to. You will be outfitted with a glacier over-boot prior to embarking on your trip, please wear rubber soled shoes such as a light hiking boot or athletic shoes to insure a good fit. Don’t forget your sunglasses, scarf, hat and gloves, and remember to bring your camera with space for lots of pictures! These tours are for EVERYONE, no minimum fitness level is required. If you have any fitness concerns or special needs, please contact us directly before booking your tour.
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).
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.