A glacial helicopter tour is a trip highlight for many Alaskan cruisers. Though the trip is often among the spendier excursions one can choose from, almost everyone agrees that they’re “worth every penny” and are “a once-in-a-lifetime experience” that the whole family can enjoy.
Tours usually begin with an aerial view of some of Alaska’s most beautiful and majestic glaciers. The perspective on these vast and expansive rivers of ice is both humbling and awe-inspiring. While glaciers look big and beautiful from the ground, travelers can better comprehend their beauty and size from the sky.
Everyone gets a headset at the beginning of the flight, and the pilot talks through the sights as you fly over them - giving you stories and insights on the picturesque landscape.
Then, in what is many people’s favorite part of the trip, the helicopter lands on a glacier and passengers can step out onto the icy ground for a first-hand experience of what the Ice Age was like. Surrounded by mountains, with thick snow under your feet, you’ll get a once-in-a-lifetime glacier experience.
Travelers get time to walk around and explore the glacier and to ask the pilot questions before boarding the helicopter again and returning to port.
Some helicopter tours take passengers to a musher’s camp, where they can experience an Alaskan favorite activity, dog sledding. Dog sledding tours allow you to experience the thrill of climbing aboard a sled and being pulled by Alaskan huskies along the surface of a glacier. A dog sled and helicopter tour is fun for everyone, but it’s an especially great option for families with kids and teenagers.
Juneau offers helicopter tours with glacier landings and helicopter tours with dog sledding options. These are our favorites:
This 3.5 hour trip is jam-packed with adventure, giving you 25-30 minutes of flightseeing, 1 hour at dog sled camp (where you get a kennel tour and a dog sled ride), and 15 minutes of a second glacier landing.
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