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“Glacier Point Wilderness Safari--Best Experience in Alaska!”
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Glacier Point Wilderness Safari
Ranked #2 of 36 things to do in Skagway
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Owner description: See the Davidson Glacier up close, from the vantage point of our 30-foot Voyager Canoes. The Glacier Point Wilderness Safari brings you into the Alaskan Wilderness and gives you a taste of the “True Alaska”.Your adventure begins at your cruise ship where we’ll board a high-speed vessel made for wildlife viewing en route to an Alaskan paradise. We’ll ply the waters of the deepest Fjord in North America with a naturalist guide, watching for whales, sea lions, porpoise, and many other species of marine wildlife. We land at Glacier Point and board our Safari Buses for a short drive over the terminal moraines. Our award-winning guides share with you the wonders of this Glacial Wilderness. A quarter mile hike will lead us to the iceberg-studded lake where we’ll paddle our canoes to the face of the glacier. This is an ideal family adventure and one you won’t soon forget!
Reviewed July 9, 2014

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!

8  Thank Danielle A
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Reviewed July 9, 2014

So the entire family went on an Alaska cruise in June, during our stop in Skagway my brother and I went on a side trip to see the Davidson Glacier. The boat trip to the glacier was excellent, our guide was very informative. We stopped during that portion for whale sightings! Also, on the way back to Skagway we saw more whales and also surveyed a sea lion sunning roost, (pic's from other are posted). The highlight was our guide for the canoe trip across the melt lake, Ms. Constance. She was a wealth of info but also a keen observer of the tour guests and spent individual time with guests during the excursion. My brother spent some time chatting as he walked up the face of the glacier, he was blown by the whole experience and benefited from her personal time. As for me, Ms. Constance was the highlight of all of the different excursions that i took as well as the complete cruise. The only problem was not enough time with her :)

1  Thank Mark S
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Reviewed July 9, 2014

We boarded a helicopter in Skagway, Alaska to visit the glacier. Temesco operated the helicopters and they outfitted us with orange safety vests and special glacier boots. After a thrilling helicopter ride with awesome views, we arrived at the glacier. I thought we would stand in a smoothed out area as we did in a previous visit to another glacier. No, we were told to grab a trekking pole and follow our leader. He cautioned us to watch our step and be careful of holes. We had the real thing in hiking a glacier. This was not a "vanilla" version of seeing a glacier.! There were a couple of stops to look at deep holes, and we were told that one of them was 80 feet deep. Melt water was streaming down this beautiful deep, vivid blue hole.
Our guide told us to help ourselves to a drink of the melt water, up hill of the crevice, of course. It was the best tasting water that I've ever had. He also said that no bottled water comes from glaciers, despite what we have heard. The glacier brings down many different kinds of rocks and stones. The olivine stones really caught my eye. We stayed there for almost an hour and loved every minute. Our whole family agreed that this was the highlight of our trip to Alaska.

Thank Mari M
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

We headed out to the glacier from Haines on a jet boat that seats about 24 people. The day we went the weather wasn't cooperating but the view from the boat was still amazing on the way to the tour location. Once there we loaded onto buses and then geared up in raincoats, boots and life jackets. Very well organized chaos and then we were on our way for the hike through the forest. The guides were EXTREMELY knowledgeable and answered all our questions. The hike was picturesque. Once we got to the beach we loaded up into canoes, paddled out a little ways, and then rested while the small motor on the boat took over. We pulled up on the beach in front of the glacier so that we could get out and walk around, take pictures and ask more questions! Because of the weather we couldn't get all the way to the face but that didn't bother any of us. The trip back to the forest took that true Alaska spirit as the wind and rain kept hitting us in the face. Once back at camp, we checked in our gear and then headed back down on the buses towards the boat pickup and had lunch which consisted of a turkey sandwich, trail mix, applesauce and water. This was an incredible experience and one that my 13 yr old and my Mom both enjoyed. Would do it again in a heartbeat even if it was still raining!

Thank Jennifer T
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

Our family of four absolutely loved this tour! Our van driver was right on time and very friendly. Our boat guide, Emily, answered all of our questions about the area and the wildlife. We saw a few whales, sea lions and eagles on the boat ride out to Glacier Point. Our boat captain was a bit gruff but very safety conscious. All of the guides at Glacier Point were great. Constance had some commentary about the area on the bus ride out to the Point. We really enjoyed our conversations with Danny, our canoe guide. He was very insightful and understood the exact balance of how much commentary to provide and how much time to leave us on our own to appreciate the beauty of Glacier Point and the glacier. He has been a guide there for seven years and his deep love and appreciation for the area was apparent and really added to our experience. We would highly recommend this tour!

Thank Kristentravelmom
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