Visiting Rivers of Ice: A Few Things to Know About Glacier Tours in Alaska

“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.

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