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Alaska Dog sledding & husky tours

Our most recommended Alaska Dog sledding & husky tours

Fairbanks: Moonlight Dog Sled, Dinner & Northern Lights

1. Fairbanks: Moonlight Dog Sled, Dinner & Northern Lights

Experience the beauty and wild side of Alaska. Yanking on their lines and ready to run, your dog team will be anxious to carry you away from your Fairbanks accommodation to this spectacular viewing of the Northern Lights.  Most of the sled ride takes place in an open area so should the Aurora begin early you will have a thrilling view of the sky from the dog sled. The Aurora Borealis is one of the planet's most breathtaking phenomena. In Alaska, a land that stays dark for most of the winter, these spectacular lights bring the sky to life with other-worldly colors that shimmer and dance across the sky. The yurt is only a short drive from Fairbanks but far from the obstructing glare of city lights. Be treated to a hearty midnight dinner in an off-the-grid yurt.  Stay warm with hot drinks and lively conversation in the comfort of your yurt while waiting for the Aurora. The large north-facing windows of your yurt offer the perfect Aurora viewing opportunity. However, should you decide to go outside for photographs or a full view of the sky, you will need to dress in warm layers.

Fairbanks: 1-Hour Alaskan Winter Dog Sledding Adventure

2. Fairbanks: 1-Hour Alaskan Winter Dog Sledding Adventure

Your 1-hour dog mushing adventure begins right at your hotel in the town of Fairbanks. You don't need to plan how to get here, as you can get picked up and dropped off at your Fairbanks hotel. Today it is a fascinating sport and hobby. But it was once the only means of transportation through the snowy lands of old-time Alaska. Break away and mush into the twilight of the Alaskan wilderness. Experience the thrill, enjoy the landscape and feel those dogs work as they whisk you at surprising speeds, pulling on the leash of the dog sled.

Fairbanks: Dog Sledding and Mushing Experience

3. Fairbanks: Dog Sledding and Mushing Experience

Enjoy an unforgettable experience of dog sledding Alaskan Huskies in Fairbanks. Listen to a local guide and musher talk about their four-legged family members, who are raised as puppies and cared for by this elite team. Take in the beautiful scenery while gliding across the snowy Alaskan landscape and experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Willow: Traditional Alaskan Dog Sledding Ride

4. Willow: Traditional Alaskan Dog Sledding Ride

Experience the power of a champion sled dog team and enjoy breathtaking landscapes in a secluded, winter wonderland near Willow on a traditional Alaskan dog sled ride. Be greeted by a guide and friendly sled dogs as you get ready to hit secluded trails. Refuel with cookies and hot chocolate. Just an hour's drive north of Anchorage and only 45 minutes north of Palmer, the area near Willow offers a magical place to learn about mushing before you continue your adventure out to the private trails. Meet the dogs and watch their energy levels skyrocket as your guide gets the team ready to run. All the dogs in your team have either run the famous Iditarod thousand-mile race or are actively training to run it one day. Go through a safety briefing with your guide before settling into your sled. Notice the noise level drop as you take off down private training trails. Feel the dogs’ focus and determination as they power around corners, and up and over hills. Soak in the natural sounds around you as you immerse yourself in peaceful solitude. Enjoy breathtaking views of Denali among a beautiful, snow-covered Alaskan landscape. Keep your eyes peeled as you may catch a glimpse of a moose or fox. After your ride, let the dogs run loose for some playtime. Mingle with the huskies and watch as they zip around you playfully. Finally, warm up in the visitor's center with cookies, cocoa, and dog cuddles.

Anchorage Area: Helicopter and Glacier Dogsled Tour

5. Anchorage Area: Helicopter and Glacier Dogsled Tour

Soar over Alaska on a spectacular helicopter ride above glaciers and icebergs. Search the skyline for moose, black bears, Dall sheep, and mountain goats. Land on a glacier snowfield and enjoy a whole hour with Alaskan sled dogs and their mushers who live here all summer long. Take the dog team for an exhilarating dog sled ride through snow, surrounded by amazing scenery. Overboots so your shoes stay dry, extra jackets and warm gear can be provided. Stand on the runners and mush your own dog team, or sit on the sled and let the mushers run the team. The length of this tour makes it perfect for any traveler. After the dogsled tour, meet the canine athletes that pulled your sled, listen to stories about running sled dog races of over a 1,000 miles long, meet the puppies and take pictures with your favorite dogs. After the dog sled experience, take a helicopter ride over the lower glaciers where you can see the blue melt pools and the crevasses on your way back to the lodge.

Fairbanks: Interactive Day Mushing Adventure Tour

6. Fairbanks: Interactive Day Mushing Adventure Tour

Get an authentic taste of the “Last Frontier” on this mushing tour experience in Fairbanks. Meet the dogs and experience the excitement with them as they power down the snow International Yukon Quest trail. Stop at the half-way point to take unbeatable photos. Start your experience getting to know your group of adventurers in an authentic Mongolian yurt warmed by a cozy wood stove. Once geared up for the elements, step outside to be introduced to your canine team. Learn about handling the huskies and how to harness and hook up a team, then take off into the snow. Mush amongst snow-capped black spruce through the twists and turns of the slough. Keep your eyes peeled for moose. Take advantage of beautiful sun-drenched photo opportunities with your fellow adventurers before returning back to the Mongolian yurt to warm up from the trail and get an opportunity to purchase souvenirs to remember the adventure.

