Setting out from your hotel in Anchorage, you will drive to the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, located approximately 35 miles north of Anchorage. The valleys were created by the three mountain ranges surrounding hem and shaped by glaciers and the 3 rivers that run through the valleys.
Here, you will visit the Matanuska Glacier, a stable 27 mile long river of ancient ice that reaches a width of four miles in parts. It is the largest glacier in the United States that is accessible by a vehicle. Thousands of years old, this massive glacier is tucked up into the Matanuska Valley. You will spend 2 hours on the glacier with your glacier guide learning how the glacier was formed and has shaped the landscape in the Matanuska Susitna Valley.
Explore blue meltwater pools, the ice formations and deep crevasses that make up the Matanuska Glacier. Walking on ice is slippery fun so our guests are equipped with a helmet, walking stick and cramp ons for your shoes. We require our guests to bring sturdy footwear and suggest bringing an extra pair of socks. Don't be surprised that your shoes get filthy with glacial flour. This is finely ground rock the glacier has created - it makes for great facials!
This tour does require walking for the tour length of 1-1/2 to 2 hours over uneven terrain.
We will also stop for lunch where we will overlook the glacier while enjoying some yummy Alaskan fare. After lunch,you will begin the drive back to Anchorage where drop-offs will be made at several hotels.
Great informative excursion with great guides and tasty lunch. Our luck was amazing thru our whole Alaska trip. !00% view of Denali several days in a row and then experiencing the Matanuska glacier beauty up close on a sunny/60 degree day (lucky again) in this walking/listening tour...yes the glacier speaks to you...sometimes in scary but magnifcent sounds was breathtaking. And there were moments that did just that as there was glacier shifting as we stood with our guide. Pictures or a distant view do not do this natural beauty justice. Go for this feet-on experience. It is memorable.