Discover breathtaking glaciers, mountains, fjords, and the finest wildlife viewing in North America guided by Alaska's adventure travel pioneers. Explore Glacier Bay National Park, learning about its complex geology and traditional native people and observing its marine wildlife, including resident humpback whales. Enjoy the diverse ways of seeing Alaska: ride aboard a high-speed catamaran, kayak the shores of Chichagof Island, enjoy a scenic plane ride above the park, hop on a tram to the top of a mountain, and take a thrilling helicopter ride to hike atop a glacier!
Arrive in the bush town of Gustavus, Alaska's gateway to Glacier Bay National Park. It borders an enormous protected wilderness, the Wrangell-St. Elias UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to the largest non-polar icefield in the world. You will be met and transferred to the beloved Glacier Bay Lodge. After settling in, you'll meet your MT Sobek guide and fellow travelers for orientation and welcome dinner.
Grab a pair of binoculars and layer up for today's high-speed catamaran cruise into the furthest reaches of Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where wildlife abounds. From the ship, spot both marine and land animals while a park ranger explains the area's complex geology, recent glacial history, and shows how to search for animals in this vast wilderness. In the afternoon, head for a quiet walk on the rainforest trails that wind their way around the lodge - and look out for berries and bears!
Today, hop in a water taxi for a 10-mile ride across the Icy Strait and paddle the marine mammal-rich shoreline of Chichagof Island. Look out for whales, sea lions, and sea otters frolicking on the banks, and hear bald eagles chittering as they soar overhead. Tonight, the private camp is set up in a spruce hemlock old-growth forest that hasn't seen a glacier since the Wisconsin Ice Age - 15,000 years ago! Kick back with a drink in hand and enjoy a hearty camp-cooked meal.
Wake up in the largest forest in the United States, the Tongass. Enjoy breakfast on the beach, surrounded by Sitka spruce and western hemlock as you watch bald eagles and humpback whales. Hop into sea kayaks and get up close to some of the incredible marine life that lives off the shores of Chichagof Island. The day may include being followed by a 1000lb sea lion, learning the intriguing tale of the marbled murrelet, and hearing a whale breathe. After a day packed with wildlife fun, camp in style again.
After one last morning on Wilderness Island, head back to Gustavus by boat and board a small plane, for a scenic flight over the deep fjords and snow-capped peaks to Alaska's capital city of Juneau. Fun fact: Juneau is the only state capital that can be reached solely by plane or boat. Come afternoon, take a tram from the seaside to the alpine meadows above the trees. Hike amid wildflowers, climb a peak, play in the snow, marvel at the whistling marmots, and take in spellbinding views.
Today, enter the intriguing domain of glaciers. Start with an overview of the Juneau Icefield, lifted like a feather by helicopter and whisked up into the inaccessible world of ice and mountains that few can negotiate. The pilot touches down in a place it would take days to get to; learn some of the basics of glacier travel, and marvel at the surface of a living glacier - an otherworldly experience. Later, gather in historic downtown Juneau at a locals' favorite restaurant for a farewell dinner.
Today, depart from Juneau at any time. If not in a rush, explore Juneau for an extra day or stop in Sitka for a few nights on your way home.
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This expedition covers Southeast Alaska's most beautiful and remote sites by high-speed catamaran, kayak, boat, tram, helicopter, foot, and plane.
Enjoy two-nights camping in a wilderness island where whales can often hear the whales breathing from our tents.
Explore remote glaciers, spectacular wilderness and wildlife that only Southeast Alaska can provide.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Close-up wildlife encounters paired with spellbinding scenic flights, alpine hikes, and guided lessons in glacier trekking.
Scenic accommodation in the only hotel in Glacier Bay, a private wilderness camp, and a modern city hotel as the finale.
Mild summers, with daily light rain, chilly winds near glaciers, and breezy ocean sides. Daytime 55°F - 75°F. Evenings 40°F - 55°F.
You will be met by your MT Sobek guides upon arrival in Gustavus on Day 1.
We provide 4-season expedition tents and freshly laundered synthetic 20-degree sleeping bags. It is a 3-person tent for every two-persons. If you choose to have the single tent, we will provide a two-person tent.
The weather in Alaska is quite variable, so please expect to have rain that may fall every day. A good sturdy raincoat is recommended.
While we can't guarantee you will see the wildlife, there has never been a trip to Glacier Bay National Park or Chichagof Island during which a whale has not been spotted.
This tour is spectacular and an essential part of the Alaskan experience. The safe and stable helicopter will be flown by a crew of very experienced pilots. The helicopter ride will be a quick 15 minutes from the airport to the glacier landing.
Super easy. We can help you out to extend your stay at the Lodge at Glacier Bay National Park or in Juneau at the Four Points Sheraton.
Make any of our trips a custom adventure or start from scratch. Take two itineraries and match them up to create a unique third. Add extras and extensions and more...if you can imagine it, we can make it happen!
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