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Alaska's Glaciers

Glacier Cruises, Glacier Hiking, Dogsledding, Helicopter Tours

Alaska’s glaciers are massive and majestic, bright white and deep blue, icy cold and oh so cool, and truly must be seen to be believed. Alaska glacier cruises, hiking and flightseeing offer all visitors one of the 49th state’s most iconic traveler experiences. When glaciers crack, it sounds like thunder striking. When they calve into the sea, chunks as big as your SUV or condo can come crashing down. And with over 100,000 glaciers in Alaska, even in an age of global warming, there’s plenty of awe-inspiring glacier fun to be had whether you explore them on foot, by boat, by rail or by helicopter.

Some of Alaska’s sparkling glaciers you can practically walk up to (Exit Glacier in Seward, Worthington Glacier in Valdez) or even walk on (Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Matanuska Glacier outside of Palmer, Kennicott Glacier in the old mining area of McCarthy-Kennecott). Aboard the Alaska Railroad’s Glacier Discovery route, you can hop off at a whistle stop and spend the afternoon with Spencer Glacier south of Anchorage.

Other Alaska glaciers are easily accessible by boat or air. Prince William Sound is packed with glaciers or take a day cruise out of Whittier and see more than 20 glaciers in a day. If you visit Southeast Alaska, make a plan to spend time in Glacier Bay National Park, which certainly lives up to its name with more than 50 named glaciers in the area. Magestic Margerie Glacier is the princess of the park, massive and constantly calving. Fly and land on Ruth Glacier, which is near Denali and arguably as impressive – it sits nearly 3,800 feet tall, grander than the Grand Canyon, and framed by Denali National Park’s majestic mountains and granite walls.

 

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Alaska Highlights Self-Drive Tour

Easy pace for exploring Alaska's scenic roadways and major highlights. Visit Denali National Park with North America's tallest mountain, Denali. Take a drive alongside the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, transporting oil... Read more

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All Alaska Classic Self Drive Tour

Explore three of Alaska's National Parks: Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias and Kenai Fjords. Great wildlife viewing opportunities throughout. Travel on four designated National Scenic Byways showcasing the natural beauty of... Read more

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Great Alaskan Road Trip

Explore Denali, Seward, and the Matanuska Valley with the freedom of a rental car. These three destinations complement each other with a variety of natural beauty from mountains to... Read more

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Family Fun Vacation and Self-Drive

This great family itinerary is specifically planned to allow for a leisurely travel pace allowing ample time for family oriented activities. Top destinations include visits to both Denali and... Read more

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Denali & Glacier Experience

By train, travel along the scenic Seward and Portage Glacier Highways before entering the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, the second longest tunnel in North America. On arrival in Whittier,... Read more

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Grand Alaska Guided Bus Tour

Great option as a stand alone touring program or as a comprehensive land tour before or after an Alaska cruise. Every day there is spectacular mountain scenery, with local... Read more

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Circle Alaska Adventure Tour

We have tailored this tour to allow plenty of time to explore Alaska's amazing sights with hands-on learning opportunities. The itinerary inclusions ensure the best opportunity to experience wildlife... Read more

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Alaska Dreams Winter Tour

Start your adventure with a glacier trek from Anchorage, then continue your journey north to Fairbanks with the Alaska Railroad. Finally, conclude your trip with a stay at the... Read more

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Alaska Railroad Adventure

Touring Alaska by train is a relaxing way to experience all that the Great Land has to offer. Designed for independent travelers and train enthusiasts this tour utilizes several... Read more

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Alaska Fjords and Glaciers Cruise

Beginning in Juneau or Ketchikan on Alaska's Inside Passage, this adventure cruise sails through Dawes Glacier, the Wrangell Narrows, Behm Canal and Misty Fjords National Monument. Guests enjoy daily... Read more

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Discover Denali Flightseeing

This scenic flight from Anchorage to Denali National Park takes you within six miles of Denali’s 20,320 ft. summit. Fly by floatplane, ski-plane, or even traditional small plane (with wheels... Read more

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Alaska’s Glacier Country Cruise

