“Rivers of ice,” as Alaskans call glaciers, are some of the most incredible places in the country. Typically only accessible via snowmobile ride or jet ski, these massive ice formations are a must-see for anyone looking to experience the best of Alaska. Don’t just take our word for it, though—keep reading to learn everything there is to know about our glacier tours in Alaska.

What are you in for?

Simply checking out a “river of ice” might sound a bit ambiguous, and frankly, not all that exciting. But that couldn’t be any further from the truth! Here are just a few of the things you’ll experience when you’re on a glacier tour:

  • Incredible sights: A frozen river is a pretty cool thing to see. The good news, though, is that’s not the only extraordinary sight you’ll get during your tour. On your day trip, you’ll see towering mountains, wildlife and much more. Be sure to bring your camera, because you’ll never see anything quite like this again.
  • White-knuckle adventures: The final destination is just a small part of your glacier tour package. Our tours include either a snowmobile ride, jet ski ride or water taxi trip to actually reach the glacier. This is when you’ll fly through the forest, cross frozen rivers and see a variety of wildlife along the way.
  • A time you’ll never forget: The memories you’ll make during your glacier tour won’t soon be forgotten. Though you certainly won’t want to leave your camera at home, we suspect you won’t even need to take photos to remember your adventure to the glaciers!
    When is the best time to visit?

There’s never a wrong time to visit Alaska, as outdoor adventures abound all year long. But if you want to see the glaciers, the best time to head north is coming up soon! Due to global warming, the winter seems to come later and later each year. We used to be able to take visitors on snowmobiling adventures out to the glaciers at the beginning of December, but now we typically have to wait until the middle of January. If you want to be one of the first to see the glaciers in 2019, book your trip today!

How much will it cost?

At Alaska Wild Guides, our glacier tours begin at $275 per day. This snowmobile tour starts at 1:00 p.m. and lasts five and a half hours. Included in the cost are your boots, suits and a memorable ride through the forest that almost guarantees that you’ll see moose, lynx and maybe even wolves. We also offer five- to seven-day tours on the water that cost $350 per day, plus the cost of the water taxi. These tours take you to Harriman Fjord, where you’ll see stunning glaciers, otters playing in the water and much more.

As mentioned above, now is the best time to book glacier tours in Alaska. The weather conditions are nearly perfect for day trips to some of the most incredible glaciers in the world. If you’re not into taking a glacier tour for any reason, that’s okay, too! We offer a variety of backcountry tours that are sure to pique your interest. Check out the tour packages on our website to learn more.

On November 30, 2018, the Anchorage area was rattled by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. The quake brought down power lines and collapsed roads, but thankfully took zero lives. One worry was that the earthquake could deter tourism for years to come, as travelers may think it’s too dangerous to visit due to the threat of aftershocks.

Where some people may see a problem, though, we see an opportunity: now might be the best time to visit Alaska, especially if you’re interested in geology and want to experience an earthquake for yourself! Continue reading to learn a little bit more about earthquake tourism in Alaska.

What is earthquake tourism?

Earthquake tourism is a relatively new idea, and something that can vary from traveler to traveler depending on their interests. We imagine that it’s a combination of a standard Alaskan tour (i.e., visiting glaciers, hanging out in Anchorage, seeing wildlife) along with checking out some of the damaged caused by the earthquake and learning more about the quake itself.

The most exciting part of the tour, though, will be the prospect of feeling an earthquake for yourself. Unless you live near a fault line, the chances that you get to experience an earthquake are rather slim… until you hop on an airplane and come to visit Alaska!

Is earthquake tourism right for you?

Do you have the urge to visit Alaska? Do you have any interest in geology? Do you like to live on the wild side? Would you like to tell your friends incredible stories about your journey? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s time to book your earthquake tourism adventure!

Along with exploring one of our country’s most beautiful states, you may get the opportunity to be one of a select few visitors to experience the aftershocks firsthand! While you show your friends photos of glaciers and wildlife, you can tell them how you felt the ground move beneath your feet. We promise you’ll never have an adventure like this again.

Who should you contact to schedule a tour?

There is no shortage of companies in Alaska offering tours of glaciers, national forests and other outdoor adventures. But we promise that Alaska Wild Guides is the only tour company that’s willing to take you right to the epicenter and show you the effects of the recent earthquake up close and personal. There’s no telling how long aftershocks might last, and they will get weaker and weaker as time goes on. So, if you’re interested in experiencing an earthquake firsthand, we recommend calling us today to set up a tour. You’d hate to miss out on all the fun!
We understand that earthquake tourism in Alaska might not be right for everyone, but if it sounds like it’s up your alley, get in touch with us! We’ll show you the best of the “Last Frontier” at some of the most competitive rates you’ll find. We offer daily and weekly tours that appeal to all sorts of interests and hobbies. Reach out today to learn more!

