Cruising by an iceberg on the Portage Glacier Cruise

Portage Glacier Cruise (Self Drive)



View Alaska’s magnificent Portage Glacier on this unique one-hour cruise, all for only $39 - the best valued cruise in Alaska


  • Take an unforgettable 60-Minute Glacier Cruise on the MV Ptarmigan
  • Enjoy a fully-enclosed heated cabin, or check out the topside view deck for a bit of fresh air
  • Listen to an on-board representative of the U.S. Forest Service explain the historical relevance of the glacier


  • 60 Minute narrated Glacier Cruise


  • Transportation to Portage Lake
  • Lunch, food or beverages
  • Optional gratuities

Please Note

  • All booking must be made at least 3 days in advance
  • Stop at the Portage Glacier Cafe and Gallery and check in at the Portage Glacier Cruise office before you head to the boat
  • Child price is $19.00 for children 12 and under
Driving Directions to Portage Glacier: Take the Seward Highway south from Anchorage. Take a 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 ½ mile, turn left for into the Portage Glacier Cafe and Gallery to check in before your cruise.

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Portage Glacier is truly magical. The cruise takes only one hour, but it could be the most impressive 60 minutes of your life.

You'll visit the sheer, awesome face of a mighty Alaska glacier. Aboard the mv Ptarmigan you'll stand just 300 yards from a relic of the Ice Age and watch as icebergs break off the glacier and crash into the water below. You will find out why Portage Glacier is Alaska's second most visited attraction.

mv Ptarmigan Highlights:

• mv Ptarmigan is the only boat operating on Portage Lake
• Fully narrated by an on-board representative of the U.S. Forest Service
• Fully enclosed, heated cabin
• Expansive windows for enhanced viewing
• Topside view deck offers a great vantage point for watching the glacier “calve,” and for visitors to enjoy the fresh 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
• Operates daily from mid-May through mid-September