Willow: Summer Dog Sledding Ride in Alaska

7. Willow: Summer Dog Sledding Ride in Alaska

Take a summertime sled ride near Willow in a 2-seater cart specially designed for dog mushing. Be greeted by a guide and a yard full of excited dogs. Get away from noisy motors and traffic on a secluded trail. Later, take a nature walk and see a demonstration of winter sledding gear. Just an hour drive north of Anchorage, and only 45 minutes north of Palmer, come meet the dogs and watch their energy levels skyrocket as your guide gets the team ready to go. Then, hit private trails for a 1-2 mile run, depending on weather conditions, and be fully immersed in the wild. The carts are 100% dog-powered so you can take in the natural sounds around you. Keep your eyes peeled as you may catch a glimpse of a moose, fox, lynx, black bear, or bald eagle. Make several stops along the way to give the dogs a chance to cool down and take photos with them. Once back in the kennel, watch the dogs energetically dive into kiddie pools and zip around. They'll usually make their way over to you for a cuddle or two before taking off again. Treat yourself to some cookies and water to rehydrate. Next, head out on a nature walk to a wooden pavilion with views of Denali for a hands-on presentation of the training gear used in wintertime. Check out Iditarod race sleds and try stepping onto the runners. Slip on this year's Iditarod race bib and get into the shoes of an Alaskan musher. Hear personal tales of the race tracks from your guide. Conclude the tour in an indoor gift shop where you can see more racing memorabilia and check out race team swag.

Fairbanks: Fall Sled Dog-Pulled Cart Adventure

8. Fairbanks: Fall Sled Dog-Pulled Cart Adventure

How do you dog sled without snow? Mush through the stunning fall landscape on our comfortable UTV. Experience the excitement of fall training when the dogs get back in harness after a long summer break. Join us for the start of our mushing season and experience the excitement as the dogs return to the trails after a summer long mushing hiatus. Mush through the fall colors on a comfortable side-by-side as the team splashes through puddles and yips with pleasure. Learn all about dog mushing, racing and living off-grid. Guests are encouraged to dress warm and prepare for potential wet & muddy conditions. Fall rain gear is not provided. **Trail mileage for the Fall Mush varies from 2 to 7 miles as the dogs become more conditioned and we can lengthen the mileage of their training runs. This also dictates the change of scenery (i.e. black spruce stands to birch stands, ponds, streams and fields). FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: What is a side-by-side? A side-by-side is a UTV (utility task vehicle) designed like a golf cart. Unlike an ATV, a side-by-side has car-like controls with pedals, a steering wheel and bench seats that sits 6 passengers. They're called side-by-sides because they usually have two seats beside each other, with the addition of back seats. Do dogs accompany us on the fall tours? Yes, even though we are operating on side-by-sides, the dogs still pull us down the trail. This is part of their fall training to condition them for the upcoming winter mushing season. When do we convert to sleds? We convert to sleds when we have a sufficient snow base to safely control a dog team. This requires at least 2 to 4 inches of compacted snow for the brakes and snow hooks on a dog sled to properly work. What are the mushing conditions like in the fall? Temperatures are cooler in the fall months, ranging from 40 degrees Fahrenheit in September to 15 below Fahrenheit or colder in November. Fall can also be rainy time of year, switching over to dustings of snow later in the season, so come prepared for the elements. What do we see on a fall mushing tour? Early in September our trails are bright with fall colors. Fall foliage season is short live however and leaves quickly litter the trails by the end of September. Be prepared to see different species of wildlife, from moose to spruce grouse and migrating cranes.

Fairbanks: Private Dog Sledding and Aurora Experience

9. Fairbanks: Private Dog Sledding and Aurora Experience

Explore the beauty and wild side of Alaska on this night tour. Enjoy an evening of adventure, food, and beauty as you embark on the dog sled ride followed by dinner in a Mongolian yurt. Listen to stories of the adventurous life with dogs. Meet your guide, get a quick introduction and hear about the history of the mushing lifestyle. Next, you will head to the husky kennels to meet the beautiful Alaskan Huskies. Learn how to harness and hook up the dogs before taking a ride. Hop aboard your dog sled, get comfortable, sit back, relax, and hold on tight. Then, enjoy a thrilling ride down the beautiful snowy Alaskan landscape. Listen to the jingle bells on your dog's harness as you chase the northern lights. Sit by a cozy wood-heated yurt to warm up after your ride. Enjoy some appetizers such as smoked salmon, buffalo sausages, and Northern Lights hot cocoa. Have fun participating in night photography with a hired photographer. This tour includes three shareable digital images captured by the photographer capturing your time under the Northern Lights. There is a photo package upgrade with high-resolution images and prints available after the tour.

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4.9 / 5

based on 9 reviews

What an incredible experience! The mushers were super friendly and knowledgable and patient. They offered hot cocoa, coffee and snacks in a warm yurt afterwards. fun 30-40 min. ride with ability to play with the dogs while they were putting them into the harnesses on each sled. they also offered to take lots of photos of us and the sled and the dogs!

It was a lasting experience to go sledging in this wilderness and to see how sublime nature can be. The team and Masha are fantastic and make even a city dweller feel safe. After the ride, you should thank the dogs and pet each one of them properly. Definitely an adventure for young and old.

We have a daughter in a wheelchair and it is difficult to find things that she can participate in. The staff here was over the top in accommodating her special needs. Our musher, Matt was super kind and patient. She LOVED the experience and laughed the entire time!

We had such a wonderful time! All of the cold weather gear was provided and we were comfortable and warm...the guides were amazing and the dogs were so friendly...I would HIGHLY recommend this experience...it is truly once in a lifetime!

Torsten is a great driver. Good luck with your team at the next Yukon 1000!