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Anchorage Grand Knik Glacier Tour

Excursion Overview

An excellent opportunity to see the magic of Alaska's rural wilderness

The tour begins about 50 miles east of Anchorage near the beautiful Knik River.

You'll first fly by helicopter to Lake George, one of the largest glacier-dammed lakes in North America. Here you'll have a good chance to witness the fascinating phenomenon of glacier calving: when huge blocks of ice naturally break off the glacier, often causing a loud cracking sound in the snowy silence. You'll have a half-hour to explore and take photos.

The second landing takes you higher, to an alpine meadow with amazing views of the Knik, Colony, and Cataract Glaciers. On this portion, keep your fingers crossed to see foraging bears, moose, and Dall sheep on the hillside.

The third stop is truly once-in-a-lifetime: your pilot will land the helicopter in the middle of the Knik Glacier! You'll get to see the iconic deep blue glacier ice and melt pools, and learn about how glacier ecology is extremely important to human life all around the world. Here you'll have another half hour to explore!

Important for Checkout - Roundtrip Transportation or Self Drive

Please note: We offer two pricing options. Tickets with roundtrip transportation or self-driving to the Alaska Glacier Lodge located approximately one hour from Anchorage. Detailed meeting instructions will be sent with the address and further instructions.

If you are interested in having roundtrip transportation, please select the passenger ticket "with roundtrip transportation." Pick-up is offered from 13 local hotels. If yours is not listed, we advise selecting the option closest to your accommodations.

Under-Reporting Weight Policy

For safety, scheduling, and comfort reasons, all guests must understand that passenger weights are verified at the time of check-in, and under-reporting the weights of any passenger in this booking may result in an additional charge and/or rescheduling of your tour.

Things You Need to Know


  • Traction overboots and waterproof clothing if needed
  • Expert guided narration
  • 3 separate helicopter landings


  • Minimum of 2 passengers required to book
  • Signed liability waiver (You can sign this on-site during the safety briefing)
  • Appropriate clothing (See FAQ for further detail)
  • Passenger names and weights are required by the FAA for passenger safety and comfort, as well as weight and balance calculations for flight manifesting. Any passenger whose weight is 250 pounds (113 kilograms) or more fully clothed at the time of departure will have a surcharge fee added to the ticket price at the time of booking.
  • Photo I.D. is required for all Adult guests traveling, please have your I.D. with you for check-in.
  • If purchasing roundtrip transportation, pick up is available from the following locations:

    Aloft Anchorage
    Captain Cook Hotel
    Clarion Suites
    Courtyard by Marriott
    Downtown Marriott
    Hilton Hotel
    Holiday Inn Express (Spenard)
    Hyatt House
    Hyatt Place
    Lakefront Hotel
    Four Points by Sheraton Anchorage Downtown

Duration: 2 hours (Departs from the Alaska Glacier Lodge.)

  • 20 minutes - Scenic flight taking off from the Alaska Glacier Lodge
  • 20 minutes - Land near the Ice Wall at Lake George Glacier
  • 20 minutes - Land on an alpine peak for an aerial view of Knik and other glaciers
  • 20 minutes - Fly through the Knik Gorge
  • 20 minutes - Land on the Knik Glacier
  • 20 minutes - Scenic flight back to the Alaska Glacier Lodge

Meeting Instructions:

  • For guests self-driving, this tour meets at the Alaska Glacier Lodge which is at least an hour's drive from downtown Anchorage. For all guests who select a ticket with roundtrip transportation, an email with further meeting instructions and pick-up time will be provided. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is limited mobility and wheelchair accessible. We accommodate all mobility challenged scenarios. We have staff that will assist in getting in and out of the helicopter. Please leave a comment during checkout if accommodations for collapsible equipment will be required on tour.

Refund Policy:

  • You may cancel for any reason up to seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

The pilot balances the helicopter based on the weight and number of passengers. We cannot make any promises for specific seats. If you have a preference, ask the pilot and they will try to accommodate you.

The average temperature is between 15-20°F cooler than on the ground.

In addition to weather-appropriate clothing, we recommend bringing sunglasses and an empty water bottle for collecting glacier water (can be stored under your seat). You're welcome to bring a camera as well. Bags, including purses and camera bags, will not be permitted on the helicopter. Loose straps must be worn around your neck. Any other items you wish to have should be carried in your pockets.

SUMMER: sturdy footwear such as hiking/athletic shoes (no heels or open-toed shoes), wind- and waterproof outerwear, warm layer underneath (wool or fleece), winter hat, thin gloves, and sunglasses.

WINTER: warm winter boots, thick winter jacket, warm later underneath (wool or fleece), winter hat, thick gloves, and sunglasses.

Wildlife is abundant in Alaska and sightings are possible on any tour. Typically we see moose, Dall sheep, mountain goats and sometimes bears depending on the time of year. However, this is not a designated wildlife tour and nothing can be guaranteed.

There are no age restrictions for this tour.

Food and drink are not allowed during this tour.

Lockers and restrooms are available for guests at the Alaska Glacier Lodge. The lockers are free for guests and the on-site staff will be happy to assist in getting you set up with one.


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Duration: 2 hours

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Duration: 2 hours

With roundtrip transportation

Adult (12+): $788.97

With roundtrip transportation

250lbs+ Adult: $938.97

With roundtrip transportation

Child (2-11): $737.47

With roundtrip transportation

Infant (under 2): $0.00

Adult - Self Drive: $719.97

250lbs+ Adult - Self Drive: $869.97

Child (2-11) - Self Drive: $668.47

Infant - Self Drive: $0.00

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