A great way for everyone in your family to choose their own Alaska adventure! This fully-guided tour allows you to travel from Anchorage along the Seward Highway's Turnagain Arm to Girdwood, participate in your pre-selected adventure, and then return back into Anchorage. Some activities allow for free time in Girdwood before returning. Your arrival time into Anchorage is weather and road traffic dependent. Complimentary snacks...
A great way for everyone in your family to choose their own Alaska adventure! This fully-guided tour allows you to travel from Anchorage along the Seward Highway's Turnagain Arm to Girdwood, participate in your pre-selected adventure, and then return back into Anchorage. Some activities allow for free time in Girdwood before returning. Your arrival time into Anchorage is weather and road traffic dependent. Complimentary snacks and bottled glacier wellness water are available in the sprinter van. Choose your own Alaska adventure in Girdwood from the list of activities below:
- Helicopter Flightseeing with Glacier Landing
-Helicopter Glacier Dog Sledding
-Gold Panning at Historic Crow Creek Mine
-Rainforest Hike & Rappel
-Summer Dog Sledding, Cart Style
Choose your day of adventure in Girdwood with one of the five following activities...
1) Helicopter Flightseeing with Glacier Landing - $549 per person
We’ll rise into the sky and lose track of time in the stunning beauty of an immersive Alaska experience, exploring the Lake George Glacier, Lake George Valley, Whiteout Glacier and Colony Glacier as we fly through the Chugach backcountry.
We’ll chat with the pilot through a headset as we experience panoramic views of glacial-formed valleys and the magnificent fields of ancient, translucent-blue glaciers. Then it’s the thrill of a glacier landing on Colony Glacier or atop a high ridge with a 360-degree panorama of commanding mountains. This fully-guided tour includes transportation to the helipad and complimentary glacier-top water and snacks. After your flight, you’ll have about an hour at the Alyeska Resort. Get a hot drink at a cafe, check out the gift shops, or enjoy mountain views of the North Face of Mount Alyeska from a comfy chair on the viewing deck.
2) Helicopter Glacier Dog Sledding - $699 per person
A helicopter ride, a glacier landing, and dog sledding on snow in the summer in Alaska! There’s no better way to see Alaska than from the air, and there's no better Alaskan activity than dog sledding! So combine the two and for Salmon Berry guests that require the best of both worlds. Your Salmon Berry Tours guide will pick you up and take you the short drive south to Girdwood.
Then we’ll board a brand new Robinson R44 helicopter for a flight (15 minutes round-trip) to the glacier through the Chugach Range’s stunning mountain peaks. We’ll land atop a glacier for approximately 1.5 hours with time to cuddle Alaskan Husky puppies and take a 1 hour sled dog ride with members of Mitch Seavey’s Kennel, home to the first father/son finish in Iditarod history and Dallas Seavey’s Iditarod Champion teams.
This tour also includes waterproof outer-layers (jacket & pants) as well as over-boots to go over your sturdy walking shoes.
3) Gold Panning at Historic Crow Creek Mine - $199 per person
Travel the back roads to the late 1800's at Crow Creek Mine, nestled in a valley on Crow Creek where you and your Salmon Berry Tours guide will dig for gold! The drive down the scenic Turnagain Arm will start this tour. Once into Girdwood, your Salmon Berry Tours guide will take the back roads up Crow Creek Road to Crow Creek Mine. Here you’ll have a chance to see historic buildings, miner cabins, and equipment from days gone by that was once used in the old hydraulic placer mine.
Then we’ll walk through the gardens to the creek to try your hand at prospecting for gold the old-fashioned way. Your Salmon Berry Tours guide will teach you how Alaskans have panned for gold since the early days of the first Gold Rush! Are there serious miners aboard? Rent a sluice box and get to the gold faster!
4) Rainforest Hike & Rappel - $299 per person
Experience a true taste of the Gold Rush. You’ll prospect into a remote dry creek canyon from a trailhead at the Historic Crow Creek Gold Mine. Along the way you’ll use harnesses, ropes, gloves, helmets and ladders to overcome some truly rough country. Experience a beautiful waterfall, mossy canyons, and hidden caves in the spruce and hemlock stands of this northernmost reach of the Pacific Coast’s temperate rainforest.
Together we’ll rappel fifty feet into a canyon, using harnesses, belay devices and ropes to descend to the lush canyon floor. Be prepared for stream crossings! Dress warm on this tour. Long pants and sturdy shoes are required.
5) Summer Dog Sledding, Cart Style - $299 per person
An 8-mile journey in our open air 6x6 Pinzgauers takes you from sea level to an elevation of 1,000 feet on the historical Iditarod trail. At this elevation the mountains open up to one of the most scenic landscapes in all of Alaska. Your guide will share the deep gold mining history of the area and the history of the Iditarod trail before arriving at Girdwood Mushing Company’s dog kennel.
Here you will meet 5-time Iditarod musher Nicolas Petit and his amazing sled dogs. Hear Nick’s stories about the Iditarod, observe dog handling techniques, and interact with the dogs that ran 1,049 miles from Anchorage to Nome. Experience the excitement and energy of these athletes as Nick hooks them up for your dog sled cart ride. You can feel the raw power of these sled dogs as you ride through trails high up in the mountains. The sled dogs respond to Nick's commands as a whole. It’s a sight to see! After your cart ride you will visit our beautiful puppy pavilion.
This is your chance to cuddle with future Iditarod champions. If you thought the dogs were cute, the puppies will surely melt your heart. You can snuggle with your favorite puppy for a great picture. Check out Iditarod memorabilia including Nick's racing sled, trophies, and all the gear and warm clothing that he needs to survive in temperatures of 40-60 below while racing. There is a reason it’s called “The Last Great Race!” When it’s time to say goodbye to the puppies, we will take you back to the Alyeska Resort with your big smiles and a lot of photos.
Multi-Day Itinerary Cancellation Policy: A 50% deposit is required to start the booking process. Remainder is due 60 days prior to travel. Cancellations must be made in writing (email, fax, or mail). Processing fee of $100 per guest applies for cancellations more than 60 days before travel, or 50% of total if received less than 60 days from travel. No refund applies if cancellation is received less than 30 days prior to travel.
Day Tour Cancellation Policy: For cancellations outside of 14 days before the first day of your tour, a 10% fee will be withheld. For cancellations inside of 14 days, no refund applies.
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