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Juneau 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 a 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 landscapes, and wildlife roaming the mountain peaks! Possible sightings might include bears, 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.

Included: Everyone always has a window seat. A headset with full narration is provided throughout the tour.

Please note: Flightseeing operated in Otter floatplanes which hold up to 10 guests. There is NO surcharge for guests over 250lbs.

For this tour only, times given are approximate. Departure times vary daily due to daylight hours and demand. Please advise of your preferred time of day and we will make every attempt to accommodate your schedule. Child price is for 12 years and younger. Children under 24 months are free, but must ride on an adult's lap.

Duration: 1 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal. Flight time: 40 minutes.)


  • Headphones to enjoy a full narration by the pilot
  • Souvenir flight map
  • Infants under 2 years old are free and do not require a ticket. Please indicate that you are traveling with an infant during checkout.


  • Maximum weight: 300lbs

Duration: 1 hour. Tour times below are approximate:

  • 15~20 minutes - preflight safety briefing and preparation
  • 1 hour - 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.

How many passengers ride in the floatplane together?

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.

What is the temperature in the floatplane?

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

Will I get a window seat on the plane?

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

Will I see any wildlife or bears on this tour?

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.

Are there any age restrictions for children?

There are no age restrictions for this tour.

Can I bring a backpack?

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

Can I bring my own food or drink?

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

Are food and drink included?

No food or drinks are included.

Are there any physical requirements for this tour?

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

What type of clothing should I wear?

Layered clothing and water resistant jackets are recommended

Not seeing answers to your questions?

Check out other frequently asked questions here!

Customer Reviews
Sep 2023 - John T.

This was our first time flying in a sea plane. It was a wonderful experience. Seeing the glaciers and all the area had to offer from the air was spectacular. Our pilot Jamie, was great. She took the time to let us know what to expect on our journey after our safety briefing. Her flying skills were incredible with the aircraft. It was an amazing experience that we re still talking about. Two thumbs up for all of the accommodating staff that helped us out. Truly a great group of people.

Sep 2023 - Andrew G.

An experience not to be missed. Truly spectacular views of the glaciers in a transport mode that was second to none and a pilot that was equally first class.

Sep 2023 - Christopher D.

Do not miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these glaciers up close. Our pilot got within feet of some of the massive ice fields, as well as soared above mountain peaks. It was absolutely breathtaking. Out of the entire trip, this was the most unique and special experience.

Sep 2023 - Dorothy H.

Pilot was amazing! He gave a super efficient over view of what we were looking at from the air. Excellent trip!

Aug 2023 - Cynthia F.

It was everything I expected and then some. The pilot was informative, courteous and professional. I would take this tour again.

Aug 2023 - Ioannis M.

Great flight experience. Departure is a short walk from the dock of princess cruises. Ask if you can get the copilot seat, upon arrival, should be fun.

Aug 2023 - James P.

Such an amazing experience, located right near the port and very straightforward process. Great people working there and the views were immaculate.

Aug 2023 - Michele C.

Excellent tour thank you!

Aug 2023 - Lawrence K.

Absolutely loved our 5-glacier tour. Fully narrated on comfortable DeHaviland Otter floatplane. Great way to see the Alaska wilderness! Do it!

Aug 2023 - Mei Ling Belinda A.

It was a beautiful experience to see glaciers at such a close view. Our pilot was good as he knew we wanted good photos to keep as memories so he did great job flying so we could take good photos

Aug 2023 - Emmalie L.

Stunning views of the glaciers! Be prepared for very loud environment in the plane, even with the headphones on. I wouldn't recommend this if you get nauseous easily.

Aug 2023 - Frank L.

During our recent cruise in Alaska we booked 5 different excursions, one at each port, this was one of our favorites. The tour operator was very organized, and did an excellent job managing the excursion process. Highly recommend this excursion.

Aug 2023 - Sharon D.

This was absolutely incredible! The pilot was great, both takeoff and landing were great and the views were just WOW! We have been privileged to see a part of the world most people only dream of, unless your name is David Attenborough! The sights of glaciers, crevasses and beautiful lakes will be etched in our memories forever. Many thanks for such an amazing experience.

Jul 2023 - Katie S.

We had a great time! It was awesome to get close to a variety of different glaciers and really get a unique view of the area around Juneau and still have time to check out downtown Juneau itself in the time allotted. This was my favorite excursion on our Inside Passage cruise and they were all great!

Jul 2023 - Charanjeet S V.

One of the best experience ever. Thank you Rebecca and our wonderful pilot who made a smooth landing on water, better than regular airplanes.

Jul 2023 - Leah S.

The seaplane tour is our number one favorite!! The staff and the pilot were amazing!! I would do this again with you guys when we have more opportunity! Thank you for such a wonderful, memorable and unforgettable experience!!

