Gustavus | (GUS) | gus-tay'-vuhs
"Gateway to Glacier Bay National Park"
Gustavus is ideally situated on Icy Strait, in northern Southeast Alaska, only 62 nautical miles from Juneau. Gustavus is surrounded by Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, a United Nations World Heritage Site, and is adjacent to the Tongass National Forest, with 360-degree views of snow-capped mountains. Residents enjoy the proximity to natural resources, the beauty of the area, and the subsistence activities available. With its spectacular glaciers and abundant marine life, Glacier Bay National Park is the crown jewel in the itinerary of many travelers to Alaska.
- The Salmon River meanders through town, where occasional visitors include moose, eagles and maybe a bear or two.
- Abundant marine life includes: humpback whales, orcas, seals, sea lions, sea otters, marine birds, king salmon, coho salmon, herring, and halibut.
- Take an excursion boat to explore Glacier Bay, the spectacular 65-mile-long fjord that features 10 colossal tidewater glaciers.
- Explore 800 miles of wild shoreline by kayak, the most popular way to experience Glacier Bay.
- Visit www.gustavusak.com for more information on available activities and accommodations.
Gustavus receives ferry service two days per week most of the year. With steady service, and only four-and-a-half hours by ferry from Juneau, it is simple to plan a short few days this magnificent location, or stay longer to experience more of the nearby natural wonders. From Gustavus, extend your trip along Icy Strait, through some of the best whale watching waters in the state, and visit the port communities of Hoonah or Pelican.
Below are some ideas to help you plan your trip to Alaska. Please note that availability and routing on your particular date of travel may vary from the suggested itinerary.