Our Helicopter Glacier Walkabout provides a full hour on the glacier to explore, take pictures, and appreciate the magnificent surroundings. The adventure begins with a short drive from our cruise ship terminal or other pick-up location to our helicopter base, located next to the Juneau International Airport.
You will be outfitted in state-of-the-art trekking equipment and given a safety briefing before boarding one of our A-Star helicopters. Once loaded and ready, you will have an opportunity to explore Juneau's incredible range of ecosystems while soaring over old-growth trees of the Tongass National Forest, dramatic mountain ranges, and expansive flows of ice that change from white to brilliant shades of blue, before landing at one of our base camps in the Juneau Icefield. Landing sites will be selected depending on various weather and glacier conditions. You may visit any of the following glaciers: Mendenhall, Taku, Norris, Herbert, Gilkey, Battle or Thiel.
After carefully unloading, you will meet your guide who will outfit you with crampons to make it easier to walk on the icy terrain, and a trekking pole for enhanced stability. Once prepared, your guide will lead you on an interpretive walk to explore the unique glacial features and learn about the local environment. There will be plenty of time to stop and take pictures of your great adventure before your helicopter returns for your flight back to our heliport. At the end of your tour, our comfortable vans will escort you back to your drop-off point.
Please note: Persons weighing 250lbs or more must pay an additional $115 surcharge for safety reasons. Please purchase the "250lbs+ Adult" ticket if this is the case.
Duration: 3.25 hours (Flight time: 30 minutes. Glacier time: 1 hour)
- Roundtrip transportation
- Protective layers: rain pants, rain jackets, gloves, and boots
- Trekking equipment
- Water and a light snack
- Hip pack to carry small personal items during the tour
- Long socks, long pants and warm layers
- Bring your sunglasses and camera
- Minimum age: 8 years old
- Guests must be able to walk unassisted for 1 hour on moderately flat but uneven terrain
- Signed liability waiver
Duration: 3.25 hours. Tour times below are approximate:
- 15-20 minutes transfer in van from dock to heliport base
- 30-40 minutes gearing up, restroom and safety briefing
- 15-20 minutes helicopter flightseeing tour over Juneau Icefield
- 1 hour guided walk on glacier
- 10-15 minutes reboard helicopter and flight back to heliport
- 15-20 minutes arrive at heliport, de-gear and visit gift shop
- 15-20 minutes transfer in van from heliport to dock
- This tour meets in front of the Mt. Robert's Tramway building. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.
ADA Accessibility of Tour:
- This tour is not wheelchair or limited mobility accessible.
How many passengers ride in the helicopter together?
There is a maximum of 6 passengers per helicopter. If your party is larger than 6 passengers, multiple helicopters will take your group and land together.
What is the seating arrangement in the helicopter?
There are two front seats and four rear seats; FAA safety guidelines require seating positions to be assigned based on weight and balance of all passengers for each helicopter.
What is the temperature on the glacier?
The average temperature is between 15-20°F cooler than on the ground.
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?
The minimum age for this tour is 8 years old.
Can I bring a backpack?
Backpacks cannot be accommodated on this tour. Secure storage is available at the helicopter base where you can pick up items upon your return. We provide a hip pack to carry small personal items during the tour. Due to safety protocol, we do not allow selfie sticks, iPads, or drones on this tour.
Can I bring my own food or drink?
Food and drink are not allowed during this tour.
Are food and drink included?
Water and hot beverages are available at the helicopter base, no food or drink is provided while on tour.
Are there child prices?
Adult and child prices are the same for this tour.
Are there any physical requirements for this tour?
Guests must be able to walk unassisted for 1 hour on moderately flat but uneven terrain.
What type of clothing should I wear?
Layered clothing, hats, gloves and sunglasses are strongly recommended.
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Jul 2019 - Fong C.
This tour was excellent. Attention to safety details was commendable. The walk on the glacier was the best.