Dog Mushing

Drive Your Own Team Of Friendly Iditarod Dogs

Imagine you’re driving a team of veteran sled dogs in the last great frontiers on earth, Alaska. You’ll have the possibility to see abundant wildlife, awesome scenery, vast herds of Caribou, moose, wolf, eagles and seals. Magical Northern lights, frozen oceans, breathtaking mountains and tundra are all a part of your day. Sound good? Get ready to enjoy two different adventures that are in a class by themselves.

Founded by the late Jerry Austin, Iditarod Hall of Fame

Dog sledding with us is fun, easy to learn, and a life enhancing experience you’ll always treasure. You’ll get personal training from the daughter and son-in-law of Jerry Austin, Iditarod Hall of Fame inductee, as you mush your own experienced dog team, stay warm with the arctic clothing we provide, sleep comfortably in heated tent camps and rustic lodges, enjoy great meals, small groups and you’ll love our friendly dogs.

Safety and experience

Safety and experience is our middle name. Your dog mushing adventure is supported by reliable snowmobiles, licensed guides and radios. Protected lodging is never very far. Our guests come from all over the world, from seven to over seventy and total beginners to experienced. We’ve got two incredible, soft adventure vacations that no other mushing outfitter can duplicate.

Golsovia Lodge Mushing trip

Upon arrival in St. Michael, we acquaint you with the dogs and equipment. We make sure you are properly outfitted with our winter gear. First and last night lodging is at our St. Micheal lodge or home overlooking the frozen Norton Sound. The next day, we head to Klikitarik, the site of an abandoned Eskimo village. This is a 25 mile trip crossing four miles of ocean ice (over 4 feet thick at this time) to the mainland. We spend the night in Klikitarik in a comfortable heated tent camp. Here we care for the dogs and the next day hit the trail for our Golsovia River Lodge. This is another 25 mile trek, including 7 miles of uphill travel.

At Golsovia, both the mushers and the dogs enjoy a break. We arrive before dark and take the next day off. During this time the teams will rest, we’ll enjoy the warmth of the lodge. Activities include hiking up the frozen Golsovia river, hauling drinking water from upriver, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and wildlife viewing. Most years we can see the caribou herds right from the lodge migrating from their winter range. Other possible wildlife sightings include fox, willow ptarmigan, eagles, hawks, falcons, arctic and snowshoe hares, moose, wolf, and wolverine.

2012 Departures:
Jan. 7 to Jan. 13
Jan. 14 to Jan. 20
Jan. 21 to Jan. 27
Jan. 28 to Feb 3
Feb. 4 to Feb. 10
Feb. 11 to Feb. 17
Feb. 18 to Feb. 24
Feb. 25 to Mar. 2
Mar. 3 to Mar. 9
Mar. 10 to Mar. 19
Mar. 17 to Mar. 25
Mar. 26 to Apr. 1

Price Per Person: $2,500.00
Iditarod Trip: $3,500.00

Limited Time Special! $500.00 off the above listed prices – book now!

Travel Information: St. Michael is gateway city. See below for flight info.

Iditarod Dog Mushing Trip

Here’s a unique opportunity to see in person the emotions of some final Iditarod finishers as they cross the finish line. You can talk with racers, pet their team, volunteer and be a part of the Iditarod race atmosphere in Famous Nome, Alaska. In March we offer two trips that coincide with the Iditarod Finishers Banquet. Both the departing and arriving Golsovia mushing groups (see above) will spend Saturday night and Sunday night in Nome attending the banquet and meeting the mushers. We will stay in the best hotel in Nome and have plenty of time to see Nome, its shops and its people.

If you’ve marveled at the Iditarod, the “Last great race on earth”, then this is the opportunity to be a part of it and drive your own team of sled dogs with Iditarod Hall of Fame Inductee, Jerry Austin.

2012 Departures: March 10-19, March 17-25

Price: $3,500.00

Limited Time Special! $500.00 off the above listed prices – book now!

Travel Information: St. Michael is gateway city. For transportation to and from Alaska dog sledding, see below for flight info.

Flight Information:

Anchorage to Nome via Alaska Airlines. Then Nome to St. Michael via Bering Air is currently available daily in both directions daily depending on weather. Airfare from Nome to St. Michael is approximately $400 round-trip.

Reservations & Deposits

  • 50% deposit due at booking and the balance due 60 days prior to trip.
  • Contact us via e-mail or via our toll free # in St. Michael: 877-923-2419* * We are often leading guests on wilderness adventures, so if you don’t hear from us immediately, don’t worry. We’ll contact you as soon as we can.
  • Book as far in advance as possible to ensure a place for your party. A 50% deposit of trip cost holds your reservation; balance is due no less then 60 before departure.

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