Glacier Blue Kayak and Grandview Tour

Anchorage, Alaska, United States

Experience hosted by Ari

  1. 12.5 hours
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

Paddle around magnificent icebergs and up to the Spencer Glacier terminus. Hike onto the gravel glacier moraine and get up close to the glacier blue ice. Enjoy two Alaska Trains: The Coastal Classic & the Glacier Discovery Train, traveling thru the most scenic Grandview & Tunnels sections of the AK Railroad.

Glacier Blue Kayak Tour Itinerary:
(Coastal Classic Train with Glacier Discovery Return)

6:45 AM – Coastal Classic departs Anchorage (Breakfast & Coffee is available on the train, but please let the onboard supervisor know that you will be getting off at Spencer Glacier and need to eat early.)
8:05 AM – Coastal Classic departs Girdwood
9 AM – Arrive at Spencer Whistle Stop
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Kayak Tour on Spencer Lake and Glacier Trek
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Lunch
2 – 5 PM – Scenic Train Ride to Grandview thru the Upper Placer River Gorge Canyon
5:15 PM – Arrive in Portage and board motorcoach back to Anchorage
6:45 PM – Arrive in Anchorage

Other things to note:
-A perfect paddle for beginners and expert paddlers.
-There is no tidal influence at Spencer Lake and the mornings are the calmest and beautiful time at Spencer Glacier.
-We use tandem (2-person), sit-in kayaks to explore icebergs on Spencer Lake
-Our Max Guests to Guide Ratio is 6:1.
-This trip can start from Anchorage or Girdwood, AK.
Paddle around magnificent icebergs and up to the Spencer Glacier terminus. Hike onto the gravel glacier moraine and get up close to the glacier blue ice. Enjoy two Alaska Trains: The Coastal Classic & the Glacier Discovery Train, traveling thru the most scenic Grandview & Tunnels sections of the AK Railroad.

Glacier Blue Kayak Tour Itinerary:
(Coastal Classic Train with Glacier Discovery Return)

6:45 AM – Coastal C…

What's included

  • Food
    Sacked lunch
    Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions o...
  • Equipment
    All necessary kayaking safety equipment: Personal flotation device, splash...

Meet your Host, Ari

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 21 Reviews
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Born and bred in Alaska, Ari has been a ski bum and river guide since earning his bio degree. He met his wife, Melanee on top of Cornbiscuit Mountain in the Chugach Range while ski touring and they have three adventurous young kids. He has called Girdwood’s Glacier Valley home - the best mountain town in AK. Ari's guide service, Chugach Adventures, is one of Southcentral Alaska's only true all-Alaskan guide teams. Chugach Adventures offers glacier, raft, kayak, wildlife, camping, salmon bake & hiking adventure tours that are suitable for all abilities & adventure levels.
Born and bred in Alaska, Ari has been a ski bum and river guide since earning his bio degree. He met his wife, Melanee on top of Cornbiscuit Mountain in the Chugach Range while ski touring and they have three adventurous young kids. He has called Girdwood’s Glacier Valley home - the best mountain town in AK. Ari's guide service, Chugach Adventures, is one of Southcentral Alaska's only true all-Alaskan guide teams. Chugach Adventures offers glacier, raft, kayak, wildlife, camping, salmon ba…
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From $405/ person

Where you'll be

The only way to access Spencer Glacier is via Train Ride or Helicopter. This trip can start from Anchorage or Girdwood, please let us know your preference. There is no tidal influence at Spencer Lake and the morning paddles tend to be calm and beautiful. The total paddle distance is approximately 4 miles. Please let us know your kayak experience level so that we can tailor your tour to your group's ability & ambition.

Rated 4.90 out of 5 from 21 reviews.

Theresa
August 2021
was nice paddle but they need to explain its a two person kayak event. spent more time hiking than kayaking .guides need to focus on all clients not planning own ski trips, poor taste.
Aimee
August 2021
This adventure was spectacular! The guides are able to make it exciting and memorable for all ages and body types. I’m middle age and a bit out of shape, but there were some in my group older and some younger and everyone was able to go at their own pace or the had option to just stop and enjoy the scenery.
Ying
July 2021
What a memorable trip! Our family had a great fun. The lunch packages were super sweet too! Thank you Ari and your team!
Judith
July 2021
This tour was wonderful, we are michigan paddlers, and felt well cared for. food was put together local with reusable no trash and was amazing. Our guides Sadie and Ruh made this adventure so prefect for all of us This is a memory maker. wow, great job!
James
June 2021
Alex and Ben were amazing guides. They did an excellent job leading our group and answering questions. Great experience and a beautiful location.
Cassandra
September 2019
We had Corey and Brooke, they were wonderful!! They helped us get comfortable in the kayak and stayed near so we didn't get left behind. They shared stories about adventures they've had, they informed us of the dangers that can be unseen, and there general knowledge of area. I would definitely do this experience again!!

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    Things to know

    Guest requirements

    You’ll need a photo that matches the one on your ID to confirm who’s actually going on this experience.
    Guests ages 8 and up can attend, up to 6 guests total.
    All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.
    The activity level for this experience is moderate.

    What to bring

    Warm clothing layers & rain jacket
    Shoes with good tread for short hike
    Camera

    Cancellation policy

    Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.