Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live during the Ice Age? A cruise through the otherworldly beauty of Glacier Bay is the next best thing, formed by a multitude of glaciers. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is the crown jewel of any Alaskan Cruise, containing rainforests and fjords in its magical Fairweather Mountains setting. You’ll want to keep your camera at the ready to snap photos of the wildlife here! From frolicking humpback whales to playful puffins, the waters are teeming with rare creatures while the forests beyond are home to brown bears and mountain goats.
...the sailing through the glacier was amazing. I have never seen anything like it before not even in the Norwegian fjords. I would recommend to do Alaska, you won’t regret it!
Many cruisers consider Glacier Bay to be the highlight of any Alaska cruise itinerary...
After approx 2 and a half hours on the water it was time to rejoin the bus and we were then taken to the Medenhall Glacier...
What makes Glacier Bay so special? This landscape’s unique appearance is created by powerful forces of nature. It’s located on the point of collision between the Pacific and North American plates of the earth’s crust, with glaciers melting and retreating over a period of 20,000 years to carve their way through the rocks.
Beyond the ice and snow, Glacier Bay features lush rainforests in its interior, with moss-covered trees and an earthy forest floor. The forest is still relatively young; but is home to a vast array of wildlife including bald eagles, black and brown bears and majestic moose.
There are plenty of animals who call the waters of Glacier Bay home as well! Bring your binoculars to see Steller sea lions, porpoises, harbour seals and sea otters. Perhaps most exciting of all to visitors are the humpback whales, who make the journey between Glacier Bay and Hawaii each year!
The Tlingit people have resided in the region for centuries. When the glaciers advanced and covered the land 300 years ago, they were forced to flee, returning once the ice retreated. Today, you can learn more about their traditional gull egg harvesting and visit the Huna Tribal House to explore the history of Alaska’s native people.