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Matanuska Glacier
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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This valley glacier is the largest glacier in the United States that’s accessible by car. Nature lovers flock here for the fantastic views and epic treks. Enjoy the spectacular vistas all around, whether you’re on a helicopter tour or while ice climbing. While guided tours are available throughout the year, summer is a great time to visit if you’re not ready for the icy chill of winter. The weather can be unpredictable though, so always be prepared for both rain and sunshine. Glamping accommodations are available nearby if you’re looking for the complete overnight experience. – Tripadvisor
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  • James C.
    Denver, Colorado5 contributions
    “Stay on the trail.” Literally fun and salaried guides are the best.
    Stay on the trail! This was a Great experience. Nick with Alaskan Outfitters was our guide and he was awesome. The whole team was friendly and the owner was kind and blazed some of the trails that morning for us. They had gear for us if we needed it. Really gave us a cool history lesson of the glacier and what to watch out for. While hike was a couple of hours of slow walking and sightseeing but if you loves the outdoors, this is a fun little treat.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 6, 2023
  • Rachel V
    Houston, Texas62 contributions
    Beautiful Glacier
    We hired 907 tours to take us to hike this glacier. Our guide Melissa at the glacier was very informative. Be sure to stay on the trail. Make sure to use restroom before going out on 2 hour hike. Wear layers due to changing weather conditions. Great for taking lots of photos and videos. Get up close to features of the glacier otherwise that would not be able to see. You can bring water bottle to fill up with the glacier water. It’s a long 2 hour hike be prepared. Glad we got to experience this glacier up close and personal. Was told the best time to see this glacier is in the winter since there are areas you will not be able to hike to in the summer.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 12, 2023
  • ladonnablake
    Smithville, Oklahoma17 contributions
    Glacier walk
    This was a fantastic experience that my husband and I had. The glacier was amazing and beautiful. We learned a lot from our informative guide. I was disappointed we didn’t get to hike to the ice caves but my husband wasn’t up to the hike. I understand they are spectacular and it wasn’t the fault of the guide we didn’t go. She paced our hike at a pace perfect for our physical abilities. They provided crampons and hiking sticks. They drove us to the edge of the glacier in a sled pulled behind a snowmobile. I felt safe in the care of our guide. Definitely worth seeing but with a hefty $150 price tag opted not to revisit when I was backin the area in February
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 29, 2023
  • PoohRules
    130 contributions
    Best Excursion in Alaska!
    Best excursion we did in our two weeks in Alaska! Chris was our guide in mid-May 2023 and he was the best! We were part of a group of approx 15 adults (via 907 Tours). Different levels of hiking experience. I was a little concerned at first as it was clear some hikers had never really done much/if any outdoor hiking (easy to spot with poor footwear choices). While good for them getting out, I did not want our trip to be less because of inexperience of others. While we never hiked a glacier before, we were definitely more outdoorsy than a few of the others. But Chris made sure everyone got to legit hike the glacier and moved at a great pace. When he would stop to let others catch up, so we all stayed together, it simply gave us time to take gobs of photos! This place is amazing and with Chris as your guide, you will have the best day ever in Alaska! He always put safety first and yet also made sure everyone got to throughly enjoy their day at the glacier! Ask for Chris!
