Helicopter Glacier Blue Kayak & Grandview


Our most exclusive and action-packed Helicopter glacier KAYAK trip!  This trip is often private per booking party as Spencer Glacier is an area with restricted helicopter access.  The adventure includes an awesome 20-minute scenic flight of the glaciated Chugach and Kenai Mountains, a 2.5 Mile scenic hike, a 2-4 Mile iceberg kayak paddle, and a scenic train ride to Grandview- the most scenic tunnels section of the AK Railroad.  This trip is available 7 days per week (with space available) so for those parties looking to join on a black-out date for our Glacier Blue Kayak Trip (Thursdays & Fridays) then we recommend this trip.

2023 Summer Season: June 3 – September 17


I have guided multiple kayak, raft and hiking tours throughout Alaska in the past 14 years. The Heli Glacier Blue Kayak trip is hands down a culmination of the best parts of all those trips combined. The trip starts with a mind-blowing scenic flight from Girdwood, over Turnagain Arm, up Placer Valley and finishing with a landing in front of the majestic Spencer Glacier. Hiking around Spencer Glacier’s moraine lends itself to some of the most photogenic opportunities possible in Alaska with its giant towering blue ice walls and dramatic cracks and contours found in the glacial ice. After exploring the moraine, it’s a casual 1.5 mile hike on the lake to where we launch off on our kayak adventure. Paddling through the iceberg “ice maze” and up to the face of Spencer Glacier is another once in a lifetime experience with amazing photo ops!  

Corey Anderson- Chugach Adventures’ Lead Kayak Guide Since 2011.


Helicopter Glacier Blue Kayak & Grandview Itinerary:

  • 8:00 AM –  Girdwood Arrival Time (If needing transportation from Anchorage, the cost is an additional $125 per person- please email us to let us know).
  • 8:40 AM –  Alpine Air Helicopter Departure
  • 9:10 AM –  Heli Landing next to Spencer Glacier
  • 9:15 – 11:00 AM –  Short Hike at Spencer Glacier Morraine (.5 Miles) and back 2 Miles back to our kayak basecamp
  • 11:30 – 1:00 PM –  Iceberg Kayak on Spencer Glacier Lake; 2 to 4 Mile Kayak Paddle
  • 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM –  Lunch
  • 2:00-5 PM –  Scenic Train Ride to Grandview thru the Upper Placer River Gorge Canyon- The Most Scenic Section of the AK Railroad
  • 5:15 PM         De-board Train at Portage Station for the shuttle back to Girdwood
  • 5:45 PM         Return Arrival to Girdwood
  • 6:45 PM         Return Arrival to Anchorage for Anchorage Guests


  • Minimum of 2 Guests per booking party is required for this Helicopter Glacier Kayak Adventure.
  • This Helicopter Adventure is PRIVATE per Booking Party.
  • A 20-minute unforgettable scenic flight of the surrounding Chugach Mountains to Spencer Glacier.
  • Catered sack lunch, drinks, and snacks are provided.  Please let us know ahead of time of any dietary restrictions (vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available)
  • We provide splash tops, spray skirts & Personal Flotation Devices (life vests) for all iceberg kayak tours. We have a base camp at Spencer Lake with this equipment.
  • Bring warm clothes & layers, and warm socks to wear.
  • Most guests bring their cameras, we can’t guarantee that they won’t get wet, but you should get amazing photos.
  • We require all guests to sign a release of liability on the rafting/canoe/kayak tours.
  • Spencer Lake Distances:  The paddle across the lake is approximately 2 miles one way.  It takes anywhere between 20 Minutes (With Calm Perfect weather) to 1 hour to paddle across the lake.
  • Young Children–Minimum age for Kayak Tours is 8 years old.  All children will participate in tandem kayaks with a parent or the most experienced paddler in your group.  Groups with children under 8 could join the tour by utilizing a raft instead of kayaks.  Please reach out directly if you have young children in your group.
  • The maximum weight for kayaks is 240 lbs.  The maximum height is 6’3″.  We can provide a Rafting lake tour for guests that don’t meet weight & height restrictions and provide a similar tour via raft.
  • There are restrooms on the train and at the Spencer Whistle Stop.  There are no restrooms once we are on the river, backcountry options only

Weight & Size Considerations for KAYAKS:

The approximate maximum weight is 240 lbs.

The approximate maximum height is 6’3”.

Ultimately it is up to the guide’s discretion and the comfort level of the guest if our kayaks will work for a kayak trip.  Guests with large foot sizes and guests that don’t like to sit for up to 1-hour in a touring (sit-inside) kayak may also have difficulty fitting and/or being comfortable in kayaks.  Thankfully, we can provide the same lake tour in a Raft for guests that don’t meet height/weight limits and/or don’t feel comfortable in kayaks.  Please let us know ASAP if you think you may opt for a Raft instead of a Kayak for this trip.  If you are close to the maximum size considerations, please be advised that we can not guarantee that a kayak trip will work until in the field, and any guide decisions are ultimately made with your safety being the utmost priority.

For guests that do not meet Weight or Height Restrictions, we recommend our Comet Heli Hiking & Rafting Trip.

Alpine Air Helicopter Charter Weight Policy Information:  The max weight limit for a helicopter seat is 290 lbs.  If a guest does not meet this weight seat limit and the Helicopter company is unable to fly, the Helicopter charter cost for the trip will still be incurred by the guest.  If an R66 Helicopter is utilized for a guest or guests in which the total guest weight + a guide is unable to stay below 600 lbs (total maximum weight limit for an R44), there will also be an additional charge of $200 for the party to cover the cost of the more expensive R66 Helicopter Charter.

Weather and Trip Adjustments for the Helicopter Glacier Blue Kayak Trip:
Water levels, wind, and other natural factors beyond our control may cause us to alter your trip.  We do not operate kayaks on whitecap days on the lake for your safety and enjoyment.  We have other options with hiking and, rafting for an enjoyable tour alternative under inclement weather.  It is up to the guide’s discretion and safety experience to determine what is the most appropriate decision for the day based on any inclement weather.

Cancellation Policy for Day Tour Bookings:

Cancellations made 10 days or more in advance are 90% refundable.  

Cancellations within 10 days are nonrefundable.  

AK RAILROAD Cancellation Policy & Change Fee Information:  All paid bookings are subject to a 10% change fee for the Railroad portion of the trip cost, if a date change is requested within 30 days.

Gratuity / Tip
Our guides are expected to go above and beyond for this trip and greatly appreciate any & all gratuities.