So you want to elope in Alaska and share an incredible experience with your partner for your elopement day? Eloping on a glacier in Alaska makes for a spectacular experience and epic photos! It will definitely be an adventure you will never forget.
Eloping on a glacier is not as complicated as you may think. There are many different glaciers ranging from 2-6 hours away from Anchorage, Alaska. As long as you’ve got a rental car and have done your research to get any necessary permits you’ll need, you should be set! As your experienced photographer, I collaborate with you to research and provide you with information for your chosen location.
Best glaciers to elope on in Alaska :
- Matanuska glacier is the most accessible glacier, residing 2.5 hours northeast of anchorage. You can take a helicopter or walk up to the glacier yourself, but the easiest thing to do is book a tour and have a guide take you out on the glacier for a hike or ice climbing. This is a great glacier to visit if you’re wanting to have an immersive experience.
- Spencer Glacier gives all the glacier exploration vibes because you take a train to get there! You can also access it by helicopter or on a snowmobile tour. Spencer glacier is located 60 miles south of Anchorage.
- Exit glacier is located in Kenai Fjords National Park. It’s a great option for couples that love to visit national park. Exit glacier is 15 minutes outside of Seward and is one of the most visited glaciers in the world. There are a variety of short and long hiking trails to get to the glacier. Since exit glacier is in a national park you will need a special use permit to have your elopement ceremony here.
- Portage glacier is an hour and a half from Anchorage, with a stunning drive there. It is only accessible by a boat cruise tour through Portage Lake or hiking Portage Pass.
- Knik glacier is about an hour from Anchorage and has 400 ft. ice walls! It is a great option for those wanting to take a helicopter to their ceremony spot.
A few tips for your glacier elopement
- Be aware of the weather and glacier activity. It is a good idea to have a backup location because of Alaska’s unpredictable weather. If you are accessing your location via helicopter, you NEED to have a backup location that you can reach by ground in case bad weather affects your helicopter tour.
- The best time to elope in Alaska is from May to September, as you’ll find the nicest weather.
- Wear closed toed shoes and have crampons/yaktrax so you don’t slip on the ice. If you have decided to do a glacier tour they will likely provide crampons, but be sure to check.
- Wear layers! Even in the summer, the average temperature is in the low 70’s.