We booked an Icefield Excursion with coastal helicopter on our own for when we were in port in Juneau on our cruise, instead of through the cruise. This saved us about $100 per person. That is a big deal since these are not cheap (but are totally worth it). They give you an appointed time to get picked up in a van and taken out to the flight field. Our spot was the Red Dog Saloon, which is right across from where our ship docked. However, even the other pick up spots were a 5 minute walk way or less. Juneau just is not that big.
Once you arrive at the flight field, be aware that you will be weighed again. Then you get your boots and watch a video before you wait a while for your helicopter to be ready. We were in a 6 person helicopter. The ride is beautiful. Over the mountains and then a few minutes flying over the glacier itself, which was amazing. The narration by the guide was really great - we learned a lot. The time on the glacier was abbreviated, but was enough for us - probably about 20 minutes. The blue color was even brighter up close than far away, which was not what we expected. It is cold, so you do want to dress warmly and it is ice, so it can be slippery.
This is an excursion that is subject to weather. The day before we were there, they were not able to fly at all. The day we were there, they were not able to fly in the morning, but it was clear and beautiful that afternoon!
Although we always felt we were in good hands, it was a bit strange that no one we encountered from any time from Coastal looked to even be 25!
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