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Skagway Glacier Helicopter Tour

4.9
92 reviews

Excursion Overview

Leave all traces of civilization behind and delight in the beauty of Alaska's remote glaciers!

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.

Reporting Accurate Weights

Please report proper weights of all guests (including the weight of clothes and boots). Inputting improper weights, or selecting the wrong passenger type can lead to cancellation without refund. Please be aware that every guest is individually weighed at the helicopter base.

Things You Need to Know

Inclusions:

  • Traction overboots
  • Water and hot beverages are available at the helicopter base

Requirements:

  • Guests must be comfortable walking short distances on uneven and occasionally icy surfaces
  • Guests weighing 250 lbs or more, with all clothing and camera, are required to pay an additional surcharge for safety reasons - extra space will be reserved on the helicopter
  • Guests are not able to stay on the helicopter at the glacier
  • Infants under 2 years old are free and do not require a ticket - please indicate that you are traveling with an infant during checkout

Duration: 2 hours (Roundtrip from downtown Skagway.)

  • 15 minutes - preflight safety briefing and preparation
  • 40 minutes - glacier flightseeing via helicopter
  • 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. An optional shuttle, the Skagway Municipal and Regional Transit (SMART Bus) is available to take guests to/from the docks to the helicopter base for an additional fee on the day of the tour. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is not wheelchair or limited mobility accessible.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

There are two front seats and four rear seats; FAA safety guidelines require seating positions to be assigned based on the weight and balance of all passengers for each helicopter.

The average temperature is between 15-20°F cooler than on the ground.

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.

There are no age restrictions for this tour.

All bags must be stored at the helicopter base and are not allowed on tour.

Yes, you can bring your DSLR camera on this tour.

Food and drink are not allowed during this tour.

Food and drink are not included.

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.

Guests must be comfortable walking short distances on uneven and occasionally icy surfaces.

Layered clothing, hats, gloves, and sunglasses are strongly recommended.

There are restroom facilities at the helicopter base before you depart on your tour, but there are no restrooms available on the glacier.

 

Guest Reviews

4.9

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Lee S

On Sep 2023

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

Katy N

On Sep 2023

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

Lori S

On Sep 2023

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.

Noe S

On Sep 2023

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!

Robert N

On Aug 2023

Worth every penny, we loved it.

$399.00

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$399.00

Duration: 2 hours

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Duration: 2 hours



Under 250 lbs.

Passenger (Ages 2+): $399.00

Ages: 2+

250lbs+ Passenger: $549.00

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