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Alaska Railroad Spencer Glacier Day Tour from Anchorage

Alaska Railroad Spencer Glacier Day Tour from Anchorage

Your day trip on the Alaska Railroad to the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop includes a partial return by motorcoach from Portage to Anchorage. Sit back and enjoy the comfortable seating and large picture windows. The route between Anchorage and Spencer is very scenic. After traveling through Anchorage you will descend through the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge. This area, also commonly known as Potter’s Marsh, is a good place to spot migratory birds, water fowl and moose. Your trip continues along the Turnagain Arm, a body of water featuring the world’s second highest tides at over 30 feet. Beluga whales can often be seen following salmon on the incoming tide, and Dall sheep frequent rocky mountain sides. After passing Girdwood and Portage Glacier you will travel through North America’s longest railroad tunnel before arriving in the town of Whittier for a brief stop. You will travel back through the tunnel and enjoy the view of the hanging glaciers in Portage Valley. After another brief stop at the Portage depot, the train will travel through the Placer River Valley in the Chugach National Forest to the Spencer Whistle Stop where you will disembark at about 1:45pm.

You can make advance reservations for an add on tour at Spencer Glacier such the Iceberg Hike or Iceberg Float rafting trip, otherwise you will have roughly 2 hours and 45 minutes to explore the nearby lake side trails on your own. The Spencer Glacier Whistle stop has limited shelters, interpretive kiosks, and restrooms. Enjoy the return trip on the Glacier Discovery train from Spencer to Portage where you will disembark and board a motorcoach to take you the final part of your journey along the Turnagain Arm back to the Anchorage Rail Depot. Utilizing the motorcoach for the return trip shortens the trip by 2 1/2 hours. You will arrive at the depot about 6:45pm. The train features on board hosts and a cafe with "grab and go" menu items.

What to Wear

Be sure to wear comfortable warm synthetic clothes dressing in layers. We recommend a long sleeved shirt, long pants, fleece jacket, rain jacket, rain pants, gloves, a wool or fleece winter hat, and hiking boots or trail shoes. A small backpack to carry extra clothes in case you get too warm, camera and binoculars are recommended as well.


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Rates and Operating Dates

Operating Dates Adult Child
5/25/19 (Sat) to 9/16/19 (Mon)$129.00$65.00
Rates do not include taxes or fees and are subject to change without notice.

Length: 9 Hours

Departure Information:

  • 9:45 AM depart Anchorage Depot, arrive Anchorage 6:45 PM


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Payment and Cancellation Policy

A deposit equal to 30% of services reserved is due at the time of booking, with the balance due 45 days prior to your first day of travel. The following change and cancellation fees apply. Between 45 to 31 days prior to your first day of travel a 10% cancel/change fee will apply. Between 30 to 15 days prior to your first day of travel a 50% cancel/change fee will apply. Within 14 days of travel, your package is non-refundable and non-changeable. Because we cannot make exceptions to our cancellation or change policies for any reason, including family and medical emergencies, we STRONGLY encourage you to purchase travel insurance.


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