Taku Glacier Helicopter Landing & Airboat Tour - Discovery Exclusive

3.5 hours | Juneau | J N U - 8 3 0
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Min. age: 7 years (See special notes)
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Points of Interest

  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Glacier Flightseeing
Easy activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Imagine ascending into the wild blue yonder and flying above some of America's most spectacular wonders. From the moment you take off you'll be surrounded by pristine skies and scenery that will take your breath away so remember to bring your camera to capture every sight during your journey. And don't forget to wear warm, comfortable clothing, hats and gloves.

Your approximately 3.5-hour tour begins with a short drive from the pier to the airport. After you disembark, enjoy refreshments before stepping into your comfortable aircraft. As you gaze out the window, you'll have dazzling views of Alaska's unspoiled beauty as your pilot/guide shares his knowledge of this eye-popping landscape.

Then, feel the rush of excitement as your helicopter lifts off on a 15-minute sky-flying adventure over the Tongass National Forest. At over 16 million acres, it's renowned as the largest national forest in the United States and the greatest expanse of rainforest outside of the tropics. Designated a national park over a century ago by President Teddy Roosevelt, the forest is home to nearly 24 national monuments, preserves and wilderness areas, and the awe-inspiring Juneau Icefield.

Did you know that only about 5% of Alaska is covered in ice? Yet, you may feel differently when you look down and ponder the ice field's immense size. At 1,500 square miles, it's the fifth largest in the Western Hemisphere. But of the icefield's 19 notable glaciers, the Taku Glacier is the only one presently advancing. Measuring 4,845 feet thick with a 386-square mile area, it's the largest glacier of the Juneau Icefield.

Your helicopter will then descend to a specially built landing pad at Taku Point, which sits directly across from the glacier. In this remote setting, you'll have unparalleled opportunities for plenty of astonishing photos. When you step out onto land, you'll ooh and aah over the breathtaking views of the river, the mountains and glaciers.

Then, you'll meet your captain and transfer to your airboat for a 30-minute tour. As you skim over the glacial river water, you'll be astounded at the up-close and unforgettable look you have of the mighty Taku Glacier. Have your camera ready; the Taku River Basin is home to a large variety of wildlife such as brown bears, moose, wolves, goats, and bald eagles!

At the conclusion of this memorable journey, you'll reboard your helicopter and fly to the top of the Taku Glacier to land and step out onto this amazing mass of ice. Take photos and learn about this natural wonder before the scenic return flight to the airport, where you'll rejoin the shuttle back to your ship.

Special Notes:

Minimum age is 7. Dress warmly in layers with hats and gloves as it may get chilly by the glacier. Weight surcharge ($200) may apply on this flight. Due to weight and balance limitations, as well as passenger safety and comfort, the helicopter companies have advised that guests weighing 250 lbs. or more (fully clothed) will be assessed the weight surcharge to reserve adequate space onboard the helicopter. Guests weighing 250 lbs. or more should reserve an extra surcharge ticket and, once onboard, go to the Tour Office to have the ticket charge adjusted down to the surcharge amount. Refer to the FAQ section for important information about flightseeing.

Carry-on bags are not allowed and there is limited storage at the heliport. Aircraft fly no higher than 7,000 feet. Oxygen for personal use is allowed but must be in the form of an FAA approved portable oxygen concentrator that can be secured to the user's body.

Helicopter excursions are not refundable unless cancelled by 12:00pm on the day after embarkation.

Provided: Float Coat, hearing protection, beverage at heliport

Unaccompanied Minor Policy: Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Transfer from pier to heliport

Transport type:
Van
Transport Capacity:
14
Travel time:
00:25
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No

Transfer back to cruise ship pier

Transport type:
Van
Transport Capacity:
14
Travel time:
00:20
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No

Safety briefing and aircraft assignment

Time at site:
00:20
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
20
Steps:
10
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Helicopter flightseeing

Transport type:
Helicopter
Transport Capacity:
6
Time at site:
00:15
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Land at Taku Point, don gear and board airboat

Time at site:
00:15
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
35
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Airboat tour in front of Taku Glacier

Transport type:
Motorized Vessel
Transport Capacity:
6
Time at site:
00:40
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Return to Taku Point for photo opportunity, refreshment and helicopter boarding

Time at site:
00:15
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No

Helicopter flight and landing on Taku Glacier for brief walk

Transport type:
Helicopter
Transport Capacity:
6
Time at site:
00:30
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No

Return flight to Juneau

Transport type:
Helicopter
Transport Capacity:
6
Time at site:
00:15
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Restroom and souvenir opportunity

Time at site:
00:15
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
20
Steps:
10
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes