A wide range of trips throughout Southcentral Alaska.
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Three different ways to see the glaciers.
Anyone can harvest ice from Alaska's 28,800 square miles of glaciers.
ON THE LEARNARD GLACIER -- Dusk was falling in a bowl above the entrance to the car-and-train tunnel at Whittier, and the ice worms were rising.
Glaciers are created when decades upon decades of snow compact themselves into ice. As the ice crystals grow, they push out the air.
Worthington Glacier is an easy-off, easy-on stop at Mile 28 of the Richardson Highway northeast of Valdez.
Visitors see blue ice by land, sea and air
Three kinds of glacier viewing are possible on an Alaska vacation.
A number of glaciers are within viewing distance of Alaska's highways, and you can even walk up to (and on) some of them.
Want a souvenir? Pick up a piece of ice that washes downstream from the glacier's snout -- but don't get close enough that ice can fall on you.
Cruises and day trips are the way to go if you want to hear the legendary thunder of calving glaciers and see huge faces of blue ice.
Sightseeing trips aboard small planes and helicopters provide both an overreaching view and sometimes a glacier landing.
Flightseeing companies that land on the ice provide cold-weather gear and guide you on a safe area of the glacier.