Jul 2023 - Leticia S.

This trip was great. It was very well organized. There was great communication with the operator before the trip. The plane was great...and we had incredible weather.

Jul 2023 - Jeffry V.

Nothing but a first class operation from the office staff to the pilot the flight, etc. They deserve more than a 5 Star review. Thank you!

Jul 2023 - Daniel H.

An exceptional and exciting adventure that we are so glad that we signed up for. Access to/from the cruise ship was so easy. Our pilot was enthusiastic as he flew us over the glaciers, pointed out a large herd of mountain goats and other points of interest. There isn't a bad seat on the seaplane. Highly recommend!!!

Jul 2023 - Nicole E.

This tour was the highlight of our Alaska cruise vacation. We got very lucky with beautiful weather. It was a clear, sunny day, so we were able to fly high up over the glaciers and get fantastic views. All of the staff was super friendly and knowledgeable. I loved the narration during the flight and the additional information provided by our pilot. It was a fun time!

Jul 2023 - Roger K.

This excursion was by far our groups most favorite. There are numerous exciting and beautiful things to see in Alaska and flying over the glaciers and mountains is a must do experience.

Jul 2023 - Linda T.

Flying in a seaplane that took off and landed on water was exciting (but didn't feel much different than doing it on land!) Everything worked well such as the headphones so that we could hear the commentary. Each individual person had a window and everything felt very safe. Some windows seemed to be offset from the seat that would make viewing more difficult for a couple of the people. The flight seemed to whiz by because the scenery was so amazing. The windows steamed up for a short time but the pilot ran some heat (I think) to clear them. People have asked if we saw any wildlife on this tour and we didn't, but we didn't expect to. I've done a helicopter tour before and I think it was easier to see and helicopters can go slower and closer to things.

Jul 2023 - Shilpa N.

Amazing experience...we are very glad we did this. Got a lovely overhead view of 5 different glaciers of the Juneau Icefield. The seaplane flight was quite comfortable, we were a group of 5 with 2 seniors and one child and none of us had any difficulty with the plane ride. Seniors needed a little help getting in/out of the plane. The pilot was informative and there was a taped recording throughout the flight as well. Overall a great experience...highly recommended.

Jul 2023 - Jennifer H.

This was an incredible experience! I had seen glaciers from land and sea, but being able to view them from the air added a perspective that was incomparable. The plane equipment was clean, safe and the added touch of a cloth to wipe fog from the windows shows how much this team cares about the experience. The narration was insightful and appropriate for the views. The pilot was awesome too! The ride was smooth.

Jun 2023 - Stephanie C.

Best excursion we did during our cruise! So much beauty that you cannot see from the land. Would definitely do it again next time we come to Juneau! And sitting next to Pilot was a bonus. 😎

Jun 2023 - Joyce C.

Everything was extraordinary personnel (booking, pilot, lodge), scenery, wildlife, etc...We relaxed across the river from a glacier, ate our best Alaskan meal, and watch eagles and a black bear while at a cabin built in 1923. It doesn't get any better. Thank you for providing this experience to those who visit Alaska.

Jun 2023 - Glenda S.

We enjoyed our flight seeing your and would highly recommend it to everyone!

Jun 2023 - Tammy M.

The ride was very smooth. Since everyone had a window, everyone had a great view. Captain was very nice. If you've never done it, do it at least one time in your life. And do it through Alaska Shore Excursions instead of your cruise ship to save money!

Jun 2023 - Barbara W.

What a lovely time. Our pilot was very interesting and knowledgeable. I appreciated him for helping me descend the steps as I have a knee issue. I would highly recommend this seaplane tour.

May 2023 - Edward T.

We had a great time on the seaplane! It was a little shorter than the advertised hour, but it was okay because the sights were spectacular.

May 2023 - Janet W.

Wow! Just Wow!

May 2023 - Karen S.

This was incredible. Would recommend anyone going to Alaska to do this. Wish it was longer!

Oct 2022 - Vijay S.

It was an amazing experience. Very enjoyable. One more item ticked off the bucket list.

Sep 2022 - Craig O.

A must do. The views were amazing!!

Sep 2022 - Nancy B.

Loved this seaplane tour. The pilot was excellent and also very knowledgeable. Great tour!

Sep 2022 - Mark K.

We loved every minute of this tour and highly recommend. We felt safe and everyone had a window seat. The glaciers were beautiful and seeing Juneau also by air was very special. Loved the tour.

Sep 2022 - Angela G.

Really enjoyed taking a sea plane. The views were stunning. Felt completely safe in the plane. Really great that every seat has a window view. Glacier views were incredible and thus was the way to see them. Narrated details the entire ride.

