Captain Steve Weber in the deck of his boat Captain Cook, with South Sawyer Glacier visible through the window.
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – Captain Steve Weber operates three different boats that are available to take tourists and locals on a trip to Tracy Arm they won’t soon forget.
Captain Steve Weber visits South Sawyer Glacier or North Sawyer Glacier in the narrow and captivating Tracy Arm Fjord.
Weber says the South Sawyer Glacier, the tour’s destination, is about 80 miles from town.
Tour departs at 8:00 AM and returns to Juneau at 6:00 PM.
A boat holds 48 passengers.
There’s plenty to see along the way, like huge waterfalls, orcas and humpback whales, seals and sea lions, and bald eagles sitting on building-sized icebergs while bears observe from the rocky shore.
“My favorite part is right here in front of the South Sawyer Glacier. But there are so many other bonuses between the mountains and the glaciers up high. We’re sitting here looking at the top of a 6,000 foot mountain totally covered of fresh snow and there must be 5,200 feet of new snow on top of this glacier and it’s a very large glacier that we can see outside we are at sea level and looking almost straight ahead things like that. And that’s just part of the whole wildlife trip, the rock formations, the glaciers, the high mountains, with really deep snow. The harbor seals, they have their young here and their main periods calving times are May and June. We like to get close enough to see them but farther away where we don’t disturb them. And we sometimes get exceptionally good whale sightings. As a bonus, this is not our main activity, but sometimes we We have enough where it’s pretty exciting there too. Tracy Arm Fjord has some of the most beautiful icebergs compared to anywhere else, the most beautiful in size, eyes and colors,” Weber said.
At the end of the fjord, looking at the South Sawyer Glacier, which is 25 miles long, the water is 900 feet deep.
In the spring it is common for there to be large chunks of icebergs, sometimes blocking Weber’s path.
He says the North Sawyer Glacier is there as a backup when this happens.
“Tracy Arm here, it’s my 25th year. I’ve done other things with fishing and so on in the past, but Tracy Arm really appealed to me. It’s so beautiful, so amazing. I I can see it every day and I come back every day with the same excitement. It’s just a good place and an event,” Weber said in response to his length of activity.
Weber spoke about the history of exploring the fjord and his ship’s namesake.
“We recognize Captain Cook who was one of the great explorers of the world. He made three voyages here in Alaska. He is a British sea captain and his work around the world really stands out. So we thought we would commemorate that. He made the best cards and kept the best records,” Weber explained.
Adventure Bound tours run from the first weekend in May through early September, though Weber says they’ve made a few trips as early as April this year.
If you would like to make a reservation, go to https://www.adventureboundalaska.com/.