Scenic Alaska Train Tours
From Anchorage to the remote Spencer Glacier, accessible only by rail
Spencer Glacier River Float
One of the most scenic glacier river rafting trips in Alaska
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
See Bears, Moose, Bison, & Caribou
With gear and lunch provided
Get ready for a day full of adventure on the Bears, Trains, & Icebergs Tour! When you combine guided excursions with Alaska train tours it makes it all about the journey and the destination. Sit back and marvel at the beautiful landscapes of Alaska in a comfortable and roomy railcar with large picture windows. Friendly railroad guides share the stories behind the sights as you pass by rushing rivers and snow-capped mountain ranges on your way to the remote Spencer Glacier. With exciting and fun excursions at multiple stops, it’s the best way to see and experience the beauty of the Last Frontier!
Please note: This tour can depart from Girdwood or Anchorage, so when contacting our reservations team, please indicate where you will be departing from.
Your first destination on the Bears, Trains, & Icebergs Tour comes after the train passes along the dramatic shoreline of Turnagain Arm and then arrives at the Portage stop. Here, a quick shuttle bus takes you to the incredible Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center for a 90-minute guided visit. This rehabilitation center and sanctuary for injured and orphaned wildlife offers the unique opportunity to view bears, moose, bison and more. Hear stories of the resident wildlife and learn about their care as you walk (or opt to ride in a vehicle) for the 1.5 mile tour. Then, fuel up with lunch before the train departs Portage and heads south, away from the road system and into the wild backcountry of the Chugach National Forest.
Excitement builds as the train arrives at the remote Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop and your glacier rafting adventure begins! Your expert local guides row up close to mesmerizing glacial icebergs floating in the lake. Take in the scenery and snap photos with panoramic views of Spencer Glacier and the surrounding mountains. Then, enjoy a mellow and stunningly scenic float down the Placer River before boarding the return train. Your adventure-filled day on the Alaska railroad comes to a close as you depart the train at Portage to board the motorcoach bus for quicker transportation back to Anchorage. This is sure to be one of your best days in Alaska!
Bears, Trains, & Icebergs Tour Itinerary:
- 8:45 – 9:00 AM – Arrive at Anchorage Railroad Depot for check-in (tickets at Will Call)
- 9:45 AM – Glacier Discovery Train departs Anchorage
- 11:00 AM – Guides board train at the Girdwood stop
- 11:35 – 1:00 PM – Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center visit at Portage stop
- 1:00 PM – Lunch provided
- 1:25 PM – Train departs Portage
- 1:55 PM – Train arrives at Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop
- 2:00 – 4:45 PM – Spencer Glacier Lake & Placer River float
- 5:00 – 5:25 PM – Return on the last stretch of your Alaska train ride to Portage Station
- 5:30 PM – Arrive in Portage and board motorcoach bus to save 2 ½ hours on your return journey
- 6:45 PM – Arrive at Anchorage via motorcoach
Interested in more Alaska train tours? Check out the Glacier Blue Kayak & Grandview Train Tour for a similar excursion. Also, if you’re headed to Skagway on a cruise, take a look at the Bennett Lake Scenic Journey and White Pass Train & Bike Tour!
Girdwood guests can join this excursion, too! Please see FAQs.
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