Trip to Davidson Glacier, Alaska
Davidson Glacier, Alaska

Trip to Davidson Glacier, Alaska

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We arrived in Skagway on board the MS Noordam, a Holland America Line ship as we were sailing the Alaskan Inside Passage.  There were a number of options for excursions in Skagway and we were excited to be able to visit Davidson Glacier.

Getting to Davidson Glacier

A mini bus collected us from the cruise ship dock.  The dock has minimal facilities but is a short work into Skagway.  The mini bus drove us to the harbour where the smaller boats are moored.  This is where we boarded a motor boat for a 45 minute trip through Lynn Canal.  Lynn Canal is the longest and deepest fjord in North America.  You can sit inside or outside on the boat.  While outside, which is at the back of the boat, can be cold and wet, it provides great photo opportunities.

Harbour
Boat harbour where we boarded our boat to take us to Davidson Glacier.

The scenery on the 45 minute boat ride is stunning.  There is an abundance of glaciers, waterfalls, forest and of course amazing wildlife.

Boat Trip
Boat Trip
Boat Trip

While on the boat trip, a naturalist provides explanations of the area and the wildlife which includes whales and seals.

Wildlife
Wildlife

Arriving at Glacier Point Beach

The boat trip ends at Glacier Point beach.  As we pulled into the beach we got our first view of Davidson Glacier.

Trip to Davidson Glacier, Alaska

Once we arrived at Glacier Point beach we were provided with a quick lunch.  Lunch is a sandwich, a bottle of water and a small snack.  We also had some time to take in the stunning scenery.

Trip to Davidson Glacier, Alaska

Heading to the Glacier

Hoping onto an old school bus we took a short trip along a dirt road to a hut which was the staging area for our walk to our canoe for the trip to the glacier.  We were provided with life jackets and gum boots for the canoe trip.

Trip to Davidson Glacier, Alaska

We then walked through the forest for about a quarter mile or 400 metres.  It’s not a hard walk but it is on a dirt track through the forest.

Trip to Davidson Glacier, Alaska

While walking through the forest to the canoes, we came across these mushrooms.

Once we got to the canoes, we were assigned to specific canoes.  We were able to stay with the people we were travelling with (there were three of us).  But the guides wanted to make sure the weights in each canoe were appropriate.

We then headed off, with paddles in hand to the glacier.  After heading out from the bank and into deeper water, the guide started the small outboard on the back of the canoe which meant we didn’t have to paddle to far.

Trip to Davidson Glacier, Alaska
Trip to Davidson Glacier, Alaska

At the Glacier

Once we arrived at the glacier, we had a further walk over reasonably flat, but rocky terrain to the base of the glacier.

Trip to Davidson Glacier, Alaska
Trip to Davidson Glacier, Alaska

We were able to walk up to the base of the glacier and were able to touch it, although you aren’t allowed to climb on it for safety reasons.

Trip to Davidson Glacier, Alaska
Trip to Davidson Glacier, Alaska
Trip to Davidson Glacier, Alaska

Large chunks of ice have broken away from the glacier and have started floating down to the fjord.

Trip to Davidson Glacier, Alaska

Look Behind You

While the glacier itself is stunning, it is important to turn around and take in the scenery looking away from the glacier

Trip to Davidson Glacier, Alaska

Other Information

The trip to the glacier takes about 6.5 hours (from pick up at the cruise ship to return to the cruise ship).

It is a good idea to dress with layers.  While it was cold on the 45 minute boat trip (because we sat outside for most of it), it was quite warm by the time we got to the glacier.

Make sure you have your camera with extra battery and memory cards.  I took lots of photos.

Recommendation

If you are in Skagway, seriously consider going to Davidson Glacier.  The scenery is stunning and you get to see amazing wildlife as well.

If you are looking for another amazing experience in Alaska, make sure you visit Glacier Bay.

Trip to Davidson Glacier, Alaska

A Journey to the spectacular Davidson Glacier in Alaska.

Having arrived in Skagway on board the MS Noordam there were a number options for excursions but we were excited to be able to visit Davidson Glacier.

#travel #glacier #Alaska #wanderlust
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    Chittra M
    May 18, 2019

    These glaciers look so majestic!! Wow. I would love to see them one day. I felt like eating those wild mushrooms 😀

    • Lisa
      Lisa
      Chittra M
      May 19, 2019

      Chittra the glaciers were so stunning. And those mushrooms were so pretty. Not sure they are edible but definitely cute.

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    Caroline
    May 19, 2019

    Your photography is stunning. I love the seals and those toadstools – beautiful!

    • Lisa
      Lisa
      Caroline
      May 19, 2019

      Thanks Caroline. I love photography! The wildlife was amazing and those toadstools!

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    Ruth Murdoch
    May 20, 2019

    Love the photos of the glacier, it reminds me of our home in New Zealand. Thanks for sharing. X

    • Lisa
      Lisa
      Ruth Murdoch
      May 24, 2019

      Thanks Ruth. We loved exploring NZ. It is so beautiful.

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    Candy
    September 22, 2019

    Oh how this brought back memories of our glacier adventure earlier this year! Your photos are beautiful!

    • Lisa
      Lisa
      Candy
      September 23, 2019

      Thanks Candy. It was an amazing experience.

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    Anita
    September 28, 2019

    I love your post. Your photos are stunning. I think it’s a place many people would love to visit including myself. Thanks for sharing.

    • Lisa
      Lisa
      Anita
      September 28, 2019

      Thanks Anita. It is definitely a stunning place and so worth visiting.

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