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Get to know Knik Glacier

Knik Glacier is our main playground. Our popular 60 Minute Glacier Landing and Grand Knik Tour land on and in front of Knik Glacier. Landing on the glacier is one of the most popular Alaska adventures and with a good reason. There are so many interesting glacier features and it's almost like standing in a different world. We're lucky to have Knik Glacier right in our backyard.

Here are some interesting facts about Knik Glacier:

  • Located in the Chugach Mountains, Knik Glacier is 25 miles (80 km) long and 5 miles (8 km) wide, and an average of 200 ft thick, which makes it one of the largest glaciers in Southcentral Alaska.

  • Knik Glacier feeds the Kink River which empties into the Knik Arm section of Cook Inlet.

  • It's located about 50 miles north of Anchorage.

  • The term "knik" derives from the Inupiaq word igniq, meaning "fire". The Dena'ina term for Knik River was skitnu, meaning "brush river".

  • There's no road access to the glacier.

  • Knik Glacier is the centerpiece of the 17,000 acres Lake George National Landmark (National Landmark program recognizes over 500 sites in the United States). At the time of its designation, Lake George was the largest glacier-dammed lake and one of the most consistent self-dumping lakes in North America.

Lake George (photo: Juno Kim)

  • Less than a mile away lays the end to another great geographic wonder, the Colony Glacier.

  • Knik Glacier was featured in Star Trek VI. It was the setting for a scene in which Captain Kirk and Dr. McCoy are rescued from the Klingon ice planet prison Rura Penthe.

Rura Penthe from Star Trek VI

  • Knik Glacier was featured as the backdrop for Lauren Daigle's video on her song Rescue.

  • It takes 15 minutes to land on Knik Glacier from our base.

Join us on one of our helicopter glacier tours to witness the wonders of Knik Glacier and Lake George, a National Landmark.

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