Glacier Bay National Park Tours

Bounded by the temperate rainforest of Southeast Alaska, the magnificent expanse of Glacier Bay National Park offers one of the last unspoiled destinations in the American Northwest.

Spilling out of the mountains, sixteen gigantic tidewater glaciers fill the sea with icebergs of all imaginable shapes, sizes and shades of blue. Muir Inlet offers a stunning expedition through a channel that leads to the heart of the ice pack — the McBride Glacier. Here one can witness the spectacular scene of calving glaciers, where the ancient fragments break away with a thunderous crack and plummet into the bay in a shroud of deep-blue spray.

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is most easily seen by boat or plane where one can appreciate the vastness of its natural beauty. Whether viewed by wing or rudder, an amphibious landscape of ice-scoured fjords, green valleys, beaches, straits and islands awaits you.

The only road in the park runs 10 miles between Bartlett Cove and Gustavus Alaska. Though limited in development, this lack of road travel has been a benefit to animal populations in the Glacier Bay National Park and has served to protect the integrity of the surrounding wilderness. Seven miles of trails wind along the beaches and through the rainforest of spruce and hemlock in the Bartlett Cove area. These old-growth forests nurture a flourishing habitat for soaring bald eagles to nest and bear and moose to roam.

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The Glacier Bay Country Inn provides you with excellent accommodations, services, outstanding food and continues to be the Top Rated Lodge & Restaurant in the area.

Glacier Bay National Park Day Tour

Location: Glacier Bay National Park
Duration: 8 hours
Highlights: Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers, two towering masses of ice and snow rising 245 feet above the waterline and stretching another 100 feet below the water.

Price: Adults $250.00, 12 & under $125.00

Trip Summary: Join us on The Baranof Wind Glacier Tour, an eight-hour cruise aboard a 149 passenger high-speed catamaran. The tour itinerary covers the west arm of Glacier Bay National Park and highlights the natural history, wildlife, geography, and tidewater glaciers of the area. Spend the day on the waters of Glacier Bay and see magnificent tidewater glaciers, towering snow-capped mountains, spectacular wildlife, whales, sea lions, rare birds, black bear, brown bears, seals, eagles, and much more along mile after mile of pristine coastline. A knowledgeable Park Naturalist narrates the tour and answers your questions. This is a wonderful family trip! Lunch is included and served on board with additional snacks and beverages available from the concessionaire.

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Glacier Bay National Park Private Tours

Location: Glacier Bay National Park: East Arm, West Arm, or Outer-Coast
Duration: 7-9 hours
Highlights: Active tidewater glaciers and abundant Wildlife in the seldom traveled areas of Glacier Bay National Park and preserve, not accessible by large cruise ships and tour boats.

Price: East Arm – $1,950 for up to 6 people | West Arm or Outer-Coast – $2,250 for up to 6 people

Trip Summary: Glacier Bay Inn is an authorized concessionaire of Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. Join us for the day to see the magnificent beauty of Glacier Bay National Park from the comfort of our spacious 39 ft vessel with a local guide with over 40 years of experience in Glacier Bay National Park. Enjoy stunningly beautiful areas of the park in a more private setting with an itinerary catered to your interests. On the East Arm Tour, you have the unique option to kayak in fjord often riddled with icebergs near the McBride Glacier in one of the most remote areas of the Park. Or spend the day exploring the West Arm of Glacier Bay where you’ll take in the grandeur of the Margerie, Grand Pacific, John Hopkins, and other tidewater glaciers as well as an abundance of marine and land wildlife. On the Outer-coast tour, see the lesser-known western side where the Glacier Bay National Park meets the Pacific Ocean, and enjoy the option to check out Elfin Cove, a unique fishing community with no roads, just boardwalks! On any tour, you will see tidewater glaciers, marine wildlife such as Humpbacks, Orcas, sea otters, sea lions, porpoises and land wildlife such as bears, mountain goats, wolves, or moose.

We offer packages that include lodging in Gustavus, ground transportation, meals, tours of Glacier Bay National Park, fishing, and many other activities, all you have to do is show up at the Gustavus Airport or Ferry dock and we take care of everything from there. Or, if you already have somewhere to stay, we offer single day trips out of Bartlett Cove or the Gustavus Dock.

(See the McBride Glacier Kayaking Excursion for more details on the East Arm Tour)

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