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 28, 2023
  • Andrea Hudson
    Arizona10 contributions
    Must Do Glacier Tour in Alaska
    Such a wonderful experience you can't miss!!! I highly recommend doing this excursion for any adventurous people who love the outdoors and hike. Our tour guides, Halie and Sari, did a great job leading us on and off the glacier without any problems. The best thing I liked was when they let us drink the water running off the glacier. It was the best water I've tested yet and I can't wait to come back and do it all over again!!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 1, 2023
  • Laura G
    7 contributions
    Perfect First Alaska Experience!
    After flying to Anchorage and checking into our rental in Palmer, we did a day trip to Glacier View for the Matanuska Glacier hike with Glacier Tours. Although they have no online booking system, we made reservations, asked questions, and received confirmations by texts - all my inquiries were answered promptly and professionally. There’s a bumpy road to access the tour - we were fine with a truck. Once checked in, we drove further to get helmets and meet our guide, Ethan, who was fantastic! We saw so many amazing features and learned a lot. Later in our trip we were on another glacier (snowfield at the top), and we saw many other glaciers from trails or the water, but NOTHING else was anything like climbing around the ice formations of Matanuska. It was definitely a highlight of our trip and the perfect introduction to Alaska!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 10, 2023
  • Christy S
    15 contributions
    Once in a lifetime
    We’ve been in Alaska 2 weeks and have had amazing experiences but this by far tops them all. Being on top of the glacier is a once in a lifetime experience and a chance to see how crazy nature can be! We were able to hike the glacier for almost 3 hours seeing the most beautiful blue ice and glacier ponds imaginable.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 12, 2023
  • Arthur M
    Hamilton, Canada1,044 contributions
    Beautiful and easily accessible from Anchorage!
    If short on time in Anchorage, this glacier is just a short drive away! There are multiple viewpoints, including a state recreation area dedicated to the glacier. We just stuck to the pullouts since we were short in time. There are also tours to walk on the glacier, but we did not do it since we arrived in the afternoon and dover all the way from Fairbanks.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 2, 2023
  • shelby
    Norfolk, Virginia12 contributions
    Glacier adventures for all!
    Such a "cool" tour! I didn't realize just how much I would learn from this tour. Our tour guide was great at pointing out unique glacier science to us and accommodating our friend who was a bit unsteady on her feet. This was definitely an adventurous tour, and the guide made us feel safe on the icy terrain. They had an awesome new bridge over the water leading up to the glacier during the warmer weather, which made the bulk of the tour actually on the glacier instead of just getting to it. Our tour group had all ages. I would absolutely recommend to all!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Tjaša G
    3 contributions
    Wonderful!
    Walking on a glacier with crampons is a unique experience. Even though my husband and I are older, the guides are very accommodating to everyone in the group. We were guided by Maya and David, both of whom are wonderful! The three-hour hike is really suitable for absolutely everyone, even those without fitness. If you're in Alaska, don't miss Matanuska.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 23, 2023
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OndatRun
10 contributions
Sep 2020
The glacier was very pretty on a sunny day. The self-guided tour was good enough, although it is pretty minimal compared to the guided tour ($30 per person vs. $100 per person)

