Your adventure begins with a short drive through downtown Juneau all the way to Auk Bay where you will have the opportunity to see humpback and orca whales, Dall's porpoises, stellar sea lions, harbor seals, bald eagles, and more.
Once you board the boat, relax and let your experienced captain lead the way to whales and other wildlife. Since your guides visit the waters daily, they are quite knowledgeable about the social circles of whales and where they congregate. You will learn about life in Alaska, as well as the habits of these mammals.
Next, we're off to our favorite helipad, which is conveniently between Auk Bay and the pier.
Glacier-carved mountains unfold in front of your eyes as you embark on your helicopter flight to the camp. The flight is about 15 to 20 minutes each way, depending on winds and weather. You will see that each glacier has its own personality.
As you land on the 20-30 feet of snow on Herbert Glacier, you will hear the 80 huskies barking their greeting, as they are as anxious to get moving as you are. You will have some time to chat with the mushers and hear unique personal accounts of the Iditarod backcountry experiences. You will be given instructions on stopping and using the brakes, if you want to drive the sled.
You will set out on a 1 1/2 to 2-mile loop and will be able to stop for photos, as well as to change places with your companion, if you wish. Your total time on the snow is one hour that you will never forget!
You have just had the 2 of the best experiences in Alaska. One - seeing the Juneau Icefields from above before landing on a glacier to enjoy an authentic dogsled run, plus the famous whales in these bays.
Departures: 08:45 AM, 10:45 AM, 12:45 PM, 02:45 PM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - Binoculars are provided for viewing pleasure on the boat.
- An Alaskan snack is included during the whale watching portion of the trip.
- No minimum fitness required.
- Dress with warm, water-resistant coat, hat, and gloves.
- Wear tennis shoes or lightweight hiking boots.
- Bring your camera and/or binoculars.
- If needed, boots and raincoats will be provided.