+ 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
June 1 – September 10
AGES 12 – 65
250 LBS, GIRTH 50 INCHES
Min. Shoe Size:
5 US Men/ 6 US Women
(to fit our provided gear properly.)
This can end up being an all day adventure!
PERFECT FOR SMALL ADVENTUROUS GROUPS AND SOLO ADVENTURISTS
The ultimate glacier day trip for small adventurous groups! NOVA welcomes the opportunity to create a custom and private setting for tours. Solidify a private tour and maintain exclusivity for your group and personal guide to tailor your experience. NOVA allows for many flexible options from tour style, activity emphasis, and start times. Allow our guides to work with you and design a personalized experience on the glacier. Create the perfect day for your group by not having to collaborate with other groups and keep the adventure yours. The NOVA Adventure Trek travels across Matanuska Glacier terminal moraine, out past the main “Ice Falls” area and into the heart of the glacier. This is NOVA’s most challenging and intimate day with the glacier. Navigate your way through obstacles of this icy landscape. Reach unique features in the less accessible and less traveled areas than other half-day tours with your personal guide tailoring your tour with a guide to client ratio of 1:4.
Groups of 10 to 30 people receive (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 10% on both of your tours! This glacier tour is located in the same area of Alaska as our ‘Lionshead’ rafting tour, great for same day combos.
**Discounts applied at trip check-in with the balance due
DEPARTS FROM: HICKS CREEK, MAT-SU VALLEY
38100 W Glenn Highway, Glacier View, AK 99674
Located 96.5 miles north of Anchorage, this is the staging area for all Matanuska glacier and river trips.
Day trip cancellations made at least 5 days in advance will receive a full deposit refund. Groups of 10+ need to provide a 14-day notice for full deposit refund. Multi-Day trips require a 30-day notice for full deposit refund. In the event NOVA cancels, you will receive a full refund of your payments. Any absence of a booked tour that is operating or If cancellations are not made within the timeframes given Nova retains the deposit made. All Nova trips require a 50% deposit except SIX MILE CREEK which due to high demand requires a 100% deposit.
*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. This outfit has a NO DRONE policy in place for the glacier.
- Regular entry fee at MGP gate is $35 per person.
- Teens (13-16): $25
- Adults (17+): $35
- Alaska Residents, Military and Seniors (65+): $30
- 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, 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.
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 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!