The tours below are suggestions for you to enjoy should you decide to get off the Turnagain Arm Shuttle. The prices listed are up to date and are subject to change without notice. Please check with each vendor to ensure accurate pricing.
Please make certain you have planned ahead and have a return shuttle pre-booked.
The Alyeska Aerial Tram is a three-to-seven minute scenic ride from The Hotel Alyeska to 2,300 feet above sea level and the top of Mt. Alyeska. From the Tram, you can see for miles in all directions – including views of the Turnagain Arm, up to seven “hanging” glaciers and endless peaks deep into the Chugach Mountain range. Don’t forget to look down! In the summer months, moose and bear sightings are common on our aerial tram rides, too.
At the Upper Tram Terminal, there is an observation deck providing even more breath-taking panoramic views of majestic mountains, hanging glaciers, sparkling streams, towering spruce, and an array of wildlife. Conde Naste Traveler rated Alyeska ~ "Best view of any U.S. ski resort." The observation deck is a perfect place to enjoy a relaxed lunch or beautiful evening sunset. Telescopes are also available along the deck. In the summer months, you can also enjoy exploring, berry picking and even hiking on a glacier. Even if you’ve done this before, because of the glaciers, the view is always changing. The Tram is a favorite re-do for our guests that come again and again. We hope you will too!Book Now
Experience the sheer awesome face of a mighty Alaska glacier on your one-hour cruise aboard the mv Ptarmigan. Standing just 300 yards from a relic of the Ice Age and watching for icebergs to break off the glacier and crash into the water below. The sounds of glacier calving thunders your chest, it’s life altering and should not be missed. You will find out why Portage Glacier is Alaska's second most visited attraction.
Cruise Departures are at 10:30, Noon, 1:30 PM, 3:00 PM and 4:30 PM. You must make sure you plan accordingly allowing for ample time so you are available for boarding. When your cruise arrives at the Portage Lodge please remain aware of the time, by making yourself available to board your booked shuttle, this will ensure you have a positive experience when you rejoin us. Shuttle Departures for this tour will be at 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, Noon, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM in order to make the appropriate cruise.
Note: The Portage Glacier Cruise is 20 minutes walking distance from the Portage Glacier Lodge. This is the only drop off and pick up location for the Turnagain Arm Shuttle. We list this option for healthy independent travelers who plan on hiking before or after the cruise. Please plan accordingly, dress in layers and be prepared for weather (wind and possible precipitation.)
Portage Glacier Cruise tickets may be purchased directly on the www.portageglaciercruises.com website. Discounts may be available for advance ticket purchases online. Tickets are also available from the Portage Glacier Lodge, day of, subject to availability. Prior planning is best, in order to ensure you have confirmed shuttle reservations that work with the Cruise Line's departure and return arrival times that mesh with your confirmed shuttle departure and return times. Advanced booking is the best way to ensure that favorable accommodations are available to best fit your needs. We want your experience to be positive so be careful if you book a cruise day of, coordinate with us to ensure return shuttle seats are available later in the day. If you miss your confirmed shuttle departure time from Portage Glacier Lodge, you may be accommodated, if space is available on the next available shuttle but in some cases you may be responsible for your own return transportation.Book Now
(There will NOT be an option to purchase Portage Glacier Cruise tickets on our Turnagain Arm Shuttle website.)