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Roadtrippin’: Helicopter ride to Godwin Glacier

Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 1:04 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Seward Helicopter Tours offers a great opportunity to get in the air and enjoy Alaska’s bucket list views. The small business took our Roadtrippin’ crew on a 15-minute flight to Godwin Glacier with views of Resurrection Bay, waterfalls and blue glacier ice.

“You get to fly in a helicopter, land on a glacier, and dog sledding who wouldn’t like that?” said business owner Sarah Stokey.

Stokey and her partner, Travis Beals, have operated the business since 2013. They also run what is said to be the smallest glacier dog sledding operation in the state and pride themselves on having a hands experience with their guests.

“We are often called the highlight of people’s trips,” Stokey said. “I think this is a very bucket list excursion.”

If you plan on enjoying a glacier dog sledding experience, you’ll have to fly a helicopter to get there — leaving from the Seward Airport and landing on Godwin Glacier. The glacier is home to Turning Heads Kennel for the summer as Beals and his Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race team take visitors on tours around a mile loop.

During the summer, the tour company makes around eight trips daily to Godwin Glacier weather permitting, and the helicopter serves as the company’s lifeline transporting their dogs, gear and personnel to the dog sledding camp all summer.

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