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. 2022 Health & Safety Notice
Facemasks are required for all passengers and staff in vehicles, facilities, and helicopters. For the safety of all guests and crew, enhanced cleaning and COVID-19 mitigation protocols will remain in place for the summer of 2022.
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 a van from the dock to the heliport
- 30~40 minutes - gearing up, restroom and safety briefing
- 15~20 minutes - helicopter flightseeing tour over Juneau Icefield
- 1 hour - guided walk on the glacier
- 10~15 minutes - reboard helicopter and flight back to the heliport
- 15~20 minutes - arrive at heliport, de-gear and visit the gift shop
- 15~20 minutes - transfer in a van from the 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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Sep 2021 - Allen P.
beautiful day with no rain and a great trip to walk on the glacier. Pilot and guide were excellent.
Jul 2021 - Jose De Jesus H.
Excelente atencion y servicio de todo el Staff la caminata es muy corta , en realidad no son ni 100 mts del punto principal.
Jul 2021 - Barbara S.
This excursion was a highlight of our tour. The time on the glacier was magical. The guides were helpful and informative. I just wish we had spent a little more helicopter time higher up over the ice field so we could have gotten an idea of how big it is.
May 2021 - Connie U.
It was fabulous to see Mendenhall glacier and surrounding areas from the sky. It was even more fabulous to trek up on the glacier even though it was spitting rain. We even got to drink some of the blue glacier water that was pooled up. Very knowledgeable and fun staff
Sep 2019 - Corinne C.
This excursion was amazing. The whole helicopter flight and being out on the glacier was awesome. The pilot & guide were great as were the people back at the front desk
Sep 2019 - Chelsie L.
Amazing tour of the glacier! Our guide Bo was great provided us facts about the glacier as we did our trek. Our pilot took us for a ride through the ice field before dropping us off at our trekking site. Very easy terrain anyone could do it. Would do again and highly recommend this trip!
Sep 2019 - Arlina R.
Amazingly Awesome experience. Mother Nature at its finest. Professional friendly staff. 5 Stars!!
Sep 2019 - RENUKA G.
We had a great time. The guide was very friendly and informative. Enjoyed the helicopter ride and the walk. The entire staff was very friendly.
Aug 2019 - Larry A.
Great excursion. All people helpful and nice. Very safe. Very cool
Jul 2019 - Timothy B.
Highlight of our Alaska trip! Walking on a glacier and seeing the crevasses and learning from Rick, our guide, was fantastic. Of course the helicopter ride up with our pilot Christian gave us views we would never have seen if we hadn't done this trip. The team was very well organized from pickup, equipment fitting and drop off. We chose this over doing the dog sledding so we could really be closer to the glacier. Thanks for a great excursion.
Jul 2019 - Fong C.
This tour was excellent. Attention to safety details was commendable. The walk on the glacier was the best.