Knik River, Anchorage: Our most recommended tours and activities

Anchorage Area: Helicopter and Glacier Dogsled Tour

1. Anchorage Area: Helicopter and Glacier Dogsled 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 snowfield 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 dog sled 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 the dog sled experience, take a helicopter ride over the lower glaciers where you can see the blue melt pools and the crevasses on your way back to the lodge.

From Anchorage: Scenic Drive and Guided Musk Ox Farm Tour

2. From Anchorage: Scenic Drive and Guided Musk Ox Farm Tour

Take a drive from Anchorage as you set out to explore the historic Musk Ox Farm nestled amongst the Chugach and Talkeetna Mountains. Marvel at scenic views as you drive up the Knik Arm towards the pastoral Matanuska Valley. On the way, listen as your guide shares fun facts about the area. Once you arrive at the farm, join an expert guide on a 45-minute walking tour. Learn about the farm's 60-year legacy and discover more about the history of musk oxen, their sustainable domestication, and the benefits of musk ox farming in the region. Called Oomingmak or "bearded one" by the Inupiaq people in Arctic Alaska, this Ice Age mammal once roamed the earth alongside wooly mammoths and saber-toothed tigers. Today, the oxen are used to produce an annual harvest of qiviut, the finest wool in the world. At the end of your farm tour, hop back into the van and take the scenic road back to Downtown Anchorage.

Anchorage: Knik Glacier Packrafting for Beginners Adventure

3. Anchorage: Knik Glacier Packrafting for Beginners Adventure

Conveniently located around the bend from Anchorage lies the Knik valley, home to the Knik Glacier and River. This tour includes a hike up the braided Knik River to the terminus of the Knik Glacier, where we will stop for lunch before blowing up our packrafts and assembling our gear for a float around Knik's terminus lake. After we are done floating around and observing the natural processes of the glacier, we will paddle the Knik River to the Old Knik River bridge where we will take out and meet our shuttle back to our starting point. This is a classic Alaskan tour and great for those who want to learn more about hiking and packrafting in Alaska. Hiking and paddling are two activities that go well together with the use of ingenuitive packrafts. Our hiking route will follow the braided Knik River up to the glacier. On our hike we will have an open view of the mountains that surround this valley. The micro climate of this valley is unique in that it sits in what is called a rain shadow, meaning, a small amount of precipitation falls here. This means it is not uncommon to have clear skies and great views for photography and observing the mountain landscapes. It is common to see Moose, Black bears, and Dall Sheep. The braided river provides us with a natural route that will include low level river crossings and very little bushwhacking. Braided rivers are often preferred features for hiking and trekking off trail in Alaska because of their open views and relatively flat and easy terrain. Do keep in mind the route is not a maintained trail and we will be walking over river rocks so proper footwear is required. Packrafts are incredible boats that are great for both floating flat water and paddling white water. They are small and packable for the hiking portion of the trip and you will receive instruction on how to assemble and maneuver your boat as we float around the lake. You will receive your backpack and packraft package upon arrival to Knik Glacier Tours where our trip will start. Safety is our first priority and you will be given a safety talk with rules for safely observing the ice and paddling the river. The river is rated beginner, Class I/II. This trip will be offered daily throughout the summer and has many different variations to accommodate you.

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What people are saying about Knik River, Anchorage

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 10 reviews

The staff notified in a timely manner that the dog sledding part was not going to be possible due to bad weather and it is excellent thinking of the client's safety, however the passage by helicopter and to the glacier was possible and the attention and explanation of safety and the Shine pilot were excellent. The kindness of the pilot was very nice and his explanations on the flight and on the glacier were extraordinary. They provided us with a device for special footwear to walk on the glacier. The tour on the glacier was excellent, I 100% recommend this tour!

This was amazing, suggest planning it towards the end of your trip so it is a highlight. Dogs run in the Iditarod!

Amazing tour, you get to see up close some incredible and cool prehistoric looking animals

Me and my family really like it the pilot was perfect and all of the stuff

Great flight + pilot, musher Ben as well. A unique experience!!