For a unique Alaskan adventure, take a guided hike along the ancient Matanuska Glacier, the largest glacier in Alaska accessible by car! Explore blue melt-water pools, impressive ice formations and deep crevasses, and learn about this astounding natural wonder from your expert guide. Tucked in the beautiful Matanuska-Susitna Valley, this breathtaking area is shaped by three mountain ranges – the Alaska Range, the Talkeetna Mountains and the Chugach Mountains – so you’ll be treated to unforgettable vistas during your moderate 2-hour hike, with all gear and safety equipment included. End with a relaxing Alaskan lunch overlooking the glacier.
You’ll be picked up from your Anchorage hotel in the morning and driven 35 miles (56 km) northwest to the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. You’ll be provided water and snacks on your comfortable, scenic ride. Shaped by three mountain ranges – the Alaska Range, the Talkeetna Mountains and the Chugach Mountains – this amazing valley was carved by glaciers, leaving thousands of rivers and lakes. Your destination is the Matanuska Glacier, a 27-mile long (43-km) river of ice dating back thousands of years. This is the largest glacier in Alaska accessible by vehicle! You’ll spend two hours hiking along the glacier with your expert guide, who’ll explain how the glacier has formed and shaped the landscape in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. You’ll be provided a helmet, walking stick and crampons for your shoes for easy exploration of the blue melt-water pools, ice formations and deep crevasses that make up this amazing natural wonder. Your guide will take you to the glacier’s most spectacular sites. Plus, because the Matanuska Glacier is a weather hole, cold air from the glacier forces warm air upward toward the mountain peaks, so chances are you’ll be treated to sunny skies and favorable weather. At midday, stop for a traditional Alaskan lunch at a scenic spot overlooking the glacier. At the end of your tour, you’ll be taken back to your hotel.