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Old February 23rd, 2003, 08:33 PM
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Default glaciers in Juneau/misty fjords in Ketchikan

We are going on our first cruise (ever) to Alaska in May on Celebrity. In Ketchikan I think we want to do one of the flights to Misty Fjords...We are looking at booking ourselves. Can anyone tell me particular companies that are good? or ones to avoid? I noticed that some let you get out and walk around a while which would be nice.

Also, in Juneau we are considering a glacier landing. We plan to visit Mendenhall Glacier on our own...just taking the bus. How much do you get to see from this? Do you actually get to step on the glacier there? or only if you take a flight?

If we take a helicopter flight, landing...which companies and/or tours do you recommend. There are so many choices and they are seem similar...the Pilot's Choice or the Four Glacier Adventure or the Helicopter Glacier Trek or one of the many others. We are willing to pay for the flight, but don't want to pay anymore than necessary or waste money on a more expensive flight that doesn't really offer much more than one of the cheaper ones. Also...it seems that the dogsledding options aren't available until June...is that correct?

Thanks so much for the help!

Lisa
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Old February 24th, 2003, 12:52 AM
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Default Re: glaciers in Juneau/misty fjords in Ketchikan

You are going at a good time, Lisa. I think it is always the prettiest here in May. The mountains along the canals are still all full of snow. It is just the prettiest sight in the world. If you want to walk on a glacier you probably should take the helicopter trip. All of the companies are good. Technically you could walk to the glacier, but it would take an extra taxi ride from the Mendenhall visitors center, about 5 miles, and then a hike (moderate) on the west glacier trail that would take a good four hours round trip. Could be done if you wanted to save some money from the heli and were in town all day.
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Old February 24th, 2003, 09:59 AM
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Default Re: glaciers in Juneau/misty fjords in Ketchikan

Fights- Misty Fjords- consider Island wings, Taquan, Carlin Air

Juneau glaicer landing- Coastal, TEMSCO

From the Mendenhall visitor center you get a front view only and can't get to it.
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Default Re: Re: glaciers in Juneau/misty fjords in Ketchikan

Just something to think about. Only 2 of the 3 helicopter companies providing flighseeing out of Juneau and Skagway are members of TOPS (a voluntary helicopter safety organizations that requires more safety measures than governmental mandate). The companies are Temsco and Era Aviation. I began to look into this when a Alaska tourism web link had an article on helicopter crashes and mentioned TOPS. We are going, but will confine our trip to one of the 2 companies subscribing to TOPS
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