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Heli-Hike Franz Josef Glacier Walk

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  • Spectacular views and photo ops of Franz Josef Glacier from the helicopter
  • Includes warm clothes, safety gear, and Glacier Hot Pools admission
  • Group size limited to 11 people to ensure personalized service 
Heli-Hike Franz Josef Glacier Walk
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Small-group Franz Josef Glacier walk departing at 11:10am, returning at 3:10pm
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Heli-hike Franz Josef Glacier on a small-group glacier-hiking tour that explores a maze of ice caves, pinnacles, and crevasses. Flying over Franz Josef means spectacular panoramic views of the massive glacier. And with three hours of hiking time, you’ll see more of the glacial landscape than most Franz Josef tours, traveling mountaineer-style with crampons and ice axes, then finishing the day with a soak in a hot pool.
What to Expect

Make your way to a helicopter base camp in Franz Josef to meet your guide and suit up in warm clothing—you can supplement your own gear with jackets, pants, hats, gloves, and leather boots. 

Board the helicopter for the scenic flight to Franz Josef Glacier, with sweeping views over the ice field, then land on the glacier itself for the guided glacier hike. 

Following your guide through the icy landscape of caves and pinnacles, you’ll see a forest of ice formations and learn about the environmental changes that are transforming the face of Franz Josef Glacier. When the 3-hour hike concludes, fly back over the glacier on your return to Franz Josef, where you can soak sore hiking muscles at the Glacier Hot Pools, steaming pools fed by pure glacier water.

Reviews (338)
1 - 5 of 141 reviews
Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Nice guide and beautiful day on the glacier

Very nice and friendly guide Seth, who took us around the walk on the glacier. He made sure we stayed safe at all times and shared his knowledge of the geology among other things. The guide did a really great job but with that being...More

Thank KarolineDenmark
Reviewed 6 days ago
An experience to remember.

We were very lucky to get up this day, because the forecast was not good. We did have to leave a little earlier because the weather was coming in, so they sent 4 helicopters to get us back quickly. It was an amazing experience being...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JenniMalta
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Amazing experience

We’ve been so lucky to have a good weather to do the Heli Hike in the morning! The tour was epic and our guide Seth who was friendly and shared with us much knowledge on glaciers. The hike isn’t tough and everyone was well geared...More

Thank ikihappy
Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora ikihappy, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on TripAdvisor, we appreciate your comments. It is always great to receive feedback of this nature. We love hearing that you had such an amazing experience exploring the glacier with Seth. Safe...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Highlight of the trip

This was totally great and the guide was fantastic. I have been to many Glaciers in Alaska and this has them all beat by a long shot. You must be in good shape for this as very strenuous but worth every minute.More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Denise D
Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora Denise, Thank you for taking the time to place your review on TripAdvisor, we appreciate your feedback. So glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with the Franz Josef Glacier Guides and that it has been the best one yet. We look forward...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I booked a spot on the Heli Hike with complete understanding about the weather lottery, the agility required, and weight limits for the helicopter ride. I read and re-read the requirements to make sure I had a full comprehension what was expected come the day...More

3  Thank Mewilliams2
Mason S, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora Mewilliams2, Thank you for taking the time to communicate your concerns in regards to your recent experience with us. We are saddened to hear that we failed to meet your expectations, specifically the check in process around client suitability. We do endeavour to...More

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Jason W
1 November 2018|
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Response from diana s | Reviewed this property |
Book in advance but have a backup plan in case the weather is not good, go for a hike or caving.
David L
12 October 2018|
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Response from asg000x | Reviewed this property |
We lucked out. It’s a bit of miss depending on weather I would definitely recommend calling in.
Susan R
15 September 2018|
Response from tpatel1975 | Reviewed this property |
It isn’t terribly strenuous. However, you should be able to walk about 1-2 miles comfortably. There is some climbing involved, but nothing too steep. A reasonably active person should fare well. It’s a great experience.
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