If there is one thing we hear over and over from our guests it is this: “The Glacier Landing on Mt. McKinley was the highlight of our Alaska Vacation!”
We find it very interesting why so many different people, from different countries, genders, all religions, any interest or age group can all come up with the same word to describe their feelings about landing on the glaciers of Denali National Park:
After all the years of watching the expressions and listening to the enthusiasm, we’d like to pass their advice on to you – Add a landing if you can, it’s worth every penny.
How is it different from Juneau… Or, Seward…. Or any other glacier on the planet? No other glacier that you will stand on in Alaska places you right next to the greatest vertical relief on the planet. The sense of scale you feel in this place is indefinable, inexplicable and incomparable to any other place. So, it’s not so much about “the glacier”, it is about the place, the beauty and the sense of scale you can begin to understand…
The National Park Service has awarded Talkeetna Air Taxi a concession for landing on the glaciers of Denali National Park. There are a number of different glaciers that we land on, including (but not limited to): Ruth, Kahiltna, Pika and Eldridge glaciers. Where we land is always up to the pilot and is dependent on conditions. Talkeetna Air Taxi is known throughout the Alaska community as the “glacier landing company”. Paul Roderick has pioneered almost all the newer glacier landing sites in Denali Park for the previous decade. We land on more glaciers than any other company in the world!
All you need to enjoy the excitement of standing among the great peaks is a light jacket, sunglasses and long pants. We provide the gore-tex over boots (kind of like galoshes, only better) that will keep your shoes dry. Enjoy the sun, snow and the unique sounds of the glacier. Bring lots of film or lots of space on your memory card, you will need it!
A glacier landing takes an additional 30 minutes (the landing and take off is 15 minutes and your time on the glacier is 15 minutes) and can be added to any tour for $85 per person. A $10 per individual entrance fee for Denali National Park & Preserve glacier landings is due at the time of your flight. If you have a “National Parks Pass” you are covered. You can purchase a National Parks Pass here in our office.
If you are joining one of the Denali National Park Bus trips within seven days of your glacier landing trip with us, your entrance fee is covered.