For those who have never visited the last frontier aka Alaska it is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular states in the world to view from above. In all the months of planning my trip to Alaska for October I dreamt of photographing every angle because everyone I had spoken to about Alaska spoke so highly of its beauty. After searching for activities I had never done before I stumbled across taking a helicopter tour. This was by far one of the most thrilling and invigorating experiences I’ve had and should definitely be a bucket list item for many.

The Experience

I had never ridden in a helicopter before over mountains, water and ice. The morning of the tour my mood was cruising in the calm and collected zone. By noon, a hour before the tour I moved past calm to nervous by 12:45pm I was parked in sheer panic mode, repeating to myself Amanda what did you get yourself into!?

The staff at the hanger where we were flying out of were incredibly professional, and they make sure you feel safe, secure, and well informed on what to expect.

When we arrived, we were greeted by the friendliest staff who ask you a few questions and then you go over the formalities like paperwork and safety instructions. After, we were escorted to the blacktop to meet our pilot, I remember thinking to myself I hope we stand here and chat for 30 minutes or so because I could barely hear him speak over my heart beating so fast. Our introduction lasted less that 3 minutes and it as time to get in the helicopter.

When we were all strapped in the pilot came over the intercom and said that we would be in the air a total of 60 minutes and we will land on top of a glacier and hang out there for a total of 30 minutes. The takeoff was smooth, and I felt like we were high up in the air within a matter of seconds unlike a plane. During the takeoff I kept my eyes fixated on the floor because I was too nervous to look out of the window but when I did my breath was taken away!

Landing on a Surprise Glacier in Prince William Sound

Right before we started exploring around the glacier.
walking over what once was a stream, we were told it is no more than 1 foot deep unfrozen
Exploring More From Above

The pilot asked what do you want to see most from above, I immediately replied wildlife and icebergs!
For the last 40 minutes of our tour we buzzed around the mountains and got to see mountain goats, swans, a dozen herds of moose and drifting icebergs.

The white spots in the water are Swans
A moose

Maybe these highlights have inspired you to add a helicopter tour in Alaska to your bucket list!
What is the most adventurous thing you have done? Let me know in the comments section below.
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