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Explore An alaskan Glacier

Girls on Ice Alaska was started in 2012! In June, a team of 9 participants will spend 12 days in the Alaska Range, exploring Gulkana Glacier and the surrounding alpine landscape. The program is led by a professional mountain guide and scientists. Participants experience everything from hiking through alpine meadows to getting up close to a noisy icefall; from spotting caribou on the mountain slopes to traveling across snow-covered glacier ice, all while taking advantage of Alaska’s long summer days!

Girls on Ice Alaska will bring together a team of girls from Alaska, Pacific Northwest (WA, OR, ID), California, British Columbia and Yukon Territories representing many different lifestyles, cultures, and levels of outdoor experience. Applications for Girls on Ice Cascades will be considered in tandem with those for the Alaska program, so that the most diverse teams of girls can be selected for each expedition.


Each year, the day-to-day details of the expedition change due to mountain weather and glacier conditions!

The basic itinerary is:

  • Day 1: Meet the team, learn about glacier gear, 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 dayhike through alpine meadows
  • Day 3: Hike up to basecamp overlooking Gulkana Glacier, and set up our home for the week
  • Day 4-9: Explore the glacier, the surrounding alpine meadows, and the upper mountain, while testing out fun science experiments
  • Day 10: Hike out and travel back to Fairbanks
  • Day 11: Stay on University of Alaska Fairbanks campus while wrapping up science, art, and reflection activities
  • Day 12: Enjoy a final morning of activities together before heading home




The Girls on Ice Alaska program was started in 2012 by graduate students from the University of Alaska Fairbanks: Marijke Habermann, Barbara Trüssel-Reyes, and Joanna Young. Inspired by Dr. Erin Pettit's Girls on Ice Cascades program, and with her guidance, they were able to create a similar experience that is uniquely adapted to the Alaskan setting.



You must be 16 or 17 on June 1, 2018.

We accept applications from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and any country identified as low and lower-middle income economies here. We give strong preference to applicants currently living in the U.S., regardless of their citizenship. While we 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