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Heli-Hike Franz Josef Glacier Walk

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Highlights
  • 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 
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Heli-Hike Franz Josef Glacier Walk
From US$311.70
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11:10AM DepartureMost Popular
Small-group Franz Josef Glacier walk departing at 11:10am, returning at 3:10pm
US$311.70
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Small-group Franz Josef Glacier walk departing at 9:30am, returning at 1:30pm
US$311.70
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Small-group Franz Josef Glacier walk departing at 8:30am, returning at 12:30pm
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Overview
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.

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Reviewed 6 days ago
heli hike - epic trip

Had such a great day doing the heli hike! It was my first time ever in a helicopter which for one is really cool but also being able to hike around the glacier and crawl through ice caves and see all the different shades of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago
SPECTACULAR!

I had the opportunity to do this experience with my brother and it is a unique experience. All the staff were so professional and I want to say special thanks to Scott, our tour guide and Joyce, from customer service, they both went above and...More

Thank Fernando O
Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Kia ora Fernando, Thank you for your feedback on TripAdvisor – we appreciate your comments. It is fantastic to hear that you enjoyed your experience exploring the Franz Josef Glacier. I will make sure to pass on your thanks to Scott and Joy! Safe travels...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great, once in a lifetime experience

Before we booked this tour, we were a bit hesitant due to price and weather. Just having completed the heli-hike, I am glad we decided to book this tour. Our guide for the day was Norbert. Starting with the intros and gear check, we then...More

Thank Tarak P
Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Kia ora Tarak, 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. Awesome to hear you had such a great time exploring the glacier with Norbert, sounds like...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Awesome experience

After the helicopter dropped us off on the glacier our guides Kailie and Andy started the tour through the amazing „landscape“ of the glacier. We got the opportunity to sneak through little caves and took lots of pictures. It was and awesome experience and Kailie...More

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Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora annedi465, Thank you for taking the time to place your review on TripAdvisor – we appreciate your feedback. Wonderful to hear that you had such an amazing experience exploring the Franz Josef Glacier. We will make sure to pass on your positive comments...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Absolutely Epic

Thank you so much to Eric, our fabulous and knowledgeable guide for a great tour! We were lucky to have a small group and got to go high up on the glacier, which was really special. Shout out to Mason, as well, for making the...More

Thank Krissi S
Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora Krissi, 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 will make sure to pass on your positive comments to Eric, Mason and the rest...More

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ellenday
12 August 2018|
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Response from andreadarling1 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, hot pools are included in your heli-hike pass.
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Carol N
21 April 2018|
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Response from owenvaughan | Reviewed this property |
The trip is possible but you will probably not enjoy the full experience due to the sheer length of time on the road coupled with the vagaries of a weather dependant outdoor activity...
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