Dog Sledding & Helicopter Flightseeing

Skagway Tours

What To Expect

Take a thrilling dog sledding tour in Skagway that combines the best of both worlds: dog sledding and a helicopter tour over glaciers.

Enjoy breathtaking views of The Denver as you soar over glaciers and picturesque mountain peaks. Your adventure begins with convenient pickup from the main cruise ship terminal in Skagway, followed by a scenic helicopter ride to Herbert Glacier.

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Arriving At The Glacier

At the dog sledding camp, you’ll meet the 240 Alaskan huskies who live on the glacier, learn from experienced mushers and dog handlers, and take a kennel tour. The ultimate highlight of this tour is the dog sled ride itself! Feel the rush of excitement as the eager team of huskies takes off and you drive the sled over the snow.

After the sled ride, take advantage of photo opportunities and enjoy a scenic helicopter flight of the glaciers before being returned to the cruise ship terminal. With a duration of 2 hours, including 30 minutes of helicopter time and 60 minutes on the glacier, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed.

Note: For safety reasons, a $150 surcharge applies for passengers weighing 250lbs or more, fully clothed, that guarantees additional space in the aircraft. Child prices are the same as adult prices. Departure time must be at least 60/90 minutes after cruise ship arrival. Departure time must be at least 60-90 minutes after cruise ship arrival. Check the ship’s itinerary and select the appropriate time.


  • Roundtrip transportation
  • Traction overboots
  • Restrooms are available at the helicopter base


  • Guests are required to enter the aircraft with little to no assistance. For safety reasons, they must be able to walk a minimum of about 200 ft and navigate two 18′ steps into the aircraft on their own. 
  • Guests should wear comfortable shoes and dress in warm layers. Hat, gloves, sunglasses, waterproof outer layer and cameras are recommended
  • Guests must be comfortable walking short distances on uneven and occasionally icy surfaces
  • Signed liability waiver


3 hours. Tour times below are approximate:

  • 20-30 minutes – to and from cruise ship
  • 30 minutes – preflight safety briefing and preparation
  • 30 minutes – glacier flightseeing via helicopter
  • 60 minutes – at the dog camp with approximately 30-35 out on the trail dog sledding
Important Notes & Reminders
  • This is a weather dependent tour up to the sole discretion of the tour operator.
  • Seating in the helicopter is determined by weight and balance, and is at the sole discretion of the tour operator.
  • Federal Aviation Administration regulations require that all children 24 months and older on any aircraft must occupy their own seat which must be paid for. All children under 24 months of age are considered a lap child and fly free of charge.
  • Due to security reasons, no bag of any kind, canes, crutches, extendable devises such as umbrellas or go-pro sticks, water bottles, I-pads or tablets are allowed on the helicopter. There are lockers at base to store anything that can’t be taken on the aircraft.
  • Parental Consent forms: A parental consent form is required for all passengers ages 12 to 17 who will be participating on any tour unaccompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted to fly without a parent or legal guardian.

dog sledding & helicopter tour


What's the difference between Skagway and Juneau Tours?

We strive to provide uniformity across our operations with an emphasis on safety and guest comfort. Both locations offer similar flight, glacier, and mushing time. We recommend booking your glacier dog sledding tour in the location and the time that best accommodates the additional activities that you wish to pursue while in port that day.

How much time should I allocate for Glacier Dog Sledding in Skagway?

In Skagway, with the heliport just a short distance from downtown, you will wish to allocate 2 hours and 30 minutes to accommodate your other pursuits. Directions and instructions will be included in your confirmation and tour voucher.

When should I make my reservation?
You will wish to make your reservations as early as possible. This tour fills very quickly early reservations ensure your seat as well as give you the opportunity to avoid scheduling conflicts with additional activities you wish to pursue.
When is Glacier Dogsledding Available?

Dogsledding operations run the middle of May through late August. We work with three helicopter companies to offer you the greatest selection of days and times for your adventure. In Skagway you may receive transportation and contact information from TEMSCO Helicopters.

How do we go dogsledding on snow in the summer?

The Glaciers lay within the Tongass National Forest, originating within the 1,500 square mile Juneau Icefield, blanketing the Coast Mountains for 100 miles along the U.S. Canada border from Juneau to Skagway.

How do I book?
You may book your glacier dog mushing tour in Skagway directly through us as the operator. You may also go through your cruise ship or one of the one of the downtown tour sale associates.
How Do I Get There?
Your helicopter will take you on a breathtaking flightseeing trip over the glaciers and mountains before you land at the glacier dog camp. You will be given detailed instructions and contact information with your reservation.
What Can I Bring?

Due to helicopter operations, bags and additional items are not allowed on board the aircraft.  All personal items that you wish to bring to camp, such as your camera and rain jacket, must be carried on your person.  Secure storage is provided at the heliport.

What Should I Wear?
We strongly encourage that you dress in layers as conditions vary between sea level and dog camp at 3500′ on the glacier. The weather may be snowing, raining, sunny or a combination of all three. Sturdy footwear and a rain jacket are suggested throughout your visit in Alaska. Gloves, hats, and sunglasses are recommended in dog camp.
What Should I Not Bring?

You should not bring anything that you will not need while away from the heliport, where secure storage is provided. No handheld tablets are allowed in the aircraft and the use of ‘extender sticks’ are not permissible.

Will there be puppies?

While we hope there will be, we do not guarantee puppies as they are the product of a natural process and one that we do not promote unless Musher’s have them planned in their individual kennel plans.

How many dogs pull the sled, how many people will be riding; may I drive the sled?
A team of 10 – 12 sled dogs pull a combination sled configuration made up of two sleds. The first, directly behind the dogs, carries two seated guests and your dedicated Musher, standing on the back, providing the dogs instruction, and operating the braking system. The second, or tag sled, carries two guests, one seated and one standing on the sled runners. With safety paramount, your Musher will instruct you on how to stand on the runners if you choose, stopping along the trail for photos and to change passenger configuration. While seated, enjoy in the agility and determination of the world class athletes powering your journey across the glacier.
How does the tour timeline breakdown?
There is 20-25 minutes of combined (round trip) scenic helicopter flight time. Once in camp, you will be greeted by a dedicated team for an hour on the glacier interacting with the dogs and exploring camp life with 20-25 minutes of dedicated sled time out on the trail.
Are your operations ADA accessible?

We pride our operations on the personal effort and assistance put forth by our staff in ensuring the guest experience. You must be physically capable of loading and unloading from the aircraft, under your own power, with our dedicated crew standing by to offer instruction and assistance. Due to helicopter operations, walkers, canes, and wheelchairs are not allowed around, on board or to be stowed in the aircraft.

What if I want to visit the sled dogs but not the helicopter?

Our sister company Gold Rush Dog Tours offers dry land mushing tours in the beautiful Sheep Creek Valley in Juneau. Here you can visit with mushers, sled dogs, puppies and go on a Cart ride with the team.

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