The​ ​port​ ​city​ ​of​ ​Seward​ ​is​ ​a​ ​classic​ ​stop​ ​on​ ​any​ ​Alaska​ ​itinerary,​ ​thanks​ ​to​ ​its proximity​ ​to​ ​Chugach​ ​National​ ​Forest​ ​and​ ​Kenai​ ​Fjords​ ​National​ ​Park.​ ​But​ ​it’s​ ​also one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​more​ ​diverse​ ​places​ ​to​ ​fly.​ ​This​ ​tour​ ​operator​ ​offers​ ​stunning​ ​birds-eye views​ ​of​ ​the​ ​area’s​ ​alpine​ ​meadows,​ ​glaciers​ ​and​ ​fjords,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​the​ ​chance​ ​to touch​ ​down,​ ​explore​ ​the​ ​terrain​ ​and​ ​even​ ​meet​ ​sled​ ​dogs.

The​ ​tours​ ​run​ ​from​ ​May​ ​through​ ​mid-September.​ ​From​ ​the​ ​air,​ ​aside​ ​from​ ​the mountain​ ​valleys,​ ​glaciers​ ​and​ ​fjords,​ ​you​ ​can​ ​see​ ​bears,​ ​whales,​ ​and​ ​even​ ​mountain goats​ ​and​ ​sea​ ​lions.​ ​Near​ ​glaciers,​ ​look​ ​for​ ​seals​ ​pulling​ ​themselves​ ​out​ ​onto​ ​the​ ​ice bergs.

Sled dogs on snow surrounded by mountains.

Fly to a mountain glacier for a​ ​30-minute​ ​dogsled ride, stopping for photos along the way.

Combine a Scenic Tour with Dog-Sledding

One​ ​of​ ​the​ ​main​ ​excursions​ ​Seward​ ​Helicopter​ ​Tours​ ​offers​ ​is​ ​the​ ​Glacier​ ​Dog Sledding​ ​tour.​ ​Since​ ​they​ ​are​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​smaller​ ​operators​ ​in​ ​the​ ​state,​ ​with​ ​the kennel​ ​right​ ​in​ ​town,​ ​they’re​ ​able​ ​to​ ​quickly​ ​bring​ ​the​ ​dogs​ ​up​ ​to​ ​the​ ​glacier​ ​(where they​ ​have​ ​a​ ​remote​ ​kennel​ ​for​ ​about​ ​30​ ​dogs)​ ​or​ ​back​ ​down​ ​to​ ​the​ ​in-town​ ​kennel. You​ ​get​ ​outfitted​ ​with​ ​any​ ​gear​ ​you​ ​need​ ​(rain​ ​jackets,​ ​rain​ ​pants,​ ​boots​ ​over​ ​shoes, parkas)​ ​and​ ​board​ ​the​ ​helicopter​ ​for​ ​the​ ​12-minute​ ​flight​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Seward​ ​airport​ ​to the​ ​camp.

On​ ​the​ ​way,​ ​you’ll​ ​fly​ ​over​ ​Resurrection​ ​Bay,​ ​over​ ​a​ ​beautiful​ ​braided​ ​river,​ ​and​ ​up towards​ ​Godwin​ ​Glacier.​ ​The​ ​camp​ ​is​ ​at​ ​3,700​ ​feet​ ​elevation:​ ​Once​ ​there,​ ​you’ll​ ​be greeted​ ​by​ ​guides​ ​who​ ​will​ ​teach​ ​you​ ​about​ ​the​ ​glacier,​ ​introduce​ ​you​ ​to​ ​the​ ​dogs and​ ​then​ ​show​ ​you​ ​how​ ​to​ ​ride.​ ​You’ll​ ​take​ ​a​ ​30-minute​ ​dogsled​ ​ride​ ​around​ ​the glacier,​ ​stopping​ ​along​ ​the​ ​way​ ​for​ ​pictures​ ​and​ ​then​ ​taking​ ​some​ ​time​ ​to​ ​mingle with​ ​the​ ​pooches—about​ ​an​ ​hour​ ​total​ ​on​ ​the​ ​glacier​ ​before​ ​you​ ​fly​ ​back​ ​to​ ​Seward.

Soar Over Glaciers

The​ ​tours​ ​stay​ ​super-small​ ​and​ ​personalized—usually​ ​only​ ​two​ ​helicopters​ ​for​ ​each tour,​ ​with​ ​each​ ​helicopter​ ​seating​ ​three​ ​people—but​ ​the​ ​dog​ ​sled​ ​tour​ ​is​ ​not​ ​your only​ ​option.​ ​You​ ​can​ ​also​ ​take​ ​a​ ​30-minute​ ​scenic​ ​flight​ ​and​ ​glacier-landing​ ​tour, where​ ​you​ ​take​ ​the​ ​helicopter​ ​to​ ​one​ ​of​ ​three​ ​glaciers,​ ​based​ ​on​ ​current​ ​conditions, then​ ​land​ ​for​ ​just​ ​a​ ​few​ ​minutes​ ​to​ ​explore.

