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Skagway Glacier Helicopter Tour

On this Skagway helicopter tour, you'll leave all traces of civilization behind and experience the infinite beauty of Alaska's remote glaciers.

Depending on which pier you're coming from, a 5~30 minute walk brings you to the heliport where, following a safety video, you are outfitted with glacier boots that go over your footwear and loaded onto the helicopter. Lift off from the historic Skagway waterfront and head into a rugged region of sheer mountains, majestic valleys, and massive glaciers for the ultimate glacier helicopter tour.

Flight routes and landing zones are selected daily based on the weather forecast to ensure that you will see the best sights that the area has to offer. Jagged peaks towering over the Chilkat Glacier, cascading waterfalls surrounding the Ferebee Glacier, or the spectacular "river of ice" known as the Meade Glacier, may be among the wonders you will encounter in your 40 minutes, round trip, of helicopter time!

Once you have reached your glacial destination, you are given the rare opportunity to explore one of Mother Nature's greatest marvels. Enjoy a walking exploration of the river of ice, while experienced glacier guides answer your questions and explain the awesome forces at work below your feet. With another 40 minutes on the glacier, you have plenty of time to wander, snap some pictures, and revel in the beauty.

Included: Glacier boots

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. Children under 2 can ride for free on an adult's lap.

Duration: 2 hours (Roundtrip from downtown Skagway. Flight Time: 40 minutes. Glacier Walk: 40 minutes.)


  • Traction overboots


  • Guests must be able to walk to and from the helicopter as well as climb two 18 inch steps in and out unassisted. The tour consists of approximately half a mile of walking and guests must be comfortable walking on uneven and occasionally icy surfaces.

Duration: 2 hours. Tour times below are approximate:

  • 15 minutes - preflight safety briefing and preparation
  • 40 minutes - helicopter time
  • 40 minutes - guided walk at glacier landing

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets at the helicopter base, a 5~30 minute walk from your cruise ship, depending on which pier you are coming from. 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 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 and are not allowed on 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?

Food and drink are not included.

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. 

Not seeing answers to your questions?

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Want to learn more about our glacier tours?

Check out our blog for more details on all of the glacier tours we offer: Alaska helicopter tours!

Customer Reviews
Sep 2023 - Lee S.

Awe-inspiring visit to Meade Glacier. All of the support crew were amazing. The pilots were fantastic.

Sep 2023 - Katy N.

This was such a fantastic experience! Paul was our pilot and was knowledgable and fun. Worth the money!

Sep 2023 - Lori S.

Spectacular! The most memorable time of my cruise. The staff was polite, kind and helpful. Our pilot was amazing. He was informative, enthusiastic and a darn great pilot. Great! And there are never enough words to describe the Alaskan landscape. I hope to return soon. Thank you so much.

Sep 2023 - Noe S.

This tour is breathtaking, and has me speechless. All the staff was wonderful. I would go again for sure. It's def a must do!

Aug 2023 - Robert N.

Worth every penny, we loved it.

Aug 2023 - Alpana R.

Amazing experience! A must do for everyone wishing to see glaciers.

Aug 2023 - Kurt N.

Awesome excursion. Arial views were cool to see and of course amazing time/experience while on the glacier itself. We were able to walk up close to a glacial waterfall (unbelievable) and we found a fresh glacial steam and did a glacial facial (drink fresh glacial water). Amazing experience!!!

Aug 2023 - Patrick G.

This excursion was well worth it and so cool. What makes it even better are the tour guides and pilots and their enthusiasm for the area and glaciers.

Aug 2023 - Laura D.

What a place!!!!! Awesome

Aug 2023 - Michelle P.

I don't do reviews very often, but this one deserves a five star and more from the moment you get there you were very well taken care of it s a first class experience and worth three times the price I would cancel all other excursions and do this one please don't miss it.

Jul 2023 - Michel G.

All tours were very well organized and would book again. Tour operators did an excellent job in presentation and timeliness. Highly recommend.

Jul 2023 - Taylor B.

Absolutely OUTSTANDING! My favorite part of my whole week in Alaska. You won't be disappointed with this tour! They were very professional and organized getting everyone prepped for the helicopter ride. Soaring through the sky and getting a different vantage point of mountain ranges and glacier lakes was breathtaking. And the glacier walk itself was unreal!! The blues of the ice, the information the guides gave us, the opportunity to see different glacial features (the moulin was out of this world) and drink the freshwater stream of the melting ice. So amazing!!

Jul 2023 - Susan G.

Awesome from start to finish...very safe, experienced professional.

Jul 2023 - Brandon G.

