- Things to Do in Seward
- Seward Exit Glacier Naturalist Hike
This two-hour guided hiking trip starts with a scenic drive 12 miles out of Seward to the Exit Glacier Nature Center. Exit Glacier flows down from the Harding Icefield, its toe currently reaching within a few miles of the facility. Guests get their first glimpse of the impressive icy mass as it comes into view on the drive.
See up close how glacial forces mold the land.
There's much more to see as the group reaches the nature center and starts their walk. The group's naturalist hiking guide has a wealth of knowledge. The running narration is interesting, covering glaciology and geography, topography and plant life. Guests see up close just how glacial forces mold the land and environment.
The trail enters a forest of young trees and begins to wind gently up a low bluff toward the eastern side of Exit Glacier. The group tops out above the low trees onto a rocky overlook marked by rope. Most guests will never come closer to a glacier. They're close enough, in fact, to feel the cold air coming off the surface and hear the groans and cracks of the constantly moving ice. After plenty of time to observe the glacier from such a close distance, the guided tour concludes with a return hike to the nature center and drive back into Seward.
The guided Exit Glacier Naturalist Hike covers about 2.5 miles with some elevation gain. The trail is well established, but covers terrain with roots, rocks, and gravel.
What to Bring
Guests should wear synthetic clothes they can comfortably hike in and sturdy walking or hiking shoes. Bring a backpack with a rain jacket, an extra warm layer if needed, and water. Don't forget a camera and binoculars.
This is an active excursion. Guests must be able to walk at an even pace on a hiking trail with roots and rocks for up to one hour.
Transfers & Meeting Points
The Exit Glacier Naturalist Hike starts and finishes at the tour operator office in Seward. The office is one block south of the Small Boat Harbor and about a 10-minute walk from the Seward Depot.
Exit Glacier Naturalist Hike
1013 3rd Ave
Seward, AK 99664
Rates & Dates
Here are the rates and operating dates for this product. Remember, we have a lowest price guarantee for nearly everything we sell.
There is no child rate for this service, and children must be at least 7 years old to participate.
|5/21/23 (Su) to 9/5/23 (Tu)5/21/23 (Su) to 9/5/23 (Tu)||Adult: $65.00||Child: $65.00|
|The rates above do not include taxes/fees of 7% and are subject to change without notice.|
Departure times and locations are listed below. Click on a link for an interactive map.
|Depart: 11:15 AM||Location: Exit Glacier Guides Office|
|Depart: 1:15 PM||Location: Exit Glacier Guides Office|
|Depart: 3:15 PM||Location: Exit Glacier Guides Office|
|Depart: 5:15 PM||Location: Exit Glacier Guides Office|
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- Price $65 + Tax
- Duration 3 Hours
- Departures 11:15 AM, 1:15 PM, 3:15 PM, 5:15 PM
- Operating Dates Daily from 5/21/2023 to 9/5/2023
- Activity Level Active
- Small group tour experience.
- Roundtrip transportation to trailhead.
- Naturalist hiking guide.
- Up-close views of Exit Glacier.
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