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Spencer Glacier Iceberg Kayaking

Full Day
Activity Type
Glaciers, Kayaking

This Spencer Glacier Iceberg Kayaking trip combines the scenic beauty of the Turnagain Arm with an up-close-and-personal kayaking experience among the icebergs of Spencer Glacier!  Enjoy photo stops along the Turnagain Arm in our comfortable van before boarding the historic Alaska Railroad to the Spencer Glacier “whistle stop,” where you’ll kayak with your expert Alaskan adventure guide.

Includes round-trip transportation from Anchorage.

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  • Photo stops along the scenic Turniagain Arm
  • Journey aboard the Alaska Railroad
  • 1-1.5-hour kayaking experience on Spencer Glacier Lake
  • Incredible photo ops among the ‘icebergs’
  • Small groups: max 6:1 adventurer-to-guide ratio
  • Pick up at Anchorage hotels
  • Services of a professional Alaskan tour guide
  • Transportation in a clean & comfortable vehicle
  • Ticket aboard the Alaska Railroad
  • Brief shuttle ride from Whistle Stop to the Lake
  • Deli lunch
  • Snacks and water
  • All Kayaking equipment for Spencer Glacier Lake
  • Departure time: 11:30 am. Your guide will contact you with an exact pickup time based on your hotel’s location.
  • Duration: 7 Hours

NOT INCLUDED: Guide gratuity (10% of tour price per person recommended)

Important Information:

  • The minimum age to join the Spencer Glacier Iceberg Kayaking Tour is eleven years old. For those with younger travelers, see our Private Spencer Glacier Iceberg Kayaking Tour option.
  • Pickup is only available at Anchorage hotels. We do not pick up at private residences or vacation rentals (e.g., Airbnb, or VRBO). Guests at these locations may meet at our midtown headquarters (854 E 36th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503) or from the nearest hotel. Please contact us for further information (phone 907-980-8179).
  • There is an option to return all the way to Anchorage on the train for $57 extra. This tour extension returns to Anchorage at 9:30 p.m., and guests are responsible for their own transport from the Anchorage rail depot to their lodging.
  • $345 per person + taxes & fees

*Book direct with confidence. We guarantee you will receive the best price when booking directly on our website or we will refund the difference + $10! Must show proof of a lower price found elsewhere for the same product and the same departure. Offer valid for tours operated by Greatland Adventures only. Offer not valid for 3rd party products.

Tour Description

Your Alaska adventure begins with a scenic drive along the Turnagain Arm from Anchorage, with magnificent views of the Chugach and Kenai mountain ranges. Your guide will provide opportunities for photo stops to share this stunning area’s interesting history and geology. These are the second biggest tides in North America and home to our country’s only bore tide.

At Portage Depot, we’ll board the historic Alaska Railroad Glacier Discovery Train and enjoy our deli lunch during the short but scenic ride to Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop. From there, we’ll transfer to Spencer Glacier Lake via a one-mile shuttle bus ride.

At Spencer Glacier Lake, you’ll be wowed by the floating ‘icebergs’ as we paddle leisurely for about an hour through the pristine glacial water with our sea kayaks. Get plenty of photos during this extraordinary experience. This day trip is an excellent way to experience the wilderness of Alaska away from the crowds.

The Spencer Whistle Stop and Glacier are located just south of Portage Valley and the Turnagain Arm in the Kenai Mountains and Chugach National Forest. It is a remote wilderness area that is only accessible by train. It’s also home to one of the most spectacular and visible glaciers along the Railbelt: Spencer Glacier, a massive wall of ice cascading down the mountains to Spencer Lake.

After our Kayaking experience, we’ll flag down the train and ride back to Portage to return to Anchorage with our guide by about 6:30 pm. An optional return all the way to Anchorage aboard the train is available for $57 extra. This option arrives in Anchorage at 9:30.

Interested in a private experience? Learn more about planning a private Anchorage tour for your close friends and family. This experience is also available as a private Spencer Glacier Iceberg Kayaking tour.

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We provide the necessary equipment for all tours including rain suit, and rain boots. Please come prepared with warm layers and sturdy footwear.

We include Anchorage hotel pick up on all tours that we operate.

No experience is necessary, but previous paddling experience is recommended. This paddle should be considered a “moderate activity”. We recommend that you are capable of at east one hour of easy to moderate upper body and cardio exercise.

Trips operate in most weather conditions – travel insurance is recommended.

The lake water temperature is very cold: 34*-37*F, with no tides, and the icebergs are very reliable!

Restroom facilities are located on trains and outhouses at Spencer Whistle Stop.

All guests are required to fill out our online waiver when booking.

Minimum weight: 50 lbs; Maximum weight: 290 lbs

Max height is 6’7”  Max waist size is 44”

In an effort to reduce single-use plastic, please bring your own water bottle. If you need more water, we’ll have it available for you.



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