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Portage Glacier Cruise Tour (Transportation Included)

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Portage Glacier Cruise Tour (Transportation Included) - APG Itinerary

Approximately 5½ hours. Daily departures at 1:30 PM.

Travel by deluxe motor coach south from Anchorage along the scenic Seward Highway to Portage Lake, home to Portage Glacier, on this half-day tour.  Board the mv Ptarmigan, the only boat operating on Portage Lake, for an unforgettable one-hour cruise across an iceberg-dotted landscape. Standing just 300 yards from a relic of the Ice Age, you’ll watch for fractures of ice break off the glacier and crash into the water below. Portage Glacier is Alaska’s second most visited attraction and once you see the pristine views in person, you’ll understand why. On the return trip to Anchorage, you’ll stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center where you’ll tour this great wildlife sanctuary.

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

Departure Location: This tour departs from the Westmark Anchorage, located at 720 W. 5th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. Please check in for this tour at the hotel tour desk 15 minutes prior to departure.

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

Portage Glacier Cruise Tour

Your tour departs from the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage.  Travel by deluxe motor coach to Portage Lake for a scenic one-hour cruise.  On the return trip to Anchorage, stop for a visit at the Alaska Wildlife Conversation Center.  Your tour ends at the Hotel Captain Cook.

Tourists sightseeing glacier
Prices (per person, double occupancy) Adult: $89.95 Child: $49.95
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