The World’s Largest Snowcone: The Matanuska Glacier



I awkwardly make my way across the ice. There is a reason that I never made it as a professional ballerina. Besides the fact that I would have despised the tutu, I just can’t hack it in the grace department.


Regardless – I had made it to our first glacier. What was supposed to be conquered during our Latin American journey, I had more than made up here.

We just sat in awe. I didn’t know I could geek out so much over a giant piece of ice. I got to accomplish the things I had dreamt about.


As our guide gave us a quick run down about the glacier, I raised my hand.

“I know this is horribly random but – if I lick the glacier, will my tongue stick to it?


You should have seen his face.

“Err… umm… I’ve never had THAT asked before but no, it shouldn’t?”

“Well, if it does, be ready – because this is going to happen.”

“Your tongue won’t stick to the glacier.”

“I’m taking your word for it but… you know… just incase…”

My first order of business: Lick a Glacier.


Anyone who has visited our bucket list knows about it.

And no, my tongue didn’t stick but it was a glorious thing to do. Not only was I licking the biggest snowcone on earth but it was delicious. I moseyed on over to the glacial water fountain to put my mouth up to it.


You know when you were little and on a hot summer day you grabbed the garden hose for the glorious, cool water? It was like that but a million times better. The purest water on earth was sweet, cool, and I felt life returning to my body. There is nothing else like it in the world. Granted, we looked like little kids with the water going everywhere (half of my jacket was soaked).


And after we made our way around the glacier for a while, I became one with the crampons. I went up hills and into carvasses I would have never considered in normal shoes. And while we are normally super cheap DIY travelers, this is one thing you shouldn’t scrimp out on. It isn’t like walking on snow. Think about walking in your freezer. Try walking on the ice that has freezer burned those peas you forgot about.


One DIY guy bit it so badly (broke his ankle) that he ended up being hiked out on a stretcher… and he had only made it a few feet out on the actual glacier. Our old roomie said he had tried once and nearly ended up falling into a massive carvasse.


So if you happen to be out there and want to go onto the ice, splurge for the crampons. Get a guide. The glacier changes every day and can be extremely dangerous to walk on if you don’t know where you are going or how to get there.


But whatever you do, make sure to give it a good lick for me.



Disclosure: We were able to be in Anchorage due to our partnership with the Hilton Garden Inn, however all opinions are our own.


28 Responses to “The World’s Largest Snowcone: The Matanuska Glacier”

  1. Cate Brubaker September 4, 2012 at 12:14 am #

    Sounds like so much fun! However, to be honest, ANYTHING cold sounds delightful to me right now!

    • Erica September 16, 2012 at 11:24 am #

      You are insane lady! I can’t do the cold. It kills my soul a bit.

  2. Lane September 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    This is like the Blarney Stone. I wonder how many people kissed the ice before you?

    • Erica September 16, 2012 at 11:26 am #

      *shudder* I don’t want to think about that. My germaphobe self will flip out.

  3. Heather September 5, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    How awesomely beautiful! I would have been geeking out too!

    • Erica September 16, 2012 at 11:27 am #

      We can geek out together. I like having someone else freak out exponentially besides me. Shaun usually just shrugs his shoulders lol.

  4. Mom September 12, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    Great shots!

  5. Raymond @ Man On The Lam September 12, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    I am VERY jealous you made it to Iceland! Stellar pix!

    • Raymond @ Man On The Lam September 12, 2012 at 8:01 am #

      And of course, to Alaska too… 🙂

      • Erica September 16, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

        *cough* lol

  6. Ayngelina September 12, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    What gorgeous photos, I really want to spend more time up north this year.

    • Erica September 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

      I’m still out on whether or not we want to do northern things. I think Iceland broke me.

  7. Kent @ No Vacation Required September 12, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    Looks like you had incredible weather that day.

    • Erica September 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

      SERIOUSLY. Everything was so clear and beautiful.

  8. Alex September 12, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    Great photos! I’ve never licked a glacier BUT I did drink glacial water when I was diving Silfra! So cool!

    • Erica September 16, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

      Shaun stuck his head in the water while we did Silfra… it. was. HILARIOUS.

  9. Emily in Chile September 13, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    Hahaha, I love that your priority was to lick the glacier! Glad you didn’t get stuck.

    • Erica September 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

      A girl has her priorities. Seriously though – it was a dream of mine for so long!

  10. Federico September 13, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    Haha…that was funny: order of the day? Lick a glacier! lol…I can only imagine the guide’s face…

    • Erica September 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

      He did double take. I guess adults are too afraid to live out their childhood fantasies?!

  11. Juno September 14, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    You are the coolest… 🙂 I need to get to Alaska, soon!

    • Erica September 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

      HA. You said COOL and ALASKA near each other.

  12. Abby September 16, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    Stunning!! Even though I think I’m allergic to cold weather, this would be a dream.

    • Erica September 27, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

      HAHA! It wasn’t that cold in August. It was looking around 60 degrees or so. I know that is an LV winter but still not too horrible!

  13. vidisha@greenglobaltravel September 23, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    That was so natural! To give into the moment and taste the ice! Fun pics! Thanks.

    • Erica September 27, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

      Any time! But seriously – you need to enjoy where you are and take it all in!

  14. Katherine Nelson June 29, 2016 at 5:57 am #

    Wow…Its just amazing…
    I love to travel in cool places. Really excited to go to have a Glacier View – Alaska’s Best Kept Secret – More Sun, Less Bugs!


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