Because of the extremity of weather which Glacier Bay is heir to, it’s not advisable to try and visit in the depth of winter. Indeed, while the whole park is open all year around, the visitors’ centre to the national park is only open from late May until early September, which is when it is best to visit. At this visitors’ centre which is situated in Barlett Cove, a public use dock in the region, you can access everything from maps and permits to recycling contains and potable water. Whether you’re planning to stroll through the park or do a stint overnight in a kayak, rest assured that all permits for Glacier Bay are free – but you need to secure them in advance from camping outlets.
Similarly, you need to be savvy about the harshness of the landscape you’re entering, and you need to equip yourself sensibly with not only comfortable but warm and light-weight clothing and gear.
At Bartlett Cove, there’s a fully equipped camp site, where you can listen to the whales sing in harmony with one another as you lie in your sleeping bag. Snuggled next to a rain forest, this camp site features free firewood, bear-proof food storage cache and some of the most beautiful and tranquil landscapes you could only dream of. Be warned though: you are not permitted to stay in this region for more than 14 consecutive days, and