This outstanding wilderness expedition leads you through the beauty of Alaska as you journey through fjords, rainforests, colorful wildflowers, and towering mountains, ultimately taking you face-to-face with the Davidson Glacier. Your adventure begins with an approximately 40-minute cruise through Alaska's deepest fjord aboard one of the fastest catamarans in North America. Watch for whales and sea lions along the way to a remote beach landing at Glacier Point, one of the most beautiful places in Alaska. After a short adventurous drive and a scenic, approximately quarter-mile walk, the forest suddenly opens to a breathtaking view of the glacier. A 31-foot canoe waits to take you past icebergs to the face of the blue glacier. Throughout your tour, expert guides share their extensive knowledge of this amazing area. A tasty snack box will be served on board the catamaran on the way to Glacier Point.
Note: Participants must be at least 7 years of age. Outerwear and boots are provided.
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Customer Reviews for Glacier Point Wilderness Safari
Review 1 for Glacier Point Wilderness Safari
Date:September 2, 2012
Don't panic by the name of the excursion. This is not as high adventure as the name sounds. You will, however see sone of the most amazing Alaska views you will ever see. You will canoe right up to the glacier. Our guides were amazing and funny. We had a great adventure. My recommendation is to make sure you can paddle. If you have shoulder injuries, don't do it. If you don't, you will love this outing. I strongly suggest sitting outside in the back of the boat ride back from Glacier Point. The views are worth the chill.
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Review 2 for Glacier Point Wilderness Safari
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:August
Favorite port:Skagway, Alaska
I want to go here next:Hawaii
Date:August 29, 2012
This trip is too long. Slow bus ride, hanging around, slow ride across lake, and far too long spent sitting up close to the glacier looking at - mud. Yes, seriously frozen mud which is all you can see when you get close to the glacier becaue of a landslide. (I wish I had a picture.) It was ridiculous. One of our group said - 'so...we are looking at dirty ice.' It was quite a downer. Then back for a sandwich lunch before getting on the catamaran. It would be much improved by spending less time on the lake, staying a little further away from the glacier so that the ice is seen not the gravel and mud, skipping the lunch. You are returned to Skagway so could easily board the ship for a nice lunch, or eat in the town. And you would have time to see Skagway, take a hike or maybe even a ride on the train or a helicopter. Sometimes less is more, this tour could easily be completed in 4 hours, not 6 1/2 and would be better and cheaper. By the way the guides are charming, young and very enthusiastic. One of them gave us a fascinating account of the native American tribes in Alaska, their traditions and how they operate now. More of this, or something about the history of the Gold Rush, or natural history about the glacier would have been great. We were hanging around a lot, and listening to the guides chatting to each passenger 'where are you from?' is not that interesting. Really, it is friendly, but not interesting. As you can tell, my expectations were high, and I was disappointed, mainly because with a little editing this would be a much nicer trip.
My wife and I went on this excursion on May 25, 2011. The boat ride to the beach area was nice. We saw a few spouting whales. The captain slowed down to allow us a good look at the sea lions along the shore. The crew/staff were informative, answered questions and delighted us with their stories at camp and their adventures. The Davidson Glacier is less than spetacular. The adventurous description of the trip really did not match what we saw. No ice bergs as we get close to the glacier. Where the glacier ends, it is blocked by mounds of gravel, blocking good, close views. Any access to get close is blocked by the runoff and more gravel. If you want a very layed back, slow moving adventure, this may fit that ticket. We were just expecting something more.
You definitely get what you pay for! The guides were friendly and very knowledgeable. The ride out to the glacier is roomy, comfortable and fast. The remaining guides on the island are very welcoming and helpful. The coat/life vest and golashes are very much appreciated and well maintained. The canoe ride to the glacier well done and the glacier itself....magnificent. The ride back provides food, drink and a cookie! Can't say enough about the main guide, forgot his name but he's a local teacher at Haines, Alaska ISD. This guy is cool and an expert in geology/naturalist. Well done!