Glacier Adventure via Helicopter in Juneau, Alaska
Alaska is a land of bucket list experiences. If you’ve ever wanted to fly in a helicopter, you can do just that in Juneau, and land in the middle of an actual glacier!
Since we were visiting Alaska in April, most of our days were pretty warm. A light jacket worked just fine in keeping off any chills. However, we decided that we just couldn’t visit Alaska without dog-sledding with actual snow and ice. We found the perfect excursion with Coastal Helicopters.
Coastal Helicopters picked us up near our cruise port and took us to their base at the airport nearby. We were given some instructions, suited up in waterproof pants and huge boots, and loaded into our bright yellow helicopter. I like to think we looked like a bit of sunshine during what was a misty, rainy day.
If you have issues with motion sickness like I do, be sure to take a remedy before or during your helicopter ride.
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Our first stop on the Herbert Glacier was at the dog camp, where we had an amazing amount of fun with some of the sweetest dogs. Be sure to read all about it in our post Dog Sledding in Juneau, Alaska.
Leaving the doggies (reluctantly) behind, back aboard our helicopter, we were taken to a lower section of Herbert Glacier. We landed on the glacier itself and had the opportunity to wander around and explore the area a bit. Being from Mississippi, walking around on a solid white glacier felt like another planet to us!
The views were so impressive that I think everyone totally forgot about the cold temperatures. Honestly, I don’t remember being cold at all. Although, maybe I was feeling a bit flushed from the motion sickness. Haha!
Being able to view the blue ice and crystal clear water from the glacier was amazing. I came prepared with an empty water bottle because I was definitely going to try some of that pure glacier water. It was super cold, super clean, and super refreshing.
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Alaska’s beauty is definitely something to see, and we are so glad we booked this excursion. We recommend seeing Alaska via cruise ship if you’d like to visit more than one area, and because most cruises include a day sailing past magnificent glaciers like the ones found in Glacier Bay.
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With climate change, glaciers may not survive our lifetime, so I’m really glad that we got to experience their beauty at least once.
For more information on this excursion (Dog Sled Tour with Extra Landing), visit the Coastal Helicopters website.
Is this an excursion that you’d like to take? How do you feel about helicopter rides? Have you visited any glaciers before? Let us know in the comments below!
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Jennifer is the founder of Just Chasing Rabbits travel blog. She lives in Mississippi with husband/travel companion, Mark, and three fur babies. After obtaining a BA degree in studio art and working in the field of photography for years, Jenni has combined her love of travel and photography to form this blog. Mark and Jenni share their experiences in hopes of inspiring others to have wonderful adventures and see the world.
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