Taku Glacier Lodge and 5-Glacier Seaplane Discovery
View 5 massive glaciers flowing from the gigantic Juneau Icefield while listening to a recorded naturalist telling you about the evolution of the area. Land on the water at Alaska’s famous Taku Glacier Lodge for a salmon feast. Take a guided interpretive nature walk, stroll the trails or just soak up the serenity and ambiance of this beautiful place.
Seaplane only access to makes this an once-in-a-lifetime trip! This is the best way to see and understand that glaciers are rivers of ice flowing down the mountains.
Learn about the history of Taku Glacier Lodge. The historic wilderness lodge was built in 1923 and is across the river from the Taku Glacier. This glacier has a 5 mile wide face, is the largest glacier flowing from Juneau’s ice field and is one of the few advancing glaciers left in the world.
Everyone gets a window seat. No jockeying for position, everyone has a seat at the window for unobstructed viewing of deep blue crevasses, snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls and lush forests. The Taku River will be your runway as you come in for a landing at the Historic Taku Lodge built in 1923. The Lodge is located across the river from the Hole-in-the-Wall Glacier.
The aroma of alder-grilled salmon tells you the feast is about to begin. As the fire crackles in the fireplace, you’ll savor the Lodge-cooked feast of fresh wild Alaska king salmon, baked beans, coleslaw, pioneer fruit compote, fresh herb biscuits and sourdough bread to complement the grilled-to-perfection Alaska Salmon. Hot Russian tea, coffee, beer, wine or iced tea and lemonade chilled with actual glacier ice and special recipe ginger cookies complete the meal.
Your host will entertain you with stories of the early day characters like Mary Joyce and her famous dog sled trip. The Lodge’s unique interior is decorated with old dog sleds, hunting and trapping gear, furs and skins. The roaring fire in the rock fireplace makes a cozy place to enjoy company of new friends and relive the stories of the brave souls that homesteaded this area.
Black bear attracted by the smell often wander into the yard in search of a tasty morsel. Bear often visit the barbecue pit area in search of leftovers! I’ve seen them often from the safety of the lodge many times; and it is fantastic! Bring your film. Before your flight back to Juneau, stroll the trails of an old growth forest or relax with a beverage and breathe in the serenity and crystal clean air of a place scarcely touched by time. Bring comfortable shoes.
- Participants must be able to enter and exit the plane
Trip Activities: Flightseeing, wildlife viewing, nature walks
Duration: About 3.5 hours
Tour Operator Provides: Floatplane, lunch/dinner, nature walk guide.
You Bring: Dress in layers with comfortable shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, and camera
- Trip departs from the cruise ship harbor.