Spencer Iceberg and Placer River Float

$106.00$244.00 per person

Our most popular & scenic trip!

Get up close to picturesque icebergs at Spencer Glacier lake after your scenic train ride on the AK Railroad’s Glacier Discovery Train. Chugach Adventures’ was the original guide service at Spencer Glacier pioneering the area since 2001. View panoramic mountain & glacial landscapes on a 7 mile river float down the pristine Placer River. This trip is one of the most scenic glacier river trips in Alaska.

Spencer Tours operate May 27 – September 18, 2017.  You can request your Tour Date on the final checkout page.  Prices below include round trip train tickets from departure on the Alaska Railroad’s best-scenic Glacier Discovery Train.

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Anchorage Passengers: Upgrade your tour by adding a guided stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) for an additional $70 per passenger. Wildlife guaranteed and lunch included.

Girdwood Passengers: You can board in Girdwood for a longer train trip, or be picked up in Girdwood by Chugach Adventures' van shuttle and get a tour of the the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center for an additional $30 per passenger. Wildlife guaranteed and lunch included.

Tour Details


Daily Chugach Adventures & Glacier Discovery Train TIMES & Itinerary:

9:45 AM – Glacier Discovery Train Departs Anchorage

11:00 AM Train Departs Girdwood (Chugach Adventures’ Guide Greeter Boards Train & will answer any questions)

11:30 AM Train Arrives Portage 1st Stop – AWCC Add-On Guests Disembark Train for AK Wildlife Conservation Center From 11:30 – 1:00.

12:15 PM Train Arrives Whittier

12:45 PM Train Departs Whittier

1:15 PM   Train Arrives Portage 2nd Stop

1:25 PM  Train Departs Portage 2nd Stop

1:45 PM   Train Arrives Spencer Whistle Stop

2- 4:45 PM Spencer Iceberg & Placer River Float – 2 Hours on the Water.

5-5:15 PM Return Via Train to Portage Station

5:30 PM    Anchorage & Girdwood Guests Board Motorcoach Bus for Quicker Transportation back to original boarding location.

5:45 PM  Motorcoach Arrives Girdwood

6:45 PM  Motorcoach Arrives Anchorage


 

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

  • Perfect Float for ALL AGES.  We have had guests as young as 1 and wise guests into their 90’s on this trip.
  • Lunch is provided for guests that ADD-ON the AWCC tour option.
  • We recommend visiting AWCC for an awesome Combo day tour.  If you are on the train from Anchorage or in Girdwood, click on the Add-On above.  If you have your own rental vehicle and are boarding in Portage, AWCC is located just 1.5 miles South from the Portage Station and is an easy stopover on your own before boarding the train in Portage at 1:15 PM and heading to Spencer.
  • There is a Small Cafe on the Glacier Discovery Train with limited menu options – Sandwiches, Wraps, Pizza – for guests that need lunch.  The Cafe is cashless and requires a credit or debit card.
  • We provide rubber boots, rain poncho (If it is a rainy day), & Personal Flotation Device (life vest).
  • Bring warm clothes & layers, extra socks, a hat & gloves.  These are more important in August & September, but nice to have in June & July with AK’s unpredictable weather.
  • Most guests bring their cameras, we can’t guarantee that they won’t get wet, but you should get great photos.
  • Personal baggage can be left on the train while you go rafting or canoeing. (The AK Railroad & Chugach Adventures can not guarantee the safety of your bags, but in over ten years of operation we have not had any lost or stolen baggage) Space is available for small bags that can either sit on your lap, or get wet, waterproof bags are recommended.
  • We require all guests to sign a release of liability on all of our tours.
  • Placer River Float is a Class I to II (With High Water), mellow braided river, no big rapids.  Most guests will not get splashed with water.  If you are concerned about getting splashed request a spot in the raft that is NOT “splashy” when speaking to your guide.
  • Raft Loads-Family & Friends are put on the same raft.  If you have a request to be with a friend, please let us know on the train.  Max capacity is 9 adults in each raft.  We most often have 7-8 guests per raft. Please call us up if you want a Private Raft for your family. There is an additional cost for a private raft.
  • Young Children–When making a river, kayak, or canoe reservation with the Alaska Railroad they do not allow children under the age of 5.  Chugach Adventures can make reservations upon pre-approval.  The minimum age is usually about 2 years old.  Children must be able to wear a life-vest and comfortably sit for at least 2.5 hours in a raft without jumping around or being out of control.  Please call us up to discuss further for children under 2 years old.
  • There are restrooms on the train and at the Spencer Whistle Stop.  There are no restrooms on the river, backcountry options only.

Chugach Adventures / AK Railroad Cancellation Policy:
Any cancellation made up to 7 days in advance will receive a 50% refund.  For cancellations within 48 hours, NO refund will be given.  Cancellations made 8 days or more in advance will receive a full refund minus a 5% transaction fee.

 

2 reviews for Spencer Iceberg and Placer River Float

  1. “Spencer Glacier Iceberg Float”
    5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014
    Our family of six did the Spencer Glacier Iceberg Float and took the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage. We had a wonderful time from start to finish. I’m a lifelong Alaskan and had never been back in that area and was just stunned by its beauty. The experience delivers everything it advertises: beautiful back country, an amazing view of Spencer Glacier, blue-ice floating icebergs, a smooth and scenic float. Our guide Cory was very knowledgeable and a great host. While it did rain on us a bit, it did not hinder our experience and was truly fun for the whole family. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a truly Alaskan experience.

  2. Raft underneath the longest freestanding timber trestle bridge in the world, pictured above.

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