Are you planning on visiting Alaska this winter? Great! You’re in for an incredible time—there’s something incredibly peaceful about taking in the sights and sounds of the Alaskan wilderness during the dead of winter. Of course, if you’re planning on spending a lot of time outside, it’s important that you prepare yourself by packing all the items you’re going to need to keep safe and warm.Here is some info about what you should pack for your Alaskan winter vacation:Parka: Temperatures in Alaska can get extremely low in the winter, especially as you head farther inland. Fairbanks, for example, can easily get down below -20 degrees Fahrenheit and colder. The expected temperatures will vary based on where you’re going and how the ocean currents are flowing. A lightweight parka can still hold up to extreme cold, and is also easily packable.

  • Hiking boots: Get yourself a good pair of strong, versatile hiking boots that are made with a water-resistant material to keep your socks dry when you’re trekking over snow and ice.
  • Long underwear: Long underwear provides a much-needed extra layer around your entire body that can make a big difference in your comfort when you’re outside for long stretches of the day during the winter. Silk long underwear is easy to quickly wash and dry overnight, and it’s light enough that you’ll be able to wear it without having to wear extremely baggy clothes on top.
  • Socks: The type of socks you bring with you can make a huge difference. Get some warm socks that are going to keep moisture away from your feet. Avoid cotton, because cotton absorbs sweat and moisture, which in cold weather will actually chill your feet. Instead, opt for synthetic materials, blends or wool—you’re going to stay much warmer using these types of socks,and be much happier for your decision.
  • Snow pants: When we say “snow pants,” we don’t mean the kinds of huge puffy pants you dressed in as a kid to go sledding. There are plenty of options for adults that include coveralls that can protect you while you’re snowmobiling, or pants that are insulated and made out of water-resistant fabrics, making them great for snowshoeing, hiking and skiing. You’ll be able to find these at most sporting goods and outdoor stores, as well as ski shops.
  • Gloves and mittens: Go for comfort over style with your gloves—you’re going to need to keep your hands warm. Bring a pair of heavyweight mittens as well, even if you’re not typically into wearing mittens. This will help you keep your hands much warmer when the temperature gets especially cold.
  • Sunscreen: You might not associate sunscreen with the winter, but you’re going to want it if you’re spending a lot of time outside. In fact, the light that bounces off the snow can make the sunlight even more intense than it is in the summer. This is why you’ll want sunglasses with you as well.

For more information about what to pack for your Alaskan winter vacation, contact the experts at Alaska Wild Guides today.

The busiest season of the year for tourism in Alaska is the summer. This shouldn’t be surprising—the summer is the biggest time of year for tourism just about everywhere. Plus, the weather is milder, and the days are brighter, making it more conducive to a lot of outdoor activities.

However, there is still a lot to see and experience here in Alaska even during the cold and dark of winter. The state doesn’t shut down when the weather gets cold. In fact, some of the greatest Alaskan experiences happen during the coldest and darkest months.Here are just a few examples of some of the things you might do if winter tourism in Alaska is on your calendar:

  • Northern Lights tours: You’re never going to have the opportunity to seethe Northern Lights here in Alaska during the summer, because it never really gets dark enough. During the winter, however, you can see some spectacular displays of the lights, especially if you take tours out to some of the ideal areas for gazing up at the sky. Even if you’ve seen the Northern Lights before, there’s something truly special about seeing them during an Alaskan winter.
  • Dog mushing tours and events: Alaska is famous for the Iditarod dog race, which takes place during the winter and is a fantastic spectator event. But even at other times in the winter, you can take tours and excursions to meet Iditarod racers and their dogs to hear what the race is like. You may even have the opportunity to get out on a dog sled ride yourself!
  • Snowmobile tours: Want an up-close look at the Alaskan wilderness that also gives you a bit of exhilaration and excitement? Snowmobile tours are extremely popular during the winter, and are a fantastic way to explore some of the state’s most gorgeous landscapes, including glaciers, rivers, lakes and so much more.
  • Skiing: There is a near-limitless number of skiing opportunities in Alaska, whether you’re looking for cross-country or downhill skiing. Bring your skis and snowboards and hit the slopes or trails!
  • Snowshoeing: Want a little more peaceful way to get out into the wilderness? You can go snowshoeing either by yourself or in a group, allowing you an opportunity to get off the beaten path a bit and see the Alaskan wilds.
  • Ice fishing: Alaska is famous for its fishing all year round, including its ice fishing. This is a classic winter experience here in Alaska, when the ice is especially thick. If you’re new to ice skating, or even if you’re a seasoned vet, you can always go out on a guided ice fishing excursion. The benefit of this is that it’ll often come with a portable shelter you can sit in while waiting for bites!

There are so many opportunities to have a great Alaskan experience during the winter. For more information about winter tourismin Alaska, contact the experts at Alaska Wild Guidestoday. We look forward to helping you plan your trip!