Glacier Bay Journals

Glacier Bay by land

An August 2003 trip to Glacier Bay by UncleTippet

Kayaking in Glacier Bay Photo, Glacier Bay, Alaska More Photos
Quote: Most visitors visit Glacier Bay via cruise ship for the glaciers. But there's more to Glacier Bay than just glaciers. We decided to fly in and spend two nights there. This journal describes our experiences and our recommendations when considering a trip to Glacier Bay.

Glacier Bay by land

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Overview

Spooky Glaciers Photo, Glacier Bay, Alaska
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Some highlights from our 3 days at Glacier Bay: - Sea Kayaking. Saw a harbor seal pop up right in front of me. - Day Cruise to John Muir Glacier. Big Cruise ships are not allowed to go there because of hundres of the harbor seals on ice in front of the glacier. Be sure to look for ice caves and glacier melt gushing from the bottom. - Forest Walk around the Glacier Bay Lodge. Peaceful stroll on well maintained trail while you experience the quiet of the rainforest. - Fishing for Salmon and Halibut. Both fly fishing and deep sea fishing are available. - Wildlife watching. We saw bald eagles, humpback whales, bears, moose, birds of all types.Quick Tip...Read More
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The Whalesong Lodge is located in Gustavus about a 3 minute drive from the airport. We paid about $100 / night, much lower than what we would have paid at the Glacier Bay Lodge or the Gustavus Inn. The nightly rate includes transfers to and from the airport but does not include any meals. And to get food, we had to either bike 5 minutes to other lodges in town or drive to the lodge at Barlett Cove. People must be very trusting. The front door of the lodge is left unlocked. There were no locks on any of the 4 guest rooms. It felt like a bed and breakfast -- coffee and tea were available and the living room was stocked with books, games, jig-saw puzzles and a scrapbook with phot...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 18, 2003

Whalesong Lodge
PO Box 389
Glacier Bay, Alaska
(800) 628-0912

Glacier Bay Lodge

Restaurant | "Dining at Glacier Bay Lodge"

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The restaurant at the Glacier Bay Lodge offers great Alaskan cuisine. It's located by the fireplace lounge area and has views of Bartlett Cove. We started with the clam appetizer and it was most delicious...almost like a soup rather than steamers. My wife had the baked halibut and it was flaky soft and very rich. I had the salmon (after all -- we were in Alaska) and it was grilled to perfection. We were very surprised at the quality of the food given that we're in the middle of the wilderness. Our only disappointment was the bread -- it was the standard foccacia bread, but the olive oil and vinegar complemented it nicely. The wine selection is limited (hey -- we're from California) but afte...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 18, 2003

Glacier Bay Lodge
Barlett Cove
Glacier Bay, Alaska

Kayaking in Glacier Bay

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Attraction

Kayaking in Glacier Bay Photo, Glacier Bay, Alaska
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Although there were rental kayaks available, we decided we needed a guide as we'd never gone kayaking before. We chose AK Discovery because they seemed to have the most experience. We booked the day kayak trip which meant paddling around Barlett Cove (about 60 miles from the glaciers). They picked us up at 8:00 from our lodge and provided all the equipment and basic instructions. Instructors were experienced and helpful. The kayaks provided are the fancy ones with foot pedals controlling the rudder. We kayaked for a few hours, had a snack. Then we went on a hike along a bear trail before stopping for smoked salmon and bagels for lunch. After luch, we kayaked for a few more hours and t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 18, 2003

Kayaking in Glacier Bay
Glacier Bay
Glacier Bay, Alaska

Glacier Bay Day Cruise

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Attraction

Glacier Bay Day Cruise Photo, Glacier Bay, Alaska
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The only way to view the glaciers in Glacier Bay is by boat. We took the daily boat tour that leaves Barlett Cove at 7:30am and returns at 4:00 -- in time to catch the plane back to Juneau. Because the glaciers are about 50 miles away from Bartlett Cove, we didn't actually see the glaciers till lunch time. However, there were plenty of other things to see. A national park ranger pointed out birds and other wildlife and provided commentary and answers to our questions. Every now and then, we would spot humpback whales. And if we saw something really interesting (like bears), the captain would stop the boat to allow us time to look. The boat will seat about 170 people but there were ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 18, 2003

Glacier Bay Day Cruise
Bartlett Cove
Glacier Bay, Alaska

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