+ Glacier Entrance Fee
Glacier Treks (MODERATE)
Same as the hikes but travel farther into the glacier in hopes of seeing more interesting features. The optional “Ice Climbing” introduction as part of the trek is not done on any steep vertical ice unless you’re clearly strong and capable.
Ice Climbing (MODERATE to CHALLENGING)
These are instructional and the strength and athleticism of the individual will influence the grade of steepness and height.
Hicks Creek Facility
38100 W Glenn Highway, Glacier View, AK 99674 *Mile 96
May 25 – September 20, 2021
AGES 12 – 65
230 Lbs, and 6 Ft. 6 Inches, Girth 50 Inches
Min. Shoe Size
5 US Men/ 7 US Women
(to fit our provided boots and gear properly.)
9:00am 0r 2:30PM
Approximately 4+ Hours on the glacier and 5+ Hours tota on average.
A LONGER ADVENTURE INTO THIS EXCEPTIONAL GLACIER
For the next level in adventure and challenge this Trek is our longer, more extensive trek. There is no experience necessary for this tour, but this is the longest most intense day we offer on the glacier and requires some serious physical capabilities. Each participant must be able to hike at least 6+ miles comfortably navigating on uneven ground or terrain that’s challenging with sometimes steep inclines to enjoy this trek to the fullest. This adventure takes physical hikers out beyond the main terminus ‘Ice Falls’ area to the heart of the Matanuska Glacier and beyond the more frequented areas. Traveling back though the frozen ancient world of ice, exploring out where the more unique features are located and harder to access. The Adventure Trek is highly tailored with a guide to client ratio of 1:4 and customized by our professional guides to the group’s physical abilities and desires.
The Matanuska Glacier is a massive 26-mile long advancing valley glacier located in the rugged Chugach mountains just 100 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska. The glacier is ‘alive’ with unique features coming and going transforming the landscape as the summer goes by. With the geology being very active around the glacier its character really does change weekly. You never know what you’re going to get to see with this ever evolving marvel of nature. Every day and every tour is a little different out on the ice. It’s always a good idea to be prepared in Alaska. We recommend bringing a personal backpack on the tour to store items such as raincoats, extra layers, snacks, cameras, sunglasses, hats, gloves, water bottles for drinking glacier water or anything else you would like to bring on the tour.
DEPARTS FROM: HICKS CREEK, MAT-SU VALLEY
38100 W Glenn Highway, Glacier View, AK 99674
Located 96 miles north of Anchorage, this is the staging area for all Matanuska glacier and river trips.
Groups of 10 or more people recieve (10+) Discount of 10% off. Local Alaskans with proof of State issued ID at tour check-in receive a 10% single discount off the individual tour price.
Make it a COMBO: Add a whitewater rafting trip and save $20 per person on your second tour! This glacier tour is located in the same area of Alaska as our ‘Lionshead’ rafting tour, great for same day combos.
*GLACIER PARK FEE
Matanuska Glacier Park is privately owned and charges per person every time you go thru the gate; Alaska State passes do not apply. Regular 2020 entry fee at gate is $30 per person; but NOVA clientele receive a discounted rate, which is added to the cost of your tour.
- Child <13: $10
- Teens (13-16): $15
- Adults (18+): $25
- Alaska Residents, Military and Seniors (65+): $20
Our most intense and intimate day with the Matanuska Glacier.
The only tour that goes beyond the ‘Ice-Falls’ to explore the inner heart of the glacier.
Explore unique hard to reach features away from the crowds.
- NOVA is an advocate and steward for keeping wild places in Alaska wild. Please follow responsible travel and ‘leave no trace’ ethics when visiting these amazing places.
- NOVA tours operate regardless of most weather conditions, we go rain or shine in Alaska.
- Glaciers and weather can sometimes be cold in Alaska. Please, dress appropriately or bring along a raincoat with warm synthetic layers and socks for your tour comfort. Cotton layers are not preferred in cold environments or when wet.
- NOVA does not offer any tours that travel through or under ice caves in the warm summer months.
- Glaciers are very active in summer and caves are unsafe and should be avoided for potential cave collapse. Caves are not always present or accessible and should only be approached with caution, preferably in winter when they are the most stable.
- Once you are traveling on the glacier, restroom breaks are difficult to accommodate so please consider facilities pre-trip.
There are inherent risks associated with glacier travel and outdoor activities that everyone must accept and understand. Variable terrain, sharp rocks, slippery ice, and changing weather are common. Some safety hazards will always exist and are beyond human control. Such as major cleaving and shifting, falling ceracs, open crevasses and draining moulins can be dangerous and deadly. Rescue in these environments and features is not only technical and difficult but in some cases not possible at all. Safety standards are in place for these reasons and must be followed. Guides manage risk by interpreting terrain and recognizing hazards that average hikers and guests are unaware of. Many traveling on the ice have a false sense of security because of the friendly inviting nature of the glacier and its moraines. Individuals traveling on the glacier without guides should possess the proper knowledge, experience, and equipment.
**All participants on all our tours must follow our guidelines, procedures and sign a waiver. Only parents or legal guardians may sign for youth minors. We do not allow infants on our tours. We do not allow pets on our tours.
You may preview or pre-sign our waiver document, by clicking here.
Please bring your personal face mask for tour office check-in and vehicle transport. We do require Social Distancing to the best of your groups ability, when possible. Try to build reservations and bookings as one household to minimize exposure, if possible. Consent may be gained or required to mix with other non-household members during tours unless PRIVATE tour is booked. For more questions contact our office.
*You are not required to wear your mask during the trip on the Glacier.
Matanuska Glacier Adventure Trek
We had a very pleasant and informative hike with Mattie and Carson on the Matanuska glacier. The glacier was awe-inspiring and made more interesting by the information provided by our Nova Guides. Taking a guided hike to the glacier is definitely the way to see it!
Gregory M. | Trip date: July 2020
We loved our 3-hour glacier hike with the amazing guide, Maddie. We had the glacier to ourselves as we were the only group out on the glacier at 7 PM. Maddie shared interesting facts about the glacier, taking us to different parts. The ice cave was definitely a surprise and highlight of our trip. Highly recommended when in Alaska!
Race | Trip date: July 2019
Best ever! Arnie and Maddie were beyond fantastic; experienced, knowledgeable, and fun. We hiked further into the glacier than expected and saw amazing views, while learning and laughing! Highly recommend!