Aug 2022 - John G.

Professionally operated, seats and widows were perfect for viewing, the route provided tremendous views of glaciers and mountains, water takeoff and landing was a unique experience. Overall, a highlight of the trip.

Aug 2022 - Sara H.

Everything was well organized and the views/tour overall were fantastic. The narration (optional through the headphones) was a nice touch too. This was a good tour for being on a cruise ship because it is not too long, and leaves time for other activities. I saved a ton of money purchasing it through the website and not from the cruise ship.

Jul 2022 - Chantelle G.

Highly recommend this Seaplane Tour. Our pilot was great and the scenery was breathtaking!!

Jul 2022 - David L.

Wonderful excursion. Our family of 4 enjoyed this exciting and informative float plane adventure. Everyone had a window seat and their own headset.

Jun 2022 - Kathryn P.

This tour was the most amazing thing I did while in Alaska! It was a little expensive but worth every penny. The people at the tour company were all friendly and helpful. The views of the glaciers and surrounding areas were spectacular and the narration provided was excellent. I would highly recommend this tour!

Jun 2022 - Donald S.

Exciting tour, well managed and organized. The view of the glaciers was amazing.

Jun 2022 - Shannon C.

The views were absolutely breathtaking!

Jun 2022 - Jill S.

Wonderful views from the sea plane. I was able to get some awesome pictures.

Jun 2022 - Charles C.

This was one of the most exciting and amazing tours I have ever taken! I highly recommend this tour to see some of the most beautiful glaciers Alaska has to offer!!

Jun 2022 - Daniel W.

Kyle was an excellent pilot! The day was beautiful and the glaciers were magnificent.

Sep 2019 - Thomas P.

An excellent experience to view the glaciers from above and see a different perspective of these astonishing phenomenon. The flight was smooth throughout and all staff were polite and very helpful, well worth the cost.

Sep 2019 - Rajiv P.

Excellent float plane tour to see Juneau Glaciers

Sep 2019 - Doris T.

Definitely have to experience this tour. It was amazing from above only way to see the glacier. Would do it again and again!!! Friendly staff.

Sep 2019 - Steven W.

Great pilot. A bit scary though: One pilot and no back up. However, all was safe and smooth.

Aug 2019 - Ma Cristina S.

Was a wonderfull trip

Aug 2019 - Norman M.

Excellent opportunity to become knowledgeable about the Glaciers.

Aug 2019 - Sarbjit` K.

Wonderful sights, Operator was friendly

Jul 2019 - Neal M.

Excellent trip. Really got a chance to see the glaciers as few have done. Trip is up the Taku inlet and river. Plane retraces route so you get to see all no matter which side of the plane you are on. Pilot was very professional and informational.

Jul 2019 - Robert S.

Pilot Dan The Man was great. Had my family of 10 onboard, and I trusted his experience with their safety. Beautiful scenery.

Jul 2019 - Robert I.

There is only one way to see and appreciate the size and magnitude of the ice fields and glaciers and that is through the air. Some of our group were concerned about landing on water, but we all agreed that it was smoother and probably safer than landing on land. Great trip, and I highly recommend it.

Jun 2019 - Patricia W.

The flight was smooth and the glaciers easily visible. The pilot did a good job of ensuring both sides of the plane had good views of all glaciers. My headset was not working properly and the commentary had gaps. The Floatplane operator should have every passenger test the headset before departing.

Jun 2019 - Dawn M.

Wow this excursion was just brilliant. Our handsome pilot Shannon helped us onto the plane. He was full of expert information about the area and he was completely in control with all the confidence to make us feel at ease. The plane was located right next to the cruise terminal couldn't be easier to find. We booked the flight about 3 months prior to our trip which was also done with ease. I can not recommend this company enough an awesome experience which was the highlight of our holiday

Jun 2019 - Jane M.

What an amazing trip! The scenery is breathtaking and the pilot was congenial and informative. I would highly recommend this excursion.

Jun 2019 - Walter G.

A great flightseeing tour! Was the highlight of my trip to Alaska. Ken was our pilot and he did a great job. I felt safe the whole time. Seeing the glaciers from the air was wonderful!!

Jun 2019 - Adolph M.

Great excursion

May 2019 - Lorraine G.

We really enjoyed our flight over the Glaciers. Seeing the superb colour in the glaciers, the commentary was very good. Our pilot, Mark, was very friendly & helpful. My husband needed some assistance getting up the steep ramp but the staff organised to push him up in a wheelchair. Very professional & friendly people. Would highly recommend this company.

Sep 2018 - Paula G.

Great experience- safe and smooth trip with a wonderful chance to see the area from a different perspective.

Sep 2018 - Klaus F.

Great views, good flight, good commentary

Sep 2018 - Susan S.

