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Skagway Glacier Discovery Helicopter Tour

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2 Hours Duration
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From start to finish
Helicopter Flightseeing
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Over stunning Skagway glaciers
Land on Remote Glacier
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With time for guided exploration
Limited Seats Available
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Book early for this high-demand tour


Discover the stunning glaciers that surround Skagway on the aptly named Skagway Glacier Discovery Helicopter Tour! This incredible 2-hour tour gives you the opportunity to explore one of three stunning glaciers located just a short flight from Skagway. With so many options to choose from, this is one of the Alaska shore excursions that never disappoints! Learn all about the icy behemoths on your 40-minute walking tour with a local, knowledgeable guide, and have your breath taken away on the flight route that is chosen daily for premium views. Don't forget your camera on this one-of-a-kind excursion!

The Skagway Glacier Discovery Helicopter Tour begins just a short walk from your cruise docks, where you will find the helicopter operations base along Skagway's historic shoreline for a safety briefing and take-off. Views begin right as you leave Skagway, with an aerial view of this picturesque town, before you soar over the towering peaks that loom over the port town, on your way to Chilkat, Ferebee, of Meade Glacier. The glacier landing and flight routes are chosen daily for optimal views and a pristine mountain experience that you won't find on any other Alaska shore excursions.

Once you land on the glacier of the day, you are in for a 40-minute exploration of the unique landscape that surrounds these glaciers. Keep close to your guide as they explain the incredible forces at work on these icy rivers. You will encounter anything from cascading waterfalls and deep crevasses to towering jagged peaks and the awe-inspiring mass of Meade Glacier flowing out before you, on this once-in-a-lifetime tour. The Skagway Glacier Discovery Helicopter Tour has incredible views no matter where you land, and even more spectacular sights on your stunning return journey to Skagway. So grab your binoculars, and hop on board for one of the most spectacular Skagway shore excursions.

What's Included

Return Transportation, Either Back to your Ship or Downtown
Knowledgable Guides
Equipment & Gear: Glacier Over-Boots and a Safety Vest
Guide Gratuities
Food & Drink

Frequently Asked Questions

How many passengers per helicopter?
Each helicopter can seat up to 6 passengers, provided the weight and balance calculations work out in each aircraft.
What happens if the weather is unsafe to fly?

If the weather is not cooperating and the pilots determine that it's unsafe to fly, we'll do our best to reschedule you to a later time of day that works for you. If you choose not to reschedule and we can't find a time that works for you, we will refund you.

What if my tour group is larger than 6 people?
There are several helicopters available at the base and can make accommodations for larger groups with advance notice. If your group exceeds 6 passengers and requires the use of multiple aircraft, we instruct the pilots to coordinate landing locations on the glacier so that you can have your landing time together.
Can infants come on the tour?
Absolutely! We are more than happy to accommodate children of all ages. Lap children under 24 months fly for free!
Will we see wildlife on the tour?
There is a good chance wildlife will be seen during your tour, either in flight or while on the glacier. However, this is not a wildlife viewing tour and we cannot guarantee you will see wildlife.
What if I need extra help on the tour?
Your pilot will be with you the entire tour, so they’ll be happy to lend a helping hand whenever necessary. This tour does require a moderate level of fitness in order to load/unload the helicopter and navigate on icy/uneven terrain. If you require extra assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us ahead of your tour and discuss your particular needs.

Know Before You Book

Minimum Age: There is no minimum age to join this tour
Higher than average cancellation rate.
Individuals weighing 250 lbs or more must add a Comfort Seat at checkout
Small group size
Cancel up to 14-days before the tour for a refund. No refund is available if canceled within 14-days of the tour. If for any reason your tour is canceled, or if your cruise ship's schedule changes, you will receive a refund. Refunds do not include any non-refundable fees. Contact us by phone or email to request a cancellation.

Quick Facts


2h 00min

Guest Rate

Itinerary • 2h 00min • 5 activities

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This tour does not include transportation. After a short walk to the helicopter base, your guides will run through a brief orientation and fit you with glacier overboots.

20 minutes
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Loaded up into the helicopters, enjoy a breathtaking flight over Skagway & the surrounding landscape before landing on one of 3 glacier options, depending on conditions.

20 minutes
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Land on Ferebee, Chilkat, or Meade Glacier to examine other-worldly glacier features with your pilot and guide as you hike around the massive river of ice.

40 minutes
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At the conclusion of your tour, take time to return your gear, explore the gift shop, and use the facilities before your walk back to your cruise ship or into downtown Skagway.

10 minutes
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On your return flight to Skagway, enjoy views of the Chilkat range and other surrounding glaciers, as well as glimpses of Lynn Canal, the Northern end of the Inside Passage.

20 minutes