Glacier Bay, United States
With snow-capped peaks piercing temperate rain forests, shimmering glaciers gliding through dynamic fjords, and an exceptional abundance of wildlife, it is no wonder Glacier Bay is the crowning jewel of Alaska’s Inside Passage. Covering 3.3 million acres, Glacier Bay is part of a 25-million-acre World Heritage Site, and one of the world’s largest internationally protected areas.
Glacier Bay is home to some of the planet’s most impressive tidewater glaciers. One of the highlights of visiting Glacier Bay is watching the prolific calving of these shimmering ice giants. Towering hundreds of feet above the water and stretching a hundred feet below, huge jagged pinnacles of ice break off in thunderous explosions, creating flotillas of icebergs. It is an awe-inspiring spectacle.
Glacier Bay is home to more than 1,000 glaciers, most of which are nestled in the surrounding mountains. Soaring to over 15,000 feet, these are the highest coastal mountains in the world, and, with their abundant snowfall, the perfect breeding grounds for glaciers.
The Bay is also a vibrant habitat for a rich variety of wildlife. Massive, spouting humpback whales are often spotted breaching and slapping their tails, as pods of orcas silently glide by and huge Steller sea lions bask in the sun on rocky outcrops. Along the endless miles of pristine coastline, you may see brown bears, mountain goats, and moose, while the sky is filled with hundreds of bird species, including rare puffins and majestic bald eagles.
To further enrich your experience of this wilderness sanctuary, National Park Service rangers will join you on board and offer deeper insight into this fascinating region. They will present you with a host of fascinating facts about the spectacular scenery, glaciers, and wildlife you will see, and inform you about some of the conservation efforts that go on behind the scenes. They will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have about this important biosphere reserve.