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Anchorage: Knik Glacier Helicopter Tour with Landing

1. Anchorage: Knik Glacier Helicopter Tour with Landing

Fly from Knik River Valley, a scenic 1-hour drive north of Anchorage (transfers available for purchase), to the spectacular Knik Glacier. Soar over the beautiful valley and search the landscape for local wildlife, including moose, mountain goats, bands of Dall Sheep, and bears. Your experienced Alaska pilot/guide will land your helicopter in the middle of Knik Glacier, where you'll have the opportunity to explore the thousand-year-old ice during the 30-minute stop. Enjoy the bright-blue melt pools, massive crevasses, and the unique ice formations created by the water, wind, and sun. Mark the moment with a photo, or simply savor the peace of being in a secluded Alaskan glacier. Conclude your with a 15-minute flight back to your starting point, flying over a glacier river flowing rapidly through the Knik Valley.

From Palmer: Knik Glacier Helicopter Tour

2. From Palmer: Knik Glacier Helicopter Tour

Get ready for a helicopter adventure tour of a lifetime as you fly over the stunning Chugach Mountain range and trek around the Knik Glacier in Alaska on foot. Be awe-inspired as you witness the breathtaking snow-capped peaks, braided river valleys, and glacial ice. Let your pilot guide you over the impressive sights below of towering waterfalls, iceberg-filled lakes and the untouched wilderness. Be sure to have your camera handy! After a short flight time, the helicopter will touch down on the mighty Knik, one of the largest glaciers in Alaska. Explore at leisure the gorgeous blue pools, the swirling moulins, the deep crevasses, and the amazing ice formations on the surface. Keep your eyes peeled for some of Alaska's diverse wildlife, such as moose, Dall sheep, and bears – an incredible sight for the eyes! Return with special memories of this unique experience that will stick with you for a long time.

Anchorage: Knik Glacier Helicopter and Paddleboarding Tour

3. Anchorage: Knik Glacier Helicopter and Paddleboarding Tour

Venture to Alaska’s frozen desert with a tour of the Knik Glacier Pools. Ride in a helicopter from Knik River Lodge and land on a glacier, before exploring the vast ice fields and going for a refreshing dip. Feel safe in the hands of your knowledgeable guide whether you’re new to paddling or a pro. Fly over Knik Glacier in a helicopter to admire the wintry landscape below. Gear up with a dry suit and safety equipment and jump into the freezing cold glacier water. Your guide will join you on a few jumps into the glacial lake until you’re comfortable safely getting in and out of the water. Next up is a paddling lesson and safety demonstration, so you know what to do if you lose your balance. Paddle solo into the lake for a serene trip through the frozen wonderland, and explore one of the biggest glaciers in south Alaska.

Palmer: "Dogs and Glaciers" Sledding and Helicopter Tour

4. Palmer: "Dogs and Glaciers" Sledding and Helicopter Tour

Experience flying down the Knik river valley and past the towering Pioneer Peak with views of The Sleeping Lady and Denali to Big Lake, Alaska, where you will be welcomed at The Dogstead! Home of respected Iditarod musher Nic Petit and his kennel of lovable pups. In the winter, enjoy a ride atop snow packed trails under the alpenglow on a traditional dog sled. In the fall, take in the sights of changing leaves and termination dust and the feel of crisp air on your cheeks, as the dogs give you the ride of your life! Feel the rush of racing dogs and see why Nic and his pups consistently finish in the top 10 of every race they run! After your mushing experience, get back in the chopper and continue flightseeing your way out to the Knik Glacier for a landing and some trekking on exposed glacial ice. In the winter explore the ice caves as everything freezes solid and is blanketed in snow.

Anchorage: Knik Glacier Helicopter and Ice Climbing Tour

5. Anchorage: Knik Glacier Helicopter and Ice Climbing Tour

Join your guide for an incredible Alaskan adventure climbing a steep wall of glacial ice. Take a scenic helicopter flight from Knik River Lodge over the Knik Glacier and start your ice climbing exploration. Once at Knik Glacier, you're only a short walk away from many immense frozen waterfalls. Your guide will equip you with everything necessary to remain safe to ensure a successful ascent up the glacier wall. Receive climbing instruction and a safety briefing, and learn how to climb on frozen waterfalls at your pace. Choose to either take on a steeper challenge or stay in your comfort zone on this is unique Alaskan adventure.

Anchorage: Heli Snowshoe Adventure

6. Anchorage: Heli Snowshoe Adventure

An adrenaline-packed winter adventure. Enjoy a 20-minute scenic helicopter tour as the helicopter zips you over the mountains to the astonishing Knik glacier where you'll spend the next 1.5 hours romping through the snow-covered paradise, stopping to take pictures of anything that captures the imagination. What goes better together than peanut butter & jelly, salt & pepper, or a pepperoni & cheese pizza? Helicopters and snowshoes of course! It’s even better when dropped off just miles away from one of the most picturesque landscapes in Southcentral Alaska, the astonishing Knik glacier. We will spin you up to just above the tree-line and head towards an alpine wonderland on a thrilling helicopter ride. All the while, take in the sights of the glamorous Knik River Valley while listening to an in-depth narrative from your world-class pilot and guide. After reaching our destination, you will unload and strap on snowshoes. Before heading into the wild, our guide will provide tips on how to properly “shoe” if you’ve never experienced the sport. You and the guide will then spend the next 1.5 hours romping through the snow-covered paradise, stopping to take pictures of anything that captures the imagination. After taking in all the realm has to offer, you will return to the Knik River Lodge again on an exhilarating ride, exploring the valley from new angles. Provisions include a yummy snack courtesy of our local Anchorage partner “Kat’s Epic Trail Bites” (they’re naturally gluten-free).

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What people are saying about Knik Glacier

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 20 reviews

The whole experience was amazing! The pilot was very informative and the glacial was spectacular. We were also lucky to see while inflight some wildlife. Black bear, mountain goats and moose! ~AJ

Awesome ! Our guides were amazing. Very knowledgeable and super chill. My wife and I had the best time and would def recommend to anyone if they are visiting the area.

It was unbelievable how beautiful this largely untouched nature is. And many thanks to our pilot Bailey who is a true master of his craft. All the best guys 🙏🏻

I have no complaints or negative thoughts about this tour, one of the best I've done in my life, SUPER recommended to do.

Loved our pilot! He was conscientious, funny and respected the environment!