Seeing bears in their natural habitat is one of the most thrilling experiences in Alaska. Go with renowned air taxi Natron Air and you’ll safely see bears up close and take a gorgeous flight.
Great Views, and Chats with Your Pilot
This two- to three-hour tour starts by flying out of Soldotna with Natron’s owner and pilot, Tim. He will point out interesting sights and any animals along the way. Natron Air is the only operator that provides headsets to every passenger for ease of listening and talking with the Pilot. 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 photographs even more dramatic.
Glaciers, a Volcano—and Lots of Bears
Up to seven passengers can go at once. You’ll fly for 35-40 minutes over the Cook Inlet towards Mt. Iliamna Volcano and land on a beach, right where the bears are. You’ll watch them playing and clamming and be close enough to take amazing photos. Then you’ll get back in the plane for another scenic flight past two active volcanoes and the gorgeous piercing blue ice of Double Glacier, where you can stare down into its mammoth crevasses. Finish by heading down to the wetlands, where you may get great views of beavers, wolves, moose, black and brown bears, shoreline seals, along with the Cook Inlet oil platforms and refineries before landing back in Soldotna.
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.