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Portage Glacier

Portage Glacier

Portage Lake Loop

The Basics

Due to dramatic recession over the past years, this still-impressive ice flow is no longer visible from the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center. To get up close to the ice, travelers need to head out on the ice-filled waters with a boat tour on Portage Lake or hike one of several trails that lead to the glacier.

Full-day tours to the glacier from Anchorage might also include a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a tram ride to the top of Mt. Alyeska, wildlife spotting along the scenic Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet, or a photo stop at Beluga Point.

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Portage Glacier Cruise and Wildlife Explorer Tour
Portage Glacier Cruise and Wildlife Explorer Tour
star-4.5
$199.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Chris is the best
Chris was an excellent tour guide. He had great knowledge and really work hard to ensure we had a great experience.
n7ssfcc8tv, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Anchorage

star-5
Great experience
Jiji, Sep 2021
Portage Glacier Cruise and Wildlife Explorer Tour
Very nice tour. Well paced and we learned a lot about the history of the area. Chris our tour guide was awesome! I highly recommend this tour to others.
star-5
I was lucky to have Chris...
Azita_Y, Sep 2021
Portage Glacier Cruise and Wildlife Explorer Tour
I was lucky to have Chris as our tour guide. He is knowledgeable, local and passionate about his job. Looking forward to have another trip with him.
star-5
Our driver,Chris, was a great guide on this fantastic excursion!
Susan_K, Aug 2021
Portage Glacier Cruise and Wildlife Explorer Tour
Our driver Chris was great- very informative of the areas we drove through. The boat ride up to Portage Glacier was fantastic. And the quick stop at a stream where we saw spawning salmon was wonderful and not something we would have known to stop at if we drove ourselves
star-5
Epic day
Jill_F, Sep 2021
Portage Glacier Cruise a Self-Guided Tour
It was beautiful but quite cold and windy and rainy… our cruise got canceled….but Theron saved the day with his awesome narration and great sense of humor, good attitude and the greatest recommendation for dinner Ever! Thank you for a great experience!
star-5
Great tour
Larry_L, Sep 2021
Portage Glacier Cruise and Wildlife Explorer Tour
The Glaciers were awesome! The whole adventure was very nice! Our tour guide Was very good with knowledgeable information and answered all questions!
star-5
Tour guides are excellent!
Bob_Bates, Sep 2021
Portage Glacier Cruise and Wildlife Explorer Tour
The amazing commentary provided by Matthew, our tour guide. Loved here 12 hrs, and never knew the details! Thank you Matthew.
star-5
Falling Glaciers!
Kisha_M, Sep 2021
Portage Glacier Cruise and Wildlife Explorer Tour
We had an amazing time with Chris. He was informative and fun and answered all of our random questions.
star-5
Great day!
SHANNON_L, Jun 2021
Portage Glacier Cruise a Self-Guided Tour
Chris was a fantastic tour guide! He made sure to point out so many things to us on the way to Portage. Pointing out hiking trails as well! Such a fun day!
star-5
Very good
Samir_R, Sep 2021
Portage Glacier Cruise and Wildlife Explorer Tour
Driver was very informative, the boat was great, crue were informative. Good views to glaciers The trip to wildlife conservation center was good. Had a good time it is worth the money
star-5
Great way to spend a day!
Camryn_C, Jul 2021
Portage Glacier Cruise and Wildlife Explorer Tour
Sammy was fantastic! She made the experience feel like you were on a road trip with friends. The Portage Glacier was gorgeous and I really enjoyed the Wildlife Conservative Center. The drive was beautiful as well. It was a great way to spend a day in Alaska.
star-5
Great tour!
Gina_T, Sep 2021
Portage Glacier Cruise and Wildlife Explorer Tour
Matthew was an awesome, very knowledgeable tour guide! For the first time saw dall sheep and beluga whales. Great day. Would do this tour again.
star-5
Glacier and wildlife tour a Must!
Patricia_H, Aug 2021
Portage Glacier Cruise and Wildlife Explorer Tour
The tour guide Joe was very engaging, knowledgeable, and flexible in adjusting the tour so our group could view the salmon spawning area. The van was comfortable. We'll done.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Portage Glacier is a must-see for any first-time visitor to Anchorage.

  • Be sure to dress in layers; it can get chilly out on the water.

  • Tours to the Portage Glacier typically include a one-hour cruise.

  • Most tours include round-trip transportation from Anchorage.

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How to Get There

To reach the glacier, take Seward Highway south of Anchorage to the Portage Glacier Road, which winds its way to the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center in Whittier, the departure point for Portage Glacier cruises. If you don’t want to rent a car, you can visit as part of a guided tour from Anchorage.

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When to Get There

The best season to visit Alaska’s outdoor attractions, including this Ice Age relic, is between mid-May and mid-September. August brings the highest chance of rainfall, and mid-June to mid-August is considered peak tourist season.

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Chugach National Forest

This national forest is the second largest in the National Forest Service and an outdoor playground for more than a million visitors each year. In an area roughly the size of New Hampshire, visitors will find some of the world’s largest tidewater glaciers, diverse wildlife (including 214 species of birds), and some 200 miles (322 kilometers) of trails for hikers and mountain bikers.

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