Explore an Alaskan glacier

Each June, a team of nine girls spends 12 days in the Eastern Alaska Range, exploring Gulkana Glacier and the surrounding alpine landscape. We experience everything from hiking through alpine meadows to observing a noisy icefall; from spotting caribou on the mountain slops to traveling across snow-covered glaciers, all while taking advantage of Alaska’s long summer days!


Each year, the day-to-day details of the expedition change due to mountain weather and glacier conditions. The basic itinerary is generally as follows:

  • Day 1: Meet the team, pack for the expedition, and camp out at a local farm in Fairbanks.

  • Day 2: Drive to the vicinity of Gulkana Glacier, and get comfortable with packs and boots by enjoying a short day hike through alpine meadows.

  • Day 3: Hike up to basecamp overlooking Gulkana Glacier, and set up home for the week.

  • Day 4-9: Explore the glacier and surrounding environment. Develop and test science experiments, practice art, and learn glacier travel skills!

  • Day 10: Hike out and travel back to Fairbanks

  • Day 11: Stay at the University of Alaska Fairbanks while wrapping up science, art, and reflection activities. Deliver public presentations about science experiment results and the overall experience of the expedition.

  • Day 12: Enjoy a final morning of activities together before heading home!




Girls on Ice Alaska was started in 2012 by Marijke Haberman, Barbara Trüssel-Reyes, and Joanna Young, three graduate students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Inspired by the flagship Girls on Ice Cascades expedition, and with founder Erin Pettit’s guidance, they created a similar experience that is uniquely adapted to the Alaskan setting. Girls on Ice Alaska has operated on Gulkana Glacier every summer since 2012.


To apply for Girls on Ice Alaska 2019, you must be 16 or 17 years old on June 1, 2019.

We accept applications from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and countries not identified as high income economies here. We give strong preference to applicants currently living in the U.S., regardless of their citizenship. While we do accept international applications, we rarely select more than one applicant living outside the U.S. on any expedition. Girls on Ice Alaska prioritizes applications from Alaska, Yukon, British Columbia, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and California.

Learn more about applying here and click below to start the application process.

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