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Knik Glacier: 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.

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 Area: ATV or UTV Off-Road Adventure Tour

3. Anchorage Area: ATV or UTV Off-Road Adventure Tour

The Knik River Valley is an off-roader's dream and is located just 45 minutes north of Anchorage. Ride halfway up the Knik River Trail, over silt dunes, through water crossings, and along forest trails. If the weather permits, you'll also see Knik Glacier in the distance. For your ride, choose a single-rider ATV or a 2-seat side-by-side (UTV). Embark on an adventure covering about 20 miles of trail. This tour is designed for people who want a spectacular ride, but don't have time to tackle the full trail. Head up Knik River Trail and take on the bumpy terrain of silt dunes, water crossings, and forest trails. All the while, marvel at spectacular views even of Knik Glacier in the distance.

Anchorage: Grand Knik Glacier Helicopter Tour with Landings

4. 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 Hiking Adventure Tour

5. 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. 

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.

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What people are saying about Knik Glacier

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 19 reviews

Awesome! Landed next to Lake George glacier wall, then an overlook over Colony glacier (with edible blueberries on the ground), then on the Knik glacier, walked on it using crampons, and drinking some glacier water. Helicopter can carry up to 3 passengers which was perfect for my family of 3. Christian was our pilot and he was awesome with flying, knowledge, and taking pics for us. Of course I was concerned about the price, but have no regrets after doing it. Definite must do!

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

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

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

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