Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop Tours
If you are taking the Glacier Discovery train from Anchorage to Spencer Glacier for the day here is a list of some optional tours you can take. You can also read more about Spencer or Grandview day trips here. For all of these tours, be sure to dress warmly. Bring warm socks for the raft trip or comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots for the hikes.
For reservations on these trips please give us a call at 1-800-266-8625, and we will explain everything and get you booked on just the right trip for you. If you can’t call then email firstname.lastname@example.org but for this trip a phone call really is best.
Spencer Glacier Iceberg Float Rafting
Meet your experienced guides at the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop and travel down former mining roads to Spencer Lake. After a safety briefing you will float across Spencer Lake, getting up close to icebergs and taking in panoramic views of Spencer Glacier. Next, you will raft down the Placer River with a chance to see wildlife, wildflowers and more glaciers. This section of the river is fairly mild, so you should not get wet other than perhaps a small splash or two. Further down the river you will re-board the Glacier Discovery train at a river landing and head back towards Anchorage. Professional guides, raingear, rubber boots and a snack served in a small gold pan are included.
Spencer Glacier Iceberg Hike
This trip starts with a short drive from the Whistle Stop location to Spencer Lake. Naturalist guides then lead small groups along the lake with numerous photo and rest stops to enjoy the spectacular views of Spencer Glacier and floating icebergs. You will also have a chance to learn about area history, plants, wildlife and glaciology. This is a moderate hike, typically less than 4 miles in length, and no experience is necessary. You will return to the Spencer Whistle Stop in time to catch the return train to Anchorage. Includes professional guiding, and a deli lunch which is actually served on the train prior to arrival at Spencer.
Spencer Glacier Kayak and Hike
After disembarking at Spencer you take a short drive down to the lake for safety and paddling instruction. Next small groups of 4 or less will paddle in tandem (two person) sea kayaks for about an hour across Spencer Lake. During this 1.5 mile paddle take in spectacular views of Spencer Glacier and the icebergs floating in the lake. After landing the kayaks you will head up to the glacier via a fairly rugged but short off trail walk. You will receive safety lessons and practice with your experienced glacier guides, as well as helmets, harnesses and crampons. About 2 to 3 hours will be spent exploring the glacier including features such as blue ice, crevasses, ice caves, and moulins. Throughout the trip you will have ample time for photo and rest stops, and to learn about the area history, wildlife and glaciers. Includes professional guiding, kayaks, equipment, and a deli lunch which is actually served on the train prior to arrival at Spencer. Note this trip spends a total of 6 hours off the train at the Spencer Glacier area and returns all the way to Anchorage on a different later train, the Coastal Classic. You should arrive back in Anchorage around 10:15pm, and dinner is available for purchase in the dining car.