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“one of the coolest experiences of my life” 5 of 5 stars
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Matanuska Glacier
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Matanuska Glacier Hike from Anchorage
Ranked #177 of 1,452 Attractions in Alaska
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: A glacier on which visitors can walk.
Robbinsdale, Minnesota
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“one of the coolest experiences of my life”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2006

This was an amazing experience. You head NE out of Palmer for about an hour and a half of breathtaking scenery to get to this glacier, that's pretty much in the middle of nowhere. You can see the glacier spilling into the valley from a far distance. We used a tour company called MICA guides that will take you out on the glacier and provide you with hiking boots and crampons (boot spikes.) The glacier is HUGE and they take you up and down the rolling hills of ice and show you waterfalls that you can drink from and all sorts of different glacial formations. We even randomly met two german guys who were out there filming a documentary for National Geographic. I HIGHLY recommend taking the time and money to go experience the glacier. It feels sort of surreal that there can be this giant field of ice in a warm valley in the summer.

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“Ice, Ice Baby”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2006

What a great time we had on our own. Definately need boots if you are going there. My family had a ball. It was relatively safe as long as you don't play around too much. Great views and definatly an original experience. might of got more out of it if we had a guide but we like to do things on our own. entrance fee was a little high. i thing 14.00 per person. the walk on the trail to get to the glacier is a hike as well. definatly a must do if you're around there.

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