Getting off the grid is, for many people, the best way to experience Alaskan wilderness, and Natron Air lets you do that with both comfort and excellent service.
Great Visuals Plus Audio
Based out of Soldotna and serving the Kenai Peninsula, Natron has just one pilot—owner Tim—but every passenger gets a headset for both listening to and talking with the pilot—a rarity among air taxis. Tim flies a new GA-8 AirVan, which seats up to seven and is certified to the highest FAA safety standards; each seat with a "bubble" style window that makes your view (and photographs) even more dramatic.
You have a couple flightseeing options, both of which last about one hour and 15 minutes, as well as a bear viewing option:
Ice Field and Fjords
You’ll fly over Skilak Lake then up the Skilak Glacier to the awe-inspiring Harding Ice Field, which has 40 glaciers sprawled over its 300 square miles. Weather permitting, you’ll get to traverse the ice fields and descend into the Kenai Fjords, where huge glaciers hang from cliffs and calve into deep bays. Keep an eye out for mountain goats, sheep, caribou, moose, and bears.
Glaciers and a Volcano
A dramatic tour from the Cook Inlet oil platforms straight to the Mount Redoubt Volcano. You’ll then fly down the gorgeous piercing blue ice of Double Glacier, where you can stare down into its mammoth crevasses. You’ll finish by heading down to the wetlands, where you may get great views of beavers, wolves, moose, black and brown bears, shoreline seals and sea otters.
Bears of Cook Inlet
You’ll go over the Cook Inlet oil platforms, past two active volcanoes (Mt. Redoubt and Mt. Iliamna), and over the bays and estuaries of Cook Inlet. There’s a beach landing where you can stretch your legs and take a few pictures of the bears in their natural environment. You’ll see a lot of bears—and perhaps also beavers, wolves, moose and sea otters.
Add in an extra element of fun and take the tour in the Widgeon! Tim's Widgeon (named the Ol' Nothin' for Nothin') served in WWII with the Pacific Fleet rescuing Airmen that were shot down or crashed into the ocean. This flight includes a water landing where you'll take pictures of bears in their natural environment, just like the beach landing tour.