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Matanuska Glacier

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Address: AK
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A glacier on which visitors can walk.

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Don't Slip

I lived in Alaska for 18 years and never realized how close this glacier was to Wasilla. It's a fun day trip, the website makes it sound like you can only go so far but actually... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 December 2016
Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

I lived in Alaska for 18 years and never realized how close this glacier was to Wasilla. It's a fun day trip, the website makes it sound like you can only go so far but actually you can clamber out onto the ice as far as you are willing to dare. Don't wear sandals, go with something spiky preferably. Pretty... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

I didn't see this until my second trip to Alaska and am so glad that we made the stop!! It was $25 to visit the glacier but it was definitely worth it. It is a short walk but is slippery so make sure you can maintain steady footing. The glacier was absolutely breathtaking and you get to walk right out... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

I did the ice hiking and it was a wonderful experience!! You do not need anybody to your side to have fun Live is only one!!

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DeBary, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

It was so beautiful and awesome, we just couldn't get enough! A once in a lifetime adventure. Just make sure you wear mud boots with good grip and warm clothes.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Incredible! Drive out then walk across ancient ice! Interesting to see rocks half frozen from the ice age, and the geological deposits of post melt debris. It's quite a drive from the main highway, but worth seeing. Stay at the Matanuska Lodge if up there.

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Andenes, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

I managed to get an organized guided tour on the Matanuska Glacier: simply fabulous! The guides gave us the minimal equipment we needed (ice crampons, poles and helmets). Along the trips, which was around 3 hours, the guide explained us a lot of things about the glacier itself and glaciers in generals. The light was really good and we walked... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Great attraction to see. Do note you should bring proper attire for walking around on the glacier. Layered clothes, correct footwear (yak traks or crampons very helpful). It is $25 a person which is pricy but I had no regrets! Very pleased with my visit, plan for about 1-2 hours to explore :)

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

My wife and I visited here recently while driving through on our way to Seward. When my wife originally recommended that we check it out she wanted to take a guided tour but time didn't allow. We therefore decided to see what we could see on our own. As we drove down the private drive I got increasingly skeptical. The... More 

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gush etzion israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Do not miss this experience. See glaciers from far and up close, all over. But get out and walk this one. You can hear it groaning, watch it change and whistle, feel the cool wind of the glacier air. Nothing like it!

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Lincoln, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

It was great to just park the car & walk to the glacier. You can FEEL the cold before you even step on it! The different colors of the ice and the crevasses were amazing! You can hear & see the melting water running below you. Note of caution: this is not Disney World with safety features - people with... More 

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