Glacier Discovery Tour
Day Tour from Anchorage 6-Hours
- Experience the Highlights of the Turnagain Arm.
- See stunning scenery along the scenic Seward Highway.
- Photo Opportunities along the way with stops at Beluga Point and Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
- Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.
- Enjoy Wide-Open Panoramic vistas high above the Chugach Mountains.
Trip Itinerary - 6 Hours
Experience the highlights of the Turnagain Arm! This day tour departs Anchorage for the scenic drive south along the edge of the Turnagain Arm on the Seward Parkway. This road is considered to be America’s most beautiful and scenic road, crossing mountain passes and majestic valleys. Along the way we will try to spot moose, caribou, eagles and other wildlife. On our way towards Portage Glacier, we will make a couple of stops for photo opportunities at Beluga Point and Bird Point. We will stop at Portage Glacier see as living glaciers continue to carve the landscape and shape the life on the Chugach National Forest.
Although Portage Glacier is no longer visible from the Visitor Center, due to its retreat, the face of the glacier is still partially in Portage Lake. Find out why Portage Glacier is one of Alaska's most popular attractions. Visit the sheer, awesome face of a mighty Alaska glacier located just an hour from Anchorage. Cruising across Portage Lake on the MV Ptarmigan, you'll stand just 300 yards from a relic of the Ice Age and watch for fractures of ice break off the glacier and crash into the water below
Afterwards, we will travel to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center opened to the public in 1993. It is located on 140 acres at the southern edge of Turnagain Arm and the entrance to Portage Valley. The center’s mission is to provide care and rehabilitation for injured and orphaned wildlife and to provide wildlife education and awareness. Animals that are unable to be released or survive in the wild are given refuge in the center's spacious habitats. Here people can safely get close, observe and photograph some of Alaska's largest land animals, including moose, bison, elk, deer, caribou, bears muskox, small mammals and birds of prey. During spring and summer, visitors can often witness the rehabilitation of orphaned baby animals of various species.
After an informative visit through the park with the largest of Alaska's wild animals, your tour will continue on to Girdwood, a quaint mining town turned ski resort at the base of Mt. Alyeska. We will make a lunch stop (not included) at one of our favorite local eateries, where you can purchase a variety of soups, sandwiches and salads. After lunch we will ascend the Chugach Mountains for amazing and panoramic views of the Turnagain Arm and beyond!
Allow up to 5 - 6 hours round trip from Anchorage for this tour. Trip operates May 15 to September 15. (tour time is approximate)
2017 Tour Cost & Times
TOUR DATES: Daily Departures from Downtown Anchorage Area. We do not pick up in private homes or B&B's, if this is your case, please inquiry about alternate pick up location.
DEPARTURE TIMES: 9:00am May - September (Please call us for other available times)
TOUR COST: $199 per person. Lunch is not included in this activity but we do provide water and snacks while on tour.
ACTIVITY LEVEL: EASY: Guests should be able to walk short distances on uneven ground. Trails surfaces vary from paved to uneven natural terrain. Tour participants must be able to walk a short distance and be able to get in/out of the tour vehicle with minimal assistance.
CANCELLATION POLICY: A MasterCard or Visa is required to make your reservation online. Your card will be charged when you book your trip. We require at least 48 hours notice for cancellations otherwise a cancellation fee of 50% may be charged. No-shows or cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will not be eligible for a refund. Late arrivals that miss the departure will be considered a No-Show.
FAMILY TRAVEL AND AGE LIMITS: Planet Earth Adventures welcomes families on tours and we often arrange custom tours and departures. We have a minimum age requirement of 6 years for our tours. We believe that you, as a parent or guardian, are best qualified to decide whether or not your child would enjoy the experience without compromising the comfort of others. Families traveling with children 6 years or younger should inquire about a private tour.