Located on the northern edge of Alaska’s Chugach Mountains, the Knik Glacier is a spectacular sight to behold. This National Natural Landmark is one of the largest glaciers in southcentral Alaska and is surrounded by snow-covered peaks and waterfalls. With several tour companies operating in the area, visitors can explore the ice field by helicopter, jet boat, airboat, or even packraft. Here are some of our favorite Knik Glacier tours.
Top 4 Knik Glacier Tours
1. Helicopter Tours
To see the glacier from above, book a flightseeing tour with the Knik River Lodge. The Lodge has a helicopter right on site and offers 60, 75, and 90-minute tours of the glacier. Trips are available year-round and include an awesome glacier landing. Be sure to check out the blue melt pools in the summer and icebergs in the winter!
The Knik River Lodge also offers a tour of Lake George from May to September. This trip includes a helicopter flight over the glacier as well as a three-hour stay at the lake. After your tour, head to the Lodge’s brand new restaurant and fuel up with a delicious meal.
2. Airboat Rides
Knik Glacier Tours is another fantastic tour company that provides half and full-day trips to the glacier. Your adventure begins with a cross-country ride in a monster truck before a fully-enclosed airboat takes you up the Knik River. Once you arrive at the mighty glacier, your guide will set up a spotting scope and help you search the surrounding mountains for wildlife.
3. Photography Tours
Photographers always want to know the best time for lighting on the glacier. That’s why Knik Glacier Tours offers guided photography tours from June to September! As the midnight sun swings north, the sunset will be at the end of the Knik Valley and will light up the glacier perfectly. Evening is also the best time to spot wildlife on hot summer days. Keep your camera ready!
4. Packrafting Adventures
Guests can experience the spectacular Knik River Valley on a packrafting adventure with Alaska Hiking and Packrafting. You’ll hike nine miles to the glacier, then inflate your rafts and ferry across the Knik River. At the glacier’s terminal lake, you’ll stop on the moraine to enjoy the scenery before floating back to Hunter Creek. It’s a fun, relaxing, and unforgettable way to experience the Alaskan wilderness!
Tip: For those seeking a little less hiking, Alaska Hiking and Packrafting allows guests to catch one of Knik Glacier Tours’ airboats for the trip to the glacier. You can explore the area before floating back via packraft.
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For unparalleled lodging near the Knik Glacier, look no further than Alaska Garden Gate in Palmer. We offer private guest cottages, luxury apartments, and economical inn rooms to satisfy every kind of traveler. Many of our accommodations feature stunning mountain views, and each comes with a hearty buffet breakfast in the summer and a continental breakfast in the winter. Visit our accommodations page to see what’s available and contact us today to make your reservations! We look forward to having you.
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