Please be advised this tour must begin at least 1 hour after your arrival to 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 weather and conditions. 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: 2.75 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)
- Roundtrip transportation
- Traction overboots
- Rain jacket if needed
- Water and hot beverages are available at the helicopter base
- Infants under 2 years old are free and do not require a ticket. Please indicate that you are traveling with an infant during checkout.
- Guests must be comfortable walking short distances on uneven and occasionally icy surfaces
- Passenger names and weights are required by the FAA for passenger safety and comfort, as well as weight and balance calculations for flight manifesting. Any passenger whose weight is 250 pounds (113 kilograms) or more fully clothed at the time of departure will have a surcharge fee added to the ticket price at the time of booking.
Duration: 2.75 hours. Tour times below are approximate:
- 30 minutes transportation from downtown Juneau
- 50 minutes helicopter flightseeing
- 15-minute first glacier landing
- 15-minute second glacier landing
- 30 minutes transportation back to the cruise ship terminal
- 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 limited mobility accessible. Guests who use wheelchairs or scooters must be able to walk approximately 100 feet to and from the helicopters and be able to navigate the 18-inch steps into the helicopter mostly unassisted. The natural surface of the glacier can be uneven and cracked. Please note that the dog sledding camp is covered with snow. Due to liability reasons, our employees cannot lift guests in or out of the helicopter. Staff will be there to lend a helping hand, though ultimately guests are responsible for navigating these steps on their own. There is limited space for collapsible wheelchairs and walkers. 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 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 there any age restrictions for children?
There are no age restrictions for this tour.
Can I bring a backpack?
All bags must be stored at the helicopter base. Carry-on bags (including purses, backpacks and camera/video bags), GoPro Extension poles, selfie-sticks, any tablet device (including iPads and iPad minis), Drones and animal of any kind are not permitted on this tour.
Can I bring my DSLR camera?
Yes, you can bring your DSLR camera 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 service animals allowed on this tour?
For safety reasons, service animals are not allowed on this tour.
Are there child prices?
Adult and child prices are the same for this tour. There is no charge for infants under 2 years old. Infants will be required to ride on a guardian's lap.
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.
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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