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Juneau Glacier Flightseeing via Seaplane Tour

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Excursion Overview

Take to the skies on our 5-Glacier Flightseeing via Seaplane tour

Experience the thrill of taking off from the water with this Juneau floatplane excursion. Everyone will enjoy their own window seat while flying in a DeHaviland Otter seaplane over 5 glaciers. This is your chance to fly in what the locals refer to as an Alaskan water taxi!

Your floatplane takes off from the water right in downtown Juneau in front of the cruise ship terminal. You will see the city as you take off from the water while listening to the history of the mining era. Your pilot will take you over picturesque landscape toward the 1,500 square miles of Juneau Icefield. As you soar through the skies you'll fly over the ocean, rivers, and rainforest on your way to the glaciers that surround Juneau. Keep your eye out for thundering waterfalls, lush forest landscape, and wildlife roaming the mountain peaks! Possible sightings might include bear, moose, goats, and eagles.

As you approach the Juneau Icefield, you will fly over the highlight of this excursion, 5 magnificent glaciers! Though the icefield is massive, only 36 of the glaciers that comprise it are named, and far fewer are accessible. You will see the Norris, the Hole In The Wall, the East, the West, and the mightiest of them all, the Taku Glacier. Five miles wide at its base, the Taku Glacier is breathtaking, expanding, and well worth the wait.

After your journey through the sky with this Juneau seaplane tour, you will land smoothly back on the water of the Gastineau Channel, right back where you started. From here, it's an easy walk to the shops of downtown, your cruise ship, or to local eateries established on the waterfront.

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Things You Need to Know


  • Roundtrip transportation from the cruise ship terminal
  • Headphones to enjoy a full narration by the pilot
  • Window seat for every passenger
  • Souvenir flight map


  • Maximum weight: 300 lbs
  • Child price for 2-12 years old. Those under 2 years old are free but must ride on an adult's lap.

Duration: 1 hour (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)

  • 20 minutes - preflight safety briefing and preparation
  • 40 minutes - glacier flightseeing via floatplane

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets at the Merchant's Wharf dock which is located at the north end of the cruise ship terminal. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is limited mobility accessible. Guests must be able to climb 4 steps into and out of the bus and also up into the floatplane. There is limited space for collapsible wheelchairs and walkers. Guests cannot be confined to a wheelchair. There is no storage available for motorized scooters. Please leave a comment during checkout if accommodations for collapsible equipment will be required on tour.

Refund Policy:

  • You may cancel for any reason up to seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

There is a maximum of 10 passengers per floatplane. If you have more than 10 passengers in your party, multiple planes will be used to accommodate your party.

The temperature during flight is roughly similar to the ground temperature, and each plane is equipped with heaters if necessary.

Yes, all seats on the floatplane have a window view.

Wildlife is abundant in Southeast Alaska and sightings are possible on any tour, however this is not a designated wildlife tour and nothing can be guaranteed.

There are no age restrictions for this tour.

Yes, we provide booster seats for younger guests to see out the plane windows.

Small bags may be brought along but must be stored in the rear cargo area of the floatplane.

Non-alcoholic beverages in a closeable containters and snacks are allowed on tour.

Guests must be comfortable walking short distances. Wheelchair assistance is available upon request.

Layered clothing and water resistant jackets are recommended


Guest Reviews


115 total


Melissa L

On Jul 2024

Wonderful experience for the entire family ages 9 to 65!

Andrew S

On Jul 2024

Such an incredible flight experience, the views were amazing! And I will definitely recommend Alaska Shore Excursions for future excursions!

Bruce L

On Jul 2024

Absolute highlight of the trip. Flying in a float plane over the majestic mountains and glaciers of Alaska gave my wife and I wonderful memory of the power and scope of the scenery of Alaska. Our pilot did a great job of narrating our adventure. Every seat in the plane showcased the flight. Great value for the money we spent.

Tracy V

On Jul 2024

This experience was absolutely amazing!! I m afraid of flying and the ride was so smooth.. Also the views from above were absolutely breath taking, we had such a clear beautiful day!!!

Pamela R

On Jun 2024

What a fantastic experience! It was one of our biggest goals for this trip to ride in a float plane, and this experience did not disappoint! We had a great pilot, and an amazing aerial tour of the Juneau fields and glaciers. We were blessed with great weather, which helped immensely!


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Duration: 1 hours

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Duration: 1 hours

Adult (13+): $325.00

Child (2-12): $275.00

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