One of Alaska's top draws is this spectacular marine wilderness where a network of fjords leads sightseers to spectacular tidewater glaciers. One of the most grand spectacles is known as calving, a process whereby a huge chunk of ice breaks off the glacier and plunges dramatically into the sea.
Here, just 200 years ago, stood the snout of a 100-mile long glacier. Though icebergs no longer dot the waters of Bartlett Cove, the animals, plants, and landscape continue to change after being affected by the Neoglacial Ice Age. There are many ways to explore Bartlett Cove. You may wish to investigate the area on your own, with a small group, or as part of a Ranger Naturalist guided hike or talk. Whatever the method, the beauty of Bartlett Cove and the events that took place here are well worth discovering.
From June to September, groups of humpback whales come to feed in the nutrient rich waters of the Icy Straits just outside Glacier Bay, creating one of the world's greatest marine spectacles for visitors. Orca, as well as gray and minke whales, are also frequently spotted.
From the tempting smell of freshly baked breads to platters brimming with local delicacies, the Glacier Bay Country Inn offers you an extraordinary dining experience. Feast on succulent Alaskan salmon, halibut, and Dungeness crab. Enjoy locally grown vegetables and savor wild berries plucked from the surrounding rainforest. The world-class cuisine and personalized service, featured in Food and Wine, Saveur, and Bon Appetit, are only a few of the many wonderful surprises awaiting you at the Glacier Bay Country Inn.