If you want an Alaska seaplane excursion that takes you completely off the beaten path to remote wilderness, this is the trip for you. Visitors of all ages can enjoy this adventure leaving you with memories to last a lifetime. This breathtaking and quintessential Alaskan experience includes glacier flightseeing, a rustic and historic log cabin, wilderness wandering, and a salmon feast like no other.
Your seaplane will take off from the Gastineau Channel, which separates the city of Juneau on the mainland from Douglas Island. Everyone will enjoy a window seat in the DeHaviland Otter floatplane, so nothing will restrict your view of 5 Juneau glaciers you will fly over on this Juneau seaplane tour. The unique experience of taking off from the ocean is just the beginning of this rustic adventure. Your flight will give you birds eye views of breathtaking waterfalls, glaciers, icefields, ocean waterways, and maybe even animal sightings high on the mountain peeks.
The Taku River will act as your landing strip as your floatplane arrives to the remote location of the Taku Lodge. Located directly across the river from the Hole In The Wall Glacier, the rustic lodge offers spectacular views of glacier while you enjoy a cup of tea or a glass of beer or wine. You can wander on one of the short walking paths through the rainforest or explore the lodge full of historic dog sled memorabilia, hunting and trapping gear, and other Alaskan relics. Keep an eye out as you roam the property for a great chance to spot local black bears that frequent the area!
Soon you'll catch the amazing aroma of fresh wild Alaskan King Salmon grilling on the fire, which will clue you in that it's almost time to feast! While you enjoy your meal (along with many amazing side dishes or the option for chicken), your entertaining host will share with you the history of the lodge, stories, and fables of the olden days. Don't be shy on going back for more of this incredible salmon feast as this delicious meal is all-you-can-eat! If you want to touch a piece of the glacier, make sure to grab a chunk of the glacial ice that cools the beverages.
After your meal you can cozy up next to the fireplace or take some more time to roam the area surrounding the lodge. Options include participating in a guided interpretive nature walk, drinking another beverage as you bask in the glory of the glacier, or shopping in the Alaskan-themed gift shop. This location is so idyllic and cozy you may never want to leave!
When it's time to return back to town, you will re-board the Alaska seaplane for another flightseeing trip back to Juneau. Make sure you have your camera ready to capture the beauty of the glaciers and landscape that surrounds you on the return flight.
Included: Everyone is provided with a headset and full narration is provided throughout the tour. Everyone always has a window seat. Flightseeing operated in Otter floatplanes which can hold up to 10 guests.
Please note: 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 for 2-12 years old. Under 2 years old are free but must ride on adult's lap.
Duration: 3 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal. Flight time: 45 minutes. Taku Lodge time: 2 hours.)
- Roundtrip transportation from cruise ship terminal
- Headphones to listen to the captain's narration
- Full meal of fresh grilled king salmon, baked beans, coleslaw, fruit compote, herb biscuits, sourdough bread, ginger cookies,and hot/cold beverages
- Souvenir flight map
- Guests must be comfortable walking short distances on uneven surfaces
Duration: 3 hours. Tour times below are approximate:
- 15-20 minutes preflight safety briefing and preparation
- 40-45 minutes glacier flightseeing via floatplane
- 2 hours stay at the Taku Lodge with optional 20 minute guided nature walk
- 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.
Is a alternative or vegetarian meal available?
A chicken or vegetarian option is available upon request when you arrive at the floatplane base.
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 fly at the same time to accommodate your group.
What is the temperature in the floatplane?
The temperature during flight is roughly similar to the ground temperature, and each plane is equiped 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?
The highlight of this tour is the freshly prepared meal which is included. Beer and wine are available for purchase by guests 21 years old and over with valid ID.
Are there any physical requirements for this tour?
Guests must be comfortable walking short distances on uneven surfaces. 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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