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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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Glacier & Wildlife Flightseeing Tour

Enjoy a day tour from Anchorage with flightseeing to see the majestic Chugach State Park! On your flight you will travel over the expansive Knik or Triumvirate Glacier rimmed with spectacular hanging ice formations. Sense the motion of the... Browse tour

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Mendenhall Lake Kayaking Adventure

This fun Alaska kayaking tour takes you as close as the U.S. Forest Service allows to the face of Mendenhall Glacier. Begin with a scenic drive to Mendenhall Lake, where you will suit up with gear and board a... Browse tour

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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 segments of the Alaska Railroad. This round trip itinerary from... Browse tour

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Glacier Dog Sledding Day Tour from Girdwood

Enjoy a fun and exciting dogsledding day tour out of Girdwood just south of Anchorage. The greatest Alaskan experience of all  is dog sledding on a glacier! Enjoy a scenic 10-minute round-trip helicopter flight from Girdwood to the unique glacier base... Browse tour

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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 guided opportunities to experience the wildlife and landscapes of the... Browse tour

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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 – winter only) from Anchorage’s Lake Hood, the world’s busiest... Browse tour

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Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise

Discover Alaska on this seven-night adventure cruise round trip from Juneau. Destinations include Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait, Tracy Arm and Frederick Sound. Guests enjoy daily guided opportunities to experience the wildlife and landscapes of this impressive region... Browse tour

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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 prolific summer feeding ground for humpback whales. Guests enjoy daily... Browse tour

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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 with a scheduled flight from Fairbanks returning to Anchorage. Guided... Browse tour

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Helicopter Flightseeing with Glacier Landing

A one hour drive from Anchorage brings you to Alaska Glacier Lodge and the base of Alaska’s Chugach Mountains. From Alaska Glacier Lodge’s base you will take a breathtaking 15 minute helicopter ride up to Knik Glacier. During the flight... Browse tour

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Grand Denali Flightseeing with Glacier Landing

Your Alaska flightseeing day trip from Talkeetna transports you by bush plane on an air tour completely around Mt. Denali, North America’s tallest mountain. Begin with the Denali Flyer route and see the south side of Denali, including the Kahiltna... Browse tour

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