On this Skagway glacier tour via helicopter, you'll leave all traces of civilization behind and experience the infinite beauty of Alaska's remote glaciers.
From the pier, a short transfer brings you to the heliport where, following a safety video, you are outfitted with boots and vests 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 discovery tour via helicopter.
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 of flight 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: Boots and vest.
Choosing Departure Time: "Morning Departure" (range of 8:15am - 11:45am) or "Afternoon Departure" (range of 12:15pm - 5:45pm). Once your order is received, we will contact you with all options within your preference to finalize the reservation.
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 adult's lap.
Duration: 2 hours (Roundtrip from downtown Skagway. Flight Time: 40 minutes. Glacier Walk: 40 minutes.)
- Traction overboots
- Water and hot beverages are available at the helicopter base
Duration: 2 hours. Tour times below are approximate:
- 15 minutes preflight safty briefing and preparation
- 40 minutes glacier flightseeing via helicopter
- 40 minutes guided walk at glacier landing
- This tour meets at the helicopter base, a short walk from your cruise ship. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.
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 own food or drink?
Food and drink are not allowed during this tour.
Are food and drink included?
Water and hot beverages are available at the helicopter base, no food or drink is provided while on tour.
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.
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