Day Three: Hatcher Pass & Knik Glacier
WASILLA: Rise & Shine, as the midnight sun never sets! Continental breakfasts will be available for you begin your day. Today experience spectacular views of Hatcher’s Pass and the Independence Gold Mine, built in the early 1900’s. Here you will share in the history of the mine, as well as flora & fauna of the area. A perfect opportunity to photograph water cascades with a beautiful background story as well as enjoying the opportunity to hike on your own, taking pictures of the alpine flowers and scenic mountain views. Keep an eye out for wildlife. Marmots dot the area and fill it with life, as well as red fox, cross fox and an occasional moose. At noon, lunch stop will be provided at an area restaurant (meal on your own).
PALMER: This afternoon’s adventure will take you aboard an airboat ride to Lake George, the base of Knik Glacier. Lake George, an ice dammed lake was once responsible for floods of cataclysmic proportions. Knik Glacier, 28 miles long, 6 miles wide, and over 1000 feet thick, is one of Alaska’s grandest natural attractions. Knik Glacier, born in the Pleistocene Glaciations period (the beginning of the Ice Age) 600,000 years ago, covered the Anchorage bowl and the entire Cook Inlet. While it remains active, motion imperceptible to the naked eye, this glacier is in a constant state of change. Photographers love this remote wilderness experience to view icebergs the size of houses as well as the grandeur of the panoramic views of the three glaciated mountains! Overnight again at your Wasilla accommodations.
View our preferred accommodations for this area:
Palmer Wasilla Mat-Valley Lodging