Get out of the city of Anchorage and take the Turnagain Arm Shuttle to the Portage Glacier Lodge. This self-guided Portage Glacier adventure is truly idea for the independent traveler. Your shuttle will take you directly to Portage Glacier Lodge at Portage Valley where you can enjoy a meal and enjoy stunning hiking trails like the Trail of Blue Ice and Byron Glacier Trail.
This self-guided Portage Valley Tour allows you freedom to break away from tour groups and explore on your own and return at appointed return times from Portage Lodge. You must make sure you plan accordingly so that you arrive at the Portage Lodge with ample time. Remember this is tour is not for the faint at heart. This is a self-guided tour and you will be out in the wilderness exploring on your own. This means you will need to dress appropriately and plan your day ahead of time. Please read up on all that Portage Valley has to offer.
On the way down to the Portage Glacier Lodge you will be traveling down Alaska's most scenic highway known as Turnagain Arm. You will make a stop at Beluga Point, Turnagain Gallery and then on to the Portage Glacier Lodge. You may want to take some of the scenic walks found around Portage Valley – Alaska's Crown Jewel. When you are ready to continue on simply board the hourly shuttle from the Portage Glacier Lodge back to Anchorage. The return journey is simple just hop on any shuttle. It's that easy.
What You Can Expect
This self-guided Portage Glacier Tour allows you freedom to break away from the tour groups and explore on your own and return at select times. Your journey to Portage Lodge begins with a custom tour of Turnagain Arm and is a treat you won't want to miss. On the way to the Alyeska Tram you will be traveling down Alaska's most scenic stretch of highway known as Turnagain Arm. Your adventure includes a Turnagain Arm Tour with highlights listed below.
When you are ready to continue on simply board the shuttle at the Girdwood Station near the entrance of Girdwood back to Anchorage. We will be making a stop at Turnagain Gallery and Potter Marsh on the return journey.
Beluga Point: Popular photo stop with panoramic views of Turnagain Arm, with possible opportunities to see Dall sheep and Beluga whales.
Portage Valley: Enjoy a meal at Portage Day Lodge and enjoy stunning hiking trails like the Trail of Blue Ice and Byron Glacier Trail. You can also rent a bicycle for a relaxing tour of the Valley. Other activities can include taking the one-hour cruise on Portage Lake up to the face of Portage Glacier and discovering the geology and natural history of Portage Valley at the Begich Boggs Visitor Center.
Turnagain Art Gallery: Owned and operated by professional, competitive wood carvers, the gallery is full of stunning sculptures, unique jewelry, deeply moving paintings and photographic prints.
Potter Marsh: With its nearly panoramic view of Turnagain arm, Potter Marsh, peppered by spruce, cottonwood and alder trees, is one of the most accessible and scenic wildlife viewing areas in Anchorage. About halfway along the boardwalk, Rabbit Creek flows underneath and provides a good spot to see spawning chinook, Coho, or humpback salmon from May to August, depending on the species. Moose also frequent the marsh year round. May and June are good times to see these large ungulates standing in the marsh foraging for new growth.
Tour Times: 8 AM, 10 AM and 11 AM.
Duration: 4.5 hours transportation - - plan for a six hour day.
Round-trip shuttle service with a tour of Turnagain Arm and pick up and drop off at Indian Valley Gold Mine.
The Portage Glacier Cruise (see Portage Glacier Cruise page for details.)
Prior planning is best, please dress in layers, wind and precipitation are common in the mountains where the sea is close by. Remain well hydrated to ensure your comfort and maintain situational awareness of your time and surroundings for best safety.