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Glacier Bay Beyond

  • Overview

    The waters here are icy cold and the air is crisp and clear. Glacier Bay is a National Park and affords all the protections that come with such status. Wildlife abounds within the bay, which makes this gem an exceptional place to explore via kayak from the ‘mothership’ without the disturbance of motorized vessels. Since Glacier Bay has just recently emerged from the ice, it is considered a geologically young area. A trip up Glacier Bay is like a trip back in time. Old growth forests give way to bare rock as we make our way back into the upper reaches of the bay. Here, the tidewater glaciers still rumble and roar as they make their slow retreat back, dropping huge icebergs into the sea. Magnificent granite cliffs tower above our small ship as we wind our way up the fjord through the ice floes towards the faces of these massive glaciers. Along the way, our expert naturalist and guide will point out the finer points of plant succession, glaciations, local geology, and the interconnectedness of the animals that call this area home. The biodiversity of this place is simply amazing. Passengers will board the Snow Goose at the Park Service Dock in Bartlett Cove, Glacier Bay – a short taxicab ride from the town of Gustavus. Following lunch and a brief safety and crew orientation we will set sail into Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. For the next 6 days we will cruise, kayak, and hike this magnificent gem of our National Park System. Leaving Glacier Bay, we have two options for our remaining days toward to town of Sitka. Weather permitting, we will head west around the outer coast of Chichagof Island and make our way through the tiny islets and passages of the wind and wave swept outer coast. If the weather looks like it's going to be challenging, we will transit south through the protected inside waterways of Chatham and Peril Straits. Either route offers excellent sights and spectacular humpback whale viewing; there is even the possibility of a stop at hot springs along the way. Our trip will come to an end in Sitka, Alaska – a small fishing town situated on Sitka Sound, which is on the western edge of Baranof Island. We plan on arriving in port at 11 AM, guests can either fly out that afternoon, or opt to stay in Sitka for an additional day or two to explore the many sights the town and surrounding areas have to offer. Highlights: Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait, Peril Strait, Chatham Sound, Chichagof Island

    Duration: 10 days
    Passengers: 12 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Gustavus, Alaska
    Disembarkation Point: Sitka, Alaska
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Cruise only
    Single Supplement: 0.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1/10 - Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait, Peril Strait, Chatham Sound, Chichagof Island

      The waters here are icy cold and the air is crisp and clear. Glacier Bay is a National Park and affords all the protections that come with such status. Wildlife abounds within the bay, which makes this gem an exceptional place to explore via kayak from the ‘mothership’ without the disturbance of motorized vessels.

      Since Glacier Bay has just recently emerged from the ice, it is considered a geologically young area. A trip up Glacier Bay is like a trip back in time. Old growth forests give way to bare rock as we make our way back into the upper reaches of the bay. Here, the tidewater glaciers still rumble and roar as they make their slow retreat back, dropping huge icebergs into the sea. Magnificent granite cliffs tower above our small ship as we wind our way up the fjord through the ice floes towards the faces of these massive glaciers. Along the way, our expert naturalist and guide will point out the finer points of plant succession, glaciations, local geology, and the interconnectedness of the animals that call this area home. The biodiversity of this place is simply amazing.

      Passengers will board the Snow Goose at the Park Service Dock in Bartlett Cove, Glacier Bay – a short taxicab ride from the town of Gustavus. Following lunch and a brief safety and crew orientation we will set sail into Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. For the next 6 days we will cruise, kayak, and hike this magnificent gem of our National Park System.

      Leaving Glacier Bay, we have two options for our remaining days toward to town of Sitka. Weather permitting, we will head west around the outer coast of Chichagof Island and make our way through the tiny islets and passages of the wind and wave swept outer coast. If the weather looks like it's going to be challenging, we will transit south through the protected inside waterways of Chatham and Peril Straits. Either route offers excellent sights and spectacular humpback whale viewing; there is even the possibility of a stop at hot springs along the way.

      Our trip will come to an end in Sitka, Alaska – a small fishing town situated on Sitka Sound, which is on the western edge of Baranof Island. We plan on arriving in port at 11 AM, guests can either fly out that afternoon, or opt to stay in Sitka for an additional day or two to explore the many sights the town and surrounding areas have to offer.

  • Highlights & Activities

    Hiking in Alaska

    Along our journey we'll have the opportunity to hike at a number of great locations, including to the base of the Baird Glacier. At the end of the trip in Juneau there is a great selection of hiking trails you may like to explore around the true Alaskan City.

    Included

    Kayaking in Alaska

    As a prior kayak guide, I know how a quality kayak paddles, so we’ve spared no expense on our six Carbonlite 2000 Eddyline Whisper double kayaks. They are great for beginners and advanced kayakers alike and provide the perfect way to peacefully explore remote areas on your own. We provide all the necessary equipment to make your kayaking experience the most comfortable and awe-inspiring.

