Trekking on Matanuska Glacier – Anchorage

walking on glacier, Matanuska

Anchorage, Alaska

Matanuska Glacier is one of Alaska’s few drive-through glaciers, called so because they’re easily accessible by car.

It’s also one of the few glaciers where you could, if you want, walk right across it, slip, and crack your head. And people do. Quite often as it turned out. I’d recommend investing in a helmet and a good medical insurance if you want to do something like walking on ice without a crampon.

Just like chocolate and kittens, I can’t get enough of glaciers

If you really think about what glaciers are (a river of ice), and what they do (carve out valleys out of bedrock over millenias) – glaciers are an amazing force of nature. From afar, they stand out. A river of white and baby blue. Up close they’re breathtaking.

Ever since I got hooked on watching Park and Recreation, I’ve been having this urge to talk like Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe’s character).

So I was channeling Chris a bit when, after catching sight of Matanuska glacier for the first time, I squealed, “Glaciers are LITERALLY one of my favorite things in the world!”

The best way to appreciate glaciers is up close and personal.

Which luckily we had a chance to do. And it was awesome.

Matanuska glacier, Anchorage Matanuska glacier Icy blue vein among glacier ice, Matanuska Glacier Among the ice chunks of Matanuska glacier

If you ever had a chance to walk on glacier and see it up close, I’d highly recommend it. It might convince you to agree with me that glaciers are LITERALLY one of most beautiful things in the world.

Thanks to Mica Guides for getting us up close and personal to this amazing force of nature.

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12 Replies to “Trekking on Matanuska Glacier – Anchorage”

  1. Trekking in glaciers sounds exciting, I used to climb in mountains with my friend but this one I haven't tried it. Well, soon I'll be because I agree that it is more beautiful when I see it up close and personal.

  2. We went on a glacier cruise in Juneanu where we got really close to a glacier we could hear it cracking. We even saw pieces falling. A testament that glacier is not a static being but a powerful force of nature.

  3. I have never been to anyplace with snow, let alone glaciers. But this Matanuska Glacier and the one in Argentina really captivate me. I wish one day I can visit one of them (and by then the global warming wouldn't have gotten even worse).

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