North America Alaska Land Tour

Glacier Bay Backcountry Explorer

Visit Glacier Bay National Park and the surrounding region from the comfort of a Glacier Bay lodge, the Bear Track Inn in Gustavus. Three full days are devoted to cruising Glacier Bay, kayaking and whale watching, with a helicopter-accessed glacier adventure out of Juneau. This is a great lodge-based option to the many small ship cruises that visit the park, and offers a bit more flexibility for guests who wish to customize their trip. 

The Glacier Bay Backcountry Explorer begins at a waterfront hotel in Juneau. Watch as floatplanes take off and land right from town to ready you for this trip like no other: Alaska helicopter rides to a glacier, dog sledding, scenic flights, whale watching, sea kayaking, small ship day cruising and unparalleled wildlife viewing. On your first full day of adventure, take a helicopter flight-see over the Juneau Icefield, where local guides will lead you on a trek across the surface of a glacier or on a dog sledding adventure; the choice is yours. 

From Juneau, take a scenic flight to Gustavus, your home for the next few nights at the quaint Bear Track Inn. From here enjoy numerous day trips: Witness the magnificent tidewater glaciers and wildlife of Glacier Bay National Park aboard a high-speed catamaran. Watch whales, sea otters, sea lions and bald eagles on a private wildlife excursion to Point Adolphus. And paddle a sea kayak on a full day’s adventure to really connect with Alaska’s marine life and landscapes at water level. 

Many travelers choose to extend this adventure to spend more time at the Bear Track Inn Glacier Bay lodge, or more time cruising within the park itself. Ask our expert staff about additional activities such as fishing, White Pass Railroad excursions and more.

Read on for details about this trip, or view all of AdventureSmith’s Alaska land tours and Glacier Bay National Park tours.