Tour code: 5922MATANUSKA
Embark on a moderate, 2-hour hike in Matanuska-Susitna Valley on this full-day tour from Anchorage. During your trek along Matanuska Glacier, pass dramatic blue meltwater pools and ice formations. Capture incredible views of the Alaska Range, the Talkeetna Mountains and the Chugach Mountains, and gain insight into the local geology from a seasoned guide. Finish the hike with a relaxing Alaskan lunch overlooking the glacier. This Matanuska glacier hike comes with gear, safety equipment and hotel transport.


  • Hiking tour of Matanuska Glacier with round-trip transport from Anchorage
  • Take a guided hike along the ancient Matanuska Glacier, tucked in the picturesque Matanuska-Susitna Valley
  • Explore stunning meltwater pools, towering ice formations and mysterious crevasses
  • Learn about how this glacier was formed from your expert guide
  • Enjoy an Alaskan lunch overlooking the glacier
  • All safety equipment included

What You Can Expect

Matanuska Glacier Hike from Anchorage

The Matanuska Glacier

You’ll be picked up from your Anchorage hotel in the morning and driven 35 miles (56 km) northwest to the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. You’ll be provided water and snacks on your comfortable, scenic ride.

Shaped by three mountain ranges – the Alaska Range, the Talkeetna Mountains and the Chugach Mountains – this amazing valley was carved by glaciers, leaving thousands of rivers and lakes. Your destination is the Matanuska Glacier, a 27-mile long (43-km) river of ice dating back thousands of years. This is the largest glacier in Alaska accessible by vehicle!

You’ll spend two hours hiking along the glacier with your expert guide, who’ll explain how the glacier has formed and shaped the landscape in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. You’ll be provided a helmet, walking stick and crampons for your shoes for easy exploration of the blue melt-water pools, ice formations and deep crevasses that make up this amazing natural wonder.

Your guide will take you to the glacier’s most spectacular sites. Plus, because the Matanuska Glacier is a weather hole, cold air from the glacier forces warm air upward toward the mountain peaks, so chances are you’ll be treated to sunny skies and favorable weather.

At midday, stop for a traditional Alaskan lunch at a scenic spot overlooking the glacier. At the end of your tour, you’ll be taken back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Antonia P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

a lot of good information, incredible sights to see!


2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better December 2013

Bus tour guide did not accompany us due to feeling sick. Glacier tour guide went and she mainly spoke Spanish with a spanish couple on our trip and spent most of her time with them. My crampons did not fit correctly and kept twisting causing me to slide and fall. You need appropriately senior guides who respect all individuals and not ones who are too young and act like juveniles. It ruined an obvious beautiful experience. We paid too well for this guide to ruin it for us and it was our last tour of our vacation. . .

From USD $ 249.00

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