Take it to the extremes by exploring glaciers and volcanoes on your next Alaska vacation! You can experience fire and ice – with tours in many of our port communities.

Witness the Glaciers

One thing you don’t want to miss on your trip to Alaska is the chance to see glaciers, those amazing rivers of ice. There are an estimated 100,000 glaciers in Alaska – some bigger than the state of Rhode Island. Did you know that all of the ferries of the Alaska Marine Highway are named after glaciers? Whether on or off the road system, tour operators provide glacier experiences for visitors of all interests and abilities. Day cruises offer an otter’s-eye view of glaciers from the sea or get a bird’s-eye view on a flight seeing tour. Take a helicopter tour and land on a glacier for a hike or dog-sledding adventure. For the more adventurous, take an ice climbing tour to explore ice caves.

View the Volcanoes

Alaska contains 80 percent of the world’s active volcanoes, some of which are near our port communities. Most of Alaska’s 130 volcanoes are found in the Aleutian Arc, viewable on our Southwest route. Drive along Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula for views of four active volcanoes across Cook Inlet. Bring a camera to get some scenic photos on this beautiful stretch of highway. For those looking for a bit more adventure, take a plane from Homer or Kodiak to the Valley of 10,000 Smokes. Backcountry hikers can explore the area, which was formed by the largest eruption in the 20th century. But the easiest place to spot a volcano is by scanning the skyline of the Inside Passage community of Sitka. Mount Edgecumbe – a dormant volcano – is a prominent scenic feature. Go for a hike or get an aerial view on a flightseeing tour.