Day 6 - Matanuska Glacier Tour
Today you have a chance to explore a local favorite. At
twenty-seven miles long, four miles wide, and approximately 21,000
years old, the Matanuska Glacier is an icy behemoth of epic
proportions. This ancient stretch of ice sits at the head of the
Matanuska Susitna Valley (Mat-Su Valley) and is the largest glacier
in the United States that you can access by car. It would be an
understatement to say it is the perfect place for an adventure.
Your excursion takes you directly onto the face of the glacier
with a guide by your side. Your guide helps you get fitted with all
the proper gear for safe hiking, and then you are off to be
submersed in otherworldly scenery. Capture breathtaking views of
the Alaskan Range, the Talkeetna Mountains, and the Chugach
Mountains all around you while exploring this icy playground.
Explore brilliant blue meltwater pools and remarkable ice
formations. As you hike, your guide introduces the glacier's
history and notes how it has changed the landscape of the Mat-Su
Valley. Wrap up your adventure with a relaxing lunch overlooking
the glacier's ever-impressive ice. Overnight Anchorage.
*This activity requires the ability to walk one to two miles (2
to 3 hours) on uneven surfaces. Ice cleats, walking sticks, and