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From Anchorage: Matanuska Glacier Full-Day Tour

Product ID: 25493
Travel to the Matanuska Glacier, the largest glacier accessible by road in Alaska, on a day trip from Anchorage. Experience the awesome vistas of the Glenn Highway, ride onto the ice in a sled, and enjoy lunch at a rustic lodge overlooking the glacier.
About this activity
Duration: 8 hours
Starting time 8:30 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pickup included

Please be at the main entrance unless otherwise notified.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Drive across the Alaskan wilderness and take in the views from along the Glenn Highway
  • Spend a day experiencing this unique wintery ecosystem
  • Walk on the 27-mile (43 kilometer) long Matanuska Glacier
  • Ride in a sled pulled behind a snow machine to the blue ice
  • Learn about one of the most studied glaciers on earth
  • Enjoy awesome vistas of the Matanuska Valley between the Talkeenta Mountains and the Chugach Range
  • Dine on comfort foods during a lunch at a rustic lodge
Full description
Experience the beauty and awe of the Matanuska Glacier on a full-day trip from Anchorage. Drive the Glenn Highway up the Matanuska Valley along the Matanuska River. The glacier is 100 miles (161 kilometers) from Anchorage, so there are vast open vistas to enjoy along the way when the weather is clear.

At the glacier office, check in, and take advantage of the warm, indoor restrooms before heading out. Then drive to the glacier house, where the initial view of the glacier is breathtaking. There you will load onto the sleds and enjoy a slow, safe ride out to the magnificent blue ice, a trip that lasts for 2 hours.

After you leave the glacier, the lunch spot is seconds away. Glacier burgers, grilled ham and cheese, hot chocolate, and other comfort foods are on the menu. Relax and take a nap with the background of Alaskan music or chat on the way back to Anchorage.

This tour is a full eight hours and operates snow or shine. If the weather in Anchorage is poor, the area near the glacier is usually acceptable. Other tours may say they are an experience of a lifetime, but this one truly is.
Includes
  • All entry fees
  • Glacier safety equipment (ice cleats, helmets, poles)
What’s Not Included
  • Winter gear
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • Children under 9 years

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
Not allowed
  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
Know before you go
A liability release is required for this tour.

Remember to dress warmly, bringing a hat, gloves, jacket, socks, and boots. There are several stores located in Anchorage where gear is available for purchase. In summer, dress in layers and be prepared for rain.
Customer reviews
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5 November 2019

excellent experience! wonderful tour guide, both driver and on the glacier. hike was a but more strenuous than expected but still very doable. ride there and back very comfortable.

17 October 2019

Good guide, well organized tour.

The waking tour was perfect, all arrangement was OK. Nevertheless, there was a certain surprise as a sleds ride tour was offered.

3 May 2017

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Product ID: 25493