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Drive a dog team to a cozy cabin in the White Mountains National Recreation Area.
The perfect Alaskan dog sledding experience -- drive your own dog team over the frozen summits and snow laden forests of the White Mountains National Recreation Area to a hand built log cabin complete with aview.
Located just north of Fairbanks, Alaska, the White Mountains National Recreation Area has over one million acres of wilderness marked by rolling black spruce forest, rocky limestone cliffs, open river valleys, and mountain ridges adorned with mystical black granite tors. This incredible landscape is patterned with the scars of old wildfire burns and has over two hundred miles of trail cutting through the landscape.
From the trailhead, we will mush our dog teams towards the
mountains, along thickly forested ridges and down and across snow covered tundra swamps. We'll stop for the night at beautiful log cabin chosen for expansive northern horizons. Enjoy a three-course gourmet Alaskan meal while a fire crackles in the wood stove. Watch the aurora shimmer overhead while the dogs sleep curled tight. Basic photography instruction included.
Minimum of 2 people, 4 people during times of high demand (Christmas). Private groups only. We have limited availability December through March.
Duration: 2 days, 1 nights. Approximately 40 miles roundtrip.
Price: $1299 per person. 2 person minimum, 4 person minimum during the busy season (Christmas & March).
Difficulty: Easy to moderate.
Availability: Private groups only. Limited dates December through March -- check booking page for availability.
COVID19 Precautions: This is a private tour. We will require proof of a negative COVID19 test within 72 hours of your tour start time. This most likely means Arctic Dog will be the first stop on your trip to Alaska. If you are coming from in-state, we will still require a test. We will screen for symptoms daily, and ask that you self report symptoms as well. Please see our COVID19 fact page for more details on our COVID19 precaution & response plan.
AVAILABLE TO BOOK
2021 dates available upon request
White mountains national recreation area, ALASKA
✔ Dog mushing lessons
✔ Parka, snow pants, boots, mittens
✔ Cold-weather sleeping bags and pads
✔ Hotel/airport pickup and drop off
✔ Alaskan-inspired meals and snacks
✔ Basic photography instruction
✔ Cabin upgrade available
will i drive my own dog team?
Yes. You will drive and be responsible for your own small team of 4-6 dogs. One person per sled. You are accompanied at all times by a professional dog sledding guide who oversees the whole experience, allowing you to relax and enjoy the thrill of driving your own dog team. Before departure, your guide will introduce you to your team and give you a lesson on how to drive the sled. You will learn how to harness a sled dog, and how to slow and stop your team. Your guide drives their own team just ahead of you, keeping an eye on the dogs, the trail, and your progress. You will drive a dog sled the entire two days -- you do not have the option of sitting in a basket and riding, as there would be no one to drive your team!
CABIN OVERNIGHT ITINERARY
DAY 1: After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up at 10 a.m. and brought to Arctic Dog Adventure Co. We will go over gear, repack our bags, load dogs into the dog truck and head north to the trailhead. After a half hour drive to the trailhead, we will don our parkas, unload dogs and sleds, have a brief lesson on mushing, hook up our dog teams, and set off! The trail leads to the heart of the White Mountains wilderness: no roads, no railways, just pristine mountains, forest and tundra stretching all the way to the Arctic Ocean. Our route will takes us over rolling black spruce hills, and along ridge lines to one of twelve quaint log cabins dotted across the million acres of the White Mountains National Recreation Area. We will tie the dogs out, build a fire in the cabin and enjoy the pleasure of a hot meal after miles of fresh air on our faces. The cabins are the ultimate Alaskan retreats. Remote, rustic, but beautifully crafted and warm, they are heated by large wood stoves, equipped with bunks, lanterns, table, benches and have ample room for gear and leg stretching.
Meals: Breakfast on your own. Lunch at Arctic Dog Adventure Co. Dinner at cabin.
Accommodations: Log cabin.
Day 2: After breakfast by the crackling wood stove, we will prepare for the day’s mushing adventure. We will hook up our dogs and hit the trail, soaking in expansive rolling views along the ridge lines. We mush back over ridges and down into winter wonderland valleys where the trees, protected from the wind that blows over the tops of the ridges, are blanketed with thick layers of white snow. At some point, we will stop in a thick black spruce forest for lunch and hot drinks before hooking the dogs back up and mushing through the thick alpine spruce so characteristic of the White Mountains back to the trailhead. After unharnessing and saying "thank you" to your dog team, we will drive you back to town to your accommodations. We will arrive in Fairbanks around 6 p.m., however, arrival time is dependent on trail conditions, travel time, and road conditions.
Meals: Breakfast at cabin, lunch on the trail, dinner on your own.
Accommodations: You must arrange this yourself this night.
is this trip right for me?
Are you an adventurous soul? A dog lover? Do you love winter? Do you want to view the northern lights in a remote private location? Answer yes to any one of these? Then yes! This trip might be perfect for you!
No previous mushing experience is required. We will teach you everything you need to know to feel comfortable and equipped for your days on the trail.
That being said, dog mushing is a physical activity...from harnessing dogs to standing on the sled all day, you will need to be reasonably able-bodied in order to fully enjoy this experience. If you are hesitant about your ability to manage a dog team, please contact Lisbet & she will guide you through a series of questions designed to evaluate your abilities. You are probably better suited for this than you think.
You do not need previous experience with cold weather climates, but you will need to equip yourself with a proper set of winter base layers in order to ensure your comfort and safety. We will happily provide you with a list of suggested gear -- your comfort is our utmost concern !