Everything that is Alaska! Join our full day Glacier Bay tour from Juneau. Glacier Bay was first surveyed in 1794 by a team from the H.M.S. Discovery, captained by George Vancouver. At that time, the survey showed a mere indentation in the shoreline. The massive glacier was more than 4,000 feet thick in places, up to 20 miles wide, and extended more than 100 miles to the St. Elias mountain range. By 1879, however, naturalist John Muir discovered that the ice had retreated more than 30 miles forming an actual bay. Glacier Bay National Park includes numerous tidewater glaciers -several are actively calving icebergs into the bay. Mount Fairweather towers over 15,000 feet into the heavens, several peaks soar from sea level to well over 6,500 feet. Home to whales, bears, mountain goats, moose, and a wealth of birdlife - you'll experience it all from the "Fairweather Express II" catamaran as you cruise back in time into Glacier Bay.
Juneau - Gustavus / Glacier Bay National Park
The catamaran's high speed enables us to explore all the way into the Bay's West Arm. Along the way, as you watch for wildlife and birds, you'll notice the transition of plant life from the lush, mature evergreen forest near the Lodge, to younger alder and willow growth, to the recently uncovered bare rock dotted with primitive lichens and mosses at the faces of the retreating glaciers. Watch for giant towers of ice to "calve" away from the face of a glacier and tumble into the water. Observe the Parks wildlife: bears, moose, and mountain goats; a variety of sea birds; three species of whales - humpback, orca and minke; harbor seals and sea lions. The catamaran features open top-deck viewing as well as comfortable interior seating, and large picture windows all around on both enclosed decks so you won't miss a thing. The cruise is planned with plenty of time for wildlife watching. To add information and perspective, a National Park Service Ranger accompanies the cruise as narrator/interpreter for the day. The day cruise includes lunch. After your day of glacier and wildlife viewing, return to Bartlett Cove for you flight back to Juneau. A perfect combination for clients with a limited amount of time. 06:00 am Flight Departure from Juneau Airport 06:25 am Arrival in Gustavus, Transfer to Bartlett Cove 07:00 am Board the "Baranof Wind” Catamaran 07:30 am Cruise Departure into famous Glacier Bay 12:00 pm Lunch onboard the Vessel 03:30 pm Return to Bartlett Cove approximate 04:00 pm - 5:30 pm Transfer to Gustavus Airport approximate 04:30 pm - 7:30 pm Flight Departure from Gustavus approximate 05:00 pm - 8:00 pm Arrival at Juneau Airport
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