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“A unique experience, but weather plays a major factor in true enjoyment..”

Alaska Icefield Expeditions
Ranked #9 of 83 Tours in Juneau
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Owner description: Join us for glacier dogsledding. This is a once in a lifetime adventure and you won't want to miss it. Accessible only by helicopter you will fly with TEMSCO Helicopters over some of the most amazing country in the world. Your pilot will land at dog camp where Alaska Icefield Expeditions will take you out dogsledding on the glacier. We have two locations. Join us on the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau and the Denver Glacier outside of Skagway. Excursions include a combined 25-30 minutes of scenic flight time on the way to and from our glacier dog camps. Once in camp, you'll experience the musher way of life and meet the true athletes, the dogs, of Alaska's official state sport. Following introductions and instruction, You will be out mushing on the glacier beneath the awe inspiring backdrop of the Juneau Ice Field.
Reviewed August 19, 2012

My family and I went on an Alaskan cruise, but booked this excursion in Juneau directly with the vendor (its cheaper to do this than booking through the cruise lines and very easy). Overall, it was a very fun and exciting experience - a helicopter took us for a quick tour that ended at the top of the glacier at a dog sled camp that housed 260 dogs during the summer months. They were all so adorable, especially the puppies that we got to hold at the end of the ride. The ride was also great and a unique experience, and our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. But the weather played a major factor in the complete enjoyment of this excursion. It was very cold, foggy and rainy the day we did the excursion, which was expected in Juneau, as it rain 300 days out of the year there. However, it was even colder, windier and more rainy at the top of the mountain and especially when the dogs are racing you around on the sled. Based on other weather related excursions that we did in Alaska from other companies and given the amount of money that we paid for this excursion, we expected to be outfitted properly by the company, which did not happen. They had previously told us to bring our own gloves and hat, which we did. They gave us glacier boots, but no weather proof coats/pants, etc. At the top of the mountain, they gave us (after we requested it) some used cheap see-through ponchos, which barely protected anything. At the end of the ride, we all were so cold, that all we wanted to do was get back on the helicopter and get back to the cruise. This is definitely a unique Alaskan excursion and I still recommend it, but if you have bad weather, be prepared for it and bring very warm and weather proof clothes for this excursion to make it worthwhile.

30  Thank Kinnery C
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

We did this excursion as a treat for our wedding anniversary, and it was absolutely worth it. The helicopter tour over the glacier was unforgettable, and every moment of our time at the dogsledding camp was fun and exciting. Bring sunglasses, it's bright up there! Though they do provide them for you if you don't bring yours. Musher Matt Hall made our experience informative and exciting. We couldn't have had a better time. Worth every penny. One useful piece of info to know is that the later you go in the season, the more likely this excursion is to be canceled, as they have to move the camp higher up the glacier as the snow melts, resulting in a higher incidence of bad weather. So if this is your top priority, go in July like we did!

8  Thank GlassofRose
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Reviewed July 27, 2012

We booked through the Celebrity Infinity excursion desk because it was sold out to do it in Juneau. Worked out for the best, because we ended up going on an awesome whale-watching cruise with Captain Jack in Juneau and visiting the Denver Glacier Dogsled Camp in Skagway. Gorgeous helicopter ride right from the pier. 240 dogs that spend their summers living on Denver Glacier with their owners. They consider the summers in Alaska their "off-season training" for the races in the winter all over the northern US. Our guide and his dogs were from Minnesota, and they spend the winter months racing in the midwest. Very educational time, loads of fun. Apparently their are always puppies and they are sooo cute. I can't say that taking the trip in Juneau would be any different, but I will say if you want to see some whales, Juneau is the place to do it. The dogsledding in Skagway was a great time.

6  Thank RJasgur
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

Thank you so much your dogs were the highlight of our trip. I can't stop talking about the dog sledding adventure! The staff was very friendly and informative. thank you so much for the great time spent with you!!!

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Reviewed July 19, 2012

took this Port Adventure while onboard the Disney Cruise ship "Wonder" during our Alaska cruise. both the helicopter ride up over the Mendenhall Glacier and the ride on the dog sledding was super awesome. beautiful scenery, we arrived after a nightfall of fresh snow. can't wait to do this again on our return cruise trip

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