Flightseeing in Juneau

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Flightseeing

Several local companies operate helicopter flightseeing trips to the spectacular glaciers flowing from Juneau Icefield. Most have booths along the downtown cruise-ship dock. All include a touchdown on a glacier, providing guests of almost all ages and abilities a chance to romp on these rivers of ice. Some also lead trips that include a dogsled ride on the glacier, an increasingly popular tourist pastime. Helicopter tours in Juneau have a controversial history due to noise complaints from residents. Note that although we recommend the best companies, even some of the most experienced pilots have had accidents; always ask a carrier about its recent safety record before booking a trip.

Alaska Seaplanes. Besides daily scheduled air service year-round to Gustavus/Glacier Bay, Elfin Cove, Tenakee Springs, Hoonah, Angoon, Haines, Kake, and Skagway, Alaska Seaplanes also offers flightseeing tours and charters to other destinations in Southeast Alaska. 1873 Shell Simmons Dr., Juneau, AK, 99801. 907/789–3331. www.flyalaskaseaplanes.com.

Coastal Helicopters. These helicopters land on several glaciers within the Juneau Icefield. 8995 Yandukin Dr., Juneau, AK, 99801. 907/789–5600 or 800/789–5610. www.coastalhelicopters.com.

ERA Helicopters. Flying out of Douglas, ERA Helicopters has a fully narrated one-hour trip that includes landing on the Norris or Taku glacier. 6910 N. Douglas Hwy., Juneau, AK, 99801. 907/586–2030 or 800/843–1947. www.eraflightseeing.com.

NorthStar Trekking. No experience is necessary at NorthStar Trekking, which has three levels of excellent glacier hikes. The lowest level includes a one-hour interpretive walk while the highest consists of a three-hour hike that includes the chance to practice basic climbing and rope techniques. 1910 Renshaw Way, Juneau, AK, 99801. 907/790–4530. www.northstartrekking.com.

Temsco Helicopters. The self-proclaimed pioneers of Alaska glacier helicopter touring, Temsco Helicopters offers glacier tours, dogsled adventures, and year-round flightseeing. 1650 Maplesden Way, Juneau, AK, 99801. 907/789–9501 or 877/789–9501. www.temscoair.com.

Ward Air. Take flightseeing trips to Glacier Bay, the Juneau Icefield, Tracy Arm, and Pack Creek with Ward Air. 8991 Yandukin Dr., Juneau, AK, 99801. 907/789–9150 or 800/478–9150. www.wardair.com.

Wings Airways and Taku Glacier Lodge. This Juneau-based company specializes in tours of the surrounding ice fields and the Taku Flight & Feast ride, on which a salmon feast awaits you at a classic Alaskan cabin, complete with glacier views—one of the best day trips out of the state capital. 2 Marine Way, Suite 175, Juneau, AK, 99801. 907/586–6275. www.wingsairways.com.

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