Imagine yourself first in a helicopter flying over the Juneau Icefield, and then standing on the runners of a dog sled with a team of huskies loping across the ancient snowfields nestled among the peaks of the vast Juneau Icefield. The lure of the trail and the thrill of driving a dog team create this ultimate experience! This Juneau shore excursion tour lasts approximately two hours from the time it lifts off until it returns to the heliport.
When you arrive at your destination, you will share this adventure with 80 Alaskan huskies and hear unique personal accounts of the Iditarod and backcountry experiences, and have an opportunity to ask questions. Feel the excitement as the team is hooked up, then you're off on this incredible Juneau tour!
Time on the glacier is approximately 60 minutes, which includes an orientation to dog sledding and taking turns on a dog sled ride. Flight time and time on the glacier may vary depending on weather and glacier conditions. Transfer time from the pier to the heliport is approximately 45 minutes each way.
Your helicopter flight will take you over the spectacular rock formations and icefalls of the Juneau Icefield as it heads towards the Herbert Glacier and your knowledgeable pilot-guide will provide expert narration and time to answer questions. You will land on the lower level of the glacier, where the glacial activity is especially pronounced. Features such as moulins, crevasses, moraines, and ice falls all occur at this level of the glacier. During this Juneau excursion, your pilot will be your guide, highlighting natural features and escorting you on an informative, relaxing walk while describing the area that surrounds you. The time on the glacier is approximately 15 minutes. Flight time and time on the glacier will vary depending on weather and glacier conditions.
Enjoy this spectacular Juneau day tour aboard a modern helicopter!
Reviewer: Vicki Brocksmith
My 90 year mother, myself and 4 of her grandchildren went on this trip. We all fit in the chopper. This was by far our favorite excursion on our Alaska cruise. Protective waterproof boot covers were given to all of us, so no need to bring boots yourself. The kids helped mom into and out of the chopper since it is a little steep, but otherwise she did great. She's pretty mobile anyway. Kids loved the dogs. We also opted for the extra time on the glacier. We tasted glacier water!
We did many and this one is one of two that didn't disappoint. We scheduled ours in the afternoon to decrease the chance of cancellation due to clouds; I'm glad we did, the first set of flights were cancelled on our day. Coastal Helicopters was very efficient and gave us plenty of time for photographs on the glacier and with the dogs. Our 10 yo son enjoyed it immensely.
Reviewer: Matt Meyer
Fantastic! Our 13 year old daughter crossed one off her bucket list, great combo adventure.
Reviewer: Gina Entenberg
We had a fantastic time learning about the dogs at their training camp. It was fun to drive them, play with them and ask lots of questions. The dogs were incredibly friendly, as were the trainers! Enjoyed the helicopter ride and the glacier stop as well. Very memorable.
We thought our 5YO might get scared but they sat him next to the pilot and he had a blast. The views are awesome, although it's a little cramped inside (they had 2 people from another party ride with us). No bags with you on the helicopter but you can bring your phone or camera/SLR. The dog sled portion was very cool and you really have to hang on! We had the 1st tour of the day & the dogs were ready to run. My daughter took a turn mushing and they went slower so she didn't get scared. My wife just rode with our son in her lap. Kids got a kick out of getting to meet/pet each dogs. Both of the mushers (Darren and Eric) were very friendly and took a ton of photos of our family. The extended portion of the tour where you land on a glacier is worth it. We got to walk around and drink the water and got some spectacular photos. I wish we had brought some water bottles to take some back with us! Our pilot (Evan) was great and also took photos for us.