Knik Glacier Landing
Our signature flightseeing and glacier landing tour, available in three different versions. All tours include a glacier landing right in the middle of Knik Glacier, where you can get out of the helicopter and spend about 30 minutes exploring ice thousands of years old with your pilot/guide. See the azure blue melt pools, crevasses and the bizarre ice formations created by water, wind and the sun.
Three Great Options to Choose From
60 minute tour – Best Value
The 60 minute tour departs from our Chugach Adventure Base (April – September) and takes you over the Knik river & glacier through the Great Gorge towards Whiteout Glacier, Colony Glacier and Lake George. We almost always see moose, mountain goats, bands of Dall sheep and often times bears.
75 minute tour – Most popular
The 75 minute tour is our most popular version as it includes everything you see on the 60 minute tour but adds more time to explore around Mount Gannet, Lake George Glacier or the upper Knik, depending on weather that day.
120 minute tour – Available Year Round
This tour departs from our base in downtown Anchorage and is available year round. This tour shows you all the scenery along the way: Ship Creek, Eklutna Lake, plus the glaciers that you see on the shorter tours. More time in the air means more changes for wildlife. Great tour option in the winter months with the orange and purple light over the glaciers!
* Tours departing from the Knik River Valley base have transfers available from select Anchorage locations for $49 per person round trip for our 10:15am, 12:30pm and 4:00pm departure times. The transfers can be booked online when you book your tour. Please refer to our FAQs page for detailed pickup information, or contact us for more information.
- Flight over the majestic Chugach Range, Whiteout Glacier, and landing on Knik Glacier
- Birds eye views of glacial crevasses, moulins, glacial rivers and water falls
- Land right on the glacier, and explore on foot with your pilot / guide
- Fly down the Great Gorge or the Knik, awarded National Landmark status for it’s beauty
- Longer flight time means more chance of seeing wildlife!
Take a look at some of our most recent photos from this tour.
This is a splurge but definitely worth it. The glacier was truly an amazing sight. Our helicopter pilot Pam was great! She landed on the glacier and took some photos of our family. Thank you to Bridget for recommending we go to Hatcher’s Pass while in the area. It made for a great day.
Nature this grand is majestic and awesome. Seeing it from a helicopter and from the surface of the glacier is indescribable. Evan was a gracious pilot and guide for our adventure. This was an experience of a lifetime and I highly recommend it. Knik Lodge was an easy drive from Anchorage with more beautiful scenery. Just do it!
This was hands down the best experience we’ve had in Alaska. We did the glacier tour with landing. Our pilot was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He explained what we were seeing - from why the ice is blue to moulins and more! Walking on the Knik Glacier was surreal. Highly recommend.
Highlight of our trip!
It was our last day in Alaska and decided to try this excursion after several failed attempts at a small plane landing near Denali. Stopped at the office by the airport and we were lucky to get a 12:30 flight for 4. We did go to the lodge which is about an hour away but again we were very happy to be accommodated at the last minute. It was a beautiful sunny day. Our pilot was Pam, she was very sensitive to the fact that one of us (me) was apprehensive about our first helicopter flight. The trip to and from the glacier was very smooth. We landed next to a Glacier Pool and had time to wander around the glacier. Quite simply, it was magical! What an awesome experience. I can't recommend this trip highly enough!
"By far the highlight of the trip"
Our Alaska trip has included bear watching, rafting, a train ride, a day cruise and many activities, but the helicopter landing on the glacier was by far the highlight of the trip. There are not enough superlatives to describe walking on Knik glacier. Our pilot, Pablo, was excellent and a perfect guide. Do not miss this!!
"Definitely worth every penny!"
You gotta do this! Some friends and I took the glacier Landing Tour and it was awesome. The views are incredible and Alaska is beautiful from the air. We actually landed on a glacier and walked around. it was like a postcard in every direction. Our helicopter pilot, Jeff Freeman, is a skilled pilot we felt safe with right from the start and the birds are state of the art for private helicopters. Definitely worth every penny!
"What an amazing company!"
OMGosh! What an amazing company! The day before we were to fly out of Anchorage my Dad who is 86 ,Had seen an ad on the Alaska channel for helicopter flights. He asked if my brother, my husband & I would be interested in a helicopter tour. I grabbed some brochures from the hotel as we were on our way to Whittier for a glacier cruise. I called a couple companies who were on phone mail &/or couldnt return my call til after 7pm or we're booked til the end of July. I then called Alaska Helicopter Tours - no phone message, Joel the owner answered the phone. We wanted a flight out of Anchorage for 4 but what was available would have meant we'd be split in 2 groups. He suggested a flight an hour north of Anchorage that would accommodate the 4 of us and would cost less IF we were willing to drive up there & IF he could get it arranged for the next AM. We said "yes" & he text later with a time that worked for us & a price we couldn't refuse! (Thanks, Joel!)
This was so last minute for us & they were great at getting this arranged on such a short notice & allowing payment the next AM. We arrived a few minutes before our expected time. Pablo was our pilot. He was so kind to my dad helping him in& out of the helicopter, applying cleats to his shoes, got him a heavier coat to wear & took several pictures with our cameras. He allowed us plenty of time on the glacier & in the air. Pablo was very knowledgeable & seemed to enjoy his job.He even gave my dad a nice gift at the end of the flight! Thank you, Pablo!
Thanks to this whole company who had prompt & polite service. My Dad is 86, he never thought he'd have a chance to go to Alaska much less take a helicopter flight & walk on a glacier. He was so happy to have the experience - & I was very happy with the service provided!
Thanks again, Joel, Pablo, Doc & Nora!
"Truly made this trip to Alaska special"
Lief was our pilot. He went over and beyond to try and find moose, bears. We saw both. Even about 8 swans. It was a spectacular trip. The landing on the glacier was Amazing with a capitol A. Truly made this trip to Alaska special.
"My first trip to Alaska one I won't forget!"
I was in Anchorage for a very short time on business and wanted to see the sights. Doc worked with me to get me on a tour on very short notice! My pilot, Leif, was very knowledgeable about the area and a pleasure to spend a couple hours of my day with. Alaska Helicopter Tours made my first trip to Alaska one I won't soon forget!
"One of the most memorable and worthwhile experiences we've had"
My wife had never been to Alaska, so on a recent visit to Anchorage we decided to see some sights and booked a tour with Alaska Helicopter Tours to do a helicopter tour of the Knik Glacier. Doc (Joe) worked with us a week prior to smooth out some issues in our booking and even drove us up to the Knik Lodge to get picked up by the chopper.
Our pilot (John) was amazing, swinging across the landscape to point out mountain goats and sheep on the hills before landing us in an amazing spot on the glacier between two pools of azure blue glacier water. The day was amazingly perfect and we spent a glorious time hiking on the glacier and taking tons of photos (of which both John and Joe were exercising their artistic talents by assisting with photographs).
I'll admit when I booked the tickets, I was slightly apprehensive. The tickets were expensive, I'd never flown in a helicopter, and landing on a glacier seemed somewhat risky...plus, I'm a rather large man (6'5", 350+ lbs). I couldn't have been more mistaken...for it was one of the most memorable and worthwhile experiences we've had. The ride was practically spacious, smooth, and the experience well worth it.
Special thanks to Joe and John for making our day with such an amazing life experience! We'll definitely tell our friends!