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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


Climb aboard the well-known Skagway Glacier Discovery Helicopter Tour to discover the majesty and beauty of the mountains and glaciers that surround the port town of Skagway. This thrilling 2-hour tour gives you 40 minutes of helicopter time including stunning aerial views of the glaciers and peaks of the Chilkat Range, before a 40-minute walking tour that allows you to truly get up close and personal with Alaska’s glaciers. One of the premier Alaska shore excursions, this incredible tour provides you with start-to-finish views, custom flight routes chosen each day for optimum experiences, and 3 glacier options to ensure you get the most out of your Alaskan adventure. From Ferebee to Chilkat to Meade, your guide is bound to find a glacier that will deliver the ultimate experience!

Just a short distance from your cruise docks, the Skagway Glacier Discovery Helicopter Tour begins right from Skagway’s historic shoreline. Here at the helicopter base, you will receive a quick safety briefing, before hopping in your chopper for stunning views of Skagway from above. From here, you will travel along a breathtaking flight route that was hand chosen that day for optimal conditions, as you travel to either Ferebee, Chilkat, or Meade Glacier. As one of the only Alaska shore excursions with permits to operate on so many glaciers, you will be guaranteed a once-in-a-lifetime experience! After landing on the glacier, you will stick close to your guide as you examine the beautiful crevasses, waterfalls, blue ice, and more, that make these rivers of ice feel other-worldly and awe-inspiring. Your guide will have a multitude of information for you as you explore the ice for 40 minutes, so you can better understand these fragile giants. As you finish up the Skagway Glacier Discovery Helicopter Tour, your guide will take you back over the incredible glacier, so you can again take in the massive size of these wonders. Don’t forget your cameras, this is one of the Alaska shore excursions you will want to remember forever!


Looking for more glacier experiences? Take a look at the Mendenhall Lake Kayaking Adventure, for a whole new view of one of these stunning glaciers!

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