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2110 Airport Rd
Seward, AK 99664
This Seward-based operator— which combines helicopter rides with dog-sledding and more—prides itself on catering to independent travelers who want both a personalized and flexible tour experience.
Owned by veteran dog musher Joe Holod and his wife Melissa, Seward Helicopter Tours doesn’t run on a strict schedule: just call or email to discuss what day or time during the summer works best for you. They always take last-minute bookings, too.
The tours don’t last more than 120 minutes, so they’re perfect for travelers who want a compact (and economical) flightseeing and dog sledding experience. They provide all the gear and equipment you’d need—such as shoes for glacier walking, and even extra layers of clothing if you want them—so all you need is your camera and a sense of fun.
Besides its main dog sledding tour, they offer three other tours, which all involve flightseeing over glaciers, the coastline or the Harding Icefield. Each helicopter carries only three passengers, so every passenger gets a window seat and a private-tour feel. While each tour has its own agenda, the operators also welcome you to do your own thing once you land. On the dog-mushing tour, for instance, you can take a turn driving the sled if you like, or just sit back and enjoy the ride. On the glacier landing tours, you can try a little hiking, or build a snowman for a picture to send back home.
Seward Helicopter Tours also does custom tours and winter dog-sledding tours, lasting from a few hours to a few days. They also join forces with other operators for kayaking and ice-climbing tours.
Here are the main tours you can choose from:
Dog Sled Tour on Godwin Glacier
After a short flightseeing tour. You’ll land at Dog Camp, sitting atop an ancient glacier, where you can take a sled ride, meet the kennel’s puppies, and talk with a musher about his best trail stories. 1.5 hours, with 15 minutes of flightseeing.
Bear Glacier Tour
You’ll fly over Resurrection Bay’s rugged coastline and land on the largest glacier of the Harding Icefield, Bear Glacier. You can stroll along the banks of a secluded lagoon, or just snap shots and enjoy the up-close look at hundreds of icebergs. 45 minutes, with 30 minutes of flightseeing.
After a quick flightseeing tour, you’ll land on one of a number of glaciers: you can walk around, play in the snow or just take pics of the jaw-dropping landscape. 30 minutes, with 15 minutes of flightseeing.
From Seward: Go North on 3rd Ave/Seward Hwy 1-2 miles. Turn right on Airport Rd. They’re at the second building, marked Pollux Aviation Ltd. 2110 Airport Rd.
From Anchorage: Go South on AK-1 Seward Hwy 120 miles. Turn left on Airport Rd.
Prices shown above are per person.