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Matanuska Glacier Hike Day Tour with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Matanuska Glacier Hike Day Tour with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Matanuska Glacier Hike Day Tour with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Matanuska Glacier Hike Day Tour with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Matanuska Glacier Hike Day Tour with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Matanuska Glacier Hike Day Tour with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Matanuska Glacier Hike Day Tour with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Matanuska Glacier Hike Day Tour with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Matanuska Glacier Hike Day Tour with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Matanuska Glacier Hike Day Tour with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Matanuska Glacier Hike Day Tour with Alaska Shore Tours


Matanuska Glacier Hike Day Tour


3 Hours on Matanuska Glacier

Explore this surreal icy landscape with expert guides

Roundtrip Transportation

From Anchorage in a comfortable Mercedes Sprinter van.

Lunch Stop at Long Rifle Lodge

Enjoy the glacier view with great food (for purchase)

No Experience Needed

Suitable for most fitness levels! Gear provided.

This popular Matanuska Glacier hike day tour is the perfect way to explore the fascinating and other-worldly Matanuska Glacier! As Alaska’s largest road-accessible glacier, it’s an easy and affordable tour for those looking to experience the magic of walking on a glacier. But, just because it’s accessible by road doesn’t mean you’ll want to do a Matanuska Glacier hike on your own. Since this giant mountain of ice is constantly moving, it causes the accessible features to change on a weekly basis! Fortunately, your expert glacier guides explore this terrain daily and will safely get you to the best sights and hidden gems!

From a distance, the glacier looks like a solid landscape of ice. But, as you adventure through the glacier’s passages, you realize just how much activity is going on inside! Your knowledgeable guide teaches you about the fascinating features as well as the history of Matanuska as you explore around the deep blue crevasses and melt pools. Fill your water bottle with pure glacier water from the many flowing streams of ice melt and gaze upon the dramatic columns of glacial ice. This experience is sure to be one of the most exciting moments of your Alaska adventure!

Your Matanuska Glacier tour from Anchorage begins with pickup at your hotel or other convenient meeting location. Enjoy the scenery while you ride in a Mercedes Sprinter van with big windows, allowing you to take in the sights and chat with your friendly local guide. After about two hours, the glacier comes into view as you arrive at Matanuska. Upon meeting your professional guides, you’ll receive a lesson on glacier safety and gather your gear. Then, excitement builds on your 10-minute drive to the large terminal moraine! Finally, your trek begins to the impressive Ice Falls area with its incredible formations of ancient ice. Don’t forget to have your camera handy for amazing photos during this Matanuska Glacier hike day tour!

After an awe-inspiring three hours on the glacier, you’ll have worked up an appetite! Enjoy lunch at the lodge overlooking the glacier valley while you reflect on the incredible adventure you just had. Your Matanuska Glacier tour from Anchorage concludes with return transport back to town, with memories (and pictures) to last a lifetime! Interested in a glacier viewing tour that includes guaranteed wildlife sightings? Then check out the Glacier and Wildlife Day Tour or the Bears, Trains, and Icebergs Tour from Anchorage!




Active, Glacier Interaction, Hiking


8 hours

Adult Rate


Child Rate

There is no child rate for this tour. All guests pay the same rate.


No experience or specialized skills are required for this trek, just a basic level of fitness and an adventurous spirit! You will be walking with crampons over icy and uneven terrain., The specific route taken on the glacier is selected by the guides to meet the ability and adventure level of the clients.

Minimum Age

The minimum age to participate on this tour is 8-years-old.

Cancellation Policy

Cancel up to 14-days before your tour for a refund, less any non-refundable fees.

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    What food options are available at the Long Rifle Lodge?

    Answer: The Long Rifle Lodge has a variety of burgers, sandwiches, salads, burritos and vegetarian meals. Lunch is not included in the tour price, their meals are in the $15 range.

    How long/difficult is the Matanuska Glacier hike?

    Answer: You will be walking approximately 2-miles and be on the glacier for about 3-hours. This trek is accessible for most fitness levels. You will walk at a slow, cautious pace with crampons that will allow you to trek safely across the icy and uneven terrain.

    Will we be exploring ice caves?

    Answer: While ice caves are not common here, there are plenty of other amazing features to explore and no shortage of incredible sights. In particular, the Ice Falls area of the glacier is a stunning sight to see and your guide will be taking you here.

    What is provided? What should I wear/bring?

    Answer: Roundtrip transportation from your Anchorage hotel, local and expert tour guides, lunch stop (food for purchase), and park entrance fees are included. You will be provided with crampons, helmet, and a trekking pole if desired. You should wear hiking boots with ankle support, tall synthetic or wool socks, long pants, quick-dry clothing (not cotton or jeans), and a rain jacket. We recommend bringing a backpack to carry extra warm layers, snacks, water bottle, sunscreen, and a camera. It is also recommended to bring sunglasses, a hat, and gloves.

    Are restrooms available?

    Answer: Restrooms are available at the glacier entrance and at the lunch spot.

    What if the weather is bad?

    Answer: This tour operates rain or shine. Please come prepared with rain gear even if it is not raining as the weather can change quickly. Although rare, if the trip is canceled due to weather we will work to reschedule you or provide a refund if you prefer.

    Could I explore Matanuska Glacier on my own?

    Answer: Hiking Matanuska Glacier without a guide is much more difficult than you might imagine. Besides the issue of safety, crampons/micro-spikes are necessary to be able to walk on the ice. Additionally, the private road to access the terminal moraine is dirt/gravel, which many rental vehicles are not allowed to drive on. To get the most out of your Matanuska Glacier hike you will want to go with a professional guide.

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