accept the temptation to be ushered into a primeval arctic realm * intimately explore the other worldly crystal blue that mysteriously radiates from ancient rivers, waterfalls, moulins and crevasses * embrace the ethereal sense of solitude of the Alaska alpine wilderness * revere the majesty of immaculate ice fields extending for hundreds and hundreds of miles known to few
Recently rated one of the Top 10 Adventure Tours in the World by Trip Advisor - Exit Glacier Guides offers affordable Ice Hiking, Ice Climbing and Helicopter Glacier Exploration of both Exit Glacier and Godwin Glacier! Owners, Ryan Fisher and Brendan Ryan, have been running their ever-popular Ice Hiking and Climbing tours for 7 years now and are currently the only company in town offering guided glacier tours. Below you will find an abbreviated overview of their vast spectrum of phenomenal offerings.
Duration: 5-6 Hours
Minimun Age: 13
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult - If you enjoy working hard to be somewhere amazing, you’ll love this trip!
Departure Time: Daily at 9 AM and 11 AM
Trip Price: $130 per person (plus tax)
Helicopter Ice Hiking
Spending approximately 2 hours on the ice with your guide, you will explore the fascinating moulins, crevasses, massive waterfalls and rivers of melted water on top of the glacial ice. Upon your return flight, you may opt for acustomized sight-seeing tour of your choosing. Soar through huge icebergs in a glacial lagoon, fly over one North America’s largest ice fields and/or explore the stark mountainous topography carved from the last ice age surrounding Seward.
Duration: 3 hours
Minimum Age: 8
Difficulty: Easy – Due to the large amount of terrain available, this tour's difficulty is highly customizable for each group of clients.
Departure Time: They do their best to incorporate this tour into your schedule for the day.
Trip Price: $330 per person (plus tax) with custom flight seeing charges determined by duration. Allow about 3 hours total for this trip with departure and return times somewhat customized depending on the helicopter schedule.
This all day tour will expose you to the world of Ice Climbing on Exit Glacier, where you will also spend a large amount of time on the glacier simply exploring and finding amazing features around every corner and crevasse. A 50 minute hike through a de-glaciated landscape brings you to the edge of the glacier. Donning your crampons, you will first be taught the basics of climbing, crampon usage and safety on a nearby gentle slope.
While this tour does not require climbing experience, the physical ability to be outside hiking, climbing and pushing your athletic abilities is required. They hike a total of about 4.5 miles over a 1500 feet of elevation. The payoff is a secluded mountain experience and vistas that will be with you forever.
Duration: All day – 8 AM to 5 PM
Minimum Age: 15
Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
Departure Time: 8 AM
Trip Price: $185 Per Person (plus tax)
Helicopter Ice Climbing
After take-off, you fly over Resurrection Bay and head over dramatic mountain canyons before landing on a moraine near the alpine glacier. Depending on the ability levels of individual clients, we are able to choose from a wide variety of climbs. We can either stick to the moderate walls on the glacier's surface, or we can head out in search of breathtaking — and very deep – moulins to drop into.
Duration: This trip requires a commitment of about 5 hours with 4 hours being spent on the glacier.
Minimum Age: 15
Difficulty: Customized - Depends on client’s ability levels
Departure Time: Customizable
Trip Price: $400 per person (plus tax)
Helicopter Glacier Exploration
Duration: About 4 hours total - departure and return times somewhat customized depending on the helicopter schedule
Minimum Age: 10
Departure Time: Trip times are customizable
Trip Price: $375 per person (plus tax).
Additional flight-seeing time can be added for a cost.