Alaska Glacier Dog Sledding and Helicopter Tour

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    View of Mountains from Dog Camp on Alaska Icefield

    View of Mountains from Dog Camp on Alaska Icefield
    ••• Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sled and Glacier Flightseeing Tour in Juneau View of Mountains from Dog Camp on Alaska Icefield. Alaska Glacier Helicopter and Dog Sled Tour Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Riding on a dog sled across a brilliant white snow field is a dream come true. Visitors to Alaska can fly in a helicopter from either Skagway or Juneau to a summer training camp for sled dogs high up on a glacier. Visitors on either a large or mid-sized cruise ship or a small expedition cruise ship can have this same experience in Juneau.

    Summer dog sledding on the icefields and glaciers of Alaska was started in the mid-1990's, and Alaska Icefield Expeditions has two camps, each with over 200 dogs. Visitors have the thrill of a helicopter ride to and from the glacier, along with an opportunity to meet the dogs and mushers and ride in a dog sled across the snow and ice. The helicopter ride alone is a great adventure, but the dog sledding made it extra special.

    The truly adventurous can spend the night in a private hut at the glacier camp and learn to mush their own team of dogs. Doesn't that sound like fun?

    One note--this excursion is expensive and is sometimes canceled due to...MORE inclement weather.

    Dog camp residents can enjoy this amazing view every day.

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    Dog Sled Camp in Alaska - Alaska Icefield Expeditions

    Dog Sled Camp in Alaska - Alaska Icefield Expeditions
    ••• Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sled and Glacier Helicopter Tour in Juneau Dog Sled Camp in Alaska - Alaska Icefield Expeditions. Alaska Glacier Helicopter and Dog Sled Tour Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Alaska Icefield Expeditions operates two summer camps for dog sledders--one near Juneau and the other near Skagway. Over 200 dogs and 10-12 mushers and staff.

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    Dog Sleds and Musher Accommodations at Alaska Icefield Expeditions Dog Camp

    Dog Sleds and Musher Accommodations at Alaska Icefield Expeditions Dog Camp near Juneau
    ••• Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sled and Glacier Helicopter Tour in Juneau Dog Sleds and Musher Accommodations at Alaska Icefield Expeditions Dog Camp near Juneau. Alaska Glacier Helicopter and Dog Sled Tour Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    The mushers stay in these quonset-like huts on the Mendenhall Glacier.

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    Dog Sled Camp - Alaska Icefield Expeditions

    Dog Sled Camp - Alaska Icefield Expeditions
    ••• Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sled and Glacier Helicopter Tour Dog Sled Camp - Alaska Icefield Expeditions. Alaska Glacier Helicopter and Dog Sled Tour Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Mushers stay in these huts while working at the summer dog camp. They get a chance to go into Juneau one day a week for a shower and a break.

    Wouldn't you like a summer job that involves living in a hut on a glacier and learning all about dog sledding?

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    Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sled Camp from Helicopter Flightseeing Tour

    Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sled Camp from Helicopter Flightseeing Tour
    ••• Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sled Camp from Helicopter Flightseeing Tour. Alaska Glacier Helicopter and Dog Sled Tour Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Dog Sled Husky

    Dog Sled Husky
    ••• Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sled and Glacier Flightseeing Tour in Juneau Dog Sled Husky. Alaska Glacier Helicopter and Dog Sled Tour Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Most of the sled dogs are a mixture of the Alaskan Husky and various cross breeds, such as the German Shorthaired Pointer. All have double layers of hair.

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    Alaska State Flag at Alaska Icefield Expeditions' Site

    Alaska State Flag at Alaska Icefield Expeditions' Site on Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau
    ••• Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sled and Glacier Flightseeing Tour in Juneau Alaska State Flag at Alaska Icefield Expeditions' Site on Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau. Alaska Glacier Helicopter and Dog Sled Tour Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Playing with the Sled Dogs at Mendenhall Glacier Summer Camp

    Playing with the Sled Dogs at Mendenhall Glacier Summer Camp
    ••• Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sled and Glacier Flightseeing Tour in Juneau Playing with the Sled Dogs at Mendenhall Glacier Summer Camp. Alaska Glacier Helicopter and Dog Sled Tour Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    This black dog named Pandora reminded me a lot of our dog back home. He also loves to play and demands attention.

