No Alaskan itinerary would be complete without plans to see the magnificent ten-story face of Portage Glacier, one of Alaska’s most visited attractions. Located just 50 miles south of Anchorage on the Kenai Peninsula within the beautiful Chugach National Forest, visiting Portage Glacier is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
On this fully-narrated and unforgettable one-hour tour, your group will board the comfortable, custom-built 80-foot ice breaker MV Ptarmigan. Allow yourselves to be expertly ferried across the frigid, iceberg-dotted waters of Portage Lake, bringing you closer than you would ever imagine to a breathtaking natural wonder that once filled the entire Portage Valley. Currently, however, the glacier is retreating at the astronomical rate of about a foot a day.
Perhaps you’ll be one of the lucky guests to witness “calving,” the term for the amazing spectacle of huge chunks of ice breaking from the glacier and splashing down into the lake. Have your cameras at the ready and prepare to capture some truly outstanding scenery at this popular, convenient and wonderfully satisfying exploratory jaunt that moves out rain or shine!