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Glacier Walk

Hike on Alaska’s largest road-accessible glacier with our trained Glacier Guides!

Price Per Person
9 hours
Group Size
8:30AM - 5:30PM
8:30AM - 5:30PM

Glacier Walk

Description, Itinerary, Tour Map, Details, Cancellation Policy, Travel Insurance


"An Alaskan glacier hike through uncompromising beauty"

Take a hike on the Matanuska Glacier, Alaska’s largest road-accessible glacier! We supply all glacier gear and provide the ONLY Wilderness First Responder and Glacier Trekking and Rescue trained Glacier Experts guiding on the Matanuska Glacier year-round. Our 6:1 guest to guide ratio offers you the best photo opportunities of the valley, meltwater pools, ice caves, and other ice formations. Shuttle from Anchorage with local Alaskans and lunch at a lodge overlooking the glacier is included. 


  • Local Alaskan Glacier Guide(s)

Wilderness First Responder and Glacier Trekking and Rescue trained Guides

  • Small Group

1 to 6 guide to guest ratio while on the glacier

  • 2 - 3 hours trekking on the Matanuska Glacier
  • Admission into Matanuska Glacier Park
  • Lunch at local lodge
  • Photo Stops
  • Snacks & Water
  • Gear (Complimentary)

Glacier Gear (helmets, trekking pole, and microspikes)

  • Anchorage Pick Up (3 hotels per tour)


  • Guide Gratuity
  • Ice Climbing

Try a local favorite! Journey north of Anchorage and explore the Matanuska Glacier's many incredible features, such as moraine and glacial blue meltwater pools, in Southcentral's beautiful Matanuska Valley.

From downtown Anchorage we make the scenic drive north to the Matanuska Glacier: a frozen 27-mile long river of ancient ice. Thousands of years old, this massive glacier is tucked up into the head of the Matanuska Valley. You will spend 2 hours trekking with our glacier guides by your side, learning how the Matanuska Glacier was born and how it shaped the landscape in the Matanuska Susitna Valley. Explore blue meltwater pools and awesome ice formation.

Walking on ice is slippery fun, so we provide our guests with helmets, a trekking pole (walking stick) and microspikes that attach to your shoes. We require our guests to bring sturdy footwear (stiff-soled hiking boots or shoes) and suggest that you bring an extra pair of socks. Don't be surprised if your shoes get covered with glacial flour. This glacial till is finely ground rock the glacier has created - it makes for great facials! This tour does require walking on uneven surfaces for at least 2 hours - guests must be able bodied.

Your all-inclusive tour allows you to warm up with hot beverages and a hearty lunch (provided) at a local lodge as well as complimentary snacks and water throughout your adventure!

Conclude your adventures with transportation back to your Anchorage hotel!

Need additional outdoor winter gear for your tour? Salmon Berry provides snow-pants, boots, gloves, and more from our closet to our guests on this tour!

Special Notes: This is a "soft adventure" day tour. If you're interested in a more adventurous glacier tour, then we would love to set you up with one of our local partners for more strenuous glacier hiking or even glacier ice climbing!

Glaciers are an inherently dangerous environment, and Matanuska Glacier is no exception. Salmon Berry Tours has been in business since 2005, and we have been trekking on Matanuska Glacier since 2011. We are fully insured for glacier trekking. We never use novice guides for our glacier trips, and we take our training very seriously. We operate in small groups, for additional safety, with 1 glacier guide for every 6 guests. This 1:6 glacier guide to guest ratio guarantees two glacier guides per tour. For more information about our guides, check out the About Us page, and read about the professional glacier guides on our team!


  • Local Alaskan Guide(s)

Narration provided by a CDL Certified Alaskan Guide (English Speaking)

Wilderness First Responder and Glacier Trekking and Rescue trained Guides (English Speaking)

  • Small Group

A more personal experience of up to 12 guests in our clean and comfortable sprinter vans

1 to 6 guide to guest ratio while on the glacier 

  • All Inclusive

Admission into Matanuska Glacier Park

Approximately 2 mile guided hike to and on the Matanuska Glacier 

Lunch at a local lodge overlooking the Matanuska Glacier is provided

  • Photo Stops

Stretch your legs for up close views or simply look through our panoramic windows

  • Snacks & Water

An assortment of complimentary snacks and water are available throughout the tour

  • Gear (Complimentary)

Glacier Gear (helmets, trekking pole, and microspikes) is provided to each guest 

Access to our gently used gear (boots, snowpants, winter coats, raincoats, mittens, hats, etc.) is available

*Gear must be requested at time of booking to assure gear available during your tour

  • Hotel Pick Up (3 Hotels Per Tour)

Pick up available from major hotels located within Anchorage

*Please note that we do limit pick ups to 3 hotels per tour. BOOK NOW TO CONFIRM YOUR PICK UP

  • Office Pick Up

Conveniently located in downtown Anchorage

*Please select "Meet at Salmon Berry Tours Office" at time of booking to confirm

  • Drop Off

Drop off is available from major hotels located within Anchorage

*Drop off at Anchorage's Ted Stevens International Airport may be available if requested in advance


  • Guide Gratuity

Gratuity is never expected. Gratuity is earned & always appreciated, estimate a basic guide gratuty of $10 per guide for your day trip.

  • Ice Climbing

While we don't offer ice climbing, we can book a reservation for you with one of our trusted local partners

Day Tour Cancellation Policy

For direct booking cancellations outside 24 hours before the first day of your tour, a 10% fee will be withheld. For cancellations inside 24 hours, no refund applies. 

Salmon Berry Travel & Tours recommends travel insurance provided by TravelSafe Insurance. Our recommendation is based on positive guest feedback. In particular, the experience of one Salmon Berry guest is instructive:

Our guest had booked the vacation of a lifetime and the ultimate Alaska package. She had to cancel the trip a week before it began due to unfortunate circumstances.

She later told us that within ten minutes of phone time her claim was processed in full. She was very pleased with TravelSafe Insurance's immediate and empathetic response. Getting a refund for her trip was the last thing she wanted to think about, and TravelSafe Insurance took care of her needs and concerns immediately. 

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