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    Dog Camp on the North Fork of the Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau, Alaska

    Dog Camp on the North Fork of the Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sled and Glacier Flightseeing Tour in Juneau Dog Camp on the North Fork of the Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau, Alaska. Alaska Glacier Helicopter and Dog Sled Tour Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Every dog has his/her own dog house at the camp, but most dogs sleep outside on the snow or on the roofs. They think their houses are too warm!

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    Musher Sean Williams at Alaska Dog Camp on Mendenhall Glacier

    Musher Sean Williams at Alaska Dog Camp on Mendenhall Glacier
    ••• Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sled and Glacier Flightseeing Tour in Juneau Musher Sean Williams at Alaska Dog Camp on Mendenhall Glacier. Alaska Glacier Helicopter and Dog Sled Tour Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Sean is originally from Texas, but loves working with the dogs in Alaska. He hopes to run the Iditarod in a couple of years.

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    Dog Sled Heads Out of Camp on Mendenhall Glacier

    Dog Sled Heads Out of Camp on Mendenhall Glacier
    ••• Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sled and Glacier Flightseeing Tour in Juneau Dog Sled Heads Out of Camp on Mendenhall Glacier. Alaska Glacier Helicopter and Dog Sled Tour Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    The dogs are enthusiastic to run, and it doesn't take the mushers long to hook up their harnesses. The dogs seem to love their jobs, and all want to go along.

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    Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sledding

    Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sledding
    ••• Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sled and Glacier Flightseeing Tour in Juneau Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sledding. Alaska Glacier Helicopter and Dog Sled Tour Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    View from a Dog Sled on the Mendenhall Glacier

    View from a Dog Sled on the Mendenhall Glacier
    ••• Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sled and Glacier Flightseeing Tour in Juneau View from a Dog Sled on the Mendenhall Glacier. Alaska Glacier Helicopter and Dog Sled Tour Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Riding in the sled is more comfortable than standing on the back, but the dogs kick up ice and snow into your face constantly.

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    Dog Sled Tumble on the Mendenhall Glacier

    Dog Sled Tumble on the Mendenhall Glacier
    ••• Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sled and Glacier Flightseeing Tour in Juneau Dog Sled Tumble on the Mendenhall Glacier. Alaska Glacier Helicopter and Dog Sled Tour Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Ashley and Cathy leaned the wrong way going around a turn and took a tumble. Fortunately, only their pride was hurt.

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    Dogs at the Summer Camp on the Mendenhall Glacier

    Dogs at the Summer Camp on the Mendenhall Glacier
    ••• Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sled and Glacier Flightseeing Tour in Juneau Dogs at the Summer Camp on the Mendenhall Glacier. Alaska Glacier Helicopter and Dog Sled Tour Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Dogs Enjoy Watching the Tourists, Too!

    Dogs Enjoy Watching the Tourists, Too!
    ••• Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sled and Glacier Flightseeing Tour in Juneau Dogs Enjoy Watching the Tourists, Too!. Alaska Glacier Helicopter and Dog Sled Tour Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    On a clear day, over 100 tourists might visit the dog camp, a dozen at a time in two helicopters.

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    Dogs at the Summer Camp on Mendenhall Glacier

    Dogs at the Summer Camp on Mendenhall Glacier
    ••• Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sled and Glacier Flightseeing Tour in Juneau Dogs at the Summer Camp on Mendenhall Glacier. Alaska Glacier Helicopter and Dog Sled Tour Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    I was pleasantly surprised how "pet-like" the dogs were. They loved being petted just like our dog back home.

