Duration : 3.5 hours (transportation time included)
The Taku Glacier Adventure by Air, Water, & Ice is our newest addition to the tour offerings, this experience is an incredible opportunity to see the Taku Glacier up close and personal! Your airboat captain, piloting his uniquely modified airboat, takes you on a ride up the Taku Watershed, right up to the face of the Taku Glacier for an amazing chance for breathtaking photographs! On the return leg of your experience, we will land your party at a lower level of the Taku Glacier for an Icefield Excursion experience to see some beautiful features of glacial movement that are really highlighted at the more advanced edge of the glacier.
A unique and compelling opportunity to see the exquisite beauty of Southeast Alaska from the Taku River with a glacier landing too!
From the comfort of your helicopter, enjoy breathtaking views of our Nation’s largest National Forest. On the water, take in the panoramic views of the largest glacier of the Juneau Ice Field, cascading mountains and the pristine Taku River.
First you’ll take off on your amazing helicopter flight with spectacular views of ice capped mountains, hanging glaciers and deep crevasses en route to the tour base situated on the Taku River.
After you’ve arrived at the tour base you’ll take in the sights while dressing in your full body mustang suit before boarding the airboat for your experience of a lifetime. Get ready to enjoy an energetic Taku River airboat excursion that provides you the opportunity for an up close and personal look at some of the most gorgeous and inaccessible country in the world.
Receive insightful historical information that will enhance your adventure and your understanding of the region. The river boat captain has 20 years of local knowledge specifically pertaining to the Taku River and is ready to make you an expert too! Once your tour of the Taku River and Watershed is completed, you’ll be brought back to the airboat base to bask in the majestic view of the glacier before reboarding the helicopter and taking a flight over the water to your landing site on the Taku Glacier itself!
Your pilot will shut down the aircraft and escort you on a walkabout of the advancing level of the glacier, where key glacial features like crevasses, moulins, blue ice and ice falls are present. The combined experience of seeing the glacier from the air and water and finally, walking on it and feeling the glacier beneath your boots, will surely be a cherished memory of your time in Alaska. The final leg of your journey with us is another breathtaking flight back to the helicopter base where you’ll be able to warm up and share your experiences with our staff and other travelers before your return drive back to your pick up location.
The actual tour is approximately 2 hours from lift off at the heliport to return to the helicopter base. Additional time is estimated for transportation to and from the heliport.
Landings on glaciers inside the Tongass National Forest are under permits issued by the USDA Forest Service.
All reservations are reviewed and evaluated by Coastal Staff Members with reference to the expected cruise ship schedule to insure a timely return to your ship. This tour is operated by Northstar Trekking.
Northstar Trekking will provide transportation to and from the downtown cruise ship docking area or select area hotels at no additional cost. Approximate transport time is 25 minutes each direction and is factored into the overall tour length.
$585.00 per seat with a 2 seat minimum to fly this tour. (includes tax and transport to and from the ship) In the event that 2 seats are not secured by the date of the tour, an alternate tour or full refund will be offered. Persons weighing 250 pounds (clothed weight) or more must pay an additional $150.00 for safety reasons. Due to the level of activity involved with this tour, children under the age of 7 will not be able to participate. These prices apply to the 2018 tour season only.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made at least 7 days prior to a scheduled tour will be refunded in full. Cancellations made 4 – 6 days prior to a scheduled tour will be charged 50%. Cancellations within 3 days of your scheduled tour will not be refunded. Cancellations must be confirmed via e-mail or phone with a Coastal employee. If Coastal Helicopters cancels a flight due to weather, cruise ship delay, or flight delay, and we are unable to reschedule to a later time, the passenger will be refunded. Decisions to fly are at the discretion of Coastal Helicopters, Inc.
Any disparity between charge and refund amounts due to currency fluctuations is the sole financial responsibility of the purchaser. All prices and transactions are in US Dollars.
Contact Coastal Helicopters now to schedule your tour, and begin your Alaskan adventure today!
Call: 1-800-789-5610 within the US only
907-789-5610 local and outside of the US
Dress warmly and in layers, as the temperature on the glacier is often colder than you are used to. You will be outfitted with a glacier over-boot prior to embarking on your trip, please wear rubber soled shoes such as a light hiking boot or athletic shoes to insure a good fit. Don’t forget your sunglasses, scarf, hat and gloves, and remember to bring your camera with space for lots of pictures! These tours are for EVERYONE, no minimum fitness level is required. If you have any fitness concerns or special needs, please contact us directly before booking your tour.
Safety: Customer safety is our primary concern at Coastal Helicopters, Inc. Whether you are joining us for your first helicopter experience or as a seasoned veteran heading back to work in a remote region we call home, our staff is here to make sure you are comfortable from take off to landing. Throughout the year we subject our aircraft, pilots, maintenance and support staff not only to training and inspections required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), but also to independent and internal audits, inspections by the Office of Aircraft Services (OAS) /U.S. Forest Service and are very committed to the Alaska Air Carriers Association’s Medallion Program (providing a level of safety for all passengers above and beyond that required by the FAA).
Restrictions: Passenger names and weights are required by the FAA for weight and balance calculations and flight manifesting. To ensure the comfort of all travelers, passengers weighing weighing 250 pounds (clothed weight) or more must pay an additional $150.00 to secure extra space in the aircraft.
All guests must be at least 7 years of age to participate in this excursion.
We have a no bag policy in all our aircraft, if you have medical needs that require a carry on, please contact us. All bags brought to base will be stored in the tour office until you return from your flight.