This tour is the perfect experience for outdoor enthusiasts who really want to dig in and explore what Alaska has to offer. We at Exit Glacier Guides believe that the more effort you put into a hike, the more you get out of it. Consequently, our hike takes people up an hour-and-a-half long incline, through an alpine valley, down a 45º rock scree, and onto the surface of Exit Glacier itself.
While you don't have to be a track star or a sherpa to complete the tour, it does take effort and a willingness to get tired and a smidge dirty in order to reach the glacier. What's the payoff for all of this work? Just look at the pictures on this site.
Exit Glacier Guides offers visitors to Seward, AK a chance to see a unique natural wonder close-up - and since it takes a little work to get there - our groups see it without a crowd. We are the only tour operator in the area doing a comparable tour, and we humbly assert that this is a darn good one. Also, due to the constantly changing nature of the glacier, no two tours of ours are ever the same.
We start on a well-maintained national park trail and proceed 1.6 miles up into the mountains. This portion of the trip takes about an hour to an hour and a half. During the hike, our knowledgeable guides identify many of the native plants and flowers and also use the landscape's unique features to explain basic glaciology. Quite frequently we see black bears, moose, and marmots along the way.
When we reach the ice, we don crampons, ice axes, and helmets. This gear lets us safely navigate the icy, undulating terrain of Exit Glacier on the tour. It also lets us confidently approach the crevasses, waterfalls, moulins, and ice-caves that we encounter while exploring.
We're proud of this tour. If you love the outdoors and want to have a truly memorable experience in Alaska, come on the glacier with us. We have offered this trip for 7 years, and we're confident that you'll be proud of our trip too.