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    Dog Sled at Dog Camp on the Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau

    Dog Sled at Dog Camp on the Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau
    ••• Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sled and Glacier Flightseeing Tour in Juneau Dog Sled at Dog Camp on the Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau. Alaska Glacier Helicopter and Dog Sled Tour Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Sleds such as this one are used for the tourists. They are great fun to ride in!

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    Dog Sled Puppy

    Dog Sled Puppy
    ••• Ashley Cuddles with New Friend Dog Sled Puppy. Alaska Glacier Helicopter and Dog Sled Tour Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Alaska Icefield Expeditions Summer Camp on the Mendenhall Glacier

    Alaska Icefield Expeditions Summer Camp on the Mendenhall Glacier
    ••• Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sled and Glacier Flightseeing Tour in Juneau Alaska Icefield Expeditions Summer Camp on the Mendenhall Glacier. Alaska Glacier Helicopter and Dog Sled Tour Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    About Cruises Guide Linda Garrison and Dog Sled Puppy

    About Cruises Guide Linda Garrison and Dog Sled Puppy
    ••• Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sled and Glacier Flightseeing Tour in Juneau About Cruises Guide Linda Garrison and Dog Sled Puppy. Alaska Glacier Helicopter and Dog Sled Tour Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Everyone loves a cute puppy, and this one might grow up to be the "lead dog" someday.

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    Alaska Icefield Expeditions Summer Camp on the Mendenhall Glacier

    Alaska Icefield Expeditions Summer Camp on the Mendenhall Glacier
    ••• Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sled and Glacier Flightseeing Tour in Juneau Alaska Icefield Expeditions Summer Camp on the Mendenhall Glacier. Alaska Glacier Helicopter and Dog Sled Tour Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Alaska Icefield Overnight Accommodations

    Alaska Icefield Expeditions Bed & Breakfast - Overnight Accommodations on Mendenhall Glacier
    ••• Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sled and Glacier Helicopter Tour in Juneau Alaska Icefield Expeditions Bed & Breakfast - Overnight Accommodations on Mendenhall Glacier. Alaska Glacier Helicopter and Dog Sled Tour Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    The mushers were quick to point out that their huts are not as "luxurious" as this one. See the next photo for an exterior view of the hut B&B accommodations.

     

    An overnight at the Alaska Icefield Expeditions Bed & Breakfast starts at the TEMSCO helicopter facility, where you have a safety orientation and get outfitted with warm glacier boots.

    Next, you take an amazing flightseeing helicopter ride over the glaciers and Juneau icefield to the dog camp on the north fork of the Mendenhall Glacier. Once there, you'll get a chance to meet professional Iditarod and Yukon Quest mushers who love running and racing sled dogs. They love to share their dogs, experiences and love of the North Country with you.

    Visitors practice with the mushers and the sled dogs before mushing their own team, learning the the skills necessary to command the dog team (like gee, haw, and whoa) and navigate the glacier trails. A hearty evening meal prepared by the camp cook and (mostly true) dog...MORE sledding stories are a big part of the overnight adventure. The hut is comfortable, but not luxurious - after all, you are camping! Warm flannel sheets, a thick comforter, and heater will keep you warm during your night on the icefield.

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    Alaska Icefield Expeditions Bed & Breakfast - Overnight Accommodations

    Alaska Icefield Expeditions Bed & Breakfast - Overnight Accommodations on Mendenhall Glacier
    ••• Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sled and Glacier Flightseeing Tour in Juneau Alaska Icefield Expeditions Bed & Breakfast - Overnight Accommodations on Mendenhall Glacier. Alaska Glacier Helicopter and Dog Sled Tour Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    For those who love to stay in exotic locales - how about a night on a glacier? The bed & breakfast includes a helicopter ride, private hut, dinner, breakfast, and dog sledding.

    See the previous photo for more information on the Alaska Icefield Expeditions Bed & Breakfast.