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Glacier Point Wilderness Safari

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6 Hours Duration
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From pick-up to drop-off
Skagway’s Premier Tour
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Unparalleled backcountry glacier visit
Wildlife Opportunities
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Sea lions, whales, and eagles
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Suitable for ages 7 and up


This popular Skagway tour has a little bit of everything: a catamaran cruise, rainforest hike, and a scenic canoe journey that culminates with an up-close view of Davidson Glacier! This Glacier Point Wilderness Safari is one of the most positively-reviewed excursions and is the only tour in Skagway that ventures this close to a glacier without a helicopter! Journey to a truly remote wilderness setting surrounded by awe-inspiring beauty. Its exclusivity means limited seating and only a couple departures daily, so advanced reservations are highly recommended.

The adventure starts with a 45-minute boat ride on a custom-designed catamaran with an enclosed cabin through the Lynn Canal, North America's longest and deepest fjord. This boat ride provides a whole new perspective on the area: slightly different than you will see from the cruise deck and it's common to see whales and seals along the way. Your naturalist guide provides a wealth of information as you cruise by cascading waterfalls originating from high mountain glaciers. Upon arrival at the secluded Glacier Point beach, a short bus ride takes you to base camp. From there, gear up for a ¼ mile walk where suddenly the rainforest opens up to showcase Davidson Glacier in its majestic beauty.

You'll board a motor-assisted 31-foot voyager canoe to journey towards the glacier. How close you get to the glacier depends on the weather and lake conditions, so while we can't guarantee that you'll be able to get out of the canoe and walk right up to the glacier, rest assured you'll have spectacular views either way. Return to Glacier Point for a picnic lunch on the beach and soak in those last moments of this special wilderness area before the return boat trip back to Skagway.

Looking for other opportunities to explore? Check out the Chilkoot Hike & Float! And if you want more glacier time altogether, take a look at our Glacier Discovery Helicopter Tour!

What's Included

Round Trip Transportation
Knowledgeable Guides
Guide Gratuities

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the afternoon 1:30 p.m. tour safe with our cruise ship schedule?
It will depend on your itinerary but this afternoon tour is designed to be safe for any cruise ships with an 8:15 p.m. departure or later. That means if your ship leaves at 8:15, 8:30 or 9:00 p.m., you can comfortably book this tour as it will return to the cruise docks by about 7:30 p.m. The majority of the passengers on this trip will be in the same boat as you (pun intended).
Is this excursion suitable for guests of all ages?
The minimum age to participate on this tour is 6 years old and participants must weigh at least 50 lbs.
Our ship arrives at 7:00 a.m. - do we have time to make the 7:30 a.m. departure?
Yes! In many ways, the 7:30 a.m. departure is geared towards guests arriving at 7:00 a.m. Just be prepared to disembark early or on time and there shouldn't be any problems joining the 7:30 a.m. departure.
Is transportation included? Where is the meeting location for this tour?
Round-trip transportation is included with this trip right from your cruise ship. The guides will meet you right at the end of your specific cruise ship and you will be returned to the cruise ship at the end of the tour. You will receive a confirmation email and voucher with complete instructions immediately upon booking.
What times are the departures?
The departure times for all of our excursions vary by the day. Please check the sidebar to the right for availability information.

Know Before You Book

Minimum Age: 7 years old • Minimum Weight: 50 lbs • Maximum Weight: 350 lbs • Minimum Height: 58 inches
The minimum age for this tour is 7 years old.
The minimum weight for this tour is 50 lbs.
The maximum weight for this tour is 350 lbs.
There is no walking on Davidson Glacier.
Cancel up to 14-days before the tour for a refund. No refund is available if canceled within 14-days of the tour. If for any reason your tour is canceled, or if your cruise ship's schedule changes, you will receive a refund. Refunds do not include any non-refundable fees. Contact us by phone or email to request a cancellation.

Quick Facts


6h 00min

Guest Rate

Itinerary • 6h 00min • 6 activities

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Your guides will meet you right at the gangway of your cruise ship for a short walk to the small boat harbor to head down to Glacier Point.

10 minutes
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You'll enjoy a stunning boat ride through Lynn Canal over to Glacier Point. Keep an eye out for Marine wildlife including seals, sea lions, and possibly whales during your ferry.

1 hour 15 minutes
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After reaching the beach, you'll hop on a bus for a short ride through the forest to the staging area. Here, you'll don your rubber boots and lifejackets for the journey.

1 hour
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After a short walk to the river, you'll hop in your canoes to journey closer to Davidson Glacier. Across the lake, you'll have time to get out of your canoes, venture closer, and take some stunning photos.

1 hour 30 minutes
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Returning to shore, you'll de-gear before hopping back in the bus and heading to the beach for a picnic-style lunch including a sandwich, trail mix, and applesauce.

1 hour
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After Lunch, you'll hop back in the boat for transport back to Skagway. Keep your eyes trained outside for mountains, waterfalls, wildlife, & more. Upon arrival back to Skagway, you'll be escorted back to your cruise ships.

1 hour