How do I get to the glacier?
Drive up the world famous Scenic Byway up the glacier sculpted Matanuska Valley with lots of pull outs for taking pictures.
- Our GPS address is 66500 S. Glacier Park Rd. We are right off of Mile 102 on the Glenn Highway.
- You need to give yourself at least 2.5 hours to drive from Anchorage. During summer season, be sure to look into construction that may be occurring during the day that may delay you. It is important to arrive 30 min. before your tour so we can get started on time.
- Turn off TO Palmer NOT Wasilla at mile 34. Onto the Glenn Highway.
- What are the road conditions like? Click here for updated road conditions and constructions.
How do I book a tour and tour information?
Contacting our office is the best and fastest way to book a tour. Call (907)745-2534 or just text (907)232-9046 Otherwise you can use this link to book a glacier tour.
- What time are tours? We offer tours at 11 AM and 2 PM everyday of the week including holidays. During Summer Season we will offer 9 AM and 5 PM tours.
- How long are tours? Tours are between 2-3 hours long depending on the group. Distance is around 3 miles round trip.
- Do I need to take a tour? In the WINTER, yes. The only access to the Glacier is by guided tour only. Only in the SUMMER (when access opens, which varies year to year) are you allowed to go onto the ice by self guided access, however you are required to stay on the marked trail unless you are with one of our recognized guides.
- How much are guided tours? Tours are $100 per person including kids. This will include access fees and equipment
- Tip for your guide is separate from tour fee. If you would like to tip your guide the standard amount is 20% per person
- No age limitations
- Looking for a custom or private tour? Call for details. If you are looking to get a more private look at the glacier but we are unable to accommodate during that time, check out one of our favorite guides, Dr. Sarah’s Alaska Adventures. Sarah actually completed her PhD researching the Matanuska Glacier and absolutely loves sharing her knowledge with others.
Should we tip our guide?
Absolutely! Tipping your guide will definitely show your appreciation for them keeping you safe, taking you out on the ice, showing you the amazing features that it has to offer, and having a good time. Just like any other industry, a 20% tip is perfectly appropriate or more if you loved your time!
What should I wear?
- WINTER: You must bring warm boots/socks, insulated jacket, snow pants, hats and gloves. More layers are better to have that not enough. Hand and Toe Warmers are available for purchase at gift shop. Temperatures may vary between -30 to 35 degrees Fahrenheit.
- SUMMER: Waterproof hiking shoes are strongly encouraged! Sunglasses, hat, and sunscreen are also suggested as it can be very bright and actually easy to get a little pink on a nice sunny day. Thin layers are great in case you need to put more on if the breeze picks up, or take some off it the warm sun is out. Temperatures may vary between 55 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Do not wear high heeled boots for either season. This can be very dangerous for walking conditions on the ice during any season and your micro-spikes will not fit properly on your boot as well.
Is the Matanuska Glacier in a National Park?
No, we are a private entity and the area is owned by Cook Inlet Regional.
Where are the Ice Caves?
Ice caves are really only accessible in the winter time. On a rare occasion there can be ice caves that are accessible in the summer time however the tours typically will take longer therefore cost more due to taking up more of a guides time. (please feel free to call the office to see if there is something available.)
Do you rent/ sell equipment for walking on the glacier?
No we do not. The only time equipment will be provided is with a guided tour.
What’s the weather going to be like?
Sunny with a chance of rain or snow depending on the season.
Will there be wildlife (bear or moose) on the glacier?
No. We have lots of wildlife in the surrounding area, but due to no food sources on the ice, animals will not waste their time and energy walking on the ice.
Is there an Auto Shop in the area?
Yes, there is a single auto mechanic.. Contact Jared here