Want to experience Alaska’s wilderness in its full winter glory? Then you have to try out one of our Alaskan Glacier Day Tours, which give you an opportunity to get out and see the glaciers up close and personal.

During your trip on one of our glacier snowmobile day tours, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see not just the glaciers themselves (and walk and snowmobile on them), but you’ll also have the opportunity to see some of the famous Alaskan wildlife, including moose, lynx, ptarmigan and wolves. While seeing wildlife is never a guarantee, there’s always a chance you’ll see something interesting and memorable when you’re out in the Alaskan wilderness!

An Unforgettable Alaskan Getaway to Spencer Glacier

Be sure to bring your camera along with you to document the adventure—this is an experience not many people will be able to get in their lifetimes! While you might not be new to winter weather, you almost certainly haven’t experienced an area as truly wild and rugged as the Alaskan wilderness. For those who come from around the world or from the lower 48 states, it can almost feel like you’re entering an entirely different country.

This five-hour tour starts at either 9 a.m. or 1 p.m., and costs $275 per person, though you can also add passengers to your snowmobile for $150. Our guides will take you up the Spencer Glacier via the Placer River. If, however, the glaciers are closed by order of the forest service, we’ll take you through Turnagain Pass, which still offers some breathtaking views and incredible experiences.

More Winter Day Tours in Alaska

Our glacier snowmobile day tours aren’t the only tours we offer to our winter visitors. There are other opportunities to go on backcountry adventures. The Iditarod All-Day Tour gives you a more thorough wilderness experience and keeps you out for the entire day. This is a perfect option for beginning snowmobilers and anyone who wants to follow the Iditarod Trail and learn a little bit about Alaskan history. We’re capable of customizing any tour you take to fit your skill level and interests.

But no matter what tour you take, they all start the same way: you’ll meet your tour guides, get into all the snow gear (including boots and snowsuits), take transportation up to the trailhead and then get some instruction on how to ride your snowmobile. Make sure you’re bundled up, ready to go and are willing to embrace the adventure and the experience of a lifetime on your day tour!

Multi-day Guided Snowmobile Tours

Finally, if you have an explorer’s spirit and are looking for something a bit more advanced, we do offer multi-day snowmobile adventures, including the four-day Iditarod Adventure tour, the three-day Alaska Explorer trip that takes you from Lake Louise Lodge to McLaren River Lodge, and the Alaska Explorer II trip, which takes you through forests, open fields and historic trails.

There are plenty of options to get you out and enjoying the Alaskan wilderness this winter. Contact Alaska Wild Guides today for more information about our glacier day tours in Alaska!

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If you’re planning your first-ever trip to the great wilds of Alaska, you may be wondering whether or not you should go it alone or work with a trusted company offering experienced Alaskan tour guides as you explore the Last Frontier State.

While there are a number of benefits that you may experience traveling alone, they likely don’t outweigh the cons, especially if this is going to be your first time in Alaska. While you may be able to travel at your own pace and take a few additional detours when traveling alone, Alaska is a vast, shockingly large state with lots of hidden treasures that you may not be able to see without the assistance of a knowledgeable local guide.

If you’re concerned about the costs of a guided tour versus traveling alone, there are a number of things to consider when calculating your total costs; while it may seem like a larger sum initially, under certain circumstances traveling alone may actually be the more costly option.

Here are just some of the benefits you’ll experience when traveling with Alaskan tour guides:

Insider knowledge: When you travel with Alaskan tour guides, you’re traveling with a resident who’s exceptionally knowledgeable about the history of the local area, hidden gems that you simply have to see and the most relevant safety tips. You’ll learn a lot more about your destinations when traveling with a guide.

Social experiences: There’s nothing better than enjoying the stunning beauty of Alaska—other than enjoying it with a slew of like-minded people and new friends. When you travel with a guided, escorted tour group in Alaska, you can enjoy some of the world’s most amazing scenery with a small group of interesting people that may become lifelong friends.

All the planning is taken care of: Planning a trip, especially to a locale as remote and difficult to access as Alaska, can be a real challenge. When you travel with an escorted group, however, you don’t have to worry about booking hotels, procuring transportation or even finding a good spot to eat! All the planning is taken care of by your knowledgeable tour guides.

More cost-effective: While it may seem like the cost of booking a prearranged escorted tour is more than the cost of traveling independently, you almost always get more bang for your buck when traveling with a group. Because tour groups have prearranged relationships with restaurants, museums, hotels and coach companies, they can often secure better rates.

Since 2011, Alaska Wild Guides has been a premier source of Alaska tour guides. We’re proud to offer exciting adventure trips through the great Alaskan wilderness. Our highly qualified, exceptionally knowledgeable team members will provide you with a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experience unlike anything you’ve ever known before. We offer year-round tours for people of all ages and physical fitness levels. To learn more about our upcoming tour schedule or to find an adventure tour that’s right for you, reach out to one of our friendly representatives today.

