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Taku Glacier Adventure by Air, Water & Ice

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3 ½ Hours Duration
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From pick-up to drop-off
Guided Glacier Walk
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Following landing on Taku Glacier
River Airboat Ride
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To the face of the tidewater glacier
Scenic Helicopter Flight
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Over the Juneau Icefield


Explore Juneau’s largest glacier by helicopter, by airboat, and on foot with one of the best Juneau helicopter tours! The Taku Glacier Adventure by Air, Water, & Ice features an exciting airboat ride along the Taku River and right up to the face of the glacier. This triple adventure also includes exploring the glacier on foot, as well as a stunning helicopter ride over the Icefield. Why visit the Taku Glacier, in particular, out of some 140 glaciers in the Icefield? It’s the deepest and thickest alpine temperate glacier known and is the only glacier in Juneau’s Icefield that is advancing. Plus Alaska helicopter tours are without doubt the best way to experience this remote and beautiful icy landscape. Once on-board your helicopter, any first-time nerves quickly give way to wonder as you soar above some of the most spectacular terrain in the world. After landing at the Taku tour base, you’ll climb aboard an airboat and zip along the Taku River. Your guide navigates the boat up close to the face of Taku Glacier for a unique perspective. Back at the tour base, you’ll have the chance to walk on the advancing level of the glacier itself, where you’ll see crevasses, moulins (deep shafts), eerie crystal-blue ice, and ice falls before another breathtaking flight back to the helicopter base.

Without doubt one of the best Juneau helicopter tours, your Taku Glacier Adventure by Air, Water, & Ice begins with pick-up at the cruise docks in Juneau, followed by a short drive to the heli-base. Here, you’ll meet your pilot-guide and receive a safety orientation before lift-off. Then, your thrilling ride begins over temperate forests followed by glaciers, deep crevasses, and towering snow-capped peaks. On arrival at the Taku tour base, you’ll be fitted with a full-body waterproof suit and greeted by your experienced riverboat captain before your exciting airboat ride right up to the face of the Taku Glacier. Back at the tour base, a short helicopter flight will land you on the advancing level of the glacier. Enjoy an informative walkabout and the opportunity for some incredible photographs of the icy wonderland around you. After another extraordinary flight back to the heli-base, you too will be of the firm opinion that the Taku Glacier Adventure by Air, Water, & Ice is a top contender for the best Juneau helicopter tours. With such a small and intimate group size and limited availability, be sure to reserve your spot early!


For another in-depth glacier experience, consider the Helicopter Dogsled Glacier Excursion with Extra Landing or the Mendenhall Glacier Paddle & Trek.

What's Included

Roundtrip Transportation
Knowledgeable Guides
Gear Provided: Overboots and Rain Pants
Gear Provided: Overboots, Rain Pants, Floatation Device, Hearing Protection
Guide Gratuities
Food & Drinks

Frequently Asked Questions

What gear is provided?
All necessary gear is provided and includes boots, a full exposure suit, and life jacket.
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.
Are there restrooms available?
Restrooms are available at the helicopter base and the dock.
How long is the flight and time on the glacier?
The total flight time is around 45-minutes, and about 15-minutes of time on the glacier. The airboat ride is approximately 45-minutes.
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 our cruise ship's schedule is canceled or delayed?
We will try our best to work with you to reschedule the tour to a later time. If that is not a possibility or your ship doesn't make it into port, then you will receive a refund, less any non-refundable fees.
What happens if the weather is too bad to fly?
If the weather is just not cooperating and the pilots determine that it’s too bad 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 or we can’t find a time that works for you, we will refund you.
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 the pilot get out with us?
Definitely. Your pilot will act as your guide for your entire helicopter tour, including the time you’ll spend on the glacier. This allows for a truly focused tour experience.

Know Before You Book

Minimum Age: 7 years old
Not wheelchair accessible.
Individuals weighing 250lbs or more are subject to additional fees.
Approximately 45 minutes of flight time, 45 minutes on the airboat, and 15 minutes on the glacier.
Must be able to ascend and descend two flights of stairs.
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


3h 30min

Guest Rate

Itinerary • 3h 30min • 7 activities

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Meet your guides at Mount Roberts Tramway near downtown Juneau & the cruise docks for transportation to the helicopter base where you will gear up in glacier overboots and go over helicopter safety.

1 hour
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Enjoy a scenic flight south of Juneau to Taku Point. As you go, take in views of the stunning mountain ranges & tranquil Inside Passage waters.

15 minutes
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Hop in an airboat to head right up to the face of Taku Glacier via the Taku River. This is the only helicopter tour to take you right up to the ethereal face of a glacier.

1 hour
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After returning to Taku Point, hop back in your helicopter to fly over Taku Glacier itself for aerial views of the massive river of ice before finding a spot to land.

10 minutes
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Upon finding a safe and beautiful landing spot, your pilot/guide will hop out of the helicopter with you for photos and a short walk to check out glacial features.

15 minutes
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Climb back into the helicopter for the third time to fly back to Juneau, taking in the stunning landscape again on your return trip.

10 minutes
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At the base, you'll return your gear, have the opportunity to use the facilities, and check out the gift shop, before heading back to the cruise docks with your guide.

35 minutes