Glacier Bay, Alaska

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Glacier Bay, Alaska, United States of America
Glacier Bay, Alaska, United States of America | © JEFF PETERS

Glacier Bay: tourist information

It grinds, cracks and moans as massive pieces of ice split off and crash down.

This is not your automatic icemaker on the blink. This is Glacier Bay doing what it's been doing for two centuries. The bay, once covered by sheets of glacial ice, is now a bay revealed. As the glaciers continue to recede, the bay enlarges.

Back in 1879, naturalist John Muir was the first to note the glacial movement. Comparing charts from European explorers made 85 years earlier, he determined that the glacial ice had receded by more than 30 miles. Designated a National Park in 1910, today Glacier Bay is a 3.3 million-acre expanse that was buried under a mile-wide wall of ice only 200 years ago. Its natural environment includes five major land ecosystems including wet tundra, coastal western hemlock and spruce forest, alpine tundra, glaciers and icefields, and post-glacial meadows.

Each week, dozens of ships traveling the Inside Passage spend the day cruising the 65-mile long bay. As each ship arrives, a National Park Service ranger boards the cruise vessel to provide a running commentary of the treeless mountains, icy fjords, hidden inlets and glacial landscapes as the ship passes by. Glacier Bay isn't just about ice. The ranger will also point out the killer and gray whales, sea otters, porpoises, moose, coyotes, wolves and bears visible in the sea or on the land.

Leave your ice pick at home. But don't forget your binoculars.


  • Country: USA
  • Capital: Washington, D.C.
  • Government: United States
  • State/Region: Alaska
  • Time Zone: -9 GMT
  • Language: English
  • Latitude: 58.7608330
  • Longitude: -136.3486110
  • Est. Population: 0
  • Currency: US Dollar
  • Hospital: Other Medical Assistance Gustavus Community Clinic 42 Dolly Varden Lane, Gustavus, call: 907-697-3008
  • General: Emergency and Medical Assistance Dial 911
  • Glacier Bay, Alaska, United States of America
    Glacier Bay, Alaska, United States of America | © JEFF PETERS

    Glacier Bay Cruise Port Schedule

    Glacier Bay, Alaska, United States of America
    Glacier Bay, Alaska, United States of America | © Denyse Morin

    Glacier Bay in the News

    Port rating and occupancy

    Port of Glacier Bay ranks 1074th in the world in terms of the number of tourists visiting it.

    Number of cruise ship calls in the coming year: 0.

    The total number of tourists (passengers) of cruise ships in the port of Glacier Bay in the next 12 months is 0.

    According to the popularity rating among more than 1,000 cruise ports in the world, Glacier Bay ranks 768.

    Weather in Glacier Bay

    Nov 27
    Min/Max temp: 36°F (2°C) / 39°F (4°C)
    Snow (rain and snow), no wind
    Nov 28
    Min/Max temp: 27°F (-3°C) / 36°F (2°C)
    Clouds (overcast clouds), no wind
    Nov 29
    Min/Max temp: 27°F (-3°C) / 32°F (0°C)
    Snow (snow), no wind
    Nov 30
    Min/Max temp: 32°F (0°C) / 34°F (1°C)
    Snow (snow), no wind
    Dec 1
    Min/Max temp: 32°F (0°C) / 36°F (2°C)
    Snow (snow), no wind
    Dec 2
    Min/Max temp: 30°F (-1°C) / 32°F (0°C)
    Snow (snow), no wind
    Dec 3
    Min/Max temp: 32°F (0°C) / 36°F (2°C)
    Snow (snow), no wind
    Dec 4
    Min/Max temp: 30°F (-1°C) / 36°F (2°C)
    Snow (snow), no wind

    Current water temperature in Glacier Bay now is 46°F (7.6°C)

    Water temperature data provided by

    Annual Weather

    Min/Max temp: 28°F (-2°C) / 30°F (-1°C)
    Min/Max temp: 30°F (-1°C) / 34°F (1°C)
    Min/Max temp: 30°F (-1°C) / 36°F (2°C)
    Min/Max temp: 37°F (3°C) / 46°F (8°C)
    Min/Max temp: 46°F (8°C) / 55°F (13°C)
    Min/Max temp: 54°F (12°C) / 59°F (15°C)
    Min/Max temp: 55°F (13°C) / 61°F (16°C)
    Min/Max temp: 54°F (12°C) / 59°F (15°C)
    Min/Max temp: 48°F (9°C) / 54°F (12°C)
    Min/Max temp: 41°F (5°C) / 45°F (7°C)
    Min/Max temp: -148°F (-100°C) / 34°F (1°C)
    Min/Max temp: 28°F (-2°C) / 30°F (-1°C)
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