Juneau Helicopter Tour Excursion Reviews
This was the thrill of a lifetime. Two hours flying over the Juneau Icefields. Sat in front with the pilot and had an exceptional view of everything. Landed twice on different glaciers and spent a bit of time walking around. Was worth every cent and if given the opportunity, would do it again.
Best trip ever.
Took us up to the Mendenhall Glacier and dropped us off. We hiked the glacier until he came back for us.
Here we scheduled the helicopter flight to the glacier and let me tell you…WELL WORTH THE PRICE…one of our best planned excursions ever!!!!!!!
A week before departing for the cruise, I purchased a helicopter icefield excursion from Coastal Helicopter. A company representative very conveniently picked me up where the ship docked. The glacial views from the helicopter were breathtaking. That particular day the helicopter landed on Herbert glacier and we then walked as far as the terrain permitted with the pilot accompanying us. The glacier was exceptionally slippery since it had rained the previous day. The glacier looked just like advertisement, emanating the azure blue light. The $275 price was a bargain compared to the Norwegian excursion price. On the return I asked a coastal representative to recommend a whale excursion tour. They dropped me off in town rather than the ship where I could purchase a whale watching excursion. Because of time factors I ended up purchasing a Dolphin boat excursion. Based on cruise critic comments, I felt it was a reputable company although I preferred a smaller boat. The whale boat ended being fabulous with seeing approximately 14 different whales up close with many basically engaging in a feeding frenzy. (I had an hour before the Dolphin boat left and I spent most of the time at the Red Dog Saloon. I only purchased a hot chocolate for $4.00 with tip. I sat next to a lady from France sipping a class of hot tea. She was very friendly and a good conversationalist.) My only regret is that I did not have enough time to see Mendenhall glacier other than via the helicopter.
Era Helicopter tour with dog sledding on the Juneau Ice field was the highlight of our trip. A 20 minute ride over glaciers and valleys is awe inspiring. We loved learning about the dogs and each were able to mush the team for a short distance.
See my notes under whale watching. Oh, Harv and Marv also take you to Mendenhall Glacier where you can stay long enough to take pictures of the glacier and H & M then take you back OR you can stay out at the glacier and ride the city bus back for a few dollars.
We booked with Coastal Helicopters -- went over Glaciers and landed to do dog sledding.
Once in a lifetime experience.
The helicopter flight to Mendenhall Glacier has always been a highlight for me whether it was my first one in 1985 or the most recent one this September. Mother Nature is just incredible and the trip makes all those college geology courses come to life immediately upon setting down on the glacier and walking around for about 30 minutes. This time we had 3 young people who helped explain some things and help people from wandering too far away.
It is an expensive tour but I would save up and even do it a 3rd time should I return to Juneau.
4 glacier helicopter tour with 20-30 minutes on a glacier. If you can afford this, do it! Awesome views of several glaciers from the air, then land on glacier for a 20 minute or so tour. Our guide was excellent, and landing on the glacier was other-worldly, and extremely cool (and cold!, bring a something warm, even if it is warm in Juneau!).
Experience of a lifetime. Flying over a ridge into the valley with the glacier and other snow-capped mountains was stunning.
We did the "Pilot's Choice" tour which meant we did 2 landings on the glacier. Our pilot, George, was very good. Our stops and walks on the glaciers gave us an opportunity to walk around see some amazing sights, actually have an opportunity to drink water that had melted in small pools from the glacier and witness some of the "activity" that takes place in the overall texture of the glacier.
My best recommendation for this trip is to bring walking sticks as it is very uneven surface and can be slippery.
The views during the chopper ride were magnificent and will remain in the "mind's eye" forever.
A true highlight. Flying through canyons, valleys and then landing on an isolated glacier ( pilot thought Mendenhall was too crowded). Hard to describe the sensations. Wished I had booked 2 trips back to back.
Part of the dog sled tour to get to base camp
The helicopter tour and the dog sledding experience was great, but very expensive.
Juneau- we booked through the ship the helicopter ride to the Mendenhall Glacier This is not to be missed ! expensive but worth every penny! The Pilots make you feels so at ease it was a smooth ride there and back. 6 people in each helicopter plus the pilot. They give you boot covers with spikes to put over your shoes. Dress warm.