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Mendenhall Glacier: Flightseeing Helitour and Guided Walk
Juneau, Alaska, USA
- Helicopter tour: Lift off from Juneau and fly over alpine ridges on the only tour that guarantees landing and walking on the famous Mendenhall Glacier. Your tour includes approximately 30 minutes of flight time.
- Glacier walk: Explore this marvelous river of ice with expert guides who explain the awesome forces of the glacier's formation, features, flow, and retreat. You'll spend approximately 20-25 minutes on National Forest System Lands.
- Spectacular overview: An eagle's eye perspective of the glacier's ice spires, crevasses, and ice falls, plus great views of Juneau during lift off and landing.
About this Juneau, Alaska tour
You're visiting a national treasure; this hunk of blue ice may just be frozen water but it’s certainly a jewel. The magnificent Mendenhall Glacier is a dozen miles long and filled with fascinating sights and history. And we're ready with everything you need to explore it: a modern turbine helicopter, expert glacier guides – even a pair of glacier boots to keep your toes toasty. All you have to do is enjoy the ride and marvel at the Mendenhall. This is a very cool adventure.
It begins when you lift off for a thrilling flight and soar towards the glacier. You'll be cruising above twisted ice spires and deep crevasses that dominate the lower glacier. Gaining altitude, you may pass Mendenhall Towers, the rock sentinels that rise 4,000 feet out of the glacier. You'll also see the spectacular icefalls where the Juneau Icefield overflows to form the Mendenhall Glacier. They're all surreal and inspiring sights.
Once you touch down, enjoy the moment. You're setting foot on a spot few mortals ever reach. So fill your lungs with the pristine air, your camera with fantastic photos, and your soul with the playful spirit that comes with pure adventure. You'll fill your mind too as your guide explains the glacier's geology, tells you why it's retreating, and how the lake was formed. Of course your guide has answers for all your curious questions too.
As you take to the skies to head back to Juneau, you'll be treated to the spectacular sight of the Mendenhall stretching for miles out towards the sea. Somewhere down there your footprints have left their mark for a short while. And what most see only on their television screens, you've witnessed with all your senses. That's what Alaska adventure is all about.
Not your everyday ice
Glacial ice has been there for thousands of years and has compacted over all that time. You'll notice it has shades of blue and sometimes turquoise. That's because the long wavelengths of white light are absorbed by ice, and the short wavelengths of light are transmitted and scattered. So because the dense ice absorbs every color of the spectrum except blue, blue is what we see. (Trust us on this, we looked it up.)
Please make your way to the Mt Roberts Tramway to meet your helicopter tour rep.
Even on warmer sunny days, the climate on the glacier can be variable. Please make sure to bring extra layers, hats, gloves, and sunglasses as you may experience cold temperatures and moderate wind gusts.
Travelers must be able to navigate two 16" steps both in and out of the aircraft, and be able to walk a total of 70 meters.
Air Tour, Scenic, Adventure, Family Friendly
Eurocopter A-Star Helicopter that generally seats 5-6 passengers, depending on overall weight of the group. Seating is based on balance of the aircraft and is at the discretion of the pilot.
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages. Children under age 2 years are allowed to sit on an adult's lap at no additional charge. However, children that have reached their second birthday are required to have a seat of their own per FAA requirements. Infant's weight will be added to weight of the parent.
Travelers weighing 250 pounds or more (fully clothed) at the time of departure will require an additional surcharge of $100 that will be paid directly to the tour operator.
Special Medical Restriction
Travelers should be in general overall good health to participate. If you have any concerns about your ability to participate (including pregnancy), addressed them first with your personal physician.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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