Wild, Resilient, and Sacred
From the bottom of the deepest glacial fjord to the summit of its highest peak, Glacier Bay encompasses some of our continent's most amazing scenery and wildness. It is a land reborn, a world returning to life, a living lesson in resilience. If ever we needed a place to intrigue and inspire us, this is it. Glacier Bay is a homeland, a living laboratory, a national park, a designated wilderness, a biosphere reserve, and a world heritage site. It's a marine park, where great adventure awaits by boating into inlets, coves and hideaway harbors. It's also a land park, with its snow-capped mountains, spectacular glaciers, and emerald–green forests. From the summit to sea, Glacier Bay's wildness is remote, dynamic and intact.
A Place of Homeland
For the Huna Tlingit, Glacier Bay is a place not just of new discoveries, but of reconnection with the lifeways, knowledge, and ancestors of the past.
It is a land that sustained them with a rich abundance of fish, wildlife, and plants, but more importantly a place that continues to sustain them through stories, songs, dances, and ongoing traditional practices. Although most Huna Tlingit today live across Icy Strait in the modern village of Hoonah, Glacier Bay remains their spiritual homeland. Their ancient stories and place names speak eloquently of the history of their beloved bay.
A Place of Hope
Glacier Bay is a globally significant marine and terrestrial wilderness sanctuary.
A Place of Inspiration
Long before there were written records of Glacier Bay, there were stories.
A Land of Dynamic Change
Glacier Bay's story is one of dynamic change in the wake of dramatic glacial movements.
A Natural Laboratory
Botanist William Cooper spearheaded efforts to preserve not only a place to view glaciers, wildlife, and grandeur, but also a living laboratory to study and enjoy through the ages.
Visiting on a Cruise Ship?
The spectacular scenery and wildlife of Glacier Bay make it a highlight of any Alaska cruise. Learn how to get the most out of your day.
Last updated: July 13, 2022