Along with Kenai Fjords National Park and Resurrection Bay, Seward is also famous for being the start of Alaska's iconic Iditarod Sled Dog Trail. It's only fitting then to meet a few sled dogs and learn about the state's mushing heritage while in this pretty coastal town. This day tour does the trick, and then some.
The helicopter gently touches down on the glacial snowpack.
The trip begins at the Seward Airport where passengers are outfitted in glacier gear: Water resistant jacket, pants, and overboots. From there it's up and away on a short yet wonderfully scenic helicopter flight to the Fourth of July Glacier. The sled dog training camp comes into view slowly, and soon the helicopter gently touches down on the glacial snowpack.
Mushers are on hand to meet the helicopter and introduce glacier guests to resident sled dogs. These Alaska huskies are part of the Seavey family kennel in Seward. The Seaveys have a long tradition of dog mushing in Alaska and between them have won seven Iditarod races. Guests learn all about the dogs, their care, and the sport of mushing. Soon enough it's time to experience the sport first-hand on a dog sled ride. There's no mistaking it, these pups love to run. They leap, bark, lean into their harnesses, and glance back impatiently as if to say, "What's taking so long!" Once the guests take their seat or stance, the musher says the word and the dogs are off along the one-kilometer glacier circuit. After time to play with these friendly huskies, the tour concludes with a return helicopter flight to Seward.
The tour operator provides guests with water-resistant outer layers and overboots for the glacier. There is a minimum of two and maximum of six guests per tour.
What to Bring
Weather on the glacier can be quite different from Seward, so be sure to wear layers and sturdy, close-toed shoes. Don't forget sunglasses and a camera. Because little baggage space is available in the helicopter, guests must leave backpacks and bags at the tour operator hangar.
Tour helicopters have a 290-pound maximum passenger seat restriction. To calculate accurate weight and balance for the aircraft, each passenger must provide their weight when making a reservation.
Transfers & Meeting Points
The tour operator provides complimentary roundtrip transportation to the airport from several locations in Seward, including the Harbor 360, Seward Windsong Lodge, and Seward Gateway Hotel. Pickup from other locations in town is available when requested in advance. The tour departs from the Seward Airport. Parking for self-drive guests is available at the hangar. Passengers must check in at least 30 minutes prior to their departure time.
Rates & Dates
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|5/1/21 (Sa) to 8/31/21 (Tu)5/1/21 (Sa) to 8/31/21 (Tu)||Adult: $519.00||Child: $479.00|
|The rates above do not include taxes/fees of 2% plus $5.00 per person and are subject to change without notice.|
Departure times and locations are listed below. Click on a link for an interactive map.
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- Price $519 + Tax
- Duration 1.5 Hours
- Departures 9:00 AM, 12:20 AM, 11:40 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:20 PM, 3:40 PM, 5:00 PM
- Operating Dates Daily from 5/1/2021 to 8/31/2021
- Activity Level Active
- Scenic helicopter flight.
- Dog sled ride on Fourth of July Glacier.
- Narration by a knowledgeable dog mushers.
- Snow gear and glacier overboots.