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Review of NorthStar Trekking

NorthStar Trekking
Ranked #17 of 71 Outdoor Activities in Juneau
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Helicopter trekking company offering 3 levels of trekking adventures all with helicopter flight seeing included. These tours are fully outfitted with no experience necessary
Reviewed 29 October 2013

My husband and I did an interpretive walk with NorthStar on the Mendenhall Glacier and it was certainly the most unforgettable experience of our Alaskan cruise. We booked the excursion through Celebrity and although it was expensive, it was absolutely worth the price! The staff members were all very helpful and kind. The helicopter ride was incredible; our pilot was very nice and knowledgeable about the area. The tour of the glacier was amazing! Our guides were very intelligent and really wanted everyone to have a great experience. The views from the helicopter and glacier were breathtaking and it was really a once in a lifetime experience!

Thank Kelsey P
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

This was the best excursion we took on our Alaskan cruise. We booked the Helicopter Flightseeing & Glacier Walkabout through Carnival. Do not be swayed by the high price tag. This tour is worth every penny! This was truly a once in a lifetime experience!

Once everyone assembled, they took us in a van to the location of the helicopter pad. It was a relatively short distance, maybe 10-15 minute drive. Upon arriving, they had a bag with each person’s name on it. Inside the bag was a red/orange jacket for each person (they said you must wear theirs for safety reasons), a pair of wind pants (to go over the pants you wore), boots, gloves, hip/fanny pack (not sure the technical name) – which included a granola bar and bottle of while for when you were on the excursion. Once everyone was suited up, they took the group outside to go over some ground rules for when the helicopters arrived.

The sights from the helicopter were AMAZING! You were literally flying right over the glaciers. You got to see forests, bodies of water, etc. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any wildlife from above. When we landed on the glacier, we were immediately greeted by our two guides who started putting the crampons on each person. Once everyone was suited up in their crampons, they guides walked us around to various areas of the glaciers showing us different things and answering any questions we had. We even got to drink glacier water straight from the glacier! After an hour of walking around, the helicopters came back to get us. Then, there was a short flight back to the heli pad, removed our gear, then shuttled back to the port. It was a perfect day in port!

4  Thank Heather G
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

This excursion was a little pricey, but after doing it, I would so do it again! It was absolutely breath-taking. Alex, the pilot was very knowledgeable & competent. The glacier guides, Grace & Makela were wonderful. It was so amazing to actually walk on this glacier. And, yes, there is always and 'easy way'!

2  Thank Rndoceanside
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Reviewed 14 September 2013 via mobile

What a well done trip. From Ken, who drove us to and from to Alex and Danny who flew us to and from the glacier I cannot say enough nice things. Ken was such a pleasure to meet and to hear his knowledge of the area as he is a true Tlingit native. I could have listened to his stories for hours. Our guide on the glacier was Hank and another pleasure to meet such an attentive, knowledgable and thoughtful guide. This was a trip that defies words of description. Take this trip!

1  Thank astrosfan08
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

From the office staff pilot Alex guide Doug my husband and I saw the most beautiful sights. Worth every penny. This trek to the glacier was the highlight of our trip. The beauty of the glacier and mountains were unsurpassed. Thanks to all!

Thank Dolores C
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