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From Anchorage: Matanuska Glacier Full-Day Tour

4.8 / 5

16 reviews

From Anchorage: Matanuska Glacier Full-Day Tour

From US$ 256 per person

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

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Covid-19 precautions
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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 8 participants


  • 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.
  • All entry fees
  • Glacier safety equipment (ice cleats, helmets, poles)
  • Winter gear
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • Children under 9 years
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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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 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

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 16 reviews

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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

October 9, 2021

Lori was excellent and knowledgeable!

October 5, 2021

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