Mendenhall Glacier Helicopter & Guided Hike

2 ½ Hours Duration
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From pick-up to drop-off
Helicopter Flight
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Over the stunning Juneau Icefield
Land on Mendenhall Glacier
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With time for guided exploration
Limited Seats Available
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Book early for this popular tour


Juneau helicopter tours are the best possible way to experience the breadth and beauty of this awe-inspiring region, as they provide the opportunity to see forty large glaciers and around one hundred smaller ones! The Mendenhall Glacier Helicopter & Guided Hike is among the most popular helicopter tours in Juneau and features a full hour of unforgettable flightseeing and walking on the glacier. Your helicopter heads for the Mendenhall Glacier, where your pilot guide will gently touch down on the glacier itself. Here, you’ll meet your expert glacier guides who will lead you on a fascinating and informative walk in this other-worldly, frozen environment. The remote beauty of frozen rivers of ice backed by rugged, ice-capped mountain peaks is truly spell-binding. With helicopter tours in Juneau like this one, you get to experience a 360-degree aerial view, take a walk on a glacier, experience the thrill of a helicopter ride, and encounter a heart-stopping landing right on one of the largest glaciers in the Juneau Icefield!

Dock-to-dock transportation is included, and just a short ride from the cruise docks takes you to the helicopter base, where you’ll be greeted by your pilot and taken through some brief safety instructions. If this is your first helicopter flight, any butterflies will soon be settled as you take off and become absorbed in the breathtaking beauty of the landscape below. Juneau helicopter tours are on the bucket list for most travelers to Alaska, and the Mendenhall Glacier Helicopter & Guided Hike is perfect for those who want to experience the thrill of a helicopter flight and glacier landing without additional activities such as dogsledding or airboat rides.


For a helicopter adventure combined with glacier dogsledding, you might consider our Helicopter & Dogsled Glacier Excursion.

What's Included

Roundtrip Transportation
Knowledgeable Guides
Overboots provided
Guide Gratuities
Food & Drinks

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 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.
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.
Can children come on the tour?
Absolutely! We are more than happy to accommodate children of all ages and there are several car seats available for customers to use.
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 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. 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
Maximum 6 guests per helicopter.
Not wheelchair accessible.
Children ages 0-2 travel free as lap children.
Guests weighing 250+ lbs are required to purchase a Comfort Seat for $150.
30 minutes of flight time, 30 minutes of glacier time.
Higher than average cancellation rates due to weather. Cancellations are determined by the tour operator.
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 30min

Guest Rate

Itinerary • 2h 30min

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Your tour begins with convenient pick-up from Mount Roberts Tramway, just a short distance from the cruise docks, for transportation to the helicopter base.

30 minutes
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Your guides will outfit you in glacier overboots, best worn over regular tennis shoes, before going through a quick safety briefing and loading up the helicopters.

30 minutes
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Soar above Juneau for stunning views of towering peaks and the Juneau Icefield on your journey to Mendenhall Glacier.

15 minutes
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Experienced guides will lead you on a journey to explore the wonders of Mendenhall Glacier.

30 minutes
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After your glacier exploration, you'll jump back in the helicopter for your another beautiful flight back down to the helicopter base.

15 minutes
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Your guides will then load you back in the vans for your short drive through Juneau back to Mount Roberts Tramway, where you can hop back on your ship or take some time to check out the nearby downtown.

30 minutes