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Ice planet

About 50 miles north of Anchorage, just outside the small town of Palmer, Knik Glacier Tours* have their Base Camp, from there, on the River Knik, six of us sail upstream in an air-boat to Inner Lake George. This glacier lake measures more than 15 square miles and is filled with icebergs and ice floes that have broken off the Knik Glacier. Knik Glacier is a 28 miles long and 5 miles wide living ice mass, making its way down from the ice fields of the Chugach mountains some 10,000 feet up. The rest of the valley is filled with enormous quantities of ice from the Colony Glacier and Lake George Glacier.Our very experienced skipper and guide, Tom Fausset, expertly manoeuvers the air-boat between the icebergs and moors at Glacier Camp. Tom is one of the few skippers who offers trips from the Base Camp to the Glacier between mid May and mid September.From Glacier Camp we go on a one and a half hour long walk along the banks of the glacier lake.The view of the ice landscape here is so vast that it is beyond description. To get a more accurate impression of the actual size of the area, we ask Tom what the distances are to the end of the glaciers. From this point to the edge of Knik Glacier (left photo) it’s about 1,9 miles and to Colony Glacier it’s easily 8 miles!

Colony Glacier (left) and Lake George Glacier

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