+ Glacier Entrance Fee
Glacier Tours (EASY)
These are short walks with crampons on your boots. Adjusting to walking with these devices takes focus on foot placement and a conscious effort to not trip. It’s learned very quickly by most participants. The guide adjusts the route and speed for the slowest and least athletic individual.
Hicks Creek Facility
38100 W Glenn Highway, Glacier View, AK 99674 *Mile 96
May 25 – September 20, 2021
AGES 9 – 70
100 Lbs. and 5 Ft. 2 Inches Height
250 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.)
9:30am and 2:30pm
Approximately 2+ Hours on the glacier and 3+ Hours total on average. Private trips are flexible with time durations.
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.
Chart your own path
NOVA welcomes the opportunity to create a custom and private setting for tours. Solidify a private tour and maintain exclusivity for your group and a personal guide to tailor your experience. NOVA allows for many flexible options from tour style, activity emphasis, start times and trip duration when you choose a private tour. Our guides work with you to adjust and design a personalized experience on the glacier. Create the perfect day for your group by not having to collaborate with other groups or mixing with other parties and keep the adventure yours.
This mellow tour is perfect for mixed abilities. Arriving at the main front terminal moraine of the Matanuska Glacier, your personal guide takes you out past the rocky moonscape of the moraine to the main ‘Ice Falls’ area. This is the end of the 26+ mile long Alpine Glacier, spanning over a mile wide at times in this gorgeous valley of Mountain Granger. This tour is for private groups who want their own walk/hike tour with an informative personal guide designated to your party alone.
This is an easy and leisurely walk/hike with basic variable terrain and features such as slippery rocks and ice with minimal ascents. For those wanting a more intense full hike out on the glacier, take a look at our challenging half-day ‘Adventure Trek’ tour. Always make sure to bring your water bottle to fill up and drink some Glacier water! Along with a camera, jacket and sunglasses!
Depending on the group’s abilities, fitness and relationship, the Glacier Hike is usually a 1:6 guide-to-client ratio, with multiple guides on larger tours.
NOVA provides all glacier tours and equipment based on your physical abilities, condition and desire to walk or hike. See below for details on equipment.
NOVA has small metal chain link traction devices called ‘creepers’ that can also be used with your own (above ankle support) rigid sole hiking boots by attaching to the bottom with rubber. We can provide groups with hiking boots for those without. Minimum shoe size of 5 US Men/ 7 US Women to fit our provided gear properly.
For the more adventurous people with no mobility issues and wanting to reach further:
NOVA provides large steel spike crampons and hiking boots unless you have your own desired (above ankle support) rigid sole hiking boots to use. This is to travel over more difficult or variable terrain. Private trips only.
Call or email us today to set up a Matanuska Glacier adventure designed just for you.
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.
*GLACIER PARK Entrance fee
Matanuska Glacier Park is privately owned and charges per person every time you go through the gate; Alaska State passes do not apply. Regular 2021 entry fee at gate is $30 per person; but NOVA clientele receive a discounted rate, which is added to the cost of your tour. This outfit has a NO DRONE policy in place for the glacier.
- Child <13: $10
- Teens (13-16): $15
- Adults (18+): $25
- Alaska Residents, Military and Seniors (65+): $20
- 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.
Private Matanuska Glacier Tour
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!