Breathtaking! There were 6 of us and it was an amazing experience. Highly recommended. The pilots love their job and the scenery! You know when everyone loves working there that you have landed an experience of a lifetime.

Jul 2023 - Katie D.

This was the highlight of our 10-day cruise to Alaska!! The glacier was incredible and the helicopter ride to get there was equally stunning. I'm so so glad we splurged for this excursion, it felt like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and was incredible!

Jul 2023 - Stephen A.

Incredible tour. Very professional and informative. Should be on everyone's bucket list. Great company...

Jun 2023 - Lewis J H.

This was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The ride up and back was amazing with great views, although nothing could compare to standing on ice that was millions of years old. I even got to drink from the cleanest water on earth. Amazing is all I can say.

May 2023 - JoAnn W.

This excursion was beyond our expectations! The glacier excursions via the cruise ship were sold out so I had to use an outside tour company. I was referred to Alaska Shore Excursions, I was skeptical at first but it was easy to book with them, they emailed the ticket and they were available by phone for any questions. This is an experience that shouldn't be missed! Thank you!

Sep 2022 - Victor John S.

Amazing tour, would rate it a 10 if the option existed. The helicopter flight itself was amazing, the pilot was very friendly, engaging and informative. The glacier was another level but what stood out most of all was the pilot who took the time to engage with us making the tour even more enjoyable.

Sep 2022 - Susan K.

From start to finish, this tour was amazing. We had cruised through Glacier Bay National Park the day before our excursion so to be walking on a glacier less than 24 hours later was an exhilarating experience. Don't hesitate to take this tour if you have the opportunity. You'll make a memory that will last a lifetime.

Aug 2022 - Jean G.

This was an experience of a lifetime! The staff was professional and extremely organized and knowledgeable. I would recommend this excursion to everyone I meet. Thank you for the best time of my life!

Aug 2022 - Ezequias C.

Amazing experience and great staff!

Sep 2021 - Lialis M.

Every tour in Alaska is good but this one is outstanding. The helicopter crew was super professional, they explained everything and make us feel extremely secure and comfortable. The pilot was a Geologist and she gave us tons of high quality information. Next year God willing I'll take it again.

Aug 2021 - Drew C.

One of the best experiences of my life!!! I ve traveled all over the world and this was one of the coolest and most memorable excursions. The flight and views were awesome and the pilot/tour guide was knowledgeable. Would recommend to everyone!! It s a must do!

Sep 2019 - Justin R.

Unbelievable excursion! What an amazing opportunity. A must in Skagway! Thank you for a wonderful trip!

Sep 2019 - Briana T.

This tour was absolutely amazing. The helicopter tour was gorgeous and the time spent on the glacier was awesome. Ben and Cory were very informative and taught us a ton of history about glaciers and everything on the glacier. All of the staff from check-in, the safety briefing, loading into/out of the helicopter, the pilots and the tour guides were all phenomenal. A bit more time on the glacier would have been nice, but overall, the value of the experience far exceeded the price paid in my mind. Drink the water on the glacier as well! I highly recommend this tour and would absolutely do it again if I were in Skagway again.

Sep 2019 - Renee J.

This tour and our guide/pilot was AMAZING!!! Really enjoyed this tour it was our favorite.

Sep 2019 - Marg V.

Fantastic! Was everything that we had hoped for and was totally worth the cost. All the staff were friendly, knowledgable, personable and safety minded. Had an awesome afternoon!

Sep 2019 - William S.

AWESOME tour! The guides at the glacier were very friendly and helpful. Thanks again to Benjamin (from Groom, TX) for taking family photos for us.

Sep 2019 - Kayla W.

What can I say other than WOW! This tour is a must! The vast expanses and majestic Vista were awe inspiring. Our pilots were great, they were generous in sharing their knowledge and answering questions. The glacier was incredible. This tour made me feel like I had been to the real Alaska!

Sep 2019 - Christin O.

AMAZING! Taylor was our guide and could not have been more engaged and excited about her job. Loved every minute and worth every penny.

Sep 2019 - Dave B.

This tour was incredible and I highly recommend it! Jesse, our pilot, gave us a safe flight and a great wealth of knowledge about the glacier and the surrounding area. This was truly a once in a lifetime experience!

Aug 2019 - Caitlin M.

I totally loved the showmanship of the helicopters coming in all together and taking off together. Plus, the glaciers were seriously beautiful. It's a very professional and well-organized machine, but super-fun and I liked how relaxed the time on the glacier was - you could explore as much or as little as you wanted.

Aug 2019 - Andrew H.

I will never forget this trip, and never forget how I got to walk on a glacier (while we still have them)

Aug 2019 - Charles Z.

