Alaska Flightseeing

Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2010

Flightseeing

Taking a flight by helicopter or fixed wing plane in Alaska is an unforgettable thrill. This is the best way to appreciate the vast expanse of the 49th State and get close to the mountain peaks, glaciers, tundra and wildlife.

Several types of flightseeing trips are offered by air tour operators. Here are the categories with some examples:

  • Scenic flights (see mountains & glaciers up close. See Misty Fjords National Monument by floatplane from Ketchikan)
  • Heli-hiking (where you touch down and leave the aircraft for a hike on the tundra or a glacier.)
  • Dogsledding (your helicopter lands on a glacier where you visit a camp and take a dogsled team for a ride.)
  • Enjoy a salmon bake with your flight. (The flight from Juneau to Taku Glacier Lodge, gives you time to wander and enjoy a salmon bake at this remote spot. It has been one of the most popular excursions in Alaska for many years.)

Infrastructure is limited in this land with so many natural barriers and small population so plan ahead. You are likely to be disappointed if you show up the day you arrive wanting to book a seat.

These tours are the most expensive in Alaska but the experience is unmatched.

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