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Glaciers and Wildlife: Super Scenic Day Tour from Anchorage

From US$199.00
  • Full-day Alaska sightseeing tour from Anchorage
  • Explore the glaciers, mountains, and lakes that surround the Alaskan capital
  • Marvel at some of the world's highest tides at the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet
Glaciers and Wildlife: Super Scenic Day Tour from Anchorage
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Glaciers and Wildlife: Super Scenic Day Tour from Anchorage
Be awed by supersized glaciers and the hardy wildlife of the tundra on this full-day tour through the rugged Alaskan wilderness. Departing from Anchorage, drive along a scenic byway to the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet, framed by the dramatic Chugach and Kenai mountain ranges. Cruise on the lake that laps against the ancient blue ice of Portage Glacier, stop for lunch at a cozy lodge, and get an up-close look at Alaskan wildlife such as caribou, musk ox, and lynk at a conservation center.
What to Expect
Enjoy the spectacular, rugged terrain of the Chugach and Kenai mountain ranges split by the exciting and unusual waters of the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet along the Seward Highway. The tides here are among the highest in the world. Watch as rushing water ebbs and flows. It’s even possible to spot a Dall sheep, an eagle or even a Beluga whale. This drive is along one of only a handful of roads designated as an All-American Road and one of 150 designated as a National Scenic Byway.

After your hotel pick-up, the first stop is the Portage Glacier one-hour cruise aboard the MV Ptarmigan, a sightseeing vessel specially built for the calm lake that was formed by the glacier. The captain will take you so close to the blue ice you think you could feel it. On-board, a glacier guide will give you detailed facts about glaciers and the unique eco-system of the area and answer any questions you may have.

The lunch stop is next at a comfortable, reasonably priced Alaskan Lodge. Afterward, it’s on to see the bears, moose, caribou, wolf, musk ox, wood bison and a variety of other orphaned and injured animals at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. There is no rushing here. It is a walk-through/drive-through facility where you observe the animals in a natural setting with 360 degree mountain views. You can go out on your own and meet up at a designated time or hang out with the guide to learn more about Alaska's animals.

Relax on your return ride back up the Turnagain Arm. Nearing Anchorage you will drive through local neighborhoods on the “hillside” learning about local life on the way to a vantage point overlooking the City and the Cook Inlet. On a clear day you can see Denali and four mountain ranges.

This small group tour is guided by long time Alaskans who know the area intimately and are eager to share what they love about living here year-round.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great tour... loved the glacier and boat

We really loved this tour with Kris. We had a small group of 11 in a comfortable van. We were picked up and dropped off at our hotel even though it wasn’t one that could be selected when booking. First stop was Flattop Mountain. Great...More

1  Thank davidwh64
Reviewed 1 week ago
Stunning Views of Anchorage and Beyond!

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful time on our tour! Our guide, Kris, was friendly, knowledgeable, and entertaining! We have been singing his signature... "Viva, Alaska!" since we left! We got great photographs from Flattop Mountain, enjoyed the scenic vistas and stops along the...More

Thank Valerie G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great time with our driver, KRIS. He was VERY personable, very knowledgable and interjected his personal info and history made the trip wonderful. The PORTAGE GLACIER BOATRIDE was breathtaking, and the base of the glacier is impressive. Kris made the tour wonderful,...More

Susan F, Owner at 907 Tours: Anchorage - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kris even has a CD of his recitations of Robert Service. He has the perfect voice and phrasing and does Service so well. His extensive knowledge and experiences in Alaska makes our tours memorable. Portage Glacier is a lovely experience, so much blue ice and...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
I recommend this tour!

The tour was a perfect introduction to Alaska's nature and wildlife. Kris was a great guide. I had a great time.

Thank Johan M
Susan F, Owner at 907 Tours: Anchorage - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

It's our pleasure to introduce you to Alaska. Kris is an asset to our company and a wonderful person. He has so many experiences to share about living in our unique State.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Great day!

Our giide, Kris, managed to turn a rainy, cold, and miserable day into an unforgettable experience. Thank you so much. Highly recommend.

1  Thank grammacarolg
Susan F, Owner at 907 Tours: Anchorage - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wow! This is the best review Kris could ever get. As an owner and a guide rainy, cold days are the most challenging. I'm so glad your experience was unforgettable. It's what we strive for every day, no matter what the circumstances.

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