When I went to Iceland a year ago I was amazed by the glaciers but never had the chance to climb them. I decided to go to Alaska earlier this year and knew I could not leave without doing a glacier hike. There were so many options around Anchorage: Exit Glacier, Matanuska Glacier and of course Spencer Glacier. I did my research and decided on Spencer Glacier with Ascending Path. It was known to be less crowded and it comes with a kayak tour through the ice bergs.
The tour starts early from Anchorage and takes two hours on the Alaska Railroad. The scenery on the train ride is beautiful! There’s views of Denali, glaciers and gorgeous ocean views. The train also stops in Whittier for about 20 minutes to explore.
Once we arrived to our destination I saw the lake with large ice bergs and Spencer Glacier in the distance. I was so excited for this activity as it has always been a bucket list of mine. Even better that I got to kayak through ice bergs AND ice trek! #winning
Our private tour had a total of 4 people including the guide. It was perfect to get to know one another. While kayaking through the ice bergs we got close to the point we could touch them!
Once we made it to Spencer Glacier we put on our crampons. Crunch crunch crunch I went on the ice! There’s something special about hiking on the ice with metal spikes and feeling like you can climb the world. BTW, we had the entire lake and glacier to oursevles! One of the top reasons why Spencer Glacier should be your choice.
We hiked and hiked and hiked looking for ice caves and found a few small ones that were safe to look into. There were many times I felt like I was going to fall but the crampons are pretty amazing tools on your feet.
We hiked for hours and it didn’t feel like it at all! It was so much fun hiking the glaciers and seeing such amazing views. I didn’t want it to end. On the way back we kayaked next to Spencer Glacier before heading back.
This was one of the best experiences I have ever done! If you’re thinking about ice trekking or kayaking through ice bergs I highly suggest this tour. It’s the best way to experience both in one tour. On the way back on the Alaska Railroad we saw one of the best sunsets ever! Wish I took a photo of it, itt was the perfect way to end our day.
Things to know before your hike:
- The tour is from June 1st – September 13th
- Tour includes lunch, water, snacks and transportation
- Tour includes all necessary gear (rain jacket, gloves, crampons)
- I recommend purchasing Waterproof Hiking Shoes
- Wear synthetic clothing, NO COTTON
- It was not as cold as you would think – roughly 60s early September
- Don’t forget your sunglasses and camera!
- Cost per person $379
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Have you hiked a glacier? Comment below and let me know where!