This was a wonderful experience that we will never forget. It was our first time on a helicopter and obviously on a glacier. Thanks fro the opportunity for a well organised excursion.

Aug 2019 - JOHN O.

Excellent tour, wish we had more time on the glacier.

Aug 2019 - Walter J.

Awesome experience.

Aug 2019 - Maria De Lourdes F.

Wooooonderfull, amaziiiing!!!

Aug 2019 - Irfan S.

Great, awesome experience. The best part of the cruise trip. Wish we had more time on the glacier for self exploration.. that is only feedback for future.

Aug 2019 - Sarah F.

Great tour! The guides were great and our helicopter pilots were very informative.

Aug 2019 - John F.

Great excursion. All the employees were courteous and helpful. The guides up on the Meade Glacier were especially pleasant and had everyone s safety and well being as their top priority. The pilots did a good job of pointing out areas of interest during the flight to the glacier.

Aug 2019 - Carleen J.

Slick operation, friendly, knowledgeable guides. Just would have liked longer actually on the glacier, felt rushed and didn t feel had enough time to appreciate it.

Jul 2019 - Jayantha W.

We had a wonderful time and guides gave lots of information. Pilot also explained some info about surround area. Ground crew organized and gave instructions very nicely. All our groups were very happy!

Jul 2019 - Carolyn C.

Best experience ever! Our pilot was great and the rest of the guides.

Jul 2019 - Dorothy L.

This was a beautiful Excursion. I highly recommend this tour!!

Jul 2019 - Danielle A.

Amazing time and my young boys loved the helicopter ride and drinking glacier water. The staff was super helpful,informative and followed all safety guidelines. The tickets were easy to print from the Alaska Shore Excursions. The directions were clear and finding the ticket agent and show was a breeze! Thank you for a great time!

Jul 2019 - James H.

Fantastic. A must do experience

Jul 2019 - TAMMY P.

It was an awesome experience. Every employee was helpful and very polite. I will recommend this excursion to everyone. Something you will never forget.

Jun 2019 - Lisa C.

Experience of a lifetime. Alaska is beautiful and you see so much more from the air

Jun 2019 - Adam C.

Wonderful time in the helicopter and glacier. Staff were helpful and friendly. Great time

May 2019 - Nancy L.

This was an Awesome way to explore Alaska! By Helicopter! They are magnificent to see, but to actually land on one, walk around and see the ice and the way if forms.. is just incredible! Riverlets cascade downward creating fast moving rivers of water that widen and then suddenly drop down 45 feet. You can see the incredible deep ice-blue frozen under the white rough top ice. Take a cup with you and dip it into a pool of Glacier water. Then savor the taste of 100,000,000 year old pure mountain glacier water!

May 2019 - Pamela M.

This is an amazing excursion-I LOVED the helicopter ride up to the glacier! The guides on the glacier are really knowledgeable too!

May 2019 - Reuben M.

The folks at the helicopter company really have this down cold. Beautiful, new looking helicopters. Safety at a premium. Friendly personnel everywhere. And the time on the glacier was spectacular. Much too brief, but just great. I'd go again in a heartbeat.

May 2019 - Melissa B.

This trip was incredible! Hands down, our favorite thing about the trip! The views from the helicopter were stunning! And the glacier guides were so knowledgeable.

Sep 2018 - Melissa W.

This was our favorite excursion in Alaska! The scenery was breathtaking.

Sep 2018 - Christine N.

Absolutely wonderful trip!! Was a highlight of our trip and recommend this tour!

Sep 2018 - Courtney H.

This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience!! The staff were extremely organized and professional. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

Sep 2018 - Stephanie S.

This was a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime experience to land on a glacier! The tour was very well organized, guides were friendly, and adequate time was allowed to walk around the glacier. Highly recommend!

Sep 2018 - Michele G.

Not much time on the glacier but the helicopter ride had amazing views.

Sep 2018 - Anne M.

Could not have been any better. Exceeded our expectations

Sep 2018 - James M.

This excursion was the best part of our trip to Alaska. The experience was unforgettable and much more then expected. The pilot and tour guide were very knowledgeable. Dress warm!

Sep 2018 - Marcy L.

Best part of my Alaskan cruise!

Sep 2018 - Elizabeth H.

We loved it. The helipad is right next to the cruise docks. We were given waterproof shoe covers. The flight was smooth and the pilot narrated as we went along. The guide on the glacier was excited to show us as much as possible in the time we had. My 13 year old said it was the best experience of the whole cruise.

Sep 2018 - Dominic F.

Great company. Very professional.all employees were extremely courteous and helpful.. The pilot was very knowledgeable and very friendly,not to mention skilled at his job

Aug 2018 - Sherry V.