Don’t​ ​want​ ​to​ ​get​ ​off​ ​the​ ​helicopter​ ​at​ ​all?​ ​Choose​ ​one​ ​of​ ​these​ ​three​ ​scenic-tour options:

30-Minute Tour to Bear Glacier

This​ ​quick​ ​but​ ​scenic​ ​flight​ ​is​ ​a​ ​great​ ​bang​ ​for​ ​your​ ​buck:​ ​You’ll​ ​go​ ​to​ ​Bear Glacier,​ ​the​ ​largest​ ​glacier​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Kenai​ ​Fjords​ ​National​ ​Park.​ ​You’ll​ ​see​ ​a​ ​huge glacier​ ​moraine​ ​and​ ​beautiful​ ​icebergs,​ ​and​ ​likely​ ​see​ ​the​ ​glacier​ ​calving​ ​into the​ ​lagoon.

45-Minute Tour to Aialik

With​ ​a​ ​45-minute​ ​tour,​ ​you’ll​ ​see​ ​not​ ​only​ ​Bear​ ​Glacier​ ​but​ ​also​ ​Aialik​ ​Glacier, which​ ​has​ ​a​ ​300-foot​ ​ice​ ​face​ ​that​ ​drops​ ​into​ ​the​ ​ocean.

60-Minute Scenic Tours

If​ ​you​ ​can​ ​devote​ ​a​ ​full​ ​hour​ ​for​ ​a​ ​tour,​ ​you​ ​can​ ​choose​ ​between​ ​going​ ​to​ ​the Kenai​ ​Fjords​ ​and​ ​Harding​ ​Icefield—where​ ​you’ll​ ​see​ ​Aialik,​ ​Bear​ ​and Northwestern​ ​glaciers—or​ ​taking​ ​the​ ​land-based​ ​route​ ​to​ ​Bear​ ​Glacier,​ ​Exit Glacier​ ​and​ ​over​ ​Chugach​ ​National​ ​Forest.​ ​On​ ​this​ ​second​ ​option,​ ​you’ll​ ​see Excelsior​ ​Glacier​ ​and​ ​Elsworth​ ​Glacier,​ ​and​ ​perhaps​ ​some​ ​wildlife,​ ​like​ ​bears and​ ​moose.

People​ ​often​ ​come​ ​back​ ​for​ ​repeat​ ​tours,​ ​and​ ​say​ ​this​ ​was​ ​the​ ​coolest​ ​thing—or things​ —they​ ​did​ ​in​ ​Alaska.​ ​​ ​After​ ​all,​ ​landing​ ​on​ ​a​ ​glacier,​ ​flying​ ​in​ ​a​ ​helicopter,​ ​and going​ ​dog​ ​sledding​ ​are​ ​a​ ​bucket​ ​list​ ​trifecta.

Iditarod Veterans

Indeed,​ ​the​ ​company​ ​has​ ​some​ ​serious​ ​street​ ​credit​ ​in​ ​the​ ​dog​ ​sledding​ ​world. Owners​ ​Travis​ ​Beals​ ​and​ ​Sarah​ ​Stokey​ ​are​ ​both​ ​Iditarod​ ​finishers​ ​​(Travis​ ​has finished​ ​the​ ​race​ ​four​ ​times​ ​now,​ ​placing​ ​11​th​​ ​one​ ​year).​ ​They​ ​spend​ ​a​ ​good​ ​part​ ​of the​ ​year​ ​training​ ​with​ ​their​ ​dogs,​ ​but​ ​during​ ​the​ ​summer,​ ​they​ ​love​ ​sharing​ ​the terrain​ ​and​ ​the​ ​dogs’​ ​company​ ​with​ ​visitors.

Getting There

2110 Airport Rd
Seward, AK 99664

Shuttle pick up from Seward

Driving Directions

Prices & Dates

Season Mid-May - Sept
Duration 30 - 90 minuntes
Rates Glacier Dogsledding // $549 per adult, $519 per child | 1.5 hrs | 9am, 10:20am, 11:40am, 1pm, 2:20pm, 3:40pm, 5pm, 6:20pm
Glacier Landing // $219 per person | 30 mins | 9:15am, 10:45am, 1:30pm, 2:45pm, 4:15pm
Bear Glacier // $329 per person | 30 mins | 9:30am, 11am, 2:45pm, 4:10pm
Aialik Glacier // $429 per person | 45 mins | 9:30am, 11am, 1:30pm, 2:45pm, 4:10pm
Hour Scenic Kenai Fjords & Chugach National Forest // $549 per person | 60 mins | 9:15am, 10:25am, 11:45am, 1:15pm, 5pm

Seward Helicopter Tours