The store where you book has a lot of signs about COVID-19, but they don't follow their own rules. The sign says only 1 party inside at a time, but the old lady asked me to come in even though there was another party inside.

No one working there and no customers inside wore masks.
Written September 12, 2020
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Terri L
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Aug 2021
I do not normally do reviews but after my experience I felt a need to do one. We booked a tour to Matanuska Glacier for a group of us visiting Alaska. There were 5 adults and 5 kids. I had calculated what my total would be before I arrived since I had a few Alaska residents as part of the 10 and they have a different rate. Note: if you have any Alaska residents with you they are less expensive and can sponsor 2 non-Alaska residents but this is not advertised anywhere. The lady started by telling me this was a $1000 tour that is "discounted" down to $390.00 for the 10 of us. I told her that she must have done something wrong since I had already calculated what my cost should be. Instead of apologizing and checking her totals she argued with me. I stood my ground and asked her to show me her numbers. Well she had 3 Alaska residents at $35.00 each totalling $195.00 instead of $105.00. No apology whatsoever but did take my $300.00 cash. She proceeded to tell me that with a group of 10 that the expected tip is between $300.00 and $500.00!! My daughter has worked adventure guiding for many years and the various companies she has worked for has never told you how much you had to tip. The office lady also told me exactly where to be when I tipped the guide! If that is the expected tip then this place needs to add that to the price of the ticket. Of the 5 kids there was one aged 15 and the other 4 under the age of 8 so that left this $300 - $500 tip on the 5 adults. So much for the family experience that was somewhat cost effective. She also told me that if we "ever" put the 18 month old child that we had with us "on the ground" then I would need to pay for him as he was free as long as he was being carried. The hike itself was wonderful with a super great guide. I encourage visitors to take this hike in. However, the company needs to find office staff that is not so rude and they really need to find a better way to explain tipping options than to tell clients what they must tip! Totally left a very bad opinion of this company with me!!!
Written September 1, 2021
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martinigal25
Alpharetta, GA41 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
there is no other way to visit this other than to pay $65 dollars per person. You think for that kind of money they would at least pave their horrible road. They will apply heavy pressure on you to tip your guide by giving you an overinflated number at the beginning “as an estimate” and it’s cash only. For my group of 3 she quoted me 45-65 dollars for a tip. Yea ok. I thought a tip was just that…a tip. And only for superior service or experience. This was not the case here. So we went out. Group of about 20, all ages from 4-5 years old to Medicare aged. Guide was a college student who was not funny or sociable or talkative. He had zero business of being a guide for anything. He simply did not have the personality to be a tour guide, this stuff is not for everyone. We stopped here and there and he said a few sentences. $65 for a tip? Yea no. Tour was about 2 hrs. Takes what seems like an hour to even get on the ice, you stop like 3 or 4 times at cool spots for pics then you come down and walk back. is it worth it? I don’t know…probably wouldn’t do it again at this location.
Written July 10, 2021
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Yijing L
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Jul 2022 • Couples
I've travelled all over the world and this is definitely NO.1 tourist trap with rudest people I ever seen.

The website advised clearly it's over 2 hours hike "on the glacier" and I called two times to confirm it's around 3 hours in and out. However, the really time on the glacier was less than an hour with most of time walking around the edge. And you need to walk 30min one way for in and out on a muddy, no-view road.

The guide was impatient and unfriendly, the only “guided” part is not to go certain place because it might be dangerous, no introduction about how the glacier is formed, the changes nor evolution of glacier, etc.

Even worse, after finishing the tour and wrapped up in the car, a lady just came over our car and asked us to leave. Excuse me, I don't want to spend a second at this place.

I would recommend to hike exit glacier at Seward, where you can see the real glacier for little to no cost, this place is definitely against the great wilderness of Alaska.
Written September 6, 2022
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Skidder123
Bridgewater, MA15 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
We took the tour with Salmon Berry Tours arranged through Alaska Tour and Travel. We were picked up and warmly greeted by our lead guide named Joan who followed fantastic COVID protocols including taking our temperatures and requiring the 6 other participants to all wear masks while in transit. The van was a newer model and very comfortable. She and our other guide Josh wore a mask as well, even while speaking using a microphone. This was a great first step which showed the focus, care and safety the tour operator demonstrated throughout the day. Both Joan and her teammate Josh were fantastic in engaging the guests and are very knowledgeable about the history of the region, the glacier and environmental science. Joan has a great varied background including work with the National Park and is a great hiker and outdoor enthusiast. Josh is studying geology and has ascended Mt. Denali to various elevations and provided great insight throughout the trip. My wife and I are experienced hikers and the trip was a pleasant walk with fantastic weather and camaraderie throughout the day. We had an elder gentleman who the guides took special care with during the trip who. He could not safely make it all the way and Josh stayed with him while we completed the tour. This is another testament to the care and safety the guides exhibited during our excursion. The guides even provided loaned foot wear for those who didn’t have the right footwear.
The tour ended with a great lunch at a beautiful overlook on the glacier. We had a great deal of fun, met some great guests and were treated to a fantastic time by our guides Joan and Josh. Don’t look anywhere else for a guided trip to the glacier. This tour provider will not disappoint you.