Awesome flight, highly recommend!!

Sep 2018 - Lewis R.

This is the best way to see the glaciers in a short time (cruise ship). The pilot gave excellent commentary. I highly recommend.

Aug 2018 - Mary H.

It was amazing..we were a family of 6 and treated so well as 2 of us had disabilities. Pilot was very informative and guided us through some great scenary

Aug 2018 - Penny R.

Wonderful, well worth the $. Informative narration without spoiling own experience. Pilot Ben? was great.

Aug 2018 - David H.

The plane was a great size, and everyone had a window seat. The flight-path was very well designed, and we had a lovely time.

Aug 2018 - Annalisa C.

This was a wonderful experience. Lovely vistas from up high. The ride was smooth and the staff was cheerful and efficient.

Jul 2018 - John M.

5 Star experience

Jul 2018 - Aziz B.

The most spectacular view of nature

Jul 2018 - Attel M.

This was an awesome way to see the Glaciers from a different perspective. All went smoothly and was very enjoyable for us all.

Jul 2018 - Kelly M.

We had a great time!

Jul 2018 - Stefany B.

This excursion was a highlight of our trip! Pilot Al did a fabulous job and took us to see the gorgeous scenery.

Jul 2018 - Stephen C.

This was awesome! Pilot was very friendly and knowledgable as was ground staff. Very nice ride and unforgetable views. This is a must do when there!

Jun 2018 - Heather K.

This was a magical experience. You can only see the true beauty and breath-taking awe of the glaciers from the air. Professional, friendly and efficient. Our whole family loved this excursion!

Jun 2018 - Christopher B.

Super great excursion. Friendly pilot and unbelievable views of the glaciers. Highly recommend.

Jun 2018 - Marcia D.

Awesome! This was a wonderful floatplane ride over gorgeous glaciers! Commentary was well-done. Flight was on-time. Very professional. We loved it! Booked it independently and saved /person over the cruise ship excursion rate.

Jun 2018 - Keegan C.

This was a great experience. We enjoyed getting in the float plane, the exhilaration of take off and landing, and the views! Seeing all five glaciers was fantastic. We got amazing photos and even had the chance to see moose!

Sep 2017 - John M.

Fantastic flight Very informative Great pilot Good value for money

Sep 2017 - Robert P.

If you want to see Glaciers... then this is the excursion you want to take. Took my breath away... Definitely worth the price!

Aug 2017 - Cliff M.

This was a wonderful experience. The recorded presentation really gave us a lot of info. As a pilot I was especially excited because I got to sit up front.

Jul 2017 - Libby S.

Wonderful excursion for our family!

Jul 2017 - Deborah F.

Great excursion, very informative with beautiful scenery!

Jun 2017 - Susan H.


Jun 2017 - Mary V.

We absolutely loved this. Well worth the money!

Jun 2017 - Wendy F.

Excellent flight and commentary

Jun 2017 - Patty P.

From smooth take off to smooth landing this adventure was amazing. The views were exceptional - ones that could only have been seen by air. If I had to do it again, I would. Love it so much and thank you.

Jun 2017 - Patsy P.

My family and I seen the most breathtaking views of glaciers, ice field and a waterfall. It was way beyond my expectations. The pilot did a great job and was super friendly. Highly recommend this excursion. Patsy P. Sevierville, TN June 6, 2017

Jun 2017 - Gek-Khim Y.

Very good, wonderful views!

Jun 2017 - Terence J L.

Found this to be excellent and thoroughly enjoyed it. Would highly recommend to anyone visiting Juneau.

May 2017 - CAROL S.

Excellent tour of Juneau glaciers. I would highly recommend this tour if you want to see the beautiful views.

Sep 2016 - Richard S.

5 stars, a superb flight with breath taking scenery and a silky smooth water landing!

Aug 2016 - Linda G.

The excursion was fabulous with magnificent views of the glaciers and mountains. We had perfect weather with smooth water for landing and just thoroughly enjoyed the seaplane ride. Well worth the expense.

Aug 2016 - Tracy L B.

Outstanding excursion. Professional and friendly employees, absolutely gorgeous flight path, all have a window seat and headphones for narrated tour. I compared the price, flight time, and flight path of other companies and with going through the cruise ship. Best price I found, and we were completely pleased with the service from this company. Our cruise boat provided a shuttle from the dock (which happened to be the farthest) to the downtown main street. The meeting location was an easy walk from the shuttle drop-off.

Aug 2016 - William H.

It was a great adventure. Thanks all went well.

May 2016 - Peggy G.

Can't go to Juneau without taking this excursion. Highlight of trip. The view were amazing. Loved every minute of it.

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Adult: $299.00

Child (2-12): $275.00

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