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Lake George and Knik Glacier

Seeing a dirty glacier is sorta’ cool, but exploring Lake George and the Knik Glaciers’ ice field from a helicopter is next level shenanigans.

Lake George National Park is one of Alaska’s most incredible natural wonders, allowing visitors to explore a pristine wilderness filled with awe-inspiring glaciers doing glacier things. The park is in Southeast Alaska and encompasses over 400,000 acres of rugged terrain. One of the park’s most striking features is its glaciers, some of the largest and most impressive in the world. The glaciers in Lake George National Park are truly breathtaking, and visitors can witness their beauty up close by taking a guided tour or hiking through the park’s stunning landscape.

One of the most popular activities in Lake George National Park is exploring the glaciers that dot the landscape. The park boasts several massive glaciers, including the Mendenhall Glacier, Taku Glacier, and Knik Glacier. Visitors can take a boat tour to get close to the leading edge of a dirty glacier or opt for next-level shenanigans by flying in the world’s smallest helicopter and seeing the incredible ice formations from just a few meters above the ground.

Through the viewfinder

Lake George and Knik Glacier Uncensored

Taking off from the heliport, a short 20-minute flight takes you to the heart of the pristine ice fields of the Knik Glacier. The pilot landed the helicopter on the 700′ thick sheet of the most iridescent turquoise blue ice I’ve ever seen! We were miles from people, sitting on a sheet of ice that was continually moving, doing glacier-like things.

There are unconfirmed reports that landing in the ice fields is prohibited. I have yet to confirm this; however, if you visit the ice fields and have the opportunity to land on a glacier – YOU SHOULD!

The glaciers are an essential part of the park’s ecosystem, providing fresh water for plants and animals and helping maintain the delicate balance of the natural world.

In addition to its impressive glaciers, Lake George National Park is home to a wide range of other natural wonders. The park features pristine forests, crystal-clear lakes, and stunning mountain peaks perfect for hiking, fishing, and wildlife watching. Visitors can spot bears, wolves, and bald eagles in their natural habitats or take in the breathtaking scenery surrounding them.

Vising the Lake George National Park and glaciers is a great summer activity. Unfortunately, I visited in early October, which wasn’t an optimal time for flightseeing, but it did yield a spectacular but short-lived view of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). I made a few attempts to do a helicopter flightseeing tour; however, my first few attempts were foiled by heavy fog, snow flurries, wind, or a combination of all three. Alaska’s topography and shitty weather doesn’t make flightseeing an easy activity outside of Summer.

Everything you need to know before you visit Lake George and Knik Glacier

CURRENT WEATHER

3 C
/ 37 F

overcast clouds

AIR QUALITY

3

Good

GPS COORDINATIONS

61.6298, -149.8134

HIGH SEASON (MOST EXPENSIVE)

June – August

LOW SEASON (LEAST EXPENSIVE)

September – May

TIME SPENT

2-4 Hours

LOCAL CURRENCY

United States Dollar (USD)

CLOSEST AIRPORT

ANC

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