Enhance your Glacier Bay tour experience by incorporating the additional tours and activities into your Glacier Bay Lodge package. While in Gustavus, the gateway to the renowned Glacier Bay National Park, seize the opportunity to immerse yourself in the scenic surroundings. Our most popular activity is the whale watching cruise to Point Adolphus and the kayaking day tour into Muir and Tarr Inlet. Glacier Bay National Park was completely covered by ice just 200 years ago. The “Y” shaped body of Glacier Bay in south-east Alaska is a designated World Heritage Site and includes 16 huge tidewater glaciers - with 12 of them are active and calve icebergs thundering into the bay. On the east and west of the 65 mile long bay the steep mountain summits of the Chilkat and Fairweather Mountain Ranges rise up to provide a dramatic backdrop. The marine wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve includes tidewater glaciers, snow- capped mountain ranges, ocean coastlines, deep fjords, and freshwater rivers. While Gustavus is not as well-known as some other Alaskan destinations, it's a beautiful and serene place, and ranger walks in Gustavus usually take place within the context of Glacier Bay National Park. They are often conducted by National Park Service rangers as part of their educational / interpretive programs and are complimentary. The rangers are knowledgeable about the park's geology, ecology, wildlife, and history. During your stay you can visit the Glacier Bay National Park Visitor Center and the Xunaa Shuká Hít (Huna Tribal House).
JUNS#1 Point Adolphus Whale Observation
Cruise aboard the 45′ M/V TAZ, into Alaska's most famous whale feeding grounds - Icy Strait and Point Adolphus. Their unique feeding techniques, acrobatics, and vocalizations make every tour unique. Observe Humpback whales, plus other marine mammals, including Minke and Orca, Stellar sea lions, sea otters, Dall and Harbor porpoises. We also observe Bald Eagles, Puffins, a variety of sea birds, and occasionally an Alaskan Brown Bear can be strolling on the beach. The boat is an ideal for observing and photographing wildlife. It is extremely stable, with large observation windows which allow for great viewing from both inside or outside on the deck. In addition, our unique hydrophone system allows us to hear the calls of the whales underwater. We also have a comfortable heated interior and enclosed restroom for the comfort of our clients.
JUNS#2 Salmon & Halibut Sportfishing | Fly Fishing Tour
Guided saltwater trips with coast guard licensed guides. Visit Icy Straits and the outer coast of Glacier Bay, home to the largest sport fish in Alaska - the Pacific Halibut. Excellent seasonal fishing for all five salmon species, ling cod and rockfish plus wildlife viewing opportunities within the renowned feeding grounds of the Mink, Humpback and Orca Whales. Our tours Include the complete fishing equipment, guide service, bait and onboard lunch. Optional: packaging and freezing available. Fly-in fishing tours are available to remote rivers and lakes. Primary species are wild native Rainbow Trouts or Sockeye Salmon. Duration: 8 hours
JUNS#3 Guided Sea-Kayak Tours
We start this trip at Gustavus beach, where we get an kayaking orientation put on our rain gear and boots and go.... Crossing Icy Passage, we keep an eye out for sea otters, porpoise, sea lions, minke whales, orcas and seals. Upon reaching the island we are usually greeted by bald eagles. In the shallows along the shore, we can see a multitude of intertidal creatures as we drift along in our kayaks. Rounding the western point of the island we see a string of lovely sandy beaches. This is where we land our kayaks to enjoy a lunch of smoked salmon, fresh veggies, fruit and our home baked desserts. Enjoy lunch with a fantastic view of the Fairweather Mountains. While on land, we’ll explore the moist interior of the old growth forest, home to myriad species of ferns, mushrooms, wildflowers and moss carpets. Duration: 6-hours
JUNS#4 Glacier Bay Day Cruise
Join us on the M/V Baranof Wind Glacier Tour, an eight hour cruise aboard a 149 passenger high-speed catamaran. The tour itinerary covers the west arm of Glacier Bay National Park and highlights the natural history, wildlife, geography, and tidewater glaciers of the area. Spend the day on the waters of Glacier Bay and see magnificent tidewater glaciers, towering snow-capped mountains, spectacular wildlife, whales, sea lions, rare birds, black bear, brown bears, seals, eagles, and much more along mile after mile of pristine and rugged coastlines. A knowledgeable Park Naturalist narrates the tour and answers your questions. This is a wonderful family trip! Lunch is included and served on board with additional snacks and beverages (optional) available from the concessionaire. Duration: 8-hours
JUNS#5 Kayak with the Whales
Short boat ride across Icy Strait to Point Adolphus. The ocean around Point Adolphus is a meeting place of currents flowing around Chichagof Island into the Inside Passage. This nutrient rich confluence feeds an abundance of marine life from tiny barnacles to giant whales. Otters, seals, porpoise, sea lions and whales swim along the point in noisy groups. Summer is the time for them to stock up on the nutrients that will carry them through the long winter. We respect them and do not crowd them; our greatest pleasure is to share these creatures’ space without disrupting their lives. Our Whales! day trip includes a kayaking orientation on the beach at Point Adolphus in the morning by one of our highly trained guides. Included: round-trip boat transfer Gustavus - Point Adolphus, rain gear, dry bags, kayaking equipment, rubber boots, snacks, lunch.