Alaskan Glaciers


I have been to Alaska twice and now working on a third trip and one quintessential must do is see glaciers, lots of glaciers. There are over 600 named glaciers in Alaska, but there are thousands more. Some are only accessible by boat, plane or rail, others you can get as close to as a stone’s throw. If you’re feeling adventurous, hike to see one!

When staying in Seward I took a boat cruise down through Kenai Fjords National Park and saw several glaciers including Holgate Glacier. The journey itself is beautiful and plenty of wildlife. The boat will get as close to the glacier as it can safely. I heard an eerie cracking sound and then a chunk of ice breaks away and splashes into the water. This is called calving. Scary, but cool!

When you leave Seward and head north, you will actually be able to pull off the highway and take a short 15 minute walk up to Exit Glacier. Although, not as big as some of the other glaciers it is still very impressive when you’re that close up. You can also take a hike on the Harding Icefield Trail for other viewing areas. I spent the better part of the day here.

Continuing north on Seward Hwy you will arrive in Portage. Stop off and visit Portage Glacier in the Chugach National Forest. This glacier you can hike to or take a boat cruise. The hike is short and easy. This glacier is in retreat so you can no longer view it from the observation deck at the Begich Boggs Visitor Center. The visitor center is well worth a stop.  They have wonderful exhibits and you will learn so much more about glaciers and wildlife in Alaska.

When I arrived back in Anchorage a friend took me on a plane ride to see Knik Glacier.  I’ll admit I was a little nervous about this trip due to low visibility.  I was able to get a few good shots of the glacier before we had to return to the airport. It was definitely worth it.


These are just a few glaciers that I’m sharing.  I saw many more by plane and others by hiking. When visiting Alaska, take time out to view a glacier or two, it’s not hard to find one!

More Alaska Adventures to come!……  If you like what you see, please leave a comment.

TIPS: Some glaciers require a fee.



*******All pictures taken by Simple Sojourner unless otherwise noted







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  1. You’ve been so lucky to have travelled to Alaska – very much on my bucket list and I am sure on many others’ too. Seeing a glacier would be an absolute dream come true and your photos are amazing!

  2. I am so jealous!! third trip?! This year we ticked off our bucket list item to see and walk on a glacier in Iceland, so having done that I can appreciate the awesomeness of glaciers and now want to see more! Alaska looks stunning, and somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit, thanks for sharing your brilliant photos and adventure, the plane trip must have been something else!

    1. Hi Garth…Plane trip was awesome!! You & Phil will love Alaska, so be prepared to spend a couple of weeks there exploring.

  3. Wow how amazing all those glaciers. I have yet to see any but they are on the top of my bucket list. Great explanation on how to get to some of them and I like the idea of hiking. Stunning photos! Do you like flying in and then taking day trips? Thanks for Sharing 🙂

    1. Hi Stephanie, No matter how you travel around Alaska, you can definitely visit glaciers. I will be visiting more on my next trip for sure!

  4. Wow, you visited so many glaciers and they seem to surprisingly different. When I think of them, I tend to imagine something like Holgate Glacier but you have quite a range here. That flight over Knik must have been incredible, what a view!

  5. Absolutely gorgeous! I have been lucky enough to climb a glacier in New Zealand and it is an experience, I will never forget. I can’t wait to visit Alaska one day, I definitely want to visit Holgate Glacier – it looks amazing! Great photos!

  6. This is an absolutely stunning post! I adore anything related to snow and Alaska is on my list of places to see, and I want to visit it even more now that I have seen all of these gorgeous glaciers! To hear the cracking of the ice like that, oh yes, I would love that and I want to feel that fear 🙂 If you are anything like me, you will have taken a plethora of photos of the glaciers and would have found it so incredibly difficult to choose your favourites to share. I appreciate you sharing this with us, thank you. I have pinned it for when I visit Alaska!

    1. Hi Angie, Alaska is stunning anywhere you go! But yes, I have sooo many pictures it’s hard to choose. Hope you can visit and take it all in, you”ll love it!

  7. This is the ultimate bucket list item for us, your pictures look incredible and make us really envious! haha. Can’t wait to see some glaciers in real life!

  8. Wow this is a once in a lifetime experience and you are about to do it a third time. Looks amazing and I’m sure the crackling of the glacier would be a scary noise. Perfect photos

  9. I’ve been dying to go to Alaska! I want to see Kenai Fjords National Park, Northern Lights and other national park. I’ve been debating and debating whether I should go last month but decided not to because I felt 3 days visit wouldn’t be enough. Kenai Fjords National Park looks really beautiful!

    1. Definitely put Alaska on your bucket list. Kenai Fjords NP is absolutely gorgeous. I was fortunate to see orca whales there!

  10. Amazing, wish we had these in Labrador, hope to make it out to Alaska someday, I love the spirit of the north! In the meantime I’m going to go Iceberg hunting in Newfoundland.

  11. Wow! I can’t imagine how a thousand glaciers look like from the sky. I watched “Big Miracle” and “Into the Wild” which were both filmed in Alaska. I think it would be a wildest dream come true for me to visit this place.

        1. It can be a little pricey….last I checked it was around $200 and up per person…but there are several companies up there for you to compare

  12. Wow, I think it’d be such an experience to see those glaciers up close. I only see them on TV or pictures and I’ve always been curious about it. I also dream of going to Alaska, so very far from where I came from. I get cold easily because I grew up in a tropical country, but I’d love to go there.

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