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Mush Your Own Dog Sled

Mush your own Alaskan Husky dog team through Talkeetna's winter wonderland!

Price Per Person
$399
Duration
9 hours
Group Size
12
Dates
November 30 - March 31
Time(s)
9:30AM - 6:00PM

Mush Your Own Dog Sled

Description, Itinerary, Tour Map, Details, Cancellation Policy, Travel Insurance

Did you know that dog sledding is Alaska's official state sport? Try dog sledding for yourself with views of Mt. Denali (Mt. McKinley). Meet genuine mushers, mush your own Alaskan Husky dog team on a 6 mile mini expedition, and play with puppies at an Iditarod champion kennel! Shuttle from Anchorage with local Alaskans and lunch in Talkeetna is included. 


HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED


  • Local Alaskan Guide(s)
  • Genuine Musher
  • Small Group
  • 6 miles (~ 40 minutes) Mush Your Own Dog Sled Ride
  • Homestead & Kennel Tour
  • Lunch at local eatery
  • Photo Stops
  • Snacks & Water
  • Gear (Complimentary)
  • Anchorage or Talkeetna Pick Up (3 hotels per tour)
  • Anchorage or Talkeetna Drop Off


NOT INCLUDED


  • Guide Gratuity
  • Musher Gratuity

Dog Sledding is Alaska’s official state sport, and Salmon Berry Tours offers our most popular Arctic activity as a unique and unforgettable mushing school experience!

Your full day adventure begins with stress free transportation provided from Anchorage to Talkeetna! Sit back and relax as Salmon Berry Tours navigates the snowy winter roads, allowing you to take in the pristine scenery while your local Alaskan driver-guide narrates the drive with history, fun facts, personal stories from life in the subarctic! Weather permitting, our drive will offer views of Mt. Denali, formerly known as Mt. McKinley, the tallest peak in North America.

Once in Talkeetna, we embark on your training run at the homestead of Dallas Seavey. Dallas is a four-time Iditarod Champion, top three finisher in Norway’s 2018 Finnmarksløpet, youngest Yukon Quest first place Champion, and former star of National Geographic Channel’s Ultimate Survival Alaska! Here, you will go from being a dog sled enthusiast to an experienced musher! Meet the professional Iditarod mushers/handlers and genuine Iditarod champion Alaskan Huskies! Bond with your dog team while you learn about the musher lifestyle and lingo. With your newfound knowledge and confidence you will be ready to mush the trails!

Each two guests will share a traditional sled and dog team of Alaskan Huskies for the 10 kilometer mini expedition! There will be a lead musher guiding and a tail musher following for quality, safety, and comfort during your ride through the private, birch tree lined trails. For the first half of your ride, you will guide your four-legged team through snow capped boreal forest with complete winter silence except for the occasional sound of barking with excitement, paws pounding, and the sled’s runners gliding across the snow. Take a break for photo opportunities with your dog team as they bask in the sun and to alternate from standing to riding in the seated sled position. Throughout your ride you will encounter a replica of an official Iditarod checkpoint and learn about “The Last Great Race on Earth” until you cross the burled arch Finish Line into the kennel.

Complete your dog sled experience toward the kennel for a continued tour of the homestead. Alaskan Huskies are powerful athletes that are known for their affectionate, loyal, playful personalities -- and the puppies are no different! Try to keep up with the lively future Iditarod racing young huskies while feeding them treats! Make sure to take photos with the future Iditarod Champions before they’re famous!

Your all-inclusive tour allows you to warm up with a hot beverages and a delicious lunch (provided), on Talkeetna's famous Main Street. Complimentary snacks and water are available throughout the tour.

Conclude the thrills and adventures of your tour with transportation back to your Anchorage or Talkeetna hotel!

Special Notes: this tour is available in 3 ways.. 1) pick up and drop off in Anchorage 2) pick up in Anchorage and drop off in Talkeetna 3) pick up in Talkeetna and drop off in Anchorage


HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED


  • Local Alaskan Guide(s)

Narration provided by a CDL Certified Alaskan Guide (English Speaking)

Mushing School and Dog Sled Ride led by genuine Mushers (English Speaking)

  • Small Group

A more personal experience of up to 12 guests in our clean and comfortable sprinter vans

  • All Inclusive

Mushing School Orientation - learn how to handle the sled and your team Alaskan Huskies

Drive your own sled dog team with one other guest for 6 miles (approximately 40 minutes)

Groomed trails with replicas of official Iditarod highlights such as the Burled Arch Finish Line

Homestead tour of Dallas Seavey

Kennel tour with Alaskan Husky puppies and retired Iditarod champions

Lunch at the Denali BrewPub is provided

  • Photo Stops

Stretch your legs for up close views or simply look through our panoramic windows

  • Snacks & Water

An assortment of complimentary snacks and water are available throughout the tour

  • Gear (Complimentary)

Access to our gently used gear (boots, snowpants, winter coats, raincoats, mittens, hats, etc.) is available

*Gear must be requested at time of booking to assure gear available during your tour

  • Hotel Pick Up (3 Hotels Per Tour)

Pick up available from major hotels and inns located within Anchorage

*Please note that we do limit pick ups to 3 hotels per tour. BOOK NOW TO CONFIRM YOUR PICK UP

  • Office Pick Up

Conveniently located in downtown Anchorage

*Please select "Meet at Salmon Berry Tours Office" at time of booking to confirm

  • Drop Off

Drop off is available from major hotels and inns located within Anchorage or Talkeetna

*Drop off at Anchorage's Ted Stevens International Airport may be available if requested in advance

NOT INCLUDED


  • Guide Gratuity

Gratuity is never expected. Gratuity is earned & always appreciated, estimate a basic guide gratuty of $10 for your day trip.

  • Musher Gratuity

Tipping Recommendation: $5 per person

Day Tour Cancellation Policy

For direct booking cancellations outside 24 hours before the first day of your tour, a 10% fee will be withheld. For cancellations inside 24 hours, no refund applies. 

Salmon Berry Travel & Tours recommends travel insurance provided by TravelSafe Insurance. Our recommendation is based on positive guest feedback. In particular, the experience of one Salmon Berry guest is instructive:

Our guest had booked the vacation of a lifetime and the ultimate Alaska package. She had to cancel the trip a week before it began due to unfortunate circumstances.

She later told us that within ten minutes of phone time her claim was processed in full. She was very pleased with TravelSafe Insurance's immediate and empathetic response. Getting a refund for her trip was the last thing she wanted to think about, and TravelSafe Insurance took care of her needs and concerns immediately. 

Salmon Berry experts can assist with information & recommendations for your trip. Live Chat

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