Full-Day Tours of the Matanuska Glacier
Are you ready to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Matanuska Glacier up close and personal? Join our guided hiking tours and embark on a thrilling adventure through the icy wonderland of Sutton, Alaska. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a nature enthusiast, our tours suit all skill levels.
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The Matanuska Glacier Excursion will be the highlight of your time in Alaska! 27 miles long and four miles wide, covering more area than the city of Los Angeles, the Matanuska Glacier is the largest glacier in the world with road access. You’ll spend about two hours on the glacier with your professional guide.
Now, let’s dive into the cool stuff you’ll see when you walk on the Matanuska Glacier:
- Crevasses: These are deep, icy cracks in the glacier’s surface. They’re like nature’s ice sculptures and can be both beautiful and awe-inspiring.
- Seracs: Picture giant, frozen ice towers. These formations look like something out of a fantasy world, and you’ll get to see them up close.
- Moulins: These are vertical shafts in the glacier created by flowing water. They can be quite mysterious and fascinating to explore.
- Walking Rocks: Have you ever heard of rocks that move on their own? Well, here, we call them “walking rocks.” Your guide will explain this exciting phenomenon as you wander.
- Basal Ice: This is the oldest, densest ice of the glacier. It’s like a window into the glacier’s history, and it’s a crucial part of its structure.
- Glacial Erratics: These are massive boulders that the glacier has carried along its journey. They often sit perched on the ice, telling tales of where they came from.
As you can see, the Matanuska Glacier is a real-life icy wonderland, and you’re in for an adventure like no other. Imagine the thrill of exploring these natural features and learning about the unique aspects of the glacial environment from our professional guides. It’s like stepping into another world!
Matanuska Glacier Tours From Anchorage Itinerary
Your guide will pick you and your group up at your hotel by 8am the day of your Matanuska Glacier tour.
Matanuska Glacier Hiking Tour Notes:
- Especially in Spring (April and May), melting snow causes wet and somewhat muddy conditions. Reasonably waterproof footwear that you don’t mind getting dirty is recommended.
- You can check the weather for the Matanuska Glacier area HERE.
- Dress in layers. When the weather turns out a little different than forecast, the sun comes out, or wind picks up, the ability to adjust to the conditions can make your time at the glacier much more enjoyable.
- Bring a small backpack or other means of carrying the few things you may want to keep available while we’re out; a hat, gloves, and water bottle for example.
- Bring your shades. It can be surprisingly bright on the glacier, with the sun’s rays reflecting from every direction. A hat with a bill in summer months, when the sun is at its peak, can also be helpful.
- The Matanuska Glacier hike is rated as “moderate” and as such, is not recommended for guests with significant health concerns. Please talk with your guide in advance if this applies to you. We want to help you get on the glacier if at all possible.
- Feel free to give us a call if you have additional questions or concerns.