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GBM#04 Tracy Arm Fjords & Endicott Wilderness Area



Join us on this easy but exciting camping and sea kayaking trip. We will spend two full days and nights exploring Tracy Arm Fjords and the Terror Wilderness. Explore icebergs, glaciers, waterfalls, and wildlife viewing to the max! We will paddle through steep fjords looking for clues on what the glaciers left behind. This adventure gives us a glimpse back in time of how glaciers carved valleys, fjords, and the majestic landscapes of Southeast Alaska.

  • Tour Itinerary

  • Dates | Rates

  • Glacier Bay Travel Info



Day
01

Juneau - Endicott Arm

Early van transfer from your local accommodations and transport to our company warehouse for a safety briefing and gear orientation. We will then head downtown to the Adventure Bound boat dock, load our kayaks and gear, and enjoy a two hour boat cruise through the Stephens Passage and to the entrance of Tracy Arm. From there, we will do a half-day paddle before setting up camp for the night in a glacially carved valley beside a flowing river. Join us for an unforgetable exploration of Tracy Arm Wilderness. Explore icebergs, glaciers, waterfalls, and wildlife viewing to the max! We will paddle through steep fjords looking for clues on what the glaciers left behind. This adventure gives us a glimpse back in time of how glaciers carved valleys, fjords, and the majestic landscapes of Southeast Alaska.


Day
02

Endicott Arm

The day will be spent kayaking deeper into Tracy Arm Fjord towards the Sawyer and South Sawyer glaciers while taking in the scenery and looking for wildlife. Enjoy the views of blue icebergs, steep cliffs and large waterfalls. We possibility see also harbor seals, whales, bears, eagles, arctic terns and mountain goats. We camp in view of a calving tidewater glacier


Day
03

Ford’s Terror
 

We will wake up early to paddle amongst the icebergs and get a closer look at the glacier from the kayaks. We explore the wondrous Ford's Terror - a spectacular fjord accessible only through a narrow passage off Endicott Arm. Rushing tidal currents and whirlpools prevent us from entering when the tide flows in and out. We must wait for slack water to enter this paradise. (Seaman H.R. Ford didn't wait, back in 1889, and found himself terrorized by the rushing tidal waters!) Both brown and black bear can sometimes be seen roaming the narrow beaches and tide flats. Mountain goats have even been sighted on this rugged coastline. We will then start to paddle back towards the mouth of Tracy Arm. In the early afternoon, we will board the Adventure Bound boat with our kayaks and then enjoy an even closer look at the glaciers from the safety of a larger vessel. After sightseeing, the Adventure Bound boat will return us to downtown Juneau in the late evening.






Rates in US $ / per Person Adult     
3 Day Tracy Arm | Ford’s Terror Wilderness Kayaking Adventure (Min: 2 Clients) $ 1100.00

 

Departure Days
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Services included
  • 2 Nights Camping
  • Professional Guide Service
  • Boat Charter from | to Juneau
  • Max 6 Participants
  • Kayaking Equipment
  • Rain Gear & Rubber Boots
  • Group Camping Gear
  • All Meals




Glacier BayNational Park - FAQ

  Glacier Bay National Park was completely covered by ice just 200 years ago. Explorer Captain George Vancouver found Icy Strait choked with ice in 1794. The “Y” shaped body of Glacier Bay includes 16 tidewater glaciers. 12 of them are active and calve icebergs thundering into the bay. On the east and west of the 65 mile long bay the steep mountain summits of the Chilkat and the Fairweather Ranges rise up to provide a dramatic backdrop of glaciated mountain tops. During the summertime hundreds of whales are staying in Glacier Bay to feed in the nutrient rich waters before migrating back to Hawaii.
 
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How do I get to Glacier Bay?
Glacier Bay National Park is located at the northern end of Southeast Alaska’s panhandle - approximately 50 miles west of Juneau. The only way to get to the Park is by charter or commercial aircraft and by boat. Daily air service to Gustavus is available between June and September from Juneau, Haines and Skagway, (flight time appr. 30 minutes) A high-speed passenger catamaran operates between Juneau’s Auke Bay and Gustavus / Bartlett Cove. There are no roads to and within Glacier Bay National Park and limited Alaska Marine Highway Ferry services. Please Note: You will not see any icebergs from the Bartlett Cove area. The only access to the fjords and bays within the national park is via a tour boat.

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How can I visit the National Park?
Due to it's vast size and remote nature, the best ways to visit Glacier Bay National Park or Icy Straits is by tour boat, cruise ship or individually/escorted with kayak excursions. We offer a variety of 1-3 day tours, sightseeing and soft adventure programs. Custom itineraries are available upon request.

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When is the best time to visit the Park?
In May wildlife is easy to spot. Migratory birds are resting on the way to the south.  Spring on the average has less rain than fall and there are fewer visitors in the Bay! In June throughout the area bears are easily spotted on shore and in mid June the whales are returning to Glacier Bay. July and August are the most popular months. The whales are here, breaching, playing and feeding. Flowers are in full bloom.  In September fewer visitors are in park. The bears are fishing for salmon! Great for glaciers! Good time to see the Northern Lights. The birds are migrating north for good bird watching.

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What will I see in Glacier Bay?
Visitors will encounter icebergs, wildlife, and majestic country unrivaled by any other park in Alaska. The Glacier Bay National Park area includes 16 tidewater glaciers of whom 12 actively “calving” icebergs into the bay. The show can be spectacular. As water undermines the ice fronts, great chunks of ice - up to 200 feet high - break loose and crash into the water. The Johns Hopkins Glacier calves such volumes of ice that it is seldom possible to approach its ice cliffs closer than about 2 miles. Access to the fjords and bays is by tour boat leaving Bartlett Cove daily at 8:00 am / returning 3:30 pm. An onboard lunch is included.

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Will I see wildlife?
Glacier Bay is home to a variety of wildlife. Humpback Whales, Orcas, Seals, Sea Lions, Sea Otters, Porpoises and numerous species of Sea Birds are just some of the varied marine creatures visitors can witness. In addition to the marine creatures, other commonly seen animals are mammals such as Brown and Black Bears and Moose. More than 200 species of birds found in the park include: Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Raven, Owl, Sandhill Crane, Loon, Stellar Jay, Murre, Cormorant, Puffin and many others.

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Are any hotels directly in the Park?
Only a very limited number of remote wilderness lodges are operating within the park area with a government license. Additional accommodation is available in Gustavus – about 6 Miles by road from Bartlett Cove. A government campground is located on the shores of Bartlett Cove. For accommodation details lease refer to our Glacier Bay tour pages.

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What is the weather like?
Summer daytime temperatures range from 45° to 65° F. Periods of rainy, cool and overcast weather is common in Southeast Alaska. The weather almanac indicated an average 153 rainy days per year with an annual rainfall of 71 inches. A sweater, hat, gloves and rain gear are recommended. Glacier Bay receives 18 1/2 hours of sunlight during the summer solstice.

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What's about Outdoor Activities?
There are a number of outfitters and soft-adventure companies operating from Juneau and Gustavus. Some of the available activities include: flight-seeing adventures, day and overnight kayak touring, whale watching, sport fishing, photography and hiking. For additional information please refer to our tour pages.



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