    Included

    Glaciers

    Alaska is of course well known for its many glaciers and we will explore many of these across our itineraries.

    Bears of Alaska

    We hope to see bears as we explore the Inside Passage – which supports the densest population of Brown Bears anywhere on earth, as well as a healthy population of Black bears.

    Whales of Alaska

    This voyage goes in search of Alaska's Humpback whales and we'll spend hours floating, watching, and listening to the sights and sounds of the animals that call Fredrick Sound home.

  • Inclusions

    Great Food

    We shop local, sustainable, and organic whenever possible. Planning and provisioning for the Snow Goose is no easy feat, it takes weeks of ordering, menu planning, and shopping to make your trip run with ease. We focus on organic and pastured meats, sourced from pacific-northwest companies for all of our proteins, with the exception of the delicious, wild fish and other seafood that we either catch ourselves or buy from fisherman in port. We shop Alaskan fair whenever possible to help support the local communities and people we love so much.

    From freshly baked scones and frittatas in the mornings to truffle potato cakes, roasted romanesco, and seared local steak topped with smoked salt, the Snow Goose chefs bring their creativity and love of food into each dish.

    Our chefs cook three squares a day. There’s also a happy hour snack – typically starting at five o’clock – which can be as simple as pickled asparagus and pub mix, to a sweet and savory baked brie with homemade baguette. And let’s not forget about the beer and wine, which is included in your experience aboard the Snow Goose. We are also happy to accommodate folks with food allergies and special dietary needs.

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    Not included in your Expedition

    - Travel insurance (mandatory)
    - Items of a personal nature such as; Beverages / Laundry / Medical expenses / Gratuities / Internet & Wifi
    - International and internal flights that are not specified
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  • Vessel

    SNOW GOOSE

    Built with purpose, the Snow Goose was constructed in Ketchikan, Alaska in 1973 as a private yacht. She was designed by marine architect Ed Monk to cruise the Inside Passage and modified in 1983 to be a US Coast Guard inspected passenger vessel. Captain Dan Liden bought the Snow Goose in 2006 and has been putting her to work in a variety of ways ever since.

     

    The Snow Goose aims to deliver a unique and personal experience for passengers. Guided by our experienced and knowledgeable crew we take you to the remote waters, islands, and shorelines of the majestic and mysterious Southeast Alaska. Along the way we will teach you about marine mammals, wildlife and native vegetation. Whilst always providing a safe and enjoyable environment, the crew specifically aims to differentiate the Snow Goose from other vessels by enabling passengers to become involved in many aspects of boat life. From navigation to identifying plants and animals, we believe an interactive environment helps guests to experience Alaska up close and generates a sense of adventure and stewardship.

     

    In Alaska we rely on many modes of transportation and pride ourselves on the quality of equipment we provide. Our custom aluminum inflatable skiff was built locally in Washington State, specifically for operating in Alaska. The deep “V” hull and 90 hp outboard not only gets us to shore but also opens the door to exploration when on the anchor. As the ‘Gosling’ to the ‘Goose’, the skiff is extremely stable, reliable and a vital link to accessing the remote trails, rivers, and beaches we visit.

     

    As experienced kayakers, we know how a quality kayak paddles. So we’ve spared no expense on our six Carbonlite 2000 Eddyline Whisper double kayaks. They are great for beginners and advanced kayakers alike and provide the perfect way to peacefully explore remote areas on your own. We provide all the necessary equipment to make your kayaking experience the most comfortable and awe-inspiring journey possible.

     

    We explore these waters with the same spirit that the Snow Goose has maintained since 1973 as researchers, stewards, students, and awestruck explorers. It’s with great pleasure that we welcome you aboard the Snow Goose. We want the boat to truly be your home away from home and will do everything we give you the best adventure southeast Alaska has to offer.

    Features & Facilities
    • Wildlife Viewing Deck
    • Outdoor covered area on stern
    • Open floor plan with large windows
    • Second floor observation deck and wheelhouse access
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 3
    Guests #: 12
    Crew #: 4
    Ice Class: NA
    Speed: 8
    Refurbished:
    Technical Specs
    Year built: 1973
    Length: 19m
    Width:
    Draft: 2
    Tonnage: 97
    Registry:
    Elec Outlets: 2 Flat Prong
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snow goose twin cabin

Twin Stateroom

06 Jul 2018 - 15 Jul 2018
The Snow Goose sleeps twelve guests and four crew members. Each stateroom has quarters for two guests in bunk beds, with personal reading lights and outlets. All berths are below deck, each with portholes that provide natural light. Rooms are cozy and carefully detailed to make the most of the space. As quaint as they are, you probably won’t spend much time in your cabin, as there is always something to do or see on deck. If you are traveling solo, we’ll be sure to bunk you with someone of the same gender.
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