If you are interested in taking a glacier tour, as most people who travel to Alaska are, there are plenty of options that will get you up close and personal to one of the many wonders of the Arctic area. The Portage Glacier Cruises company is about an hour away from downtown Anchorage and they offer five different tours each day, each of which cost under $30. Passengers board an 80-foot sailing vessel that has two levels. The staff onboard the ship is familiar with the surroundings you will be sailing in and they provide you with a narrated history of Anchorage and the history prior to the incorporation of the city. One of the major thrills people want to see when going on a glacier tour is calving. Calving occurs when a large portion of the glacier drops off into the ocean, forming an iceberg. Since you are only a few hundred yards from the glacier on Portage Glacier Cruises, you will see this amazing phenomena happen up close. While floating on Portage Lake to reach the glaciers, you will be amazed that the lake is only about a century old. There are several things Alaskan tourists should do while visiting the state, and seeing a glacier up close is definitely one of them.
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