With the arrival of warmer temperatures each summer, Alaska’s sled dogs don’t stop working their favorite job. Alaskan huskies are bred to run, and while summers don’t always provide snow, the season does make for a wonderful opportunity for visitors to become acquainted with Alaska’s state sport — mushing.
Seavey’s Ididaride Dog Sled Tours in Seward, Alaska is the perfect place to learn about mushing and the dogs that make it all happen. Located just a few miles from downtown Seward, the Seavey family homestead is nestled in a forest of spruce trees with plenty of space for the dogs to train year round. Visitors are able to see the daily tasks of a working kennel and witness the effort and time that goes into molding a champion sled dog; from feeding schedules to running the trails near the kennel.
With summer dog sled tours available between mid-May and the end of September, Seavey’s Ididaride Dog Sled Tours offer a variety of experiences through which to make the most of a visit. Only have a few hours? The Wilderness Dog Sled Tour is a 1.5-hour adventure into the world of mushing, and kicks off with a two-mile ride behind an enthusiastic sled dog team. Feel the energy and sheer power of sled dogs as they are harnessed to a comfortable wheeled sled and respond to a command to “Let’s go!” Mush through the Alaska wilderness to the base of Resurrection Mountain near Box Canyon Creek while a guide explains the history and mechanics of dog sledding, and tells a few stories from the trail. Upon return to the kennel, a lucky guest is dressed up like an Iditarod musher and everyone is given the chance to cuddle a wiggly husky puppy.
For those with more time and a desire to learn about Alaska and mushing, the Real Alaska Day Tour is an excellent opportunity for those without transportation to explore the Seward area. Take in the sights of this quaint fishing town before heading to beautiful Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park for a short nature hike through some of the most pristine wilderness in Alaska. Lunch is included in this tour, which finishes with time at the Seavey homestead and the 1.5-hour Ididaride Wilderness Dog Sled Tour.
Looking to go big? The Seward Helicopter and Glacier Dog Sled Tour offers the chance to mush on snow, and take a scenic flightseeing adventure over the rugged Alaska wilderness. The Seward tour begins on 4th of July Glacier, where a team of Alaskan huskies are ready to show off their skills for an exhilarating dog sled ride across the snow. A guide provides interesting commentary about a musher’s training life, racing, and the natural landscapes around the glacier.
For more information about all Seavey’s Ididaride tours, visit the Ididaride website and book the adventure of a lifetime today.