Begin the journey with a drive through the Tlingit village of Hoonah. Make a stop at the totem poles in town where your local guide will share traditional stories passed down from generation to generation. Continue on to the heliport for a short safety briefing before you lift off in your helicopter for a unique eagles-eye-view of the Tongass National Forest.
As you fly over the vast, lush rainforest, keep an eye out for bears and whales below. In the distance, the towering peaks of Glacier Bay National Park loom above the homeland of the Hoonah Tlingit. The pilot will customise your experience based on weather conditions and recent wildlife sightings to showcase the best that Chichagof Island has to offer.
Then, your helicopter lands at a remote beach where you will explore and learn about local history and culture. Your local guide will teach traditional and current harvesting methods,. Hear about the medicinal benefits of these foods and taste some local favourites. Learn about local sea life that support the Tlingit subsistence lifestyle. Also hear about how the local fishing fleet thrive off the area’s abundant seafood and the importance of natural resources to the Tlingit diet.
After you have fully absorbed this incredible landscape, it will be time to climb back into the helicopter for the equally awe-inspiring flight back to Hoonah. Keep your cameras at the ready, as you never know what wildlife you might spot from your aerial seat.