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Address: Valdez Airport, Valdez, AK 99686
Phone Number: +1 907-831-0643
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Fantastic Glacier Tours! The majestic Columbia Glacier is calving into the...
Fantastic Glacier Tours! The majestic Columbia Glacier is calving into the ocean...come see it up close! See the 300 foot face of the most dynamic glacier in Alaska and listen to its thunderous roar! Or bring your friends out on a Glacier Landing Tour and get your Christmas Card photos on top of a glacier with sparkling blue pools of water. Experience the Magic!!! Look for wildlife in the stunning Chugach Mountains and out in Prince William Sound. An experience to remember for a lifetime!
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Fun above the Glacier!

While visiting Valdez, we decided to explore the possibility of seeing a Glacier from above. We placed the call and were advised they had a pilot available, in 20 minutes. Being... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
Barbara T
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

While visiting Valdez, we decided to explore the possibility of seeing a Glacier from above. We placed the call and were advised they had a pilot available, in 20 minutes. Being it was so close to town, we headed to the airport. We were excited to fly with the Awesome Pilot Jenny! She was very knowledgeable and spotted a black... More 

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AKHeliFlyer, pilot at VSHelicopters Tours, responded to this review

Lucy and Ethel!! Thank you, thank you for the kind words!! I'm glad you two decided to come out on a quick trip with us, perhaps next time we will do a landing and drink some of that delicious glacier water! Even not landing, you seemed to have gotten some amazing photos!! You ladies are too cute and great travel... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We six Hoosiers (three couples) were totally in awe of our helicopter excursion over the glaciers and gold mine of Valdez. We had to take two copters at the same time and had the time of our lives exploring the beauty of the mountains. Pilots Jenny and Kevin were as excited to show us the ever changing glaciers as we... More 

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AKHeliFlyer, pilot at VSHelicopters Tours, responded to this review

Highlight of your 7 week trip!!!! WOWZA! Thanks!! We love to share all the treasures Valdez and the glaciers have to offer and we enjoyed your great company as well! Come back and see us the next time around! ~Jenny and Evan More 

Valdez, Alaska
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This helicopter experience was amazing! You get to fly right over the Shoup and Columbia glaciers! Then the pilot landed the helicopter on an island right next the glacier! On top of the amazing breathtaking views the pilot Jenny was very informative and took some awesome pictures for the group! If you are in Valdez make sure to take the... More 

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AKHeliFlyer, Pilot at VSHelicopters Tours, responded to this review

Awe Brittany!!! Thank you so much for the awesome review!! Columbia IS breathtaking and changing so fast! I'm glad you got to get out there and see it in all its glory before it reduces to a small baby glacier. Can you believe its receded 13 miles in 35 years?!? Come back next year and compare pictures! Thanks again for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We were hesitant to take this trip, mainly because of the cost. We were so glad that we decided to go on the tour. Our pilot was so nice and funny. She was very informed of the area and made the ride up to Columbia Glacier very memorable. Once there, we spent well over an hour up there. It was... More 

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Auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We took a trip out to the Shoup Glacier, piloted by the spirited Jenny, in early July. We vacillated for hours before spending money to see yet more glaciers, but the staff were so incredibly real and helpful on the phone -- without an ounce of hard sell -- that we finally decided to "go for it". From the moment... More 

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AKHeliFlyer, Pilot at VSHelicopters Tours, responded to this review

I love the title to your review!!! We truly are tiny compared to the massive Chugach range and the immense Shoup Glacier with forever deep moulins!!! Thank you for the all the kind words and for taking ME out to play!! ~Jenny More 

Palm Springs, CA
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

If there is severe clear in Valdez, do it. What an enjoyable time. Cloudy might be good too. Jenny is a great pilot, smooth as riding on a cloud. So happy to meet the owner, Leigh. Never dreamed I wanted to be that near a glacier, but sure glad I got to.

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AKHeliFlyer, Pilot at VSHelicopters Tours, responded to this review

Clear or Cloudy, Rain or Shine, it's always a joy to help create lifelong memories! No matter what the weather, Columbia Glacier is a beauty to behold!!! And that "shooter" we saw popping up from the bottom!!! WOW! Thank you for your kind words and yes, it is as gentle as flying on a cloud.. (however, we never fly IN... More 

Jeju-do, South Korea
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

It seems like an age ago when Jenny took us up in her shiny orange helicopter. I'm back home now and sat looking at the million photographs I have and now I've time to write a review for this great company and an excellent trip. We wanted some wedding photo's taking up on a glacier and not only was Jenny... More 

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AKHeliFlyer, Pilot at VSHelicopters Tours, responded to this review

I'm so glad you two made it back safe and all your wedding photos turned out!!! Those blue pools we found made for a stunning backdrop with the dress and your ice shoes! Then the ice cave was just a magical experience to boot! I think that was a brilliant idea to have your photos taken in that setting. Makes... More 

Fergus Falls, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

3 couples(all family) booked with VS Helicopters as soon as we got to Valdez.We went in the morning-beautiful day,no wind,and blue skys ---so Awesome. We loved that all 6 of us could go at one time in 2 helicopters.We all wore jackets,long pants,boots or tennis shoes with socks----Don't forget your camera or IPhone--our pictures were fabulous. Everything about this "trip"... More 

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AKHeliFlyer, Pilot at VSHelicopters Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words and the very helpful advice on how to prepare for such a wonderful time out there! We had a blast and its always fun to have a group out at the Columbia face together. It's so great to be able to share that experience with your family and create memories that will last a... More 

Sherwood Park, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This is must for anyone wanting to see the Columbia Glacier at Valdez The folks who fly the choppers are Outstanding and know there stuff They know a lot of the area and care about this glacier It was a highlight of our trip to Valdez Would do this again for sure

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AKHeliFlyer, Pilot at VSHelicopters Tours, responded to this review

WOW!!! What amazing shots you got of the helicopter in front of Columbia Glacier's face!!! Absolutely stunning. We love taking 2 or 3 helicopters out for group trips so we can have awesome photo opportunities just like this one. Thank you for sharing!! Evan and I had a blast with you guys out there and in the air. Come see... More 

Banks, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I first talked to Jenny of VS Helicopters after seeing their ad in the Valdez handout I got from the RV Park. Her friendly manner and excellent information about types of tours got my husband and I interested. With the weather "iffy", when we called back to book an afternoon tour, they were willing to call us in the morning... More 

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AKHeliFlyer, Manager at VSHelicopters Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience with us!! We are glad you were flexible with your vacation time so we could get you up just at the right time! That means the world to us that we were your highlight of 6 weeks vacation! It truly is a fantastic time in the air and walking around on the glacier. Thank... More 

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