Lift off from Juneau in a helicopter for some of the most gorgeous flightseeing that Alaska has to offer on the Pilot’s Choice tour, which takes you over stunning and remote terrain. Your pilot has the flexibility to discern the ideal spots given the condition of that day and then takes you on an amazing tour, past spots such as Wonderland, Glacier King, the Mendenhall Towers and Devil’s Paw. Then you’ll have the time to land in two different locales for walking and up-close exploration. You’ll see ice fields, high alpine lakes, and “ice falls” hanging off of cliffs—vast panoramas that your camera will be challenged to capture. This is a landscape that you have to see in person.
Flightseeing From Petersburg
Petersburg is fishing village with a Nordic bent and lots of humpback whales. Get an eagle’s-eye view of the area’s natural wonders when you take thePatterson Glacier Helicoptertour over the Stikine Icefield. First, you’ll pass over forests, then glide past ice spires as you descend onto the valley glacier of Patterson for a casual walk around.
Even John Muir himself was dazzled by the LeConte Glacier in this part of Southeast Alaska, calling it the “most imposing” he’d ever seen. On the Stikine Icefield and Patterson Helicopter Tour (which is a little longer than the other Patterson tour), you’ll see the icebergs and jagged crevasses of LeConte and the Stikine Icefield, and then have time to explore Patterson Glacier, which is North America’s southernmost active tidewater glacier.
When TEMSCO launched in 1958, its mission was pretty straightforward. An acronym for Timber, Exploration, Mining, Survey, Cargo Operations, the Ketchikan-based helicopter company was founded to provide support and rescue capabilities for the lumber, fishing and mining industries, since its aircraft could reach places that fixed-wing planes couldn’t—namely, by landing on ice.
Great Views, Unparalleled Access
In the 1980s, TEMSCO added tourism to its repertoire, offering travelers both amazing views of the mountains, glaciers and vast, untouched landscapes, as well as unparalleled access once the helicopter lands. TEMSCO’s eight tours—based out of Juneau, Skagway or Petersburg—give you the chance to walk on glaciers, see wildlife, and even take the reins of a dogsled.
There are no age or physical requirements for TEMSCO tours, other than the ability to get on and off the helicopter and to be able to stand or walk around for about half an hour.