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Preparation Elements for An Alaskan Glacier Tour

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There are numerous reasons why you might choose to visit the great state of Alaska, and one is to get an up-close view of some of the world's largest glaciers. These incredible feats of Mother Nature are only available to see in certain parts of the world, and Alaska offers several different opportunities here.

At Pybus Point Lodge, we're happy to offer guided day trips to the Sawyer Glacier, which is made up of two separate North Sawyer and South Sawyer glaciers and accessible by boat. What are some basic tips we generally offer to clients who are getting ready to take this trip? Here are some simple areas to keep in mind.

Dress for the Weather

Glaciers are gigantic chunks of ice, and they naturally require cold weather to exist. Make sure you dress in layers and bring a warm coat, hat, and gloves. You'll also want to wear sturdy shoes that can handle walking on uneven ground.

Bring Sunscreen and Sunglasses

Even though the glaciers are large and impressive, they're still susceptible to the sun's rays. Make sure you protect yourself with sunscreen and sunglasses, and bring hats or other headwear to protect your face.

Pack a Lunch and Snacks

There's nothing quite like a good picnic lunch on a beautiful glacier. Make sure you pack plenty of snacks and drinks, especially if you're going to be out all day.

If you're unsure what to pack here, ask your tour guide in advance what you might need versus what will be provided. You may also want to pack a waterproof bag or case for your valuables.

Camera and Binoculars

Like any of our other major tours or trip types, you want to be sure you're outfitted with the right equipment. If you have a camera or binoculars, make sure that they're packed in your luggage too.

Boat Safety

Your guide will go over a number of boat safety themes in advance of your glacier day trip, and it's important to listen closely and do exactly what your guide instructs. These safety recommendations are in place for a reason, and it's up to you to follow them.

Seasickness Remedies

Finally, if you know you're the sort who regularly gets seasick or has other motion sickness issues, you should prepare yourself for these ahead of time. Be sure to pack over-the-counter seasickness remedies and any other medications you might need. For some, this is a quick can of ginger-ale; for others, it's a specific medication like Dramamine. You don't want to be the one who ruins this excursion for everyone by forcing the boat to turn around and head back to port.

At Pybus Point Lodge, we're proud of our support for conservation efforts and environmental safety. We offer a number of very informative tours that give guests the chance to learn about Alaska's rich history and vast natural resources, along with some great opportunities for photography or sightseeing. Contact us today for more information on our Sawyer Glacier day trips, wildlife tours or any of our Alaskan all-inclusive packages.

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Andrea Tate

Incredible Experience!

Pybus Point Lodge has some of the most stunning scenery I’ve ever seen. I mean absolutely breathtaking! In addition to the amazing fishing, I hiked to a beautiful secluded lake, soaked in some hot pots, saw several waterfalls, went whale watching, saw bears and all kinds of wildlife and marine life. As a photographer, photographing a wedding under a waterfall will remain a highlight of my life.

Shirley Johnson

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We had the best time! This was our first visit to Pybus, but it definitely will not be our last. The stunning scenery, amazing fishing experience, and the joy of meeting new friends – all outstanding! We did not want to leave!!! If you are thinking about this trip – don’t think any more, just book it. You will not regret it!!!

Sharon Hedding

Trip of a Lifetime!

We had such an amazing time the staff was so wonderful and the lodge was fantastic! capt Joe was so helpful and always doing what ever he could do to make each day special. a special thank you to both Scott and Jody for taking the time to make us feel like family. can't wait to go back next year

Jason Nielsen

Wonderful and Magical Place

We had an amazing business retreat to Pybus Point Lodge.  Everything was top notch... the fishing, the staff, the boat captains, the food, the accommodations, and especially the scenery. I really liked that Pybus took care of everything from start to finish. Chef John is an amazing cook. We had delicious hot meals the entire trip.  The cabins were amazing and very comfortable.  The fishing was awesome and that’s coming from a guy that doesn’t fish that much.

Brandon Foote

We brought home 100lbs of fish!

My wife and I spent a week at Pybus Point this Summer. We had a beautiful, private room overlooking the bay and our own new, ensuite, private bathroom. What an amazing place for couples to get away together. We set our own breakfast time, met our boat captain after, fished the day along, and returned to clean up and enjoy a nice dinner at the restaurant. Next time Alaska is on the trip list, Sherrie and I will go together, and it will be to Pybus Point!

Kent Danjanovich

Fun in Alaska

This was my first trip to Pybus Point. I stayed in one of their new cabins. The accommodations were incredible, the view onto the bay in the mornings was stunning. I loved the staff and the food was really very good. All of this and they have new boats to take you out onto fairly calm waters to fish. The fishing guides were great. Overall a great experience. Definitely going back.


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