Day trip

From Anchorage: Matanuska Glacier Full-Day Tour

4.8 / 5

19 reviews

Activity provider: 907 Tours

From Anchorage: Matanuska Glacier Full-Day Tour

Activity provider: 907 Tours
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From US$ 289 per person

Take a guided day trip from Anchorage to the spectacular Matanuska Glacier! Enjoy awesome views on journey, explore the glacier on a 2-3 mile hike, then enjoy lunch at a lodge overlooking the glacier.

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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 (161 kilometers) 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 up to the trailhead, where the initial view of the glacier is breathtaking. 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. After you leave the glacier, the lunch spot is seconds away. Glacier burgers, salmon salads and sandwiches hot chocolate, and other comfort foods are on the menu. Relax and take a nap or chat on the way back to Anchorage. 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
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 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

4.8 /5

based on 19 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

It takes a really long ride to get to the glacier itself but Lori was fun to talk too, she had lots of facts to share, and once in the glacier, the views were amazing and our tour guy Nick was wild, fun, and knowledgeable

April 2, 2022

Pretty good! Lori is the best guide I have ever met and also a great driver who can drive safe and fast. Although we met some problems due to the platform, we had a pleasant trip to see the incredible and awesome glacier.

December 16, 2021

Product ID: 25493