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Juneau Shore Excursion: Helicopter and Airboat Tour of Taku Glacier

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Overview

Discover wild Alaska on this must-do tour of Taku Glacier. Your 3-hour shore excursion while in Juneau first takes you by helicopter over the ice-covered peaks of Tongass National Forest to one of the most remote places in the world. By airboat, float down Taku River, a salmon-spawning site, for gorgeous views of Taku Glacier. Then, enjoy the unique opportunity to actually walk on the glacier itself. Along the way, you might just spot wolves, moose and bears. This small-group experience includes round-trip port transport.
  • 3-hour shore excursion (with transport) of Taku Glacier by helicopter and riverboat
  • Soar over Tongass National Forest in a helicopter
  • Get to know Taku River and its history from a knowledgeable captain
  • Capture marvelous views of Taku Glacier and its crevasses, moulins and icefalls
  • Sight wildlife like bears, eagles, moose, goats and the trumpeter swan
  • Small-group tour limited to 6 passengers ensures a memorable experience
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
Your 3-hour shore excursion in Juneau begins with a helicopter flight (max of six passengers per helicopter). Soar over Tongass National Forest, which covers most of southeastern Alaska, and marvel at ice-capped mountains and hanging glaciers. Your informative pilot gives you tips on sighting wolves, bears and birds along the way.

Touch down near Taku River, and put on a full-body thermal survival suit (provided) for your airboat ride. Drifting along Taku River, snap photos of Taku Glacier that show just how close you are to the largest glacier formation in the Juneau Icefield. Taku reaches approx. 36 miles (58 km) in length. Pass floes of varying hues of blue, and learn about the rare glacier that is still growing rather than receding.

Depending on when you visit, you may spot wildlife like moose, bears, caribou, wolves, mountain goats or migratory birds. Gain insight into wild-salmon spawning grounds on Taku Watershed’s freshwater channels.

After the airboat ride, you’re back in your helicopter. Your pilot makes a smooth landing on Taku Glacier. Take a guided walk on the glacier for up-close views of blue ice, plunging crevasses and other glacial shafts. Take a commemorative shot that is sure to impress family and friends back home.



Then, enjoy aerial views of the wilderness one last time during your flight back to Juneau. 



Worry-free Shore Excursion:



We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to Juneau port for your ship’s departure. In the extremely unlikely event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Itinerary
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Coastal Helicopters
Admission Ticket Free

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Glacier experience to remember
dhschwed
, Sep 2018
The six of us, grandparents, children and grandchildren had a spectacular experience visiting the Taku glacier in a unique manner. The misty day started with a very professional safety briefing at the helicopter base and a visually thrilling ride to the remote airboat facility across the Taku River from the face of the glacier. After donning safety equipment we set out for a thrilling airboat ride. Both the adventurous grandchildren and their much more sedate grandmother enjoyed it. We were close to the face at times, so close we could have touched it, We saw deep blue ice caves, icebergs and seals. The boat pilot was contacted to return to dock because bad weather was closing in. Our helicopter ride was cut short for our own safety. The storm hit soon after we became airborne. At no time did we feel in danger. No one felt slighted because of the aborted glacier landing and management promptly offer a partial refund. A great experience all around.
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Great trip to a beautiful place.All as...
Kelly B F
, Jun 2017
Great trip to a beautiful place.All as advertised. Great crew . Back on ship time got a bit tight ,but it all worked out . Do this if you have a chance.
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We had a blast. Everyone was super...
pattycakesusa
, Jun 2017
We had a blast. Everyone was super friendly and informative. The airboat and heli ride were a great experience.
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It could not have been better!! From...
JAMES R B
, Jun 2016
It could not have been better!! From the young women that picked us up at the dock (right in time ) to the airboat pilot, helicopter pilot more than we expected. They were very knowledgable of the area, friendly yet professional and fun. very big on safety too. Had a once in a lifetime experience.

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