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From the towering mountains to the icebergs in the sea, Glacier Bay National Park is begging to be explored.
Where is Glacier Bay National park?
The nearest named town is Gustavus, Alaska. Gustavus is considered the “Gateway to Glacier Bay National Park.” It has roughly 500 year-round residents, but roughly 400,000 visitors a year. The Glacier Bay visitor’s center is located in the Glacier Bay Lodge.
How do I get to Glacier Bay National Park?
You’ll go through Gustavus by private boat, ferry, plane or by cruise ship. I’ve written about visiting on a cruise ship.
What fees should I expect? Any permits I need?
There are no entrance fees, but there are some permits you may need. To check if you’ll need one, here is a direct link to fees and permits.
What should I wear?
Glacier Bay has an average of 70 inches of rain per year. While that is great for building glaciers in the mountains, it is a little wet for you. With only ~4 sunny days a month and glaciers are cold, I’d wear plenty of layers and bring a rain jacket or have a 3-in-1 coat with water-resistant later.
Your best bet is to check the weather before you enter the park.
What is there to do in Glacier Bay?
- Walk the 1 mile Forest Trail of Bartlett Cove. There are daily ranger-led walks, or you can go on your own.
- Walk the 5 mile Bartlett River Trail.
- Hike to Bartlett Lake.
- Go sea kayaking.
- Take a boat trip to the glaciers.
- Explore the shoreline.
- Choose between several films inside the Visitor Center auditorium.
- Join a ranger in the auditorium for an evening presentation about the park.
What might I see in Glacier Bay?
- Ice burgs
- Hares, bears, lynx, minks, goats, and seals to name a few! Here is a complete list of mammals in Glacier Bay NP.
What should I bring to Glacier Bay National Park?
- Plenty of clothing layers, more than you think you’ll need. The area near the glaciers will be cold!
- Rain jacket
- Extra camera batteries, cold weather drains batteries faster
- Good shoes that can get muddy if you’ll be walking in Bartlett Cove.
Here are a couple links you may like-
I’m sure you’ll love your time at the park. Please feel free to comment below if you have any tips or questions!
Infographic courtesy of Glacier Bay Country Inn