One of the best memories of our trip, beat out only by two bear cubs up close and personal! From the moment we walked in to the moment we left, safety was high on their menu. The helicopter ride was FUN offering amazing views, and the walk on the glacier.... wow. They offer walking poles to ensure safe footing and point out interesting tidbits. Professional, friendly, happy and fun people who seem to LOVE their jobs. Thank you! Well worth the $$$

Aug 2018 - Jeanne C.

MOST AMAZING. I was afraid to go at first but enoyed it more than anything else we did. Our pilot was fantastic and the whole staff extremely helpful, cheerful and kind. Would love to do it again.

Aug 2018 - DEEPAK D.

Excursion of a lifetime. Highly recommend it for everyone. The entire team were professional and knowledgeable.

Aug 2018 - Thomas M.

Fantastic views, well organized tour.

Jul 2018 - Nancy D.

So fun! One of the highlights of the trip for sure! The only thing we would have liked more is if we had more of a tour in the helicopter. This was just a ride to the glacier and back basically. Everyone was super organized and nice - and very knowledgeable as well! Thank you!

Jul 2018 - Nitin P.

We had great time. Staff was nice , pilot gave us lots of good information.

Jul 2018 - David P.

Excellent trip. Well worth the money.

Jul 2018 - Eleatha M.

Awesome excursion! Definitely worth the money! One of the best days of our trip! Definitely recommend this experience and this company!

Jun 2018 - Michael H.

Awesome experience

Jun 2018 - Joseph Y.

The experience was beyond what I imagined! The pilot was great with all the info and the walk about was very informative and fun!

May 2018 - Julio T.

We were lucky it was a clear and nice sunny day so the view was amazing.

Sep 2017 - Shelly L.

Awesome experience on the glacier and with the crew

Aug 2017 - Marusha T.

It was awesome. The pilot was so nice with us ! The experience was unique.

Aug 2017 - Jane M.

Best experience of my whole trip! So glad I decided to book this excursion!

Jul 2017 - Toni E.

Absolutely breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime adventure! We had a great pilot who actually ended up being our tour guide on the glacier. Phenomenal views - it may be pricey, but it is so worth it! Don't miss out!

Jul 2017 - Peter W.

Taking a helicopter and landing on a glacier was the favorite memory for most of our group of 26 over the entire 10 day trip to Alaska. It was amazing to see the enormous scale of the glacier when another helicopter flew by and it looked like a small toy. Amazing opportunity.

Jun 2017 - Anlet Fabian S.

Excellent excursion, really recommended to anyone; a lifetime experience and great service by Alaska shore excursions.

Jun 2017 - Arthur T.

Simpl amazing. A must do for anyone visiting Alaska. Team was too notch

Jun 2017 - Jeffrey T.

Awesome once in a lifetime event. Unless you own a helicopter, there's no better way to see the glacier and it was worth the high cost. Pilot was great and humorous, we landed and drank straight from the glacier, he took amazing photos of us on the glacier, and though more time would of been appreciated, they have a schedule to keep. I won't forget this excursion ever. Just do it.

Jun 2017 - Regina P.

This was a once in a lifetime adventure. The helicopter driver and the guides on the glacier were GREAT!! It was so much fun! We just wish it was a longer trip!!

Aug 2016 - Denise M.

Excellent tour. I booked with Alaska Shore Excursions at the last minute when my helicopter in Juneau was cancelled due to fog. Fantastic trip. Well worth it.

Aug 2016 - Yujie C.

excellent pilot and tour guide

Aug 2016 - Harry L.

excellent pilot come tour guide Cody was great high light of trip

Aug 2016 - Ana M.

The Glacier tour was great but the best part is the helicopter ready to film video... the views are amazing. We had a cloudy day and it was still worth it. Just beautiful.

Aug 2016 - Janet P.

Was nervous about first time helicopter ride but pilot made me feel completely confident within a few minutes and I was free to enjoy the awesome views. Walking the glacier was spectacular. Would recommend this tour as an Alaska must do. Some of our best photos are from this trip.

May 2016 - Jacqueline O.

This was the best part of our Alaska Cruise. The pilot was very friendly and knowledgeable. We almost didn't book this excursion because of the price but the memory of walking on the glacier and flying through the skies of Alaska in a helicopter will last a lifetime.

May 2016 - Jill E.

This excursion was totally awesome!!! Beautiful, majestic, exciting!! If you go to Alaska, you MUST do a helicopter glacier tour!!!

May 2016 - Ulises C.

Amazing! Great crew who facilitate to have the best experience. From office to the air an excellent and professional staff.

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250lbs+ Passenger: $529.00

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