Seward Helicopter Tours is family-owned and operated. Travis Beals and Sarah Stokey have been running Seward Helicopters since the summer of 2013 and each day ask themselves how they could be so lucky to share such an amazing place with visitors around the world.
Travis and Sarah compete in Alaska's state sport, Dog Sledding, and have both run the 1,000-mile-long Iditarod sled dog race. Besides flying and dog sledding, Travis and Sarah are passionate about hiking, fishing, and paddle boarding across the state of Alaska.
What we'll do
This tour is the Holy Grail of Scenic flights! Take a journey over the spectacular Harding Icefield and Aialik Glacier on the way to Aialik Bay. Potential of seeing Calving Glaciers, Breeching Whales, Mountain Goats, Black Bears, All sorts of Sea Life, and unforgettable oceanic views from Resurrection bay. 60 minutes of flight time can take you to some of the most incredible places outside Seward, including the Harding Icefield which covers over 300 square miles alone and up to 1,100 square miles if you count the surface area of all 40 of the glaciers that it spawns. You could fly over Aialik Glacier and Aialik Bay in some of the most beautiful areas that Alaska and the world have to offer! This is a 1-hour flight with the route being determined the day of your trip based on discussion and weather conditions.
Multiple Departures Per Day Weather Permitting
- See Skilak Glacier, Bear Glacier, Aialik Glacier, and Countless Other Smaller Glaciers
- Gorgeous Mountains, Valleys, and Countless Alpine Lakes and Waterfalls
- Fly Over the Harding Icefield
- Visit an Active Salmon Spawning Stream
- Fly to An Incredibly Active Bear Area and Look for Brown and Black Bears Fishing for Salmon
- Fly Up and Down the Face a 500 Ft. Wall of Ice
- Zoom through Icebergs at Bear Glacier Lagoon
- Fly Over Gorgeous Alpine Meadows and Lost Lake
Depart the Seward Airport and fly north over Box Canyon over gorgeous alpine meadows towards Lost Lake a dazzling blue. Look for bears and moose at elevation and enjoy the many hanging glaciers, snow-capped peaks, and the beautiful wildflowers that bloom throughout the summer. You will then fly over Cooper Lake and the Upper Russian River where we often see bears fishing for Salmon from mid-June through late August. This is a great spot to let the aircraft hover from above as you watch the bears fish.
Follow the river through a beautiful valley and look for the Skilak glacier before flying up and over parts of the beautiful 700 square-mile Harding Icefield. Emerge from the Icefield near Aialik Glacier, which boasts an impressive 500ft ice face that descends directly into the ocean. Explore the ice face and watch for pieces of the glacier to calve off.
Then, fly through a mountain pass towards Bear Glacier. Zoom through icebergs, watching for seals, and fly over the beautiful double medial moraine. Finally, fly back through Paradise valley, searching for mountain goats and more bears or along the beautiful coastline towards Fort McGilvary.
What to expect / what's provided
* Duration: 1 Hour
* You will be flying for the full duration of this tour. We ask you to arrive 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled departure. We advise blocking off approximately 1.5 hours for this tour.
*What to Bring:
Camera, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Jacket, Sneakers or Boots
*What To Wear:
Please wear sunglasses and dress in layers. We advise wearing a t-shirt followed by layers. Closed-toed shoes are mandatory for optimal experience.
We recommend booking your trip for the first day you are in Seward if you are here for multiple days. If not, make sure to book in the morning. May through mid-August we recommend early morning departures. August through September we recommend mid-morning to early afternoon departures.
If we cannot fly, there is a full refund. If you have the time, we will work to reschedule your tour. This tour is more weather dependent than some of our other scenic flights as we fly into a mountainous valley.
- We operated throughout 2020 and flew countless passengers safely.
- Here are some of the many things we are doing to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
- Guests and pilots will wear masks inside the helicopter. Masks are not required on landings when social distancing can be maintained -- and so you can take photos!
- Helicopter touchpoints are sanitized in between each flight.
- Routine cleaning of all office touchpoints
- Routine cleaning of common touchpoints at our glacier dog sledding camp
- Groups will not be mixed without consent. Consent from groups that a solo traveler looking to add on to must be obtained.
- What type of helicopters do you fly?
We fly Robinson 44 helicopters. They seat 3 passengers plus a pilot. This means that everyone gets a window seat.
- Is there a weight limit for passengers?
Yes. We have a 300lbs weight limit per seat.
- Is there an age limit for passengers?
No. Passengers under 24 months are required to sit on a lap. You must be able to get in and out of the helicopter without assistance unless previously arranged with our office.
-What is the advantage of flying in a helicopter vs. a plane?
Helicopters have incredible maneuverability and are able to quickly turn around or hover in place, ensuring you get an amazing photograph or are able to turn back around if wildlife is spotted.
Helicopters are also able to fly much lower to the ground in case we spot something really interesting. We can also cruise into valleys and explore areas that planes simply could not get to.
Generally speaking, helicopters in the Seward area experience less turbulence because of their ability to change where they fly in the air column.
- What can I expect to see on my scenic flight?
Seward scenic flights provide ample opportunity to see glaciers, look for wildlife, and explore the beautiful Kenai Fjords, National Park. We frequently see mountain goats, whales, seals, bears, and moose on our flights.
-Do you fly if it is raining?
We fly as long as visibility permits us to do so. We maintain active communication with our glacier dog sledding camp via satellite phone as conditions at 3300′ elevation are often considerably different than at sea level. At times, it may be raining at our airport office but is perfectly sunny at camp.
Our scenic flights generally go out unless there is a considerable amount of cloud coverage or high winds.
We have an impeccable safety record and only fly if the conditions warrant.
- If we cannot fly, there is a full refund. If you have the time, we will work to reschedule your tour. This tour is more weather dependent than some of our other scenic flights as we fly into a mountainous valley.
- We ask that all cancellations be made more than 48 hours in advance to recoup your deposit. That being said, we understand that things happen outside of your control. Our job is to help make your vacation memorable — not stressful — so if something happens and you need to make a last-minute cancellation be honest with us.
- We are owned by two hardworking 30-something-year-olds and we get that life can throw curveballs. Nothing is worse than a vacation gone wrong — we’ve been there! — so be courteous to us, let us know what’s up and we will do our best to help.
*Our COVID-19 Policies:
- We understand that due to Covid-19 travel plans are in flux. That's why we have a worry-free cancellation policy. Cancel your tour any time up to 48-hours before your scheduled departure without penalty.
- If you cancel your trip to Alaska in 2021, you have the option to rebook for 2022 at our 2021 rates. Reach out to us at [email protected] and we will be more than happy to help you.