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Glacier Bay

Paddle and hike the quiet corners of world-famous Glacier Bay.

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Glacier Bay

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Location: East Arm, Glacier Bay National Park. Trip starts and ends in Gustavus, Alaska.

Duration: Six days, five nights

Paddle Distance: 5 to 15 miles per day.

Activities: Paddling, hiking, glacier viewing, photography, delicious meals

Highlights: Experience world-famous Glacier Bay away from the crowds, paddling and hiking where cruise ships never venture. See the McBride Glacier close-up, experience wilderness solitude, watch for bears and other wildlife, and kayak through a maze of icebergs.

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Glacier Bay National Park is world-famous for good reason: its massive glaciers, abundant wildlife, and rugged mountain scenery have lured visitors ever since George Vancouver first surveyed the bay in 1793.  Spirit Walker’s six-day expedition takes you to places that only a handful of visitors to Southeast Alaska’s iconic destination ever see.

Open to kayakers of all skill levels, our Glacier Bay expedition is the perfect way to experience this fascinating and rapidly-changing ecosystem. You’ll paddle and hike to quiet beaches and secluded coves. Watch for signs of brown bear. Spot harbor seals as they haul out on floating icebergs. Photograph an array of shorebirds and marine life. Back in camp, savor a delicious meal and appreciate the beauty of sunset as a hush comes over the landscape and the cruise ships retreat for the night.

Our trip begins with a boat ride to Muir Point, named for the 19th century naturalist John Muir, who studied the bay’s glaciers and was enchanted by the region’s stark beauty. We’ll immediately set out to paddling, making our way up Muir Inlet past rocky beaches and stunning mountain scenery.

This is a young landscape, recently exposed by retreating glaciers: new forests of alder and willow, as well as meadows of wildflowers reclaim the scoured landscape. In late May, you can catch a glimpse of brown bear, moose, and mountain goats as they forage the emerging shoots. As you paddle, keep your eyes open for harbor seals, porpoise, and an occasional orca or humpback whale feeding in the pristine waters.

As we make your way deeper into the park, the face of the McBride Glacier grows ever larger. From a safe distance, we’ll have a front-row seat to take in the sights and sounds of this extraordinary natural wonder. Hear and feel the thunderous crash of ice blocks calving into the bay. Listen to the bubbling of icebergs as they slowly melt. From kayaks and on foot, you’ll have two full days to discover the wonders of the McBride and Riggs Glaciers.

Our experienced guides, in addition to cooking superb meals and leading you to places off the beaten track, provide you with fascinating stories of the history and ecology of this rugged landscape. Spirit Walker’s Glacier Bay expedition is a truly unique way to immerse yourself in southeast Alaska’s premier national park. Far from the crowds, you’ll experience the solitude found in paddling a kayak, hiking forest trails, and emerging from your tent each morning to the peaceful quiet of wilderness awaking.

Our currently scheduled Glacier Bay trips.  If you do not see a trip that fits your schedule contact us to arrange a custom trip.

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Departure Return Trip Name Trip Length Price Availability
05/25/2018 05/30/2018 Glacier Bay 6-Days/5-Nights $2989 Open

My trip with Spirit Walker Expeditions was amazing. My experience kayaking among the whales is something I will never forget! Go! You will love it.

Mandy L, visited Sept, 2015

We had a wonderful experience on a Spirit Walker trip this summer. Six nights, seven days in the Myriad Islands Wilderness. The trip was well organized, the gear was top quality and the guides were great! ... an experience I'll always remember.

Walt G, visited July, 2016

Hearing the whales and having them come up so close to you is a once in a lifetime feeling.

Jill T. August 2012

We booked the Whales tour to Point Adolphus for our family which includes a 6 year old and 9 year old... Great safety orientation for our boys who don't have a lot of experience kayaking. Thanks for an unforgettable experience.

Jonathan R, visited July 2016

It doesn't get any better than this. If you want to experience the real Alaska you must get out on the water... If we return to Alaska, we will make this expedition again.

Ernie B, visited August 2013

"Magic Family Holiday" I can't say enough about the wonderful trips that Spirit Walker puts together. The safety and equipment is great. The guides are great fun and knowledgeable about the areas we went. The food is incredible.

NIcondit, Visited August, 2015

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