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From Anchorage: Matanuska Glacier Full-Day Tour

4.9 / 5

27 reviews

Activity provider: 907 Tours

From Anchorage: Matanuska Glacier Full-Day Tour

Activity provider: 907 Tours

From US$ 289 per person

Take a guide trip from Anchorage to the spectacular Matanuska Glacier. Enjoy awesome views, explore the glacier, take epic photos, and make fantastic memories.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Please be at the main entrance unless otherwise notified.
Small group
Limited to 12 participants


  • Drive through wild Alaska on the spectacular Glenn Highway
  • Spend a day experiencing the unique glacier ecosystem
  • Walk on the 27-mile (43 kilometer) long Matanuska Glacier
  • Learn about one of the most studied glaciers on earth
  • In Winter, enjoy a gentler hike by riding in a snow machine sled to the glacier
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 from Anchorage, so there are vast open vistas to enjoy along the way when the weather is clear.

Check-in at the Glacier Park office and take advantage of the indoor restrooms before heading up to the trailhead. Drive to the initial view of the breathtaking glacier. Collect your safety equipment - ice spikes/crampons for your shoes year-round plus helmets in the summer.

Then head out with an experienced glacier guide. In winter (late November through April) you will load onto sleds and enjoy a slow, safe snow machine ride out to the magnificent blue ice. In summer (May through early November) experience a longer, more strenuous hike.

Go home with a suite of epic photos and fantastic memories. This tour is a full eight-plus hours and operates snow or shine. If the weather in Anchorage is poor, the area near the glacier is often better. Other tours may say they'll deliver an experience of a lifetime, but this one truly does.

  • All entry fees
  • Glacier safety equipment (ice cleats, helmets, poles)
  • Light snacks and bottled water
  • Educational and entertaining guided experience.
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities ($10-$20 per person, per guide is customary)
  • Appropriate footwear - sturdy, waterproof (ideally) shoes in Summer (May through October), warm, waterproof boots in Winter (November through April)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years
  • People with back problems
  • People with low level of fitness
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
  • High-heeled shoes

Know before you go

  • A liability release is required for this tour.
  • Remember to dress in layers. In Winter this means bringing a hat, gloves, jacket, socks, and boots. There are several stores located in Anchorage where gear is available for purchase. In summer, a wind and rain-proof jacket and sturdy, waterproof shoes are recommended.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 27 reviews

Review summary

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An absolute highlight during our five days in Anchorage. With Lori we had a great guide. Very nice and willing to help, lots of information about the country and its people. The glacier tour was awesome. Equipped with spikes and a helmet, we climbed the glacier in a total of three hours. An absolute recommendation!

June 25, 2022

From the reservation to the final drop off, 907 was first rate. Lori, our driver communicated with us and was punctual for pick-up. The van was comfortable and had 9 passengers. ON our drive to Matanuska Glacier, Lori told us about Anchorage, the history, and the people and lifestyle of the residents. We had a brief rest stop in Palmer with the final stop at the glacier. Once we were given helmets and poles, we were on our way to the most amazing adventure I have experienced. The guide was informative, personable, and helpful when needing assistance to navigate some of the steep, icy trails. Lori also helped to make sure everyone in the group was safe and enjoying themselves. This was a definite unforgetable experience that I would highly recommend for your family. Matanuska glacier is amazing!

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June 17, 2022

The trip itself was very good. Very beautiful landscapes although few stops to take photos. The glacier is not big and the walk only lasts less than 2 hours and it is relatively only on some shores with small climbs, even so it is a beautiful experience and very good photos. The equipment they give you is very efficient for your walk and avoid dangers. The bus and hike guides are excellent. I think it is expensive for the.expectation. The same is the car journey and the.rato.d3 walk. And they stop you to eat on your own for one hour included in the time of the tours The equipment they give you to walk

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July 19, 2021

Product ID: 25493