Traveling to Gustavus

You can get to Gustavus Alaska by water, or air. This page will help you plan travel for your kayaking trip with us.

Book now

Directions — Getting to Gustavus

Gustavus is the departure point of most of our expeditions and the gateway to Glacier Bay National Park. In scheduling your transportation and vacation time, please be cautious about making your departure plans from Gustavus too close to your estimated expedition return time. There is always the chance of a delay in returning to Gustavus, especially if unexpected bad weather sets in.

By Water

The Alaska Marine Highway (state operated ferry system, 800-642-0066) is the sea route to Alaska from Bellingham, Washington and Prince Rupert, British Columbia with stops at several Inside Passage communities including Gustavus.

Travel time between Juneau and Gustavus is a few hours and this is a great way to see a bit more of southeast Alaska and the Tongass national forest. If you are traveling to other locations in Southeast Alaska the ferry is a great way to go.

By Air

Air Travel is one of the most common forms of transportation in Alaska. Alaska Airlines(800-426-0333) provides daily direct jet service to Gustavus from Seattle and Juneau. “Air taxi” service to Gustavus from JuneauSkagway, and Haines is available on either a “seat fare” or charter basis many times each day – call us for information and reservations. Your travel agent can give you the best fares from your city to Juneau or Gustavus.

Need More Help?

Even with the information age upon us, you will never match the local knowledge that we have gathered by living here and being involved in arranging tours for independent travelers. Our staff is always happy to help with all aspects of your Alaska vacation. Please contact us today!


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