Glacier Bay to Juneau

Trip Profile
*Remember: wildlife is wild life, so when it comes to stuff like whales and bears, these ratings show the likelihood of seeing those things as opposed to a guarantee. But that’s nature for ya – and who would want it any other way?
Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait, Lynn Canal, Juneau Alaska
Passengers will board the Snow Goose at the Park Service Dock in Bartlett Cove, Glacier Bay – a short taxi ride from the town of Gustavus. Following lunch and a brief safety and crew orientation we will set sail into Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. For the next 8 days we will cruise, kayak, and hike this magnificent gem of our National Park System as well as explore beyond the boundaries of the Bay.

The waters here are icy cold and the air is crisp and clear. Because Glacier Bay is a National Park and affords all the protections that come with such status, wildlife abounds within the bay. Guests can look forward to days of intimate contact with humpback whales, bears, moose, wolves, sea otters, seals, sea lions, goats eagles, and puffins to name just a few.

Since Glacier Bay has just recently emerged from the ice, it is considered a geologically young area. A trip up Glacier Bay is like a trip back in time. Old growth forests give way to bare rock as we make our way back into the upper reaches of the bay. Here, the tidewater glaciers still rumble and roar as they make their slow retreat back, dropping huge ice bergs into the sea. Magnificent granite cliffs tower above our small ship as we wind our way up the fjord through the ice floes towards the faces of these massive glaciers. Along the way, our expert naturalist and guide will point out the finer points of plant succession, glaciations’, local geology, and the interconnectedness of the animals that call this area home. The biodiversity of this place is simply amazing.

On the 5th day Snow Goose will debark Glacier Bay National Park and journey into the whale rich waters of Icy Strait. Here we will explore the older forests of SE Alaska with a much different background. Small islands dot this landscape all with rich history and some still occupied by a few hardy Alaskans. Very different then Glacier Bay, we will slowly make our way toward the Capitol of Alaska where guests will have a chance to explore the largest Alaska City in SE.
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All routes are subject to adjustment and change at the captain's discretion and the ability to obtain the proper access permits. This includes US Forest Service and Glacier Bay National Park permits. Passports are required for entry into Canada, and previous DUI convictions may prevent entry.
We are an equal opportunity provider and employer, operating on the Tongass National Forest under special use permit from the USDA Forest Service.