NOVA Alaska Guides Matanuska & Knik Glacier Trips

Experience the excitement of walking, trekking, or climbing on the largest road-accessible glacier in Alaska! Just 90 minutes from Anchorage and guided by the company who pioneered the first Matanuska glacier trips!

Glacier Tour

There’s nothing that can prepare you for what it’s like to walk on a glacier. The crinkling of ice beneath your feet. The deep, blue crevasses. The cracking of settling ice and the echoing booms of rocks dropping into bottomless holes. It’s beautiful, it’s surreal, and it’s slightly spooky—kind of like an earth-bound moonwalk!

NOVA Alaska Guides walk into this world every day, and they love to share the wonders and experience of a lifetime with guests. You don’t need any specialized skills for this tour, just a basic level of fitness and ability. You’ll be on the ice for 2 hours exploring the many different features of the Matanuska glacier. All you need is a sense of adventure, some warm clothing, and snacks. NOVA provides everything else: crampons, helmets, walking sticks, and hiking boots. This trip is ideal for photo enthusiasts so make sure you bring your camera! Additionally, if you are interested in a more personalized experience Nova also offers this trip with a private option which is perfect for families with smaller children.

Matanuska Adventure Trek

Explore one of Alaska's largest road-accesible glaciers by foot

Explore one of Alaska's largest road-accesible glaciers by foot

The Matanuska Adventure Trek is a longer version of the Glacier Tour into the glacier. This adventure takes physical hikers out beyond the main terminus ‘Ice Falls’ area to the heart of the Matanuska Glacier and beyond the more frequented areas. Traveling back though the frozen ancient world of ice, exploring out where the more unique features are located and harder to access. It's approximately 4-5 hours long and you must be able to comfortably walk 6 miles to enjoy this trek.

Your guide to client ratio is kept small, 1:4, that way it is possible to customize each trip to your group's desire.

No experience is required and all of the glacier gear is provided; including boots, crampons, walking sticks, and a helmet.

Guided Backcountry Ice Climb

For those looking for more of a thrill or challenge, consider NOVA’s Ice Climbing trip. This is a good trip if you’re looking to test yourself physically and mentally. You’ll finish the day exhausted and with aching muscles, but you’ll have learned a whole new set of skills.

NOVA’s introduction to ice climbing lets you learn basic techniques, then put them to use. You’ll be outfitted with crampons and ice axes, a climbing harness and helmet, and learn the skill and art of ice climbing.

How do you most efficiently kick in a crampon toehold, or how can you tell when your ice axe has a good purchase?

Start on low angle pitches, then build your way up to more vertical sections of ice. Soon you’ll be looking down from towering ice pinnacles!

The Matanuska Glacier is the classroom, and your guides are experts who spend their lives exploring the world’s climbing meccas—Alaska, Utah, the Andes, and the Himalayas. They’ll share their knowledge, tips, and insights as you work your way to the top.

This ice climb lasts 8 hours, and you should be ready to work hard. But remember, the harder you work, the higher you get.

Explore Alaska's wild with Outbound Heli & Nova Guides. Helicopter tours to glaciers for multi-sport adventures.

Explore Alaska's wild with Outbound Heli & Nova Guides. Helicopter tours to glaciers for multi-sport adventures.

Heli Adventures

Two of Alaska’s premier adventure companies have teamed up for an amazing opportunity to offer some of the highest quality outdoor experiences in the great state of Alaska. This collaboration involves guided tours with helicopter access out to the immense recreational landscape of the Knik Glacier and Lake George areas. Located just north from Anchorage near the small town of Butte, AK. Outbound Heli and Nova Alaska Guides conduct these world-class trips flying out to the glacier daily. The tours are high levels of adventure and can also be multi-sport trips with all different types of crafts to explore this gem of Alaska. Ice climbing, glacier hiking, glacier paddle boarding, iceberg pack rafting, mountain hiking and even rappelling! can all be done via helicopter flight access.

See the scale of Alaska from up above and fly into your Alaskan adventure with Nova Alaska Guides and Outbound Heli Adventures!

About Nova Alaska Guides

The first company in Alaska to guide tours on the Matanuska Glacier, NOVA Alaska Guides offers these hikes—as well as ice climbing and advanced trekking. NOVA groups everyone according to fitness level, and since they offer a low guide-to-client ratio, everyone gets the most out of their adventure.

Few people know the Matanuska Glacier like NOVA founder Chuck Spaulding, who’s been guiding on rivers and glaciers in Alaska for almost 50 years. His company headquarters is just down the road from the Matanuska and on the Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway, and Chuck and his crew spend a lot of time on the ice, finding new routes to explore and refining every aspect of trip safety.

Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly glacier walk or a steep ascent with an ice axe, you’ll find it with NOVA.

Chuck Spaulding

I really love my home area. I feel it rivals many worldly locations for its dramatic scenery. Then we take them on the whitewater or a glacier, and that’s a whole other level.
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Getting There

38100 W. Glenn Highway
Glacier View, AK 99674
Driving Directions

Prices & Dates

Season June 1 - Sept 10
Duration 3 - 8 hrs
Tours Glacier Tour // 3 hrs | Check-in time 9:30am, 10:30am and 2:30pm | $115/person plus the $45 Glacier Park entrance fee
Private Glacier Tour // 3 hrs | Check-in time 1:30pm and 3pm | $145/person plus $45 Glacier Park entrance fee
Matanuska Adventure Trek // 5 hrs | Check-in time 9am and 1:30pm | $215/person plus $45 Glacier park entrance fee
Guided Backcountry Ice Climb // 8 hrs | Check-in time 9am | $249/person plus $45 Glacier Park entrance fee
Heli Adventures // Please visit for details
Notes Please see website for trip limitations (Age, weight, height, shoe size)
Glacier Park is a separate company and their fee is $45/adult, $30/senior, $25/teen

NOVA Alaska Guides Matanuska & Knik Glacier Trips

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