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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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experience of a lifetime

Words can't describe the flight and the scenery. It was absolutely breathtaking. My mom had flown to Fairbanks to visit me where we are currently stationed so we headed to Valdez... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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Fairbanks, Alaska
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Words can't describe the flight and the scenery. It was absolutely breathtaking. My mom had flown to Fairbanks to visit me where we are currently stationed so we headed to Valdez for an adventure and true Alaskan scenery. Our pilot Evan was incredible. we had told him we were flexible on when we could fly. The weather had been kinda... More 

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AKHeliFlyer, Owner at VSHelicopters Tours, responded to this review

We are so thrilled that you came down from Fairbanks to fly with us! As you know, this is an incredible place to fly and even people who live in Alaska are awed by it. We hope you come back and see us again. The summer season brings with it a whole different kind of scenery...it just never gets old.... More 

Lisbon, Portugal
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
24 attraction reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Sunny day, great "flying machine", knowledgeable staff, awesome pilot, smooth flight and excellent scenery's ... all the perfect "ingredients" to board in this unique adventure. The views are breathtaking: Mineral Creek, old abandoned gold mines, Columbia glacier, Valdez town, Prince William Sound, wildlife...you must see it for yourself! Take plenty of pictures and videos to remember for the rest of... More 

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AKHeliFlyer, Owner at VSHelicopters Tours, responded to this review

Wow! Fantastic Photos!!! Thank you so much for sharing! It is difficult to understand how special this trip is but your kind words and great photos definitely help. We do hope to see you again. We actually have many repeat guests and as you know the Columbia Glacier is changing so fast that it is worth it to see again... More 

Wilmington, Ohio, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

As a photo enthusiast, I worked with Leigh Coats, VSHelicopters co-owner, to experience a most photographic Valdez areal flight. Her courtesies and help were most gratifying. Pilot and geologist Cullan Lester provided a lifetime memorable extraordinarily stunning experience for both myself and guest/bed & breakfast owner Rose Fong. We flew up Gold Creek and observed old mining debris; lifted to... More 

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AKHeliFlyer, Owner at VSHelicopters Tours, responded to this review

Thank You so much for your fantastic and detailed review and for sharing your amazing photos!!! I often try to explain what this trip is like over the phone to people, but it is just so hard to really understand without experiencing it first hand. We had a great time with you and appreciated your kindness and generosity. We hope... More 

Valdez, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I was raised and have lived in Valdez for more than 20+ years and i have to say that this was the best aerial tour of Alaska i have ever seen or experienced. It was a cooler evening with scattered clouds and light rain with a little wind, maybe gusting to 10mph. We took off from Valdez and headed west... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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283 reviews 283 reviews
36 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Gently lifting off from the ground, my apprehension of flying simply dissolved. Instead of the rush of fear and motion discomfort i have experienced in planes, this was the feeling of hovering over the earth as it gently moved beneath me. It was as if i had taken wing as a bird. Flying over two glaciers as the pilot gave... More 

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AKHeliFlyer, Owner at VSHelicopters Tours, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing the details of your experience with us! We take a lot of pride in making sure each and every person who comes to fly with us leaves with a big smile on their face! We fly 4 seater (often with only 2 passengers) helicopters so that we can customize the trip for each passenger.... More 

Dundas, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

My family and I have logged 9000kms of driving around North America so far this summer. This experience was hands down the highlight of our travels thus far. We did the two hour tour. Our pilots, the owners, the choppers and of course the tour of the glaciers made for a once in a lifetime experience. Don't let the added... More 

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AKHeliFlyer, Owner at VSHelicopters Tours, responded to this review

Thank You Paul! We had a lot of fun with your family and I'm so glad to hear it was a highlight! Great idea on the GoPro and I will make sure to let people know to bring their own GoPro's in the future. Safe travels and it was a pleasure flying with you all! More 

New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

On a recent trip to Valdez I wanted to see the mountains and glaciers from a different perspective. And boy did I get a bird’s eye view! Even though it was raining out, and I get motion sickness, I totally enjoyed the flight and got some GREAT photos. Very smooth and professional, best pilots in Alaska.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Visiting Valdez from NYC and took an amazing helicopter tour with Vertical Solutions. They took me over waterfalls, glaciers, and an abandoned gold mine. Worth every minute!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

My first helicopter ride was taken with Vertical Solutions on a clear sunny day in Valdez. Any initial apprehension soon disappeared with the professionalism of Leigh, our pilot, and the confidence I had in her abilities. It was a memorable and exhilarating experience to go so effortlessly to see the Columbia glacier. We landed on a beach nearby where we... More 

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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Did the Columbia glacier flight and Colin our pilot was able to work in some wildlife. The glacier was fantastic and Colin was very knowledgeable about it and other surroundings. Saw a black bear on our return flight. If you want to see the surrounding area this is the way to do it.

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AKHeliFlyer, Owner at VSHelicopters Tours, responded to this review

Thank You for taking the time to write us a great review! We have not found many black bears this year, so I'm so glad you got to see one! The Columbia Glacier is a magical place and I'm so glad we got to share it with you and your wife...thanks for flying with us! More 

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