Meet your guide at 8AM for the scenic 2-hour drive through the mountains to Matanuska Glacier for an Ice Walk Adventure! On the way you will pass through downtown Anchorage and learn about the history of the city, founded in 1915 as headquarters of the Alaska Railroad. The Dena’ina Athabascan people of the region have lived here for over 1000 years. As you depart the city you will pass Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and the bedroom communities of Eagle River and Chugiak before you pass the Dena’ina village of Eklutna. Crossing the Knik River, you will leave the “Muni” and enter the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, larger than the state of Connecticut. A stop at a grocery store in the charming town of Palmer allows you to purchase food & drinks for lunch and snacks for the drive. The Glenn Highway Scenic Byway winds along the mighty Matanuska River as it winds from the glacier to Cook Inlet. The river separates the Chugach Mountains to the south and the Talkeetna Mountains to the north.
Upon arrival at Matanuska Glacier your guides will instruct you in using ice cleats for secure footing on the ice, and your Ice Walk adventure will be underway. Marvel at the spectacular formations, crevasses and seracs, the ice caves and the deep blue color, created as thousand-year-old ice carves its way 27 miles, from nearly 13,000 feet elevation to the toe of the glacier at less than 500 feet above sea level.
Your guide will return you to Anchorage in the comfort of our private vehicle, where you will be free to choose your dining and entertainment options in this vibrant city.
Dates: 9/15/2021 – 4/5/2022
Booking minimum: 4
Hotel pick up/ drop off
Knowledgeable glacier guide
Glacier access fee