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Anchorage, United States
Glacier & Wildlife Discovery Tour

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icon6 to 7 hours  (Approx.)
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See the Portage Glacier on a small-group tour from Anchorage. Follow the scenic Seward Parkway through the breathtaking landscape of the Turnagain Arm waterway, stopping at Beluga Point and the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge to look for wildlife. Take a cruise on Portage Lake to observe the Portage Glacier up close, then check out wild animals that are being rehabilitated at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Stop for provided light snacks and water in the town of Girdwood near Mt. Alyeska and take in the Chugach Mountains.
  • Full-day tour of Portage Glacier and Turnagain Arm
  • Take a boat cruise to Portage Glacier
  • Get photo ops of Turnagain Arm from Beluga Point, Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, and the Chugach Mountains
  • Observe the animals at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Learn about Alaska's history and wildlife from the informative guide
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Professional Local Guide
Professional photographer guide (when available)
Bottled water
Light snacks
Spanish-speaking guide (when available)
Food and drinks, unless specified
Pickups from private homes, apartments or B&B's. If this is your case, please contact the supplier for the nearest pick up location

Departure Point

555 W 5th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After morning pickup at your Anchorage hotel, soak in the scenery as you head towards the Portage Glacier.

Along the way, stop at the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge and Beluga Point for photo ops of the Turnagain Arm, a narrow waterway that is part of the Cook Inlet and the Gulf of Alaska. Keep an eye out for native wildlife such as caribou, moose, and eagles that live in the Chugach National Forest.

Continue to the US Forest Service visitor center near Portage Glacier. The glacier is no longer visible from the visitor center due to its retreat, however, your cruise across Portage Lake takes you within 300 yards (100 meters) of the glacier, where you can snap photos and watch for chunks of ice crashing into the water.

Once you have seen the glacier, drive to the nearby Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a large nature reserve situated at the entrance to Portage Valley. The center rehabilitates injured and orphaned wild animals, including some of Alaska's largest land animals such as elk, moose, deer, caribou, bison, bears, musk ox, and birds of prey. Learn about these amazing creatures.

In the afternoon, wind up the road into the Chugach Mountains for panoramic views of the Turnagain Arm and beyond.

At the end of your tour, your guide returns you to your hotel in Anchorage.
Stop At:  
Beluga Point
Beluga Point is one of the scheduled stops. We will have narration about the area, its geology, unique features and history of the area. Guests will have time to take photos.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Seward Highway
The drive from Anchorage to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center/Portage Glacier Area begins with spectacular views as you pass between the dramatic shorelines of Turnagain Arm and the jutting peaks of the Chugach Mountains. The Seward Highway is considered to be one of the most scenic highways in the US.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
At the 200-acre Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, jaws drop in awe-even those of longtime Alaskans who've studied grizzlies and other animals up close. AWCC's mission is to preserve Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, research, education and quality animal care. The center, which opened to the public in 1993, also educates visitors about Alaska's wildlife. Coyotes peer out from behind the brush while a bald eagle swoops in on the salmon remains left by a grizzly bear. Wood Bison plod through 65 acres of tidal flat terrain, as part of a program that will one day restore the species to the Alaskan wilderness. Animals that cannot be released into the wild are given a permanent home at the center. Come be a part of these exciting programs and watch these animals display their natural, “wild”, behavior. You will have about 90 minutes here to view these animals. There is coffee and food for purchase from vendors at the Center.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Portage Glacier
Portage Glacier Cruise is one hour from Anchorage. This cruise will take you right up to the face of a glacier. You’ll board the comfortable MV Ptarmigan, featuring an enclosed, heated cabin and open-air observation deck. The hour-long cruise is narrated by the US Forest Service, and you’ll navigate around bobbing icebergs and motor to within 300 feet of the towering wall of ice called Portage Glacier (one of Alaska’s most popular attractions). You may have an opportunity to hear the unmistakable rumbling of a calving glacier or rolling iceberg. After the 1 hour cruise, you will have an opportunity to eat lunch at a nearby restaurant. Lunch is not included.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chugach State Park
Enjoy wide open panoramic views from a high overlook in the Chugach Mountains
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide.
  • A minimum number of people per booking is required for this tour to operate.
  • Glacier Cruise portion of the tour is subject to weather conditions.
  • Activity level: EASY.
  • Guests should be able to walk short distances on uneven ground. Trail surfaces vary from paved to uneven natural terrain. Tour participants must be able to walk a short distance and be able to get in/out of the tour vehicle with minimal assistance. We strongly recommend that guests requiring assistance be accompanied by a companion who is capable of, and totally responsible for, providing assistance. Neither Planet Earth Adventures nor our suppliers may physically lift or assist guests onto transportation vehicles or otherwise.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • We have limited number of infant/child seats. These must be requested in advance if you have a child. If it is NOT requested at the time of booking, we will NOT have them on the day of the tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Planet Earth Adventures, LLC
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Glacier & Wildlife Discovery Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Glacier & Wildlife Discovery Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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  • "Because of the smoke around Anchorage, she took it upon herself to substitute one stop for another to a scenic hike and waterfall, which was well worth it." See review


