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Matanuska Glacier Hike Day Tour

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10 Hour Duration
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From pick up to drop off.
Roundtrip Transportation
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From Anchorage, in a comfortable and heated van
3-Hour Hike
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Explore the otherworldy landscape with an expert guide
Lunch Stop
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Visit the Long Rifle Lodge. Lunch not included


Are you looking for an unforgettable day of adventure in the remote Alaskan wilderness? Look no further than the Matanuska Glacier hike day tour! This affordable and easy excursion will give you the chance to admire the ever-changing icy beauty of the Matanuska Glacier with the help of a knowledgeable and experienced guide. You'll explore the deep blue crevasses and melt pools of this otherworldly landscape, drink pure glacier water from one of the glacier's many flowing streams of ice melt, and bear witness to the incredible columns of glacial ice. Plus, you'll learn all the basics about glaciers, their life cycle, and their importance to the environment in this fun-packed Matanuska Glacier tour from Anchorage. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to explore the majestic beauty of the Alaskan tundra!

This incredible Matanuska Glacier tour from Anchorage begins with a comfortable pick-up from your hotel in a luxurious Mercedes Sprinter van, complete with large windows for taking in the breathtaking scenery. After a two-hour journey, the majestic ice walls of the glacier will come into view. Upon meeting your professional guides, you will receive a safety briefing and be fitted with all the necessary gear to explore the icy giant. Then, you will be driven to the Ice Falls area, where you can step out and explore the incredible, otherworldly landscape of ancient ice formations.

In total, you'll spend three hours exploring the majestic Matanuska Glacier, walking amongst towering ice walls, ancient ice formations, deep blue pools of freezing-cold water, glacial springs, and other awe-inspiring sights. After your expedition, you'll head over to a lodge overlooking the glacier, where you can savor a warm meal while admiring the glacier's beauty from a completely different perspective before heading back to your hotel. This Matanuska Glacier tour from Anchorage is perfect for those seeking an affordable tour that showcases the grandeur of Alaska's breathtaking glaciers, so don't forget to pack your camera and your sense of adventure and book your place on this incredible expedition.

What's Included

Round Trip Hotel Transportation
Knowledgeable Guides
Light Snacks
Bottled Water
Safety Equipment - Crampons, Helmet, and a Trekking Pole
Admission Fees
Guide Gratuities

Frequently Asked Questions

Are restrooms available?
Restrooms are conveniently located at the entrance of the glacier and at the lunch stop, so we highly recommend taking advantage of them while you have the chance.
What is the Matanuska Glacier hike like?
The glacier hike is approximately two miles and is suitable for most fitness levels. Due to the slippery terrain, you will be outfitted with crampons and traverse the ice at a slow, careful pace. Although the hike is relatively short, it will take approximately three hours to explore the glacier's majestic beauty.
What food options does the Long Rifle Lodge offer?
The Long Rifle Lodge offers an array of delectable sandwiches, burgers, burritos, salads, and vegetarian options. Lunch is not included in the booking fee, and their meals are typically priced around $15. Enjoy a delicious meal in a cozy atmosphere and make this Matanuska Glacier tour even more enjoyable!
Will there be any ice cave exploration on this trip?
No, ice caves aren't common in the area, but don't let that deter you from joining this incredible Matanuska Glacier trip. There are plenty of other awe-inspiring features to explore, and no shortage of breathtaking sights, including the famous ice falls, which your guide will take you to during this excursion.
What's included in this tour? What should I bring?
Your booking includes round-trip transportation from your Anchorage lodgings, expert tour guides, park entrance fees, and all necessary safety and hiking equipment to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. We strongly recommend bringing hiking boots with proper ankle support, tall thick socks - preferably synthetic or wool - long pants, quick-dry clothing (no cotton or jeans), gloves, sunglasses, a hat, and a sturdy rain jacket. Additionally, it is wise to pack a backpack with extra warm layers, a reusable water bottle, and sunscreen. You can bring your own snacks or purchase lunch at an additional cost during our lunch stop for a truly unforgettable experience.
What happens if the weather is bad?
This tour operates rain or shine, so come prepared with proper rain gear even if it's not raining, as Alaskan weather can be unpredictable and can change rapidly with little warning. If the conditions are deemed too hazardous for the hike, we will work to reschedule or provide a refund.
Could I explore Matanuska Glacier on my own?
Joining a guided tour of the Matanuska Glacier is the safest way to experience this natural wonder. Our local guides are highly skilled and trained to ensure your journey is as safe as possible, and your booking also includes crampons, helmets, and other safety equipment to make it easier to traverse the glacier's uneven and slippery terrain. You can rent the safety equipment in Anchorage, but unless you're familiar with the unique glacial terrain and Matanuska's layout, we wouldn't recommend exploring the glacier on your own. You can rent safety equipment in Anchorage, but unless you are familiar with the unique glacial terrain and the layout of Matanuska, we would not recommend exploring the glacier independently. Even experienced adventurers should take caution when navigating the glacier, as its unpredictable terrain can be hazardous. For those looking to explore the glacier, we suggest joining a guided tour to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Know Before You Book

Minimum Age: 8 years old
Children must be 8 years of age to participate.
Small Group Size.
Cancel up to 14-days before the tour for a refund. No refund is available if canceled within 14-days of the tour. If for any reason your tour is canceled, or if your cruise ship's schedule changes, you will receive a refund. Refunds do not include any non-refundable fees. Contact us by phone or email to request a cancellation.

Quick Facts


10h 00min

Guest Rate

Itinerary • 10h 00min • 4 activities

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Take in the sights and chat with your guide on your way to the Matanuska Glacier from Anchorage.

2 hours
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Spend three whole hours exploring the icy landscapes of the Matanuska Glacier.

3 hours
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Heat up with a warm lunch in a lodge overlooking the glacier (for purchase).

1 hour
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Kick back, relax, and take in the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness as you head back to Anchorage.

2 hours