Experience the thrill of taking off from the water with this Juneau floatplane excursion. Everyone will enjoy their own window seat while flying in a DeHaviland Otter seaplane over 5 glaciers. This is your chance to fly in what us locals refer to as an Alaskan water taxi!
Your floatplane takes off from the water right in downtown Juneau in front of the cruise ship terminal. You will see the city as you take off from the water while listening to the history of mining era. You pilot will take you over picturesque landscape toward the 1,500 square mile Juneau icefield. As you soar through the skies you'll fly over the ocean, rivers, and rainforest on your way to the glaciers that surround Juneau. Keep your eye out for thundering waterfalls, lush forest landscape, and wildlife roaming the mountain peaks! Possible sightings might include bear, moose, goats, and eagles.
As you approach the Juneau Icefield, you will fly over the highlight of this excursion, 5 magnificent glaciers! Though the icefield is massive, only 36 of the glaciers that comprise it are named and far fewer are accessible. You will see the Norris, the Hole In The Wall, the East, the West, and the mightiest of them all, the Taku glacier. Five miles wide at it's base, the Taku glacier is breathtaking, expanding, and well worth the wait.
After your journey through the sky with this Juneau seaplane tour, you will land smoothly back on the water of the Gastineau Channel, right back where you started. From here, it's an easy walk to the shops of downtown, your cruise ship, or to local eateries established on the waterfront.
Included: Everyone always has a window seat. Headset and full narration is provided throughout the tour.
Please note: Flightseeing operated in Otter floatplanes which holds up to 10 guests. There is NO surcharge for guests over 250lbs.
For this tour only, times given are approximate. Departure times vary daily due to daylight hours and demand. Please advise of your preferred time of day and we will make every attempt to accommodate your schedule. Child price is for 12 years and younger. 2 and younger are free but must ride on adult's lap.
Duration: 1 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal. Flight time: 40 minutes.)
- Roundtrip transportation from cruise ship terminal
- Headphones to enjoy a full narration by the pilot
- Souvenir flight map
Duration: 1 hour. Tour times below are approximate:
- 15-20 minutes preflight safety briefing and preparation
- 40-45 minutes glacier flightseeing via floatplane
- This tour meets at the Merchant's Wharf dock. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.
ADA Accessibility of Tour:
- This tour is limited mobility accessible. Guests must be able to climb 4 steps into and out of the bus and also up into the floatplane. 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 floatplane together?
There is a maximum of 10 passengers per floatplane. If you have more than 10 passengers in your party, multiple planes will be used to accommodate your party.
What is the temperature in the floatplane?
The temperature during flight is roughly similar to the ground temperature, and each plane is equipped with heaters if necessary.
Will I get a window seat on the plane?
Yes, all seats on the floatplane have a window view.
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?
Small bags may be brought along but must be stored in the rear cargo area of the floatplane.
Can I bring my own food or drink?
Non-alcoholic beverages in a closeable containters and snacks are allowed on tour.
Are food and drink included?
No food or drinks are included.
Are there any physical requirements for this tour?
Guests must be comfortable walking short distances. Wheelchair assistance is available upon request.
What type of clothing should I wear?
Layered clothing and water resistant jackets are recommended
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