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Tour of a Lifetime Landing on a Glacier by Helicopter in Juneau Alaska

Fancy a trip of a lifetime tour? Landing on a glacier by helicopter in Juneau, Alaska was a tour of a lifetime.

Just going in a helicopter is fun! Let alone landing on a glacier and then talking a guided walk. I still cannot believe I did it!

The last time I was in a helicopter I was being airlifted to hospital when I broke my femur bone skiing a few years ago. So, this was exciting yet daunting for me!

I enjoyed everything minute of it and just walked very slowly on top of the glacier. As the guide said if you fall over you will cut yourself, if your gloves are off as the ice is very sharp, so no walking when your gloves are off for taking photos!

Helicopter Glacier Tour

I did this tour in Juneau, Alaska and the helicopters were at the airport. Before we were taken to the helicopters we were asked for our weight and shoe size.

When we arrived we, got our kit of a rainproof and windproof trousers and jacket, boots (in the correct shoe size), gloves and a waist bag containing tissues, a bottle of water and granola bar.

I recommend you wrap up warm as the trousers and jacket are very thin, so you still need warm clothes underneath. Bring a hat as that is not provided, just the gloves. The waist bag also has space for a phone and wallet.

You are told not to bring bags on this tour as there no space in the helicopter for them. If you have a camera bag or any other belongings you must leave it at the tour building.

We were given a safety induction then told which helicopter we would be in. We had to give our weight so the helicopter is balanced. The helicopter held six passengers and one pilot.

Taking off

Our pilot was a woman and led the route of three other helicopters. The journey took 25 minutes and we had a great tour of the mountains and spotting bears and goats. Then a tour of the glacier from the sky. The glacier has so many textures. See the photos below.

Landing and Walking on the Glacier

When we landed on the glacier we were given a trekking pole and crampons were put on our boots to be sturdy walking on the ice.

We walked around the glacier for an hour. It is completely different to walking on snow, the ice is hard and sharp and in other parts soft and slushy.

After the guided walk, it was time to take off the crampons and give back the trekking pole and get back onboard the helicopter for our ride back. The journey back only took ten minutes. The tour was a total of three hours.

It was an amazing experience and I recommend this tour to anyone that has a sense of adventure and likes to do a tour that is a bit different.

Essential Info

  • Weather: It is cold as you are on top of a glacier! 0*C – 5*C
  • Currency: US Dollar (for the gift shop)
  • Language: American English
  • Recommendations: Bring just what you need as there is no space in the helicopter. I just brought my small wallet and iPhone.

            

What Did I Wear?

  • Jeans
  • Jacket
  • Thermal Long Sleeve Top
  • The North Face Fleece (love mine as I have had it eight years and it still looks like new)
  • Thick socks
  • Hat

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Happy Travels

Love Lucy x

tour of a lifetime landing on a glacier by helicopter in Juneau Alaska

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14 thoughts on “Tour of a Lifetime Landing on a Glacier by Helicopter in Juneau Alaska

  1. What a unique experience! I have a strange fear of helicopters, so I am not sure I would dare doing this. But the reward to walk on a glacier after is definitely worth the fear of the helicopter ride!

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  2. That must have been one hell of an experience.. And thanks for sharing it with us.. Also, It’s so important the clothing for this kind of weather & I’m glad you’ve mentioned it.. Also the pilot was a lady makes me even more proud 🙂

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  3. We are saving Alaska and Hawaii for last on our adventure to every state in America. I hope we could take a helicopter to visit a glacier when we go because it sounds amazing!

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  4. Ohhhh my God – Alaska is my absolute dream destination!! I would love to go there one day and the helicopter tour sounds amazing. I have neither done a helicopter tour nor have I seen a glacier 😀 But I hope all of your tips will come in handy one day when I finally make it to Alaska!! ❤

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  5. Wow, your pilot was a woman! Cool! it looks super cold there so I was surprised to see that you only indicated the temperature to be 0˚-5˚C. How was your iPhone while you were there? I took my iPhone to the Fairy Pools in Scotland and the battery got drained away by the cold!

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