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Glacier Blue Kayak & Grandview Train Tour

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12 Hour Duration
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From start to finish
Hike to the Glacier’s ‘Blue Wall’
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Enjoy stunning views of the jaw-dropping Spencer Glacier
Two Scenic Alaska Railroad Tours
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The Coastal Classic & the Glacier Discovery Train
Kayak Around Icebergs
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Kayak around Spencer Lake and see icebergs up close


Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Alaskan wilderness with this unique two-in-one adventure! Embark on an unforgettable journey through land and water, beginning with a thrilling Alaska Railroad tour and culminating with an exhilarating kayak excursion. Capture memories of a lifetime as you explore two faces of the majestic landscape of Alaska in a single day.

The Glacier Blue Kayak & Grandview Train Tour begins early in the morning at the Anchorage Railroad Depot. Here, you will board the Coastal Classic Train, which will take you on a scenic journey through the rugged Alaskan wilderness. As you travel, you can take in the breathtaking views from the comfort of the train's large windows.

Upon arriving at the Spencer Glacier, you will undergo a safety briefing and equipment fitting before embarking on your kayak adventure. Then, with an experienced local guide leading the way, you will paddle across the lake, weaving through massive icebergs on your way to the glacier. Once there, your guide will provide insight into the life cycle of the glacier and its importance to the ecosystem. You will also have the opportunity to explore the icy alien landscape, admiring the crystal clear pools, crevasses, and tall ice walls the glacier is known for. Finally, after a day of exploration, you can relax with a nice lunch by the ice-cold lake.

After several hours of exploring the majestic Spencer Glacier, you'll kayak back to the shore, return your equipment, and board the Glacier Discovery Train for a breathtaking journey to Portage. Relax in the warm cabin and admire the stunning views that have earned this the best Alaska railroad tour title. Upon arriving in Portage, make sure to collect all your belongings before boarding the motorcoach that will take you back to Anchorage, saving you hours of travel time so you can rest and be ready to embark on another one of our unique tours the next day!

Glacier Blue Kayak & Grandview Train Tour Itinerary:

  • 5:45 – 6:00 AM – Arrive at Anchorage Railroad Depot for check-in (tickets at Will Call)
  • 6:45 AM – Coastal Classic Train departs Anchorage. Breakfast/coffee are available, but please let the onboard supervisor know that you will be getting off at Spencer Glacier and need to eat early.
  • 8:00 AM – Guides board the train at the Girdwood stop
  • 9:00 AM – Train arrives at Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop
  • 9:00 – 9:30 AM – Safety briefing and paddle instruction with your professional kayak guides
  • 9:30 – 1:30 PM – Guided Spencer Lake kayaking around icebergs to Spencer Glacier, followed by a short hike to the 'Blue Wall' and then lunch.
  • 1:55 – 5:15 PM – Glacier Discovery train ride to the stunning Grandview
  • 5:15 PM – Train arrives in Portage, disembark to board motorcoach bus
  • 6:45 PM – Arrive in Anchorage via motorcoach

Please note: This tour can depart from Girdwood or Anchorage, so when contacting our reservations team, please indicate where you will be departing from.

What's Included

Knowledgeable Guides
Lunch & Beverages
Equipment & Gear
Admission Fees
Guide Gratuities

