Spencer Glacier Hike with Kayaking from Girdwood

Ride the Alaska Railraod from Girdwood to Spencer Lake trail for a guided paddle and glacier adventure.

  • Starting at: $379 / per person
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Departure Time: Daily at 12:00pm
  • Dates: May 27 - September 15, 2017
  • Physical Activity: This is a strenuous activity and previous kayaking and hiking experience is recommended. Participants must be prepared for several hours of moderate activity. You will be asked to fill out a waiver form before departure.
  • Child Age: 13 year old minimum

Tour Overview

This day tour from Girdwood allows visitors to experience beautiful scenery, blue icebergs and a majestic glacier after riding the iconic Alaska Railroad. Transfer from Girdwood to the Portage train station and after a short but scenic train ride, arrive at Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop aboard the Alaska Railroad. After a short one mile van ride and a safety briefing you will get be outfitted in personal flotation device (PFD’s) and kayak spray skirt. Kayak across the Spencer Lake about 1.5 miles (about 1 hour) and enjoy outstanding views of the glacier and icebergs floating in the lake. After landing the kayaks, a short walk gains access onto the glacier. Before the glacier hike adventure starts, get a safety briefing and outfitted with helmets and crampons. For the next two to three hours you will explorer the glacier and amazing ice features including crevasses, ice caves, moulins, and more. Experienced glacier guides provide information on local wildlife, history and glaciology. Return to the Spencer Whistle Stop by kayak and van and then travel on the train back to Girdwood.

Please note this tour operates in ALL weather.

What's Included

  • Roundtrip transfers from Girdwood
  • Services of knowledgeable guides
  • Kayak with all gear
  • Helmet and crampons
  • Deli style lunch
  • All taxes and fees

What's Not Included

Transportation to or from Girdwood.

Required at Booking

Date of birth, body weight and height.

Special Terms

There is a 2 person minimum for this tour to operate. A minimum weight of 90 pounds and maximum weight 250 pounds, with a maximum of 44" waist size. Additionally there is a maximum height of 6'7".


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