This is the adventure of a lifetime - a truly unique tour that combines a helicopter flight with stunning views, as well as an electrifying airboat ride that skims along the surface of the Taku River! From beginning to end, you will not be disappointed with all there is to see by land and by air.
Once you have been picked up from the dock, your drive through the beautiful Mendenhall Valley will end at the helicopter base. Here you will get a full safety briefing and be outfitted for your flight. Get ready for take off, and for some of the most spectacular views you will ever see! Your pilot will point out deep blue crevasses, and glaciers that cling to the sides of snow capped mountains - known as hanging glaciers. As you come in for landing on the shores of the Taku River, watch for the welcoming crew to wave you in!
Here you are in remote country - truly untouched by most - so you'll be fully prepared in our full body 'mustang suits', designed to keep you warm and safe against any Alaskan element. Once you're ready to go, you will load into the airboat and take off! Airboats are unique in that they only need a few inches of water to operate, which means you can maneuver right up to the face of the glacier. You will even be able to reach out and touch the ice as you zip along!
Our local riverboat captains know all there is to know about Southeast Alaska, and the gorgeous area that surrounds you. The insight you will gain will be unparalleled as you tour the Taku River and the Watershed, as very few get the opportunity to visit this pristine place. You will hear and see so much of this majestic glacier that you won't be able to wait to land on it!
After returning to the river base, you'll say goodbye to the airboat captain and load back into your aircraft. It's a short flight over the water to land on the glacier itself. To capture the true ambiance of the nature that surrounds you, your pilot will shut down the helicopter. Revel in the raw beauty as you walk around and see crevasses up close, explore glacial pools, and take a sip of the purest water you'll ever taste. The experience of seeing the glacier by air, boat, and on foot is truly rare and awe-inspiring.
Your flight back to base is a wonderful time to reflect on the memories you've made, and take in views of the great Alaskan wilderness one last time. Feel free to ask any additional questions on your drive back to your ship!
Included: Boots and outfitting are provided.
Please note: Minimum of 2 passengers required. Persons weighing 250lbs or more must pay an additional $150 surcharge for safety reasons. Please purchase the "250lbs+ Adult" ticket if this is the case. Child prices are the same as adult prices. Minimum age to participate is 7.
Duration: 3.5 hours (Flight time: 35 minutes. Airboat time: 30-40 minutes. Glacier time: 15 minutes. )
- Roundtrip transportation
- Headset to enjoy the pilot's narration during the tour
- Traction overboots
- Rain suit/pants if needed
- Long socks, sturdy closed-toe footwear, warm layers, gloves and a hat
- Bring your sunglasses and camera
- Minimum age: 7 years old
- Guests must be comfortable walking short distances on uneven and occasionally icy surfaces
- Guests must be able to ascend two stairs to helicopter
- Signed liability waiver
Duration: 3.5 hours. Tour times below are approximate:
- 15-20 minutes transfer in van from dock to heliport on Douglas Island
- 30-40 minutes gearing up, restroom and safety briefing
- 15 minutes helicopter flightseeing tour to Taku Point
- 5 minutes land at Taku Point and load into airboat
- 1 hour glacier viewing by airboat
- 5-10 minutes reboard helicopter and fly to glacier landing site
- 10-15 minutes guided walk
- 10 minutes reboard helicopter and flight back to heliport
- 15 minutes arrive at heliport, de-gear and visit gift shop
- 15-20 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 at the dog sled camp 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 7 years old.
Can I bring a backpack?
All bags must be stored at the helicopter base and are not allowed on 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 comfortable walking short distances on uneven and occasionally icy surfaces.
What type of clothing should I wear?
Layered clothing, hats, gloves and sunglasses are strongly recommended.
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