You can see the Matanuska Glacier from miles away as you make your way into the valley. To hear the tones and melodies of this glacier you’ll have to get out on the ice. Better yet, you can spend a night on the glacier. You can even enjoy an overnight glacier camping trip! When you take this trip you will get to experience the glacier both day and night and take in the full spectrum of the music.
So what notes does a river of ice play in nature’s song? The first note is typically the sound your crampons make once they hit the glacier ice. A consistent and soft crunch in rhythm with your step. As you explore the ice, faint sounds of shifting and cracking ice start to join in. Meltwater babbles along on top of the ice. And it is a bit more rare to hear, and to feel, be sometimes you can hear calving ice from seracs falling from ice falls. Or, a lower ice shelf shifting and rumbling near the basal layers of ice, feeling and sounding as if you were in the belly of a very hungry glacier.