Prince William Sound Glacier
Prepare for a Great Trip!
We think that the best way to enjoy the flight is to think of questions for your pilot. The Rust's pilots know a lot about Alaska and the area they fly over. The microphones are voice activated and work when they are almost touching your lips. You will get a more personalized tour if you ask questions!
You will be in a plane for over an hour. If you need to use a toilet before you leave on your flight, the Rust's toilets located in the hanger building, the red doors across from the office. We are often asked about motion sickness during our flights. It is unlikely that you will get motion sick since we will not take you flightseeing during bumpy or windy weather. However, if you are prone to motion sickness, we recommend using what you normally use what you do to prevent it.
Remember to charge your camera batteries and ensure that you have enough video. We do have tips on taking photos from planes in the FAQ section. It's best to dress in layers; the planes are heated and can get quite warm from solar heat in the summer. Flat heeled, sturdy shoes are best since you will be climbing in and out of a plane. Strap cameras and valuables to yourself before getting in and out of planes. Pilots don't dive for items dropped in the lake. It's also optional to tip the pilot if you enjoyed your trip.
$365 plus a 3% transportation fee per person - approx. 2-1/2 hours. Flight times may vary.
$395 plus a 3% transportation fee per person - extended tour, approx. 3 hours, includes Columbia Glacier
Flight times may vary
Explore the Chugach Mountains and the pristine Prince William Sound
Soar above the blue crevassed face of a 3,000 ft. thick glacier and view some of Alaska’s most rugged mountain peaks on this 2 - 1/2 to 3 hour Prince William Sound flightseeing tour from Anchorage with Rust’s Flying Service. This is our pilots' favorite trip because the scenery is so varied and the changing weather conditions make every trip unique. Prince William Sound is a magnificent region with 15,000 square miles of fjords and inlets, scores of tidewater glaciers and rich in cold water marine life habitat.
Depart from Lake Hood, the world’s largest and busiest floatplane base, and fly east over the Chugach Mountain Range, “hanging” glaciers and alpine valleys into another world: Prince William Sound. On the extended tour, include Columbia Glacier, Prince William Sound's largest tidewater glacier and possibly a swing by Glacier Island to view sea lions sunning themselves on the rocky coastline. Make an optional photo stop landing at a secluded cove before returning to Anchorage. Flight route can vary according to weather; your pilot will fly the best route for the best flightseeing depending on the conditions on your day of flight.
Highlights of the Prince William Sound Glacier Flightseeing Tour:
- Catch sight of Dall sheep high atop their rocky perches in the Chugach Mountains
- View scores of tidewater glaciers as they “calve” into icy blue waters
- Watch with amusement as floating sea otters “kick back” and relax in the Sound
- Witness the bluest blues of glaciers form the last ice age
- Taxi up to a large cascading waterfall hidden in a secluded bay (optional stop)
- Look for whales, seals, bald eagles, otters and black bear
- View sea lions sunning themselves on the rocky coastline
- When the salmon are running, black bear can be seen fishing in the streams of Saw Mill Bay
Your Prince William Sound Flightseeing Tour Includes:
- A window seat and 2-way headset
- Rich knowledge (and personality) of an Alaska bush pilot
- Rust’s meticulous attention to comfort and safety
- Summertime courtesy transfer from Anchorage airport and some hotels