Private Helicopter and Glacier Tour

Price: $1109.00
Helicopter can hold a maximum amount of 3 guests in total.
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Summary
Tour Details

The quaint little town of Petersburg, Alaska is situated strategically close to North America’s southern-most tidewater glacier and is referred to as The Little Norway of Alaska, a town that still makes its living from the sea. This thriving fishing village has a strong Norwegian heritage and is located on Frederick Sound near the summer feeding grounds of hundreds of humpback whales.

You will be picked up directly at the pier area after you have debarked your ship and will take a short ride by van to the Heli-pad. Climb aboard your helicopter and set off for a thrilling flight and glacier landing, making for an incredible and once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Take flight and make your way over the scenic waters of Frederick Sound, rich with plankton, fish, and marine mammals. The Sound is a primary feeding ground for migratory humpback whales who return to the area each spring. Approximately half of the estimated 1,000 humpback whales in Southeast Alaska enter the Frederick Sound area at some point during the summer to feed making it an ideal place to view these ocean giants.

Fly to the Patterson Glacier, located approximately 10 miles west of Petersburg. Like the Baird Glacier, it is a western outlet of the Stikine Icefield. This 14- mile long glacier does not reach tidewater, rather instead it flows into the 2-mile long Patterson Lake, then Patterson River, and eventually into Thomas Bay. The Patterson Glacier is losing ice at a rate of about 135 feet per year at the terminus, so icebergs can be seen in the lake. Make an exciting landing on the Glacier and have approximately 15 minutes to explore this other-worldly site.

Take to the air once more and fly over the Stikine Icefield, a large icefield straddled on the Alaska-British Columbia boundary in the Alaska Panhandle region. An extremely large icefield, the icecap is a primary source for both the Taku River, which forms its northern boundary, and the Taku's southern tributaries, and the Stikine River and its lower western tributaries. The Stikine Icecap is the parent icefield of the LeConte and Sawyer Glaciers on its US side, and the Great Glacier on its Canadian side. The Stikine Icecap area is also renowned for its technically demanding and dangerous peaks and spires of granite that have garnered comparisons as North America's version of Patagonia. Peaks of particular renown include Devils Thumb, Witches Tits, Cat's Ears and the Burkett Needle.

Please Note: According to Federal Aviation Administration regulations, individuals who own or possess a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device may not transport the device on any flight on their person, in carry-on baggage, in checked baggage, nor offer the device for air cargo shipment. For security, no carry-on bags or water bottles will be allowed on helicopters. A secure location will be provided at the office for storing personal items. For safety reasons, all electronic tablets of all sizes (IPADS etc), drones, GoPro sticks, or other extendible items are not allowed on helicopters. Please do not bring them on tour, as there is no place to store them.

Shore Excursion Size
Small
Shore Excursion Type
Active, Scenic
Tour Duration
1 Hour
Activity Level
Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Recommended Dress
As you will be visiting a glacier, dress in warm layers with a coat, gloves, and a hat. Sunglasses are highly recommended for glare off the ice. You will be provided with glacier over-boots which fit over your tennis shoe or walking shoe. Shoes with heels can not be accommodated. Socks are highly recommended.
Restrictions
All guests, including all children over 24 months old, must purchase a seat and be able to be belted in. The tour cannot accommodate wheelchairs, canes, or walkers. Walking on the glacier involves moving over slippery, uneven surfaces. Guests must be able to walk unassisted to and from the helicopter, a distance of 50 feet, and climb two 18 inch steps in and out of the helicopter.

Due to weight and balance limitations, as well as guest safety and comfort, maximum weight in total for all guests (3 guests maximum) is 600 pounds. Guests will be weighed on the day of the tour on a state certified scale while fully clothed and with shoes on.

Guests under 12 must have an adult with them on the tour. Guests 12 to 17 must have a legal adult guardian escort them to the heliport and sign a special waiver to participate. We must be advised in advance, so special waivers are available at the heliport. Infants up to 24 months can be considered a lap child and sit on the parent's lap during the flight. They will not be charged, but the infant's weight MUST be added to the parent's total weight.

According to Federal Aviation Administration regulations, individuals who own or possess a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device may not transport the device on any flight on their person, in carry-on baggage, in checked baggage, nor offer the device for air cargo shipment. For security, no carry-on bags or water bottles will be allowed on helicopters. A secure location will be provided at the office for storing personal items. For safety reasons, all electronic tablets of all sizes (IPADS etc), drones, GoPro sticks, or other extendible items are not allowed on helicopters. Please do not bring them on tour, as there is no place to store them. Tour timing, flight routes and landing sites may vary due to weather and glacier conditions.