Undoubtedly the most sought after Juneau flightseeing option, the Icefield Excursion is our recommendation for those looking to see Alaska from a bird's eye view but not necessarily interested in dogsledding options. Of Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan, Juneau is arguably the best destination for flightseeing as it has the largest concentration of glaciers in the immediate area. From take-off at the base, you'll quickly gain elevation on your way up to Herbert Glacier. Your skilled pilot-guide narrates the journey, and as you approach your destination, you realize that you're actually going to land on this remote icefield! Hang on as the pilot sets down right on the ice and powers the helicopter down to give you the opportunity to explore this rugged, glaciated terrain. Literally miles away from any crowds, take a deep breath because this is why many come to Alaska in the first place.
With dock-to-dock transportation included, a short ride from your cruise ship takes you over to the helicopter base where you meet with your pilot-guide and go over brief safety instructions. This is the first helicopter flight for many guests, so nerves at this point are completely normal! It doesn't take long for the nerves to dissipate after take-off though, because the endless horizon of ice-capped mountain ranges and flowing rivers of ice below are beyond captivating. But this trip is more than just a journey in the skies, because you're actually on your way up to the destination on a remote glacier.
The pilot-guide will choose the ultimate destination to maximize the experience and actually lands the helicopter on a remote icefield miles from the heli-base. If you were looking to get away from the crowds, well, you've succeeded! Your knowledgeable pilot-guide continues to narrate and describe this geologically inspiring area which is characterized by frozen ice flows, deep crevasses and iconic deep blue glacial ice. If you're looking for a flightseeing option during your Alaskan cruise, definitely choose Juneau and we highly recommend this Icefield Excursion.
Looking for more glacier time? Check out the in-depth Helicopter Glacier Trek!