The Icy Strait separates the Alaska mainland to the north and Chichagof Island to the south. Right here guests will discover every thing they hope to expertise in Alaska - wildlife, journey, historical past, and publicity to native cultures.
On Chichagof Island, you will discover Alaska's largest Native Tlingit village of Hoonah. The Icy Strait port of Hoonah is an island group close to Glacier Bay Nationwide Park, which may solely be reached by seaplane or boat. Whereas visiting this charming little city, you will discover loads to see and do, together with whale watching, fishing, mountaineering, and purchasing.
Learn on for our picks for the most effective issues to do close to Icy Strait and in Hoonah, Alaska:
1. Watch Humpback Whales
Highlights: Glacier Bay, Humpback Whales, Alaskan Brown Bears
Whale watching is among the hottest issues to do when visiting Alaska, and there are loads to see close to Hoonah. The Icy Strait is visited each summer season, beginning in Could, by Humpback whales that come to feed within the nutrient-rich waters. They keep round till September after they migrate south for the winter.
The Icy Strait Whale Watching Tour will take you out on a constitution boat to see the amazingly lively Humpback Whales visiting for the summer season. Whereas using out to see the whales, chances are you'll spot native wildlife, together with eagles, blue heron, Alaskan brown bears, puffin, and blacktail deer.
Better of all, Whale sightings are assured. If you don't see a whale, you can be totally refunded.
2. See the Bears on Chicagof Island
Highlights: Alaskan Brown Bears, Bald Eagles, Scenic View of a Muskeg
Chicagof Island is among the finest locations to see bears. It was named "Bear Island" by Nationwide Geographic due to the variety of bears that dwell there (1-2 bears per sq. mile).
Throughout the Icy Strait Wildlife and Bear Search Tour, you will take a scenic four-hour excursions via a number of potential sighting places. Alongside the best way, you will expertise scenic views and loads of different Alaskan wildlife.
3. Be taught Native Historical past at Yaakw Kihidi Cultural Middle
Highlights: Tlingit Historical past & Tradition Displays, Totem Pole Carving Demonstration
Hoonah, Alaska is wealthy in tradition and custom. Cease by the Yaakw Kihidi Cultural Middle to study extra in regards to the native historical past. Right here you will have a chance to view displays, hear tales from an elder, and study totem pole carving.
4. Paddle a Tlingit Canoe
Highlights: Tlingit Historical past & Tradition, Canoe Tour, Totems
Be taught extra about Hoonah's wealthy tradition and traditions on the Tlingit Canoe and Tradition Tour. Throughout this tour, you will get to paddle a forty foot conventional, hand-carved dugout canoe (or you possibly can simply sit again and benefit from the experience). Throughout the journey, you will study extra about Tlingit tradition via songs and drumming. You may even study just a few Tlingit phrases from the crew.
5. Tour the City of Hoonah
Highlights: Tlingit Tradition and Artwork, Native Seafood, Procuring
Picture Supply: Metropolis of Hoonah
Between your adventures, take a while to discover Hoonah's historical past, tradition, meals, and actions. There are a number of tasty eating places the place you will discover native seafood and even reindeer meat burgers and chili. From Hoonah, you possibly can go on a whale watching tour or soak within the historical past on the Tlingit canoe and tradition tour that ends on the Yaakw Kihidi Cultural Middle.
6. Go Salmon and Trout Fishing
Highlights: Stream Fishing
For fishermen, you will discover a famend salmon and trout fishing expertise on Chichagof Island. The guided Icy Strait Level fishing expedition will provide you with an opportunity to catch Dolly Varden trout, Pink (Humpy) salmon, Cutthroat trout, Coho (Silver) salmon, Chum (Canine) salmon, and Steelhead.
7. Go Procuring on the Cannery
Highlights: Items, Regionally Made
Picture supply: AK on the Go
Cease off on the historic Cannery complicated to seize just a few issues to take residence (together with all of the reminiscences). On the Cannery, you will discover 12 completely different Alaskan-owned shops the place you'll find items, native meals, residence décor, and jewellery.
That is only a style of what’s accessible close to Icy Strait level. To search out extra, try all of our Icy Strait excursions. To plan extra of your journey, learn our picks for the finest issues to do in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Seward, Denali, Anchorage, and Sitka!