Frequently Asked Questions

What food and drink options are available on the train?
The onboard Wilderness Snack Café offers a tempting selection of hot and cold items, coffee, and bar service. Please note that the Alaska Railroad is cashless onboard, so a card is required for payment. Our provided boxed lunch includes a choice of either a turkey or vegetarian sandwich, chips, a cookie, fruit, and water. Feel free to bring your own food and drinks onboard the train for a truly unique dining experience.
Are restrooms available on this tour?
Restrooms are available on the train and at the Spencer Whistle Stop, but please bear in mind that there are no restroom facilities once we are on the water, so it is important to plan ahead. To ensure a comfortable journey, make sure to use the restroom facilities before boarding the boat.
Can I join this tour from Girdwood rather than Anchorage?
Your kayak guides will be boarding the train at the Girdwood stop. To ensure a smooth journey, please inform us prior to your tour that you will be boarding in Girdwood. Please note that there is no ticket counter in Girdwood, so you must be ready at the Alaska Railroad Girdwood Depot at 7:45 AM (15 minutes before the train arrives), located at Brundie Rd, Anchorage, AK 99587. Upon boarding the train, you will check-in with the conductor. On your return journey, when guests depart the train at Portage to get on the motorcoach, you will ride in the guides' shuttle van back to Girdwood, arriving around 5:45 PM.
Can I still book this tour if I have more than four people in my group?
Please submit an inquiry for this tour, and we will be more than happy to accommodate your reservation.
Do I really need to check in at the train depot an hour before departure?
Yes, checking in at the ticket window one hour before departure is essential. All passengers aged 18 and over must present a valid government-issued photo ID to receive their boarding passes. Boarding typically begins 20-30 minutes before the scheduled departure time, so it is essential to arrive with plenty of time to spare.
How long is the kayaking portion of the tour?
You will embark on a kayaking journey across the lake, covering a total of four miles. It can take between twenty minutes to an hour to traverse the lake depending on the weather.
Where is the train depot?
The Anchorage Train Depot is conveniently located at 411 West 1st Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. Paid parking is available at the lot across the street, costing just $20 for 24 hours. Unfortunately, we do not provide transfers for this tour, but most hotels and the airport offer shuttle services to the train depot. Alternatively, taxis are readily available in Anchorage, providing a convenient and cost-effective way to reach the station.
What happens if the weather is bad?
Alaskan weather is often unpredictable, and we can't control water levels, winds, and other natural factors, so this tour heavily depends on weather conditions. While it operates rain or shine, we don't use kayaks or canoes on whitecap days for your safety and enjoyment, but we have other options we can offer. The guide will make the decision, as their knowledge and experience will let them know the safest choice based on the weather. If the tour needs to be canceled, and we cannot reschedule you to another day or offer an alternative, we will refund you.
Can I bring luggage on the train?
Your boarding pass entitles you to two pieces of luggage, each weighing no more than 50 lbs, and one additional, smaller piece of luggage to bring on board. You can leave your bag on board during your excursions with peace of mind, as we have never had any reports of lost or stolen bags.
What's included in this tour? What should I bring and wear?
Your booking includes expert local guides, kayaks, all necessary entry tickets, safety gear, lunch, and train/motorcoach transportation. You should bring a reusable water bottle, cash for guide gratuities, a credit card if interested in buying something on the train, a photo ID, and a camera. As for clothes, the key to staying warm and comfortable in Alaska is to dress in layers, wearing warm clothes that aren't made of cotton and a water-resistant layer on top. Make sure to bring an extra pair of warm socks, gloves, and a hat.

Know Before You Book

Minimum Age: 6 years old • Maximum Weight: 240 lbs • Minimum Height: 75 inches
This tour is suitable for most fitness levels and includes approximately 4 miles of paddling and 3 miles of hiking., To ensure comfort and safety, this tour has a maximum weight limit of 240 lbs and a maximum height of 6’3″.
This tour can depart from Girdwood or Anchorage, so when contacting our reservations team, please indicate where you will be departing from
Cancel up to 14-days before the tour for a refund. No refund is available if canceled within 14-days of the tour. If for any reason your tour is canceled, or if your cruise ship's schedule changes, you will receive a refund. Refunds do not include any non-refundable fees. Contact us by phone or email to request a cancellation.

Quick Facts


12h 00min

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Itinerary • 12h 00min • 6 activities

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When you get to the Train Depot, head over to the counter and check-in to receive your boarding pass.

45 minutes
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Take in the stunning scenery of the Alaskan backcountry on your way to the Spencer Glacier

2 hours 15 minutes
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Go through a short safety briefing and equipment fitting session before getting in your kayak!

30 minutes
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Explore the otherwordly beauty of the Spencer Glacier by kayaking and later hiking around the area before stopping for lunch

4 hours
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Board the train and get comfortable while you enjoy even more incredible views of the Alaskan wilderness

3 hours 30 minutes
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Kick back and relax as you head back to Anchorage in a motorcoach

1 hour 40 minutes