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Portage Glacier Cruise Only - 10:30 am (Self Drive)

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Portage Glacier Cruise Only - 10:30 am (Self Drive) - AC1 Itinerary

Get up close to Portage Glacier aboard the mv Ptarmigan. The one-hour cruise includes narration from the National Forest Service. This sightseeing tour is a perfect option for vacationers and visiting friends & family since it is only a one hour drive from Anchorage.

mv Ptarmigan Highlights:

  • mv Ptarmigan is the only boat operating on Portage Lake
  • Fully-narrated tour by an on-board representative of the U.S. Forest Service
  • Fully-enclosed, heated cabin
  • Expansive windows for the best views
  • Topside view deck offers a great vantage point for watching Portage Glacier “calve,” and for visitors to enjoy the fresh, glacial air
  • Holds up to 149 passengers
  • 80-foot vessel was built on site at Portage Lake to U.S. Coast Guard specifications
  • 6.5-foot draft for minimal environmental impact
  • Operates on national Forest Service lands of the Chugach National Forest and is operated under a special-use permit from the USDA Forest Service
  • The mv Ptarmigan‘s sound system cannot be heard from the shore, ensuring preservation of this naturally peaceful setting for wildlife and for other visitors
  • Hull designed for safety in ice-filled waters

Driving Directions to Portage Glacier:

  • Take the Seward Highway south from Anchorage.
  • Turn left on Portage Glacier Road (milepost 78.9) approximately 48 miles out of Anchorage.
  • Travel 5 miles to fork in road, take the right-hand fork, travel a 1/2 mile, and turn left for the Portage Glacier Cafe (401 Portage Lake Loop).
  • Address:  1500 Byron Glacier Road, Girdwood, AK 99587
Special Note:

All bookings must be made at least 5 days in advance.

Portage Glacier Cruise

Enjoy a one-hour cruise on Portage Lake

Tourists sightseeing glacier
Prices (per person, double occupancy) Adult: $45.00 Child: $25.00
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