Our Glacier Point Wilderness Safari was--BY FAR--the best excursion we did during our Alaskan cruise.
We were a little worried when we saw that there was a group of 60+ people going. However, once they split us up into groups of 15-16 for the boat tour, we never felt crowded.
The day started with an hour-long boat ride to Glacier Point. We were with Lee and Captain Coyote. They were both great, but Lee was EXCELLENT. He was everything you'd want in a guide, and we really enjoyed learning from him.
During the boat ride, we saw a humpback whale, a wonderful waterfall, a couple of orca, and a gazillion sea lions (on the way back).
The boat dropped us at Glacier Point, and we were given a lovely picnic lunch with one of the best views of my life. We could see Davidson Glacier and snow-capped mountains. It was breath-taking!
Then, we boarded a couple of school buses and headed to "base camp" where the GP guides live for 6 months of the year. These guys and gals clearly LOVE what they do, and it showed.
At base camp, they gave us rain boots, coats, and life vests for the canoe trip. Tip: BRING BUG SPRAY! The mosquitoes were out of control!
We went on a 5-minute walk through the woods (hardly a "hike") and ended at the glacier river. We were split into groups of 8, and we got into our canoes. The next hour was probably my favorite hour of our whole week in Alaska!
The canoe ride was so quiet, beautiful, and peaceful. The views are spectacular. We pulled the boat right up to the glacier, and we were able to spend 30 minutes taking pictures, eating chunks of the glacier, splashing around in the water, and admiring the view.
Then, we did the whole thing in reverse.
I really can't imagine a more perfect excursion--or better guides--in all of Alaska. Don't miss this one!
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