Seward Helicopter Tours is family-owned and operated. Travis Beals and Sarah Stokey have been running Seward Helicopters since the summer of 2013 and each day ask themselves how they could be so lucky to share such an amazing place with visitors around the world.
Travis and Sarah compete in Alaska's state sport, Dog Sledding, and have both run the 1,000-mile-long Iditarod sled dog race. Besides flying and dog sledding, Travis and Sarah are passionate about hiking, fishing, and paddleboarding across the state of Alaska.
What we'll do
Go Dog Sledding in Alaska on pure white snow even during the summertime. From Mid-May until the end of August, our helicopter dogsledding tour is the best way to experience Alaska’s state sport during the summer.
After taking off in one of our helicopters, you’ll find yourself landing at dog camp atop an ancient glacier. A team of sled dogs anxiously awaits to pull you across perfect white snow. Our small staff and 25 dogs are sure to make you feel right at home while surrounded by beautiful mountain vistas.
After your sled ride, cuddle our lovable puppies, take pictures of the beautiful Alaskan scenery, and talk with your musher about dog sledding in Alaska — they’re sure to have some incredible adventures to share. We have all the gear and equipment you’ll need for your Alaskan dog sledding experience, you just need to bring your camera.
This is a 1.5-hour tour that includes 15 minutes of flightseeing. Dog sledding in Alaska is sure to be a highlight that will stick with you and your family for the rest of your lives. This has a low activity level, making it ideal for all ages.
- 15 Minute Helicopter Ride
Our flight to our glacier dog sledding camp takes a beautiful scenic route up the toe of Godwin Glacier and sees the Glacier Blue Ice and Crevasses. Fly over incredible blue glacier ice and by immense waterfalls. On the return trip, fly through a stunning glacier-filled valley.
- 30 Minute Dog Sled Ride
Meet friendly sled dogs and your knowledgeable guide. Go dog sledding for approximately 25 minutes while exploring the beautiful snowy glacier terrain.
- Spend 1 Hour On A Glacier
Touchdown on the upper part of Godwin Glacier, the largest glacier just outside of Seward. Land on a snowy icefield and experience the magic of winter in summer.
- Snuggle Husky Puppies
Help us socialize the next generation of canine athletes by cuddling our adorable husky puppies.
- Meet Real Dog Mushers and Iditarod Sled Dogs
- Incredible Opportunity to Photograph Stunning Alaska Scenery
- Experience Snow In the Summer
What to expect / what's provided
* Duration: 1.5 Hours
*We ask you to arrive 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled departure; the 90 minutes does not include this check-in time. We advise blocking off approximately 2 hours for this tour.
*Children under 2 are complimentary but must ride on the lap of an adult.
*Gear We Provide:
We provide boots to go over your shoes if you wear US men's size 12 or under. We also provide rain jackets if needed but advise packing your own for your trip to Alaska. If you have your own raincoat, we ask that you bring it.
*What To Wear:
Please wear sunglasses, sneakers, and dress in layers. We advise wearing a t-shirt followed by layers. The temperature on the glacier varies tremendously from about 35°F to 80°F due to the sun reflecting off the snow. You do not need any additional gear from what you should pack on your trip to Alaska.
We recommend booking your trip for the first day you are in Seward if you are here for multiple days. If not, make sure to book in the morning. May through mid-August we recommend early morning departures. August through September we recommend mid-morning to early afternoon departures.
*If you are part of a large group, reach out to us on [email protected]
or send us a message in the chat below and we will try to make more slots available for you.
- We operated throughout 2020 and flew countless passengers safely.
- Here are some of the many things we are doing to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
- Guests and pilots will wear masks inside the helicopter. Masks are not required on landings when social distancing can be maintained -- and so you can take photos!
- Helicopter touchpoints are sanitized in between each flight.
- Routine cleaning of all office touchpoints
- Routine cleaning of common touchpoints at our glacier dog sledding camp
- Groups will not be mixed without consent. Consent from groups that a solo traveler looking to add on to must be obtained.
- What type of helicopters do you fly?
We fly Robinson 44 helicopters. They seat 3 passengers plus a pilot. This means that everyone gets a window seat.
- Is there a weight limit for passengers?
Yes. We have a 300lbs weight limit per seat.
- Is there an age limit for passengers?
No. Passengers under 24 months are required to sit on a lap. You must be able to get in and out of the helicopter without assistance unless previously arranged with our office.
-What is the advantage of flying in a helicopter vs. a plane?
Helicopters have incredible maneuverability and are able to quickly turn around or hover in place, ensuring you get an amazing photograph or are able to turn back around if wildlife is spotted.
Helicopters are also able to fly much lower to the ground in case we spot something really interesting. We can also cruise into valleys and explore areas that planes simply could not get to.
Generally speaking, helicopters in the Seward area experience less turbulence because of their ability to change where they fly in the air column.
- What can I expect to see on my scenic flight?
Seward scenic flights provide ample opportunity to see glaciers, look for wildlife, and explore beautiful Kenai Fjords National Park . We frequently see mountain goats, whales, seals, bears, and moose on our flights.
-Do you fly if it is raining?
We fly as long as visibility permits us to do so. We maintain active communication with our glacier dog sledding camp via satellite phone as conditions at 3300′ elevation are often considerably different than at sea level. At times, it may be raining at our airport office but is perfectly sunny at camp.
Our scenic flights generally go out unless there is a considerable amount of cloud coverage or high winds.
We have an impeccable safety record and only fly if the conditions warrant.
If we cannot fly, there is a full refund. If you have the time, we will work to reschedule your tour.
- We ask that all cancellations be made more than 48 hours in advance to recoup your deposit. That being said, we understand that things happen outside of your control. Our job is to help make your vacation memorable — not stressful — so if something happens and you need to make a last-minute cancellation be honest with us.
- We are owned by two hardworking 30-something-year-olds and we get that life can throw curveballs. Nothing is worse than a vacation gone wrong — we’ve been there! — so be courteous to us, let us know what’s up and we will do our best to help.
*Our COVID-19 Policies:
- We understand that due to Covid-19 travel plans are in flux. That's why we have a worry-free cancellation policy. Cancel your tour any time up to 48-hours before your scheduled departure without penalty.
- If you cancel your trip to Alaska in 2021, you have the option to rebook for 2022 at our 2021 rates. Reach out to us at [email protected] and we will be more than happy to help you.