Nu Gustavus Ferry
Although Glacier Bay is accessible by regular airplane
flights into Gustavus, we choose to take the ferry. This ferry is not designed to be a tour, but there is so much
wildlife in this part of the world that it would be hard to not enjoy it during
the trip. The two hour trip through
emerald green waters was absolutely breathtaking.
The Auk Nu Ferry is a part of the Goldbelt Native
Corporationís family of tours and can be arranged through the Goldbelt
Tour Center in Juneau. The
ferry leaves from the Allen Marine Dock right next to the Alaska Ferry terminal
in Juneau. If you are coming from
the Juneau airport, turn left on the Egan Highway and head away from town.
The Allen Marine Dock will be on the left side of the highway just before
the ferry terminal.
The cost for the ferry was $45 per person each way.
The trip takes about two hours. On
the boat there are toilets. There
is also a viewing deck and a galley that serves complimentary coffee, tea and
hot chocolate for the duration of the cruise.
The ferry can be used to transport kayaks and bicycles for an extra fee.
During our passage we spotted bald eagles nesting in the tall trees around Juneau. We watched schools of porpoise swim along past the ferry. Fish were jumping in the waters. Sea otters played and rested on their backs eating the crabs, clams and mussels they had brought up from the bottom. Most fascinating are the Black Guillemots that fish in the waters. Not only are they fast strong fliers, but they can dive to astounding levels under the water to catch fish.
For direct contact info for Auk Nu Tours, click here.
Last Visited: July 2000