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Perfect Day Trip with an Amazing Guide!
, Nov 2021
Such an amazing tour! Our tour guide LeLinda was extremely knowledgeable, fun, and truly went above and beyond to make the day memorable.
Experienced alot of Alaska just outside Anchorage
, Sep 2021
Beautiful fall weather helped to make a great day with Lee B. on the tour. The scenic trip down the Turnagain Arm was breathtaking and Lee filled us in with interesting facts about the people, animals, flora and history of this part of Alaska along the way. The Portage Glacier cruise was spectacular, followed by a trip to a glacial pond, a fascinating visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and a final drive up to the flat top trailhead outside Anchorage. What a great day!
The guide was a young man...
, Aug 2021
The guide was a young man from alaska..he was kind smart and fun..he made sure to meet all our needs as well as share his love for alaska with us. He also does seward whale tours. The glacier cruise was so close to glacier you could almost touch it. An awesome experience of a lifetime.
Great tour close to Anchorage
, Aug 2021
The tour was excellent. The guide was very knowledgeable and the sights that we saw were breathtaking, especially Portage Lake and Portage Glacier.
Great Experience
, Aug 2021
I had a great time on the tour. I learned so much and the tour guide was AMAZING! It is definitely worth the money. Also, if you want to learn about Alaska it the way to go.
A Nice and varied day out. A variety of Alaskan experiences.
, Aug 2021
A knowledgable guide like Scott makes the trip. Also applaud the work of the animal rehab center. A good days outing.
Fantastic tour!
, Aug 2021
Scott was a fantastic guide And really made our experience unique by finding the unique interest of the group and accommodating to our group. We learned so much and loved the experience. The ride drive was very comfortable and the communication was excellent. The glacier boat ride was amazing. My kids younger kids loved it- very informative and fascinating. The animal conservation center was the closest you can get to wild animals ever- the bears were just delightful. Scott also provided details of weather and logistics which really helped us be prepared. Such an amazing experience and would highly recommend!
Awesome Experience All Around
, Aug 2021
The whole trip was fun and far exceeded our expectations. The Portage Glacier boat ride was an experience we will never forget. Learned a lot on the trip. All the stops were worth it and we even got a surprise stop to see the Anchorage skyline. Zack was a great guide! I definitely recommend this trip!
Great tour
, Aug 2021
The tour was great and our guide was knowledgeable. The boat ride by the glacier was beautiful. We made several stops to enjoy the scenery. We did not see any whales but our guide said it was a little too early.
, Aug 2021
the boat tour getting close to the glaciers and the animal conservation center, both excellent.. Sorry we did not have time to stop for photos along the way.

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