Glacier Trek & Iceberg Raft/Kayak

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Stop At: Spencer Glacier, Alaska

*You can begin this trip from either Anchorage or Girdwood. Please make sure to select the correct option for where you are staying so that we can book your train tickets accordingly.

6:45 AM – Coastal Classic departs Anchorage

8:05 AM – Coastal Classic departs Girdwood

9 AM – Arrive at Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM – KAYAK or RAFT Tour on Spencer Lake to the Glacier.

10:30 – 1 PM+ – Glacier Trek onto ice at Spencer Glacier, Look for Blue Ice Caves & Explore.

1-4:30 PM – CUSTOM OPTIONS Depending on your group’s desires. Your guide’s discretion & advice, as well as the weather of the day will determine your options below.

#1 – Continue Exploring the Glacier and get more time Exploring on the ice.

#2 – With inclement weather, jump aboard the AK Railroad’s Glacier Discovery Train and go to Grandview–the most scenic section of the AK Railroad.

#3 – Do a 7 Mile Scenic River RAFTING Float down the Placer River.

5:15 PM – Arrive in Portage and board motor coach back to Anchorage or Chugach Adventures’ Shuttle back to Girdwood

5:45 PM – Arrival to Girdwood

6:45 PM – Arrival to Anchorage

Duration: 8 hours

Activity Details
Paddle up to Spencer Glacier via raft/kayak and venture out onto the ice for a Glacier Trek exploring moulins, blue pools, crevasses and more. Access onto Spencer Glacier is always changing. We will explore as much of the glacier as possible and take you onto the ice as access allows. For 2019, we utilized rafts to get onto Spencer Glacier. For 2020, we won’t know our access point until the season starts in May 2020. This is an awesome full day adventure tour that will incorporate exploration around Spencer Glacier Lake with an amazing trek on Spencer Glacier using ice crampons.

Access in 2019 was by raft & so we utilized both kayaks & rafts for each group with 2 guides per group. This trip is suitable for all ages, as guests not comfortable paddling kayaks can go in a raft. Rafts are powered by a guide rowing, but kayaks are paddled by guests.

Round trip AK Railroad train tickets on the Alaska Railroad's Coastal Classic train included in the cost of this trip.
Departure & Return
Departure Point1: Anchorage Depot, 411 W 1st Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA 2: Chugach Adventures, 1553 Alyeska Hwy, Girdwood, AK 99587, USA
ReturnReturns to original departure point
What's Included
  • Lunch - Sack lunch included. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or requests ahead of time.
  • Snacks
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Spencer Glacier
  • Gratuities
Additional Information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Chugach Adventures' was one of the few adventure tour companies that fully and safely operated in 2020. We created an extensive COVID-19 mitigation plan to successfully operate in 2020 for both our travelers and our employees; and are committed to continuing with our plan in 2021.
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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  • I had high expectations of this tour as we had heard great things about it from locals. One local said he does this trip EVERY summer and if you don’t have fun doing this trip then you don’t know how to have fun. To say I had fun is an understatement. I have done a lot of tours all over the world and this was one of the best tours I’ve ever done. To start with the experience itself is once-in-a-lifetime must do. It starts with a train ride through a picturesque part of Alaska where the staff is all focused on giving you an experience not just a mode of transportation. It is also the only way you can get to the base of Spencer lake so it means Spencer lake is very exclusive. My group of 2 and our guide where the only people on the lake for the most of the experience. I can’t emphasize this enough because while there may be other glaciers you can go to none are so private and calm as this one. We put on the extra equipment for the kayak over to the other side of the lake while our guide Illiya gave us a safety briefing. Our trip out on the kayaks was incredible and peaceful even with a slight drizzle. We then took a raft to the base of the glacier and hiked out on the ice. This was my first time using crampons and Illiya was extremely patient, helpful and encouraging. The glacier changes often but he is there every day (only he and another guide do this tour) so he took us to some cool places on the ice. We had lunch where we left our kayaks and the was incredibly peaceful. The kayak back was even better than the way out because the glaciers were reflective (a rare phenomenon apparently) so it was magical. Then we hopped back on a train for the way home. Illiya was the other reason this was such an amazing experience. You can tell that this is what he loves to do and he wants his guest to enjoy it as much as he does. He was so patient and encouraging and helped in any way he could to make this the experience of a lifetime and one that I will never forget.

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