Forest Loop Trail at Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska
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.
Spot seals basking on icebergs
Kayak through the icy waters