Our family is lucky enough to visit Alaska every year. My husband grew up in Ketchikan, and currently sits on the board of an Alaskan Native Healthcare Facility in Anchorage (SouthCentral Foundation).
So every summer, we tag along with him during one of his weeks of meetings and try to find some new adventures.
This time I decided to Google “Glacier Tours”. One of the first things that popped up – was Extreme Glacier Tour with Alaska Wild Guides. Anything with the word extreme – and I’m in. This time though, I had my 8 year old with me so when I called the group – I made sure he was eligible to go.
If you’re staying in Anchorage – it’s sure to be a beautiful and scenic drive to Whittier – you may want to add extra time in – to pull over and take some amazing pictures on the way.
Once you arrive, you’ll be brought into the Alaskan Wild Guide’s dressing room and they provide you with dry suits, helmets, gloves and booties – you’ll definitely want to pack and wear extra layers as the weather in these areas can change on a dime from warm to cold, sunny to rainy and clear to cloudy.
The team leaves directly from Whittier Harbor and you’ll cruise along 21 miles of stunning coastline into Blackstone Bay, viewing ten glaciers including two tidewater glaciers which produces icebergs that are the ideal habitat for harbor seals. (We saw many of them!)
One of the largest kittiwake rookery is also in Blackstone Bay. These birds provide great entertainment as you watch them nesting on steep cliffs and fishing in groups on the water. We were delighted to see a few bald eagles as well as otters throughout the ride.
The top of the line high-performance jet-ski’s have nimble handling with state of the art braking systems that allow maximum control while idling in front of the glaciers. Upgraded stability, extra large cargo and advanced safety features make these machines easy for all, even the inexperienced rider can do it. You will not tip – these machines are centered even for the most novice rider.
This trip is not for the faint of heart. Part of the tour includes riding in the open waters around Prince William Sound which can prove to be a very, very bumpy and wild ride. My son loved going fast, and I was a bit nervous he may bump off – but our jet ski guide Derek assured me he’d be fine. He was right, my son absolutely loved the trip.
If you’re wanting to see glaciers up close – this is the way to do it. As you’ll see in my video – we saw many glaciers calving and even saw a massive implosion with a good six foot wave reaction. While I was a bit nervous – having an expert like Derek to follow – it was clear we were safe in his hands and that he had done this many many times before.
The scenery is like nothing I’ve ever seen before here in Alaska. I’ve been on many Alaskan tours, and safaris and this experience is one in it’s own. I highly recommend it for people looking for a wild adventure and be sure to bring your camera as you will have ample opportunities for pictures. The other wonderful thing about Alaska Wild Guides is that your guide will take pictures of you as well and airdrop them to you when you’re finished.
We had a spectacular time and I would do this again and again in a heartbeat. I’ve always wanted to jet ski amongst icebergs and glaciers so for me it’s a new check off my bucket list!