Vacations to Glacier Bay National Park

Fifty named glaciers help make up Glacier National Park in an area that stretches over 3.3 million acres. Seven of the glaciers are active tidewater glaciers, calving icebergs into the sea. When the icebergs hit the water, it’s a gargantuan crashing sound known as White Thunder. The rest of Glacier National Park’s terrain comprises mountains, coastline and fjords, with an expanse of temperate rainforest.   

The waters of Glacier Bay are rich with marine mammals such as humpbacks, orcas, sea lions, seals and porpoises. The vast majority of visitors arrive on cruise ship, never disembarking but catching this beautiful wonderland from the deck. However for those that explore it independently, accessing Glacier Bay via Gustavus or Barlett Cove, are well rewarded with the opportunity to get up close to the glaciers. It’s a kayaker’s dream – a world of blue and white ice to explore silently, voyaging through the protected arms and inlets and passing glaciers.

There’s the rare chance to spot the blue glacier bear here, a color phase of the black bear. Moose, wolves, deer and mountain goats also live in the park. An abundance of seabirds such as puffins, gulls and oystercatchers have also made Glacier National Park their home. 

Highlights

  • Spot seals basking on icebergs

  • Kayak through the icy waters

Maddy
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I have been lucky enough to travel the rugged state of Alaska fairly extensively and it really is like nowhere else on earth. The memories of the vast, sparsely populated open spaces, larger than life mountain ranges and incredible, and prominent, wildlife will keep me in awe for a long time to come.

Map of Glacier Bay National Park

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