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Knik Glacier: Our most recommended tours and activities

Palmer: Glacier Dogsled & Helicopter Tour

1. Palmer: Glacier Dogsled & Helicopter Tour

Soar over Alaska on a spectacular helicopter ride above glaciers and icebergs. Search the skyline for moose, black bears, Dall sheep and mountain goats. Land on a glacier snow field and enjoy a whole hour with Alaskan sled dogs and their mushers who live here all summer long. Take the dog team for an exhilarating dogsled ride through snow, surrounded by amazing scenery. Overboots so your shoes stay dry, extra jackets and warm gear can be provided. Stand on the runners and mush your own dog team, or sit on the sled and let the mushers run the team. The length of this tour makes it perfect for any traveler. After the dogsled tour, meet the canine athletes that pulled your sled, listen to stories about running sled dog races of over a 1,000 miles long, meet the puppies and take pictures with your favorite dogs. After your dogsled experience, the helicopter will fly over the lower glaciers where you can see the blue melt pools and the crevasses on your way back to the lodge.

Anchorage: Knik Glacier Helicopter Tour with Landing

2. 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.

Anchorage: Grand Knik Glacier Helicopter Tour with Landings

3. Anchorage: Grand Knik Glacier Helicopter Tour with Landings

Experience the stunning beauty of Alaska by helicopter ride with three different landing spots. Pass over Lake George, watch for wildlife, and realize the scale of the glacier ice wall. Take half an hour at each landing site to explore and snap photos. Fly up from Knik and capture areal views of Alaska. Take in the natural beauty of Lake George, awarded as a Natural Landmark. Scouer the valley floor, look for moose, and witness just how big everything is up North. Soar over an alpine meadow and capture a birds-eye view of the massive Knik glacier below. Spot bears foraging along the hillsides, moose roaming in the snow, and Dall sheep keeping warm among the elements. Dropdown for the last landing at the azure-colored melt pools. See the deep blue ice, and learn about the life cycle of glaciers and their importance to life all over the globe. Explore the glacier with your guide before heading back to the Knik.

Anchorage: Knik Glacier Helicopter and Paddleboarding Tour

4. 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.

Anchorage: Knik Helicopter Flight and Packrafting Tour

5. Anchorage: Knik Helicopter Flight and Packrafting Tour

Feed your adventurous heart on this combo helicopter and river packrafting trip from Knik. Ride a helicopter to a remote location near the confluence of three different glaciers, then land to packraft in your very own inflatable raft. All the gear you need for a safe adventure is included. Meet your guide and hop on board the helicopter to prepare for take-off. After a scenic ride, you’ll be dropped off at a remote location in the mountains where you can fully the silence and serenity of the Alaskan landscape. At the base of the mountains, receive all the necessary gear to complete your class 1 float adventure in an inflatable raft. No rafting experience is necessary, and your guides will be equipped with swift water safety and rescue gear. The float trip will take you down a remote river between three different glaciers in the South Central Alaska region. Enjoy a calm float while searching for wildlife and taking in the mountainous views of Alaska. Once you have reached your destination miles downstream from the start, the helicopter will be there to pick you up to return to the take-off location. 

Anchorage: Knik Glacier Helicopter and Ice Climbing Tour

6. 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.

Knik: Helicopter and Rock Climbing Tour

7. Knik: Helicopter and Rock Climbing Tour

Take this wonderful opportunity to experience a 4-hour adventure, a truly unique experience that combines the splendour of a helicopter ride and the thrill of rock climbing in a private location. For the highest level of safety, your guides will be providing top rope climbing only. The equipment provided will be shoes, a helmet, harness, rope, and chalk. Your guides will spend time teaching you the basics of rock climbing and support you while you fight gravity on glacially carved cliff bands with expansive views of the Knik and Colony glaciers. If you have been interested in a new challenging activity, this will be the most scenic place to learn to climb. Those with novice, moderate, or advanced climbing skills will deeply enjoy this adventure.

Anchorage: Knik Glacier Helicopter and Hiking Adventure Tour

8. Anchorage: Knik Glacier Helicopter and Hiking Adventure Tour

Feed your adventurous heart on this round-trip helicopter ride and hiking tour from Anchorage. Explore the lush Alaskan wilds from the sky and on land, including the Chugach Range, Knik Glacier, Lake George, and more. Enjoy a flexible trip that can be customized to your interests. Start your trip by considering the best location for your hike and the itinerary with your guide. There are dozens of incredible high-alpine locations that are ideally suited for heli-hiking. Your guide will be there to help satisfy your interests. After deciding on your ideal hiking experience, you’ll board the helicopter and be whisked to the location. Upon arrival, your guide will help you out of the helicopter, which will then zip back to the lodge. Complete silence will quickly surround you. From here, take in the one-of-a-kind scenery and go explore with your guide. You’ll be traveling in a group size that ensures an optimum wilderness experience with a minimized human impact. This tour is all about you, so ask when you would like to stop, take a break, snap some pictures, or run up the ridge to see what is back there ─ more mountains and glaciers, but go for it. Your guide will be perfectly happy taking it easy and waiting with you for the perfect light, that cloud to move into position, or for wildlife to get just a bit closer, all while looking out for your safety. At the end of your adventure on land, you’ll return round-trip to the take-off location. 

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What people are saying about Knik Glacier

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 6 reviews

A wonderful experience. excellent service. the helicopter pilot is courteous and professional. Unique views and the dog sledding and handlers are exceptional. 100% recommended.

The tour is Very much interesting. Landscape view is very beautiful.