We flew from Skagway to Denver Glacier by helicopter and then were taken by snow cat up to the dog camp on the glacier. Our pilot Heather was wonderful! We got to see the dogs, a little of how the camp operates, and then were taken on a sled dog ride. Afterwards we got to hold puppies and even take one back down to the helicopter landing site in the snow cat. It was an awesome experience and a highlight of our Alaska trip. Everyone at Temsco was great, especially Jeremy at the Skagway office. Great company and a great tour. I highly recommend it!
The helicopter ride makes you feel so tiny as you approach the majesty of glaciers in the sky. The helicopter in the lead position looked so small as we approached those mountains that it actually made me a little nervous. The dog sled experience was fantastic. Iditarod anyone? So glad that I volunteered to go first on the back of the sled! The first two legs of the run were the most exciting part of the experience standing on the back. The dogs are just amazing – they’re so happy when they’re running and so crazy restless when they have nothing to do that you can’t help but laugh and want to take one home. The conversation with the musher is the best – hearing about his passion for his dogs and the sacrifices he goes through to be able to race in a real Iditarod leaves you with full respect!
The helicopter ride & dog sled ride exceeded all expectations. The beauty of the glaciers combined with the dog sled ride was an experience not to be missed. The staff for the experience was excellent from start to finish. It was worth the cost and more.
A MUST DO – spend the money and do this excursion! Cameron, our pilot was great, and the helicopter ride was smooth and beautiful. Then came the glacier landing! There we stood, high atop and in the mountain range with the most magnificent panoramic view that most people are not fortunate to ever see! It was breathtaking and magical! Then we met Dave who trains the huskies, 170 of them, we took a 2 mile ride with them….each of our family of 4 people got to be in every position the sled offered. Then we got to pet and love the dogs up for about 10-15 minutes. Thank you Sandy, Panda, Happy, Yucky and the other dogs! You were sooo sweet!
To say this was fun, is a great understatement. First of all the staff was so professional, I was put at ease immediately. This was my first time in a helicopter and I was a bit nervous. We were lucky enough to have the first clear day in a few weeks and went right up over the mountains and saw a lake created by a glacier. WOW! We then landed on a Glacier and walked around. If you go – drink the water!!!! The flight back was just as fantastic. Go on this excursion!
Walking on the glacier was the highlight of our spectacular Alaskan cruise. The helicopter ride to and from the glacier was, in itself, an adventure. But walking out onto the glacier, looking down into the fissures displaying the beautiful blues of the ice beneath, and taking a drink of the pure water running from the glacier were singular experiences. More than likely they’ll never be repeated.
There were 5 in our group. Some were a little timid about the helicopter ride, but the whole experience was handled so professionally, no one had any issues once we were underway. You start in a small building putting on a safety vest and pullover boots (the boots are NEOS and go on easily and are very comfortable; they keep your feet dry and give you some traction on the glacier). The crew divided up our group across the four helicopters (keeping spouses together) to balance the weight in each helicopter. The views during the flight out to and back from the glacier are fantastic. Each pilot was extremely professional allaying most flight concerns. Once on the glacier, we were led by a small group of guides. We saw a few crevices in the glacier and a couple of instances of running water. Again the views are amazing. This is a “must do” excursion!
This excursion was an outstanding experience. We had a total of four guests on our boat. Our boat captain had several years’ experience guiding in the Sitka waters. The boat was clean and appeared well maintained. There are no guarantees when it comes to fishing. If there were it would be called catching. But on this day, the stars must have been aligned. Nate was demonstrating the technique we were going to use and on first catch he got hooked up and let one of the other guest reel the fish in. From that point on we were catching fish non-stop. The four of us had our limit of Coho’s within the first hour. The hardest part was trying to catch the Halibut. You had to get your bait to the bottom for the Halibut, it took me almost 45 minutes to accomplish this. Why? I couldn’t get my bait down because of the Salmon bite. For 45 minutes, I caught a fish on every cast. At the end of the day everyone had their limit of Coho, King and Halibut. I had my catch processed and shipped to me. The processor was waiting at the dock when we arrived. Shipped Fedex to Arkansas with no problems. I have no reservations in recommending this excursion. Even if the fishing was slow I would book with them again.
This was my first time to Alaska so maybe there are lots of other companies that also do this as well but I cannot imagine other companies provide this level of service at their price and most importantly … catch the size and number of fish we caught. We would pull up to one spot drop anchor and 8 hours later (never leaving that spot) with 4 people fishing on the boat would limit out on Silvers (6 per person/day) Kings (1pp/day) Huge Halibut (1pp/day) and an assortment of rockfish and Cod’s. How can you beat that? At one point I was losing fish because my arms were so sore from catching so many fish that I couldn’t reel fast enough and would lose fish (I have never had such a good problem). One of the best trips I have ever been on!
This trip may look a bit pricy, but it was worth every penny. Captain Nate was extremely informative of the area and the fishing areas. He thoroughly explained to us that we were going to be in 25 knot winds and 8 foot seas. He gave us the option of staying closer to shore for smoother waters, but we elected to brave it out because we really wanted to catch some salmon. We had great success! We caught a 13lb and a 16lb salmon, plus our limit in rock fish. Sea conditions did not allow for Halibut fishing, but we were fine with that. Thanks to Captain Nate’s constant contact with other captains and knowledge of the area, we even had time after rock fishing to attempt some more salmon trolling. The captain insured that our fish did not get bruised, was beautifully cleaned and arrived on the day it was promised all carefully packaged into gorgeous fillets. Although the seas were rough, we had fun and the captain was always on the alert for other boats and our safety. Loved, loved, loved this excursion and would do it again in a heartbeat!! Thank you!!