The tour guides even provide loaned boots for those who didn’t have the right footwear.
Written August 30, 2021
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1930shanghai
San Francisco, CA59 contributions
Aug 2021
We chose this company based on great reviews here. But we were very disappointed with our experience. We went on 8/21 in the afternoon at 2:30. The group was over 20 people, too big for glacier walk with one guide. We are fit, but not as fast as people in their twenties. The guide only catered to the young people in our group and chatted with them along the way. Our group of 4 and another couple behind us could not hear anything. He would not even know if we fell or got lost, as the line with 20 people were quite long. With so many people to guide, he continued to rush us and managed to finish within 2 hours. The website stated 2-3 hours. I would imagined with larger group, taking pictures, etc would take longer. But no, not with this guide. And he repeated reminded us that we had signed our waiver. So if we fell or got lost, he would not rescue us. We understood we always had to sign waivers for activities like this. However, it made us feel really bad when reminded repeatedly. The couple walked behind us also requested the guide to slow down couple of times.
Then there was a black piece of ice and I fell. My hand pushed on the ice and got many small cuts. It was painful and blood was all over my hand. I asked the guide if he had any first aid. He slowly got his first aid out as he continued chatting with the other. I stood with my hand bleeding, listening to his unimportant side chatting with couple of young people. This is really unprofessional. Such bad customer service.
I am sure the company has many great guides and employees as all the reviews posted here. But I had to post this one as I was shocked by this guide's service. Hope others will have better experience than I did.
Written September 6, 2021
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Tyler A
19 contributions
Jul 2022 • Friends
We took the matanuska glacier hike with the guide in July 2022. It was an incredible experience, the views were beautiful and our guide Maggie was super knowledgeable and friendly. I will say the hike was very challenging - I’m in average physical shape and had a really tough time on some of the steep ice hills. At one point we had to climb up an ice ladder that the guide literally hacked into the side of an ice sheet with her hatchet. I will say I felt safe with the guide and she physically supported me/kept me from falling into a glacier crevice at one point. I would still recommend the hike because it’s a truly unique and breathtaking experience, but would just cation that it is actually much more challenging than described on the website.
Written July 6, 2022
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Circe018
Liverpool, NY16 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
This is a must do excursion! You are able to basically drive to the glacier. They no longer offer solo trips without a guide, but for $60 we took the road down to the glacier and had a guide. The guide was very knowledgeable about the glacier and helped is maneuver into the valley of the glacier as well as the face. Cramp ons and helmet were provided. Originally we wanted no guide but they knew exactly where to avoid and go. We drank glacier water off the glacier and were even offered the natural clay masked used in spas included .
Written May 29, 2021
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Travel_Addict_Cyprus
Michigan1,143 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Our hike on the Matanuska Glacier was the highlight of our 12-day trip to Alaska. There are many companies offering hikes on the Matanuska; we chose to go with Glacier Tours. I made the reservation via text. Instructions and suggestions were sent via text. We arrived at their office, checked in, and paid. We were asked to drive further in the park, to a big tent. There, we were given a helmet and hiking sticks, and sent to our group. We were asked if we wanted a fast pace or slower. I chose slower because i love to take lots of photos. Our group was only 6 people. Our guide provided some information along the way, and took us on the glacier, showing us caves, and a few other features.
Thankfully, this was one of the very few clear days that we had on our trip, but our tour was at 11am so the sun did not allow for great pics, but i do have quite a few nice ones.
A very enjoyable experience. I would definitely recommend this 3m trek on the Matanuska Glacier!
The cost was $150/person, but they also ask you to tip the guide.
Written September 14, 2023
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Yisroelf
Miami Beach, FL179 contributions
May 2021
The glacier is a fascinating and awe inspiring experience. Just one important update this year only guided tours are available. One cannot just pay and go on their own. The price for a guided tour is $100 per person. Just be aware.
Beyond that, the people are SUPER nice and friendly. We arrived thinking that we could just tour on our own. We had limited time and could not wait for the next tour. They arranged for a guide to take us right away and work within our schedule. It was very nice.
Tom our tour guide was very nice, friendly and knowledgeable. Very nice people!!
Written May 9, 2021
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