Bears, Trains & Icebergs with Rail from Anchorage
Your Bears, Trains and Icebergs adventures starts with a scenic ride on the Alaska Railroad's Glacier Discovery train. The train departs from the Anchorage Depot located at 411 West First Avenue at 9:45am. After traveling through Anchorage you will descend through the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge. This area, also commonly known as Potter's Marsh, is a good place to spot migratory birds, waterfowl and moose. Your trip continues along the Turnagain Arm, a body of water featuring the world's second highest tides at over 30 feet. At Portage you'll meet your guides and take a brief shuttle to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center for a guided & interpretive tour of the animals. The center is Alaska's premier rehabilitation facility for injured and orphaned wildlife. Bears - AWCC Tour runs 1.5 hours and includes walking and driving options to view the animals. A sack lunch is provided with this tour. Once done with the AWCC, our guide will transport you back to board the Glacier Discovery Train where you will continue onto the Spencer Whistle Stop. Upon arrival at the Whistle Stop where you will begin your float trip with panoramic views of Spencer Glacier while your guide rows you up close and personal among the icebergs that dot Spencer Lake. Next, sit back and relax as your guide takes your raft down the Placer River through Class I or Class II rapids that are fun and appropriate for all ages. Then you'll experience a true flagging down of the train as you'll re-board the Glacier Discovery train for a short trip to Portage where you will transfer to a motorcoach to Anchorage for the final part of your journey along the Turnagain Arm back to the Anchorage Rail Depot.
This trip is also available from Girdwood, please ask your reservation agent for details.
What To Wear
Your trip includes professional guides, raingear, rubber boots and a small snack. Dress warmly in layers as conditions around the icebergs can be chilly. Please bring thick socks (to wear with provided rubber boots), warm clothes (wear synthetic layers and bring a rain coat), warm hat and gloves. You may wish to bring binoculars and a camera if you have them.
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Length: 9 Hours
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A deposit equal to 30% of services reserved is due at the time of booking, with the balance due 45 days prior to your first day of travel. The following change and cancellation fees apply. Between 45 to 31 days prior to your first day of travel a 10% cancel/change fee will apply. Between 30 to 15 days prior to your first day of travel a 50% cancel/change fee will apply. Within 14 days of travel, your package is non-refundable and non-changeable. Because we cannot make exceptions to our cancellation or change policies for any reason, including family and medical emergencies, we STRONGLY encourage you to purchase travel insurance.