**LIMITED DEPARTURES AVAILABLE FOR 2023**
Please be advised this tour must begin at least 1 hour after your arrival in Juneau if traveling by cruise ship.
On the Juneau Pilot's Choice Glacier Helicopter Tour your pilot will choose two of the thirty-six named glaciers in the Juneau Icefield for a glacier landing experience. Across the 1,500 square miles of the Juneau Icefield; a few landing possibilities include the Herbert, Taku, Norris, Gilkey, Hole in the Wall, or the famous Mendenhall Glacier. Your guide will point out the unique glacier features such as blue ice, crevasses, pooling glacier water, and more.
After taking off from the helicopter base, enjoy views of the ice spires and steep alpine ridges. Once on the glacier, take in views of the unique glacier features as your local and knowledgeable guide takes you on an exploration. The two glacier landings are chosen by the helicopter pilot on the day of your tour.
Please note: Guests weighing 250lbs or more, with all clothing and camera, are required to purchase a seat surcharge. Extra space will be reserved on the helicopter. Guests are not able to stay on the helicopter at the glacier. Please dress appropriately for the weather and conditions.
Duration: 2.75 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)
What is provided on this tour?
You will be outfitted with NEOS brand overboots that slip over your shoes. They are large boots with traction soles, available in sizes XS - XXL. They fit U.S. Men's sizes 3-17 and U.S. Women's sizes 4.5-15. For EU sizing information, please reach out to us! Snow boots are provided for children to wear instead of their current footwear.
For guests whose feet will not fit in the overboots, Yaktrax brand elastic traction cleats are provided. If you think you may need this option, please be sure to wear thick socks and close-toed shoes that can be exposed to ice and snow.
What can I bring on this tour?
You may bring a bag with personal items, but all bags will have to be left at the base in a locked container during the tour. The following items are not permitted on the aircraft:
- Carry-on bags of any kind (incl. camera bags, purses, backpacks)
- GoPro extension poles or selfie sticks
- iPads, iPad minis, or any other tablets
- Animals of any kind (incl. service animals)
- Food or beverages
- Any smoking products including e-cigarettes
Can I bring my own walking stick or cane?
Personal walking sticks are not allowed on this tour as they tend to slip on the ice. We have glacier trekking poles with spiked bottoms available for use upon request.
Can I bring my camera?
Yes, you can bring your camera. Camera bags are not allowed and we recommend having a neck strap.
How should I carry my baby on the glacier?
Most guests choose to utilize a baby carrier. If your baby is walking, small boots will be provided for them!
Can I bring a diaper bag?
No, no bags are allowed in the aircraft. Any necessary items for the baby will need to be stored in someone's pockets.
Are headphones provided for babies?
Yes, noise-blocking headsets are provided for all guests, including babies.
What should I wear?
Layers are always key in Southeast Alaska during the summer. This should include waterproof outerwear, long pants, gloves, a hat, and sunglasses. We strongly encourage bringing sunglasses as well; the sun's glare off the ice and snow is much stronger than you might expect (even on an overcast day).
How many passengers ride in the helicopter together?
There is a maximum of 6 passengers per helicopter. If there are more than 6 passengers, multiple helicopters will fly at the same time and land on the glacier 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 food and drink included?
Water and hot beverages are available at the helicopter base. No food or drink is provided while on tour.
Are service animals allowed on this tour?
For safety reasons, service animals are not allowed on this tour.
Are there any physical requirements for this tour?
Guests must be comfortable walking short distances on uneven and occasionally icy surfaces.
Are there restrooms available during this tour?
There are restroom facilities at the helicopter base before you depart on your tour, but there are no restrooms available on the glacier.
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