For outstanding viewing and access to Alaska’s remote, wild places, there’s nothing like flightseeing by helicopter. Join Anchorage Helicopter Tours – a locally-owned, highly-respected helicopter tour and charter company – for excursions that show off hidden sites just minutes from Anchorage.
Touring by helicopter is an incredibly fun and exciting alternative to flying by small, fixed-wing aircraft. Hop in and you’re quickly airborne as powerful rotors lift you vertically, with a surprising ease of navigation. This is your chance to experience helicopter travel and incredibly cool sightseeing all at once.
Amazing views – There are no wings to peer over, and you’re enclosed in clear plexiglass, so your views are unimpeded in every direction. And there’s plenty to see, no matter where you look.
Convenient – Tour options range from 15 minutes to 2 hours, perfect for those schedules that are already packed. With courtesy pick-up available at your Anchorage hotel, you can be taking off from their Merrill Field office within an hour.
Small group – No crowds here! With a minimum of 2 guests you’ll enjoy a quiet experience, taking in Alaska’s beauty with your pilot’s full attention. If your party is larger than six, you can arrange with Anchorage Helicopter Tours to travel in two helicopters.
Safety – Anchorage Helicopter Tours is known for its perfect safety record. All its pilots are very experienced and will put your safety as the top priority.
Personable pilots – Your pilots all enjoy showing guests the Alaska that they know and love, found in the wild places off the road system. They’ll point out notable features, be on the lookout for wildlife, and answer all your questions. You’ll learn a surprising amount in just a short time!
Custom tours – Want to exchange vows on a mountain-top or find the best spots for aerial photography? Anchorage Helicopter Tours will work with you to accommodate your dream wedding or plan an epic custom flightseeing tour.
Most Popular Tours
Mountains and Oceans
Ship Creek is a well-known spot for anglers, but most people haven’t explored its upper reaches, at alpine lakes high in the Chugach Mountains. The city of Anchorage recedes within minutes as you fly east into the wilderness along Ship Creek, past the Ft. Richardson hydroelectric dam, and through Arctic Valley. Along the way, watch for moose and the occasional bear. Your tour continues along toward Indian Pass and circles back to approach Anchorage from the southeast, along Turnagain Arm. From this vantage point, you’ll have great views of Mount Susitna, and opportunities to spot mountain goats, Dall sheep and maybe even beluga whales swimming up the Arm. Land back at Merrill Field, having seen Anchorage’s backyard from a viewpoint that many locals haven’t even enjoyed.
Knik Glacier Landing
Anchorage Helicopter Tours’ signature glacier tour will have you standing on glacier ice that is thousands of years old. The massive Knik Glacier is 25 miles long and boasts a 5-mile wide face. Approaching the glacier, you’ll see its craggy blue ice, deep crevasses, glacial rivers and waterfalls. Your pilot sets the helicopter down in the middle of the glacier and will be your guide on the ice. They outfit you with crampons for better traction on the ice to safely explore some of the crevasses, melt pools and other ‘cool’ features. After a 30-minute easy walk, you’ll board the helicopter for views of several other glaciers, the Knik River gorge and possible wildlife sightings on the way back. If you are less mobile the group can stay around the helicopter to explore. They can even take folks in a wheelchair with some advance notice and some help from family or friends. This tour is available year-round from Anchorage. May - September there are also departures from Knik River Lodge.
Anchorage City Tour
Never been in a helicopter before? Or want to spruce up your dinner date? In town for a conference and don’t have a lot of time to play? Join Anchorage Helicopter Tours for their Anchorage City Tour! It’s quick, fun and affordable and allows for a birds-eye view of the city, the mountains and zips back over the inlet with spectacular views of the skyline against the Chugach mountains. Available year-round with multiple daily departures this tour is great any time of day and especially in the evening.
All Anchorage departures include round trip transfers from your hotel and in the summer, Anchorage Helicopter Tours offers twice daily shuttles from Anchorage to their glacier base at Knik River Lodge.
Glacier Dog Sledding
Stunning scenery, a thrilling ride and happy puppies: this tour offers an unbeatable combination of classic Alaska experiences that will delight families or—really, anybody. Taking a total of about 90 minutes, and running from mid-May to early September, this tour includes a Flightseeing round trip, a small friendly group environment, and plenty of one-on-one time with the dogs and their mushers. Your experience starts at the tour desk at Knik River Lodge, where you check in and get outfitted with wind- and waterproof outerwear and boots; then, you board the helicopter. Just be sure to bring a hat, gloves and your sunglasses, to see better against the snow. Transfers from your hotel in Anchorage are available twice daily if you don’t have a car or prefer not to drive yourself.
Anchorage Helicopter Tours - Stellar Reputation, Stellar Safety Record
Locally-owned Anchorage Helicopter Tours n is well known in Anchorage aviation circles for its helicopter tours, charter flights, and flight instruction. Founded by Joel Natwick in 1991, Anchorage Helicopter Tours is a popular choice for students learning to pilot aircraft. With its focus on safety, Anchorage Helicopter Tours has a fantastic reputation with the FAA and its commercial clients, who include universities, insurance companies and government agencies. Safety is the top priority at Anchorage Helicopter Tours, and Natwick is most proud of the company’s perfect safety record, noting that there have been no accidents or incidents in its 25+ year history. Natwick himself has more than 16,000 hours of accident-free and incident-free flying in some of Alaska’s most challenging conditions.