The aurora borealis, or northern lights, is an astronomical phenomenon caused by magnetic winds falling toward Earth after solar storms on the surface of the sun. When these magnetic winds interact with the Earth’s magnetic field, the opposing magnetic fields result in dazzling displays of color and light that dance across the sky. Viewing the northern lights, whether it’s for the first time or the hundredth time, can be an amazing and transformative experience.

These exciting, awe-inspiring events have dazzled people in the northern reaches of the globe for centuries. Stories of dancing lights in the sky populate the mythologies of many indigenous peoples throughout Alaska, Northern Canada and beyond.

If you’re planning a trip to the Last Frontier State in the near future, you may be wondering how you can optimize your chances of seeing the northern lights in Alaska. While the event really depends on unpredictable solar flares, there are a number of steps that you can take that will increase your chances of seeing the lights, including:

Plan for the right time of year: If you’re hoping to see the northern lights in Alaska, don’t visit in the summertime! The near constant daylight makes it impossible to see space weather activity, regardless of how strong it may be. The northern lights are most visible during the equinox months of March and September, thanks to the tilt of the Earth’s axis.

Go north: The further north you are, the more likely it is that you’ll experience the northern lights. It’s advisable to start in Fairbanks, and travel north from there if you hope to see the northern lights. While it is possible to see them in the more southerly areas around Anchorage or on the Alaska Panhandle, it’s a substantially lower chance.

Check the predictions: Check up on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Space Weather Prediction Center for up-to-date predictions on solar activity. Additionally, checking the regular weather forecast can help you determine if the sky will be clear enough to see any space weather activity.

Get out of town: Don’t expect to see the northern lights in Alaska in the center of Fairbanks, or any other mid-size town, for that matter. Your best chance of receiving an immersive northern lights experience is to get far out of town, away from the bright lights of the city.

If you’re hoping to truly optimize your chances of seeing the aurora borealis while traveling in Alaska, your best bet is to book a spot with a special northern lights tour.

Alaska Wild Guides is a wilderness adventure tour company in Girdwood, AK offering extensive tours of the Last Frontier State, including tours designed to help guests see the northern lights in Alaska. To learn more about our comprehensive range of wilderness adventure tours, or to join in our next Northern Lights tour, reach out to one of our friendly, knowledgeable representatives today. We strive to provide each and every one of our guests with an awe-inspiring, once-in-a-lifetime experience that they’re sure to remember.

One of the most popular excursions people take while they’re on an Alaskan vacation is a trip out to see the glaciers up close. While most people only ever see these massive ice formations from afar on cruise ships, trains or helicopters, others choose to go on hikes that allow them to get on top of the glaciers themselves.

So how should you go about preparing for your glacier tour in Alaska? Here’s some information to keep in mind as you pack your suitcase.

How to dress

No matter what time of year you visit Alaska, you’re going to want to dress in layers. In the summer the weather can be in the 70s with plenty of sun, or it can be in the 40s with rain. In the fall and spring the weather is almost unpredictable, and in the winter the extra layers will keep you warm during the long, cold, dark hours.

Here’s a list of clothing items we recommend you pack for your glacier tour excursion. There will be some variance for each person depending on their comfort level and the type of glacier tour you expect to go on, but this should give you at least something you can work off of:

  • Wool socks: Wool socks provide extra warmth, absorbency and cushion, which makes them comfortable for long walking excursions and less likely to result in you having wet feet all day if you’re trudging through rain or snow.
  • Long underwear: Cotton long underwear can help you stay warm on long hikes and sightseeing excursions.
  • Pants: Jeans are just fine for your hike, but synthetic pants will also work.
  • Shirts: Bring a few long-sleeve shirts, as well as short-sleeve or t-shirts, giving you some layer options.
  • Jacket: We recommend a sweater or a fleece jacket to act as your insulation layer. If you know you get cold easily, you might want to bring a couple.
  • Shoes: While normal tennis shoes are flexible and always welcome on any type of trip, we strongly recommend waterproof hiking boots for a glacier excursion, or for any type of long hike, really.
  • Rain gear: Lightweight rain gear is helpful if rain is in the forecast. It should be easily compactable so you can fit it in with your other gear.
  • Hat: Bring a wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears.
  • Gloves: Light cotton gloves are ideal for hiking.

Equipment

Beyond the clothes you bring, you’re going to want to have some equipment with you. Again, the equipment you need depends mostly on the type of excursion you’re taking, so keep that in mind.

  • Day pack: This pack will allow you to carry everything you need on your excursion, and should be capable of keeping these items dry.
  • Sunglasses: Polarized sunglasses are ideal.
  • Binoculars: The Alaskan wilderness is vast and expansive, and a pair of binoculars will help you take in all the sights.
  • Toiletries: Any personal toiletries you may want to bring for particularly long hikes or overnights are a good idea.
  • Medications: Any medications you need or depend on should be in your pack.
  • Snacks: Trail snacks are helpful to keep you going as the day drags on.
  • Other: Phone, camera, batteries, journals, pens, etc.

For more information about preparing for your glacier tour in Alaska, contact Alaska Wild Guides today.