SPENCER GLACIER HIKE IN ALASKA

Spencer Glacier

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 Experience

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.

Whittier

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!

Spencer Glacier

Spencer Glacier

Spencer Glacier

Spencer Glacier

Spencer Glacier

Spencer Glacier

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.

Spencer Glacier

Spencer Glacier

Spencer Glacier

Spencer Glacier

Spencer Glacier

Spencer Glacier

Spencer Glacier

Spencer Glacier

Spencer Glacier

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.

Spencer Glacier

Spencer Glacier

Spencer Glacier

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.

Spencer Glacier

Spencer Glacier

Spencer Glacier

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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Spencer Glacier Hike in Alaska

 

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18 comments

  • Gokul Raj

    December 10, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Wow….this place looks so surreal. It would have been a great experience to kayak through the glaciers.

    1. Tour de Lust

      December 11, 2016 at 8:48 am

      It really is! It was something I have always wanted to do.

  • Hra

    December 11, 2016 at 12:18 am

    wow great post!! I love your photos… they make me to wanna go there!! Thanks for sharing with us 🙂

    1. Tour de Lust

      December 11, 2016 at 8:48 am

      You should! I want to go back!

  • neha

    December 11, 2016 at 1:16 am

    That sunrise picture that you have captured..I have no words to describe it. Alaska is on my bucket list. I would love to visit this glacier

    1. Tour de Lust

      December 11, 2016 at 8:48 am

      You will love it! It was a bucket list of mind for so long.

  • Nicki

    December 11, 2016 at 1:53 am

    I remember when you went to Alaska! I loved all these photos. This is the last of the 50 states I need to get to you and your photos have encouraged me to go soon <3

    1. Tour de Lust

      December 11, 2016 at 8:49 am

      Yay! That’s pretty awesome you’re about to hit 50 states!

  • Harsh Gupta

    December 12, 2016 at 6:21 am

    Alaska is my dream destination seriously. And i love all your pictures! Hiking on ice must have been so difficult but super fun, i can vouch for!

    1. Tour de Lust

      December 12, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      It really is a dream!! It was such a great experience, you will love it!

  • Jo

    December 13, 2016 at 6:00 am

    Damn you kayaked through icebergs??? How cool is that? I hope I can make it to Alaska one day and experience this wonderful kayak/hike experience in snow. I don’t know if I can manage in these insanely sub zero temps – I guess I will just layer up!!!

    1. Tour de Lust

      December 14, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      It was amazing! I went in September so it was in the 60s!

  • Sally

    December 14, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Woah that looks like such an awesome experience. Not only the hiking on the glacier itself but even the kayaking looks like epic fun! Yes please!

    1. Tour de Lust

      December 14, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      Totally! I loved kayaking through the big icebergs!

  • Shobha

    December 14, 2016 at 2:27 am

    We went inside a glacier on a tour in Iceland. The kids thought the crampons were so much fun. I’d love to try something like this. My big worry would have been the cold but 60 degrees is positively a warm sunny day here in England 🙂

    1. Tour de Lust

      December 14, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      It wasn’t cold at all! I think September was the perfect time to go.

  • Casey

    April 11, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    I’ve heard so many amazing things about Alaska! I definitely had the wrong idea thinking it would be freezing… Sounds like beautiful weather to me! Thank you for the inspiration!!!

    1. Tour de Lust

      April 11, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      No problem Casey!! Alaska has great weather when you go at the right time =)

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