Summer in full bloom near Spencer Glacier.

Things to Do at Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop

Explore on foot or go by kayak or raft at this whistle stop on the Alaska Railroad.

Spencer Glacier in all its glory as seen from a guided hike.

Things to Do at Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop

Explore on foot or go by kayak or raft at this whistle stop on the Alaska Railroad.

Spencier Glacier kayak trip views.

Things to Do at Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop

Explore on foot or go by kayak or raft at this whistle stop on the Alaska Railroad.

Rafting among icebergs on Spencer Lake.

Things to Do at Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop

Explore on foot or go by kayak or raft at this whistle stop on the Alaska Railroad.

Glacier Discovery exploring Portage Valley.

Things to Do at Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop

Explore on foot or go by kayak or raft at this whistle stop on the Alaska Railroad.

Spencer Glacier Things to Do

Even though Anchorage is Alaska's largest city, wilderness is right at our doorstep. There are unclimbed mountains, untouched rivers, and unexplored glaciers within 20 miles of downtown, and even more stretches of remote country along the railroad route that links Anchorage to Seward. That's where you'll find the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop.

It's easy to spend a day out of Anchorage at Spencer Glacier thanks to that perfect combination of rail access and active adventure excursions. The Alaska Railroad runs a daily Glacier Discovery train from Anchorage. It leaves the depot at 9:45 AM and reaches the Spencer stop at about 1:45 PM. The train then continues to its turnaround point at Grandview Pass before returning to Spencer at 4:30 PM.

This leaves plenty of time for a guided tour. Like to hike? Join a naturalist guide for a lakeside trek to the terminus of the glacier. Want to see icebergs calved from Spencer Glacier up close? Head out on an iceberg raft trip. Train tickets need to be booked separately for both these tours. Check out the Alaska Railroad Spencer Glacier Day Trip page for details.

You can fit in even more experiences with a slightly longer day. The Spencer Glacier Bears, Trains & Icebergs tour follows the same schedule as the Spencer iceberg float, but also includes a stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in the morning. And for anyone who wants to spend as much time enjoying the Spencer area as possible, the Spencer Iceberg Kayaking with Rail tour takes you out onto the lake, all the way to the toe of the glacier, and back to civilization on the later Coastal Classic train to Anchorage. Both these tours include train tickets.

Since the Glacier Discovery train passes through Girdwood, Spencer Glacier is also a good day trip option for those staying at Alyeska Resort. Check out our Girdwood Things to Do and Anchorage Things to Do pages for more ways to experience this corner of Alaska.

Things to Do at Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop