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Heli Hiking Franz Josef

  • Fly over Franz Josef Glacier for a glacier hike
  • Touch down between two dramatic ice falls
  • Don provided mountaineering equipment for a guided hike
Heli Hiking Franz Josef
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Heli-hike the Franz Josef Glacier on an adventurous mountaineering tour that explores the Southern Alps from the air and on the ice. Flying over Franz Josef Glacier is great for panoramic views of crevasses and ice falls, and the guided hike gets you to a fantastic vantage point high on the glacier to explore ice caves and glacial terrain up close, with all mountaineering equipment provided.
What to Expect
Make your way to the heli-hiking home base, where you’ll meet a guide and be fitted with all necessary equipment, including a waterproof jacket, glacier boots, and an ice axe.

Board a helicopter for the flight over Franz Josef Glacier, a massive 7.5-mile (12 kilometer) glacier. Soar over towering peaks, deep crevasses, and winding streams of glacial melt. The pilot will guide the helicopter onto the ice, touching down high on the glacier.

Climb in and around ice caves, capturing remarkable photographs of the frozen landscape, and learn the history of Franz Josef Glacier. Following the hike, board the helicopter for the spectacular return flight, retracing your path with sweeping views across the Southern Alps.
Reviews (179)
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Reviewed 4 June 2018
Super Awesome Experience

This is our second attempt and feel so lucky to have this experience off our bucket list.Spectacular day to start off and witness some beautiful views from the helicopter. The walk and the views are just top notch!! Going through the steps the guides carve...More

Thank SanS24
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Heli Hiking Franz Josef, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2018

Hi SanS24, Thank you for the wonderful review, we really appreciate your feedback. We are so pleased that the weather was on your side this time and that you loved your experience exploring the glacier. It is an incredible trip to do and our guides...More

Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

My heli hike today was awesome! The helicopter ride there and back is super cool and you get amazing views of Franz Josef, makes for great pictures. The glacier is absolutely beautiful and so fun to explore. Our guide Zak was great! He knew a...More

Thank Kaitlyn B
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Heli Hiking Franz Josef, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2018

Hi Kaitlyn B, Thanks for the great review. We are so glad you loved the whole trip and will pass the excellent feedback onto Zak! The glacier is an amazing natural phenomenon and exploring it really is a unique experience. We hope you enjoyed the...More

Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile
Cool Experience

In general we really enjoyed our time on this tour. The check in was easy and organized. They gave us all the equipment we needed and had plenty of it. The helipad is a short walk away and it was easy and quick. Got up...More

1  Thank Tursi65
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Heli Hiking Franz Josef, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2018

Hi Tursi65, Thanks very much for your review, we really appreciate your feedback. As safety is our highest consideration for this trip, unfortunately our guides are unable to take you to certain parts of the glacier. We stick to the flattest part of the glacier...More

Reviewed 19 April 2018
Beautiful place but...

So just about everything positive you read here I found to be true: the flight, while short, was very nice; the crew that gets you ready and supervises the tour is professional and pleasant; the glacier is an amazing and beautiful place; walking in crampons...More

17  Thank Alex S
Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile
Franz Joseph Heli Hiking 3 hour trip

We were fortunate with the weather and able to do this trip on the day and at the time we booked on our second day in Franz Joseph. I considered a scenic flight but knew the boys would enjoy the experience of actually hiking on...More

Thank chrisjcherry
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Heli Hiking Franz Josef, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2018

Hi chrisjcherry Thank you for taking the time to leave us a valuable review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your trip on the Glacier and that your guide gave you a fantastic experience. The flight up to the Glacier is short as...More

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