This seven night adventure cruise in Alaska's Inside Passage sails round trip from Juneau. Destinations include Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait, Kuiu Island, and Frederick Sound - a... Read more

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Relax Alaska

Great for travelers looking to explore Alaska at a relaxed pace. This tour starts in Anchorage and combines travel by train and motor coach between Seward and Fairbanks, ending... Read more

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An Alaskan Odyssey

This unique itinerary takes you from the North Pacific waters of Prince William Sound to the Arctic coast near Prudhoe Bay. This itinerary is for independent travelers seeking a... Read more

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Bears, Whales and Glaciers Tour

Experience watching the majestic bears residing in the Admiralty Island National Monument wilderness, just a short seaplane flight from Juneau. Known as "Fortress of the Bears", Admiralty Island is... Read more

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Alaska’s Gems Tour

This tour provides Alaska travelers with many key Alaska highlights combining travel by train and by deluxe motorcoach. Enjoy opportunities to view towering glaciers up-close, and perhaps catch a... Read more

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Turnagain Turnaround Tour

On this Anchorage day tour, travel with a small group along Turnagain Arm, one of the most scenic drives in Alaska. Your driver will pick you up from your... Read more

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Glacier Bay Lodge

Glacier Bay Lodge offers visitors a concentrated glimpse into many of the natural wonders found in southeast Alaska. Glacier Bay is part of a World Heritage Site and exploring... Read more

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Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge

Transfers to the lodge are from Seward via a cruise tour. The sailing route offers many of the same highlights as the popular Kenai Fjords National Park day cruises.... Read more

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Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise

On this exciting day cruise from Seward, hop on this unforgettable glacier and wildlife boat trip into Kenai Fjords National Park! This Alaska national park boasts abundant wildlife, alpine... Read more

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Exit Glacier Ice Hike

During this guided glacier hiking tour from Seward, Alaska, you’ll follow a scenic hiking trail to Exit Glacier which is a mixture of back-country and on-trail trekking (about 1.5... Read more

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Experience Seward & Real Alaska

Learn about Seward‘s fascinating history and the Iditarod Trail while enjoying the beautiful scenery on this Seward summer day trip. You’ll travel to 2017 Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey’s sled... Read more

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Denali Express Flightseeing

This 45 minute Denali flightseeing day tour from the Denali Park Entrance via a small bush plane lets you experience Denali National Park from a bird’s eye view and... Read more

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Shoup Glacier Kayaking Tour

This Valdez kayaking tour to Shoup Glacier offers an intimate experience at one of Prince William Sounds‘ many calving tidewater glaciers. This day trip is perfect for both beginner... Read more

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Columbia Glacier Cruise

This Valdez day tour with glacier and wildlife cruise through Prince William Sound features a visit to Columbia Glacier. On board you will have a chance to view Prince... Read more

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Ice Climbing on Root Glacier

If you’re traveling to the Kennicott-McCarthy area to visit Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and want to find a fun Alaska day tour, enjoy this introduction to ice climbing! Root... Read more

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Root Glacier Hike (Full Day)

On this glacier hike day tour out of Kennicott-McCarthy, enjoy all the benefits of the half day hike but with additional time to explore the Root Glacier‘s dynamic features.... Read more

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Root Glacier Hike (Half Day)

On this half-day glacier hiking out of Kennicott-McCarthy, depart Kennicott hiking down a two-mile trail that was originally built in the 1920’s as a wagon road. Along the way,... Read more

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Kachemak Bay Kayaking Day Tour

Homer Alaska is surrounded by picturesque mountain peaks, remote fjords and abundant wildlife and makes Homer’s Kachemak Bay a premier destination for sea kayaking. Begin with a water taxi... Read more

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Alaska Lodge Driving Tour

Travel to off the beaten path locations including overnights at wilderness lodges and inns that offer options for daily hiking, biking, kayaking and canoeing adventures. The touring route includes... Read more

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Alaska’s Finest Self Driving Tour

Designed for independent traveler's seeking the best available accommodations Alaska has to offer while road touring. Enjoy spectacular mountain, glacial and coastal scenery while visiting several must see locations... Read more

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