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2hr glacier hike/heli tour vs 20 min landing on the ice

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2hr glacier hike/heli tour vs 20 min landing on the ice

what will give us more exposure to the glacier formations?

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2. Re: 2hr glacier hike/heli tour vs 20 min landing on the ice

I think it depends on when and what glacier you are talking about.

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3. Re: 2hr glacier hike/heli tour vs 20 min landing on the ice

I wonder if he is comparing Ward Air's tour versus the Temsco/Coastal Helicopter Mendenhall glacier landing....

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4. Re: 2hr glacier hike/heli tour vs 20 min landing on the ice

Taking your title at face value, “ 2hr glacier hike/heli tour vs 20 min landing on the ice ” .

If you land on the ice (or snow on ice as it is likely to be) they will be sure to land you on a safe area. They may rope you up and walk you over to a crevasse or other interesting glacier formation, but generally expect to spend the time on the biggest snow field you have ever seen. Line up your questions and list of "Want to Do" items and call the tour outfits you are considering. If they are hones they will list what they TRY to do, but won't guarantee everything. Safety and weather change and your experience will change to match Mother Nature's offerings.

2 Hour glacier hike... I would expect you to see a lot! then combined with the heli tour your should get an eagle eye view of crevasses (possibly including the ones you walked up to) the kettle lakes on the ice and other spectacular views.

My tendency would be to go with the latter (2 hour hike), but again, line up your questions and give the people a phone call this winter so you can make your best decision. How much time on the glacier? What features can you expect to see (read up on glaciers and their features so you can better understand what the guide will tell you). Perhaps do a google or yahoo search on glaciers and switch to "images" so you can see what different things are to be seen, then follow up with reading about what they are. Then talk to the guides about what they offer and what you wish to see and experience.

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5. Re: 2hr glacier hike/heli tour vs 20 min landing on the ice

on a two hour glacier hike you will spend most of you time on the approch to the glacer very little time on the ice helicoper tour you will spend all your time on the ice.

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6. Re: 2hr glacier hike/heli tour vs 20 min landing on the ice

Hello from Seward! Just from another point of view from someone that is involved with the two options that you are discussing.

First the glacier landing (20min) is really a totally different expereince than that of the glacier hike. The landing occurs often on the upper snow covered areas of the glaciers where the helicopter can land in a level and stable position and also the landing zone is usually areas that are walkable without extra gear. The hike unlike the helicopter landing normally occurs in ice and crevasse areas that expose a much different world. The crevasse areas offer the very blue ice formations and tubes that have been created by flowing water which does occur in this environment. The ice hike will definitely be more adventurous, but with that said, each trip appeals to varying expectations! I hope this helps..Let your adventurous spirit be your guide!

Rick Adventure Sixty North Seward

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7. Re: 2hr glacier hike/heli tour vs 20 min landing on the ice

I am the sort who likes to get up close and personal with the landscape, so I always like to opt for tours that include hikes. That said, in order to experience the scale and patterns of a glaciated landscape, it's best to see it from the air. If the hike includes a helicopter ride (as it appears to from your post title), it sounds like the best of both worlds.

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