Leconte Glacier Tour
LeConte Glacier is the Southernmost Saltwater Terminating Glacier in North America!
I have actually had clients over the years comment that icebergs of LeConte Glacier were much larger and more impressive compared to Glacier Bay National Park and other tide water glaciers they had also toured. Partly due in fact, no doubt, that they are on a small boat and not on a large crowded vessel that might be used with other companies.
While surrounded by the magnificent blue icebergs, don’t forget to look up at the majestic snowcapped granite mountains that also surround you and the many waterfalls that make up LeConte Bay. If you would like to learn more about Glaciers, there formations and terminology click on this link Icebergs and Glaciers (usgs.gov link)
LeConte Glacier and Petersburg Adventures. Our #1 popular tour for LeConte Glacier. 8 hour duration. This tour is a great way to see the beautiful sights and sounds of LeConte Bay and Glacier plus visit downtown Petersburg, our neighbor town on Mitkof island and the only Norwegian town in Alaska. Price $250.00 per person plus local 7% sales tax. You can also look at other tour options on our Price Link button above. This is also a tour that can often help you transfer between Wrangell and Petersburg or vice versa. Give us a call to see what the possibilities are and bring you luggage and lets go !!
Upon arriving, your captain will stop and give you plenty of opportunities to photo the awesome, huge and colorful icebergs that have grounded out on a ancient terminal moraine feature at mouth of LeConte Bay. Your will have time to photograph, explore and “pet” an iceberg and have time to just be in awe of your surroundings. After exploring here for a while we will begin to navigate through LeConte Bay where approximately 7 miles of icebergs that range in size from golf balls to TITANIC class have been awaiting your arrival ! During the mid 90’s LeConte Glacier was the fastest receding glacier North America and during that time had a lot of research done by the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Based on their research the Petersburg High School has ongoing research on of their own. Each spring they helicopter in near the face and utilizing survey equipment they map the location of the face. Now that is a great class project if I have ever heard of one. Since it was first charted in 1887, it has receded approximately 6 miles, and that means that there are a ton of icebergs to explore and navigate around.
Along the 7 miles from the beginning of the bay to the face witness the many fluorescent blue icebergs and the odd shapes that they melt into, which rival any other in Alaska, and shows how active calving LeConte Glacier is. Harbor Seals are always viewed here on the icebergs “sunning” themselves. Actually, they use LeConte Bay as their breeding, birthing and rearing area in June. Harbor Seals use the Stikine River Eulachon run in early spring, as a way to get a jump into the bountiful summer season in Alaska of Salmon and other food sources. Then migrate to LeConte Bay for the birthing and rearing season, as predators don’t attempt to navigate the bay. I have many times witnessed up to 300-400 seals laying on icebergs!
After the pups get strong enough they again migrate to the mouth of the Stikine River to feed on the thousands of Sockeye, Pink and Silver Salmon the spawn up the River. We have been providing LeConte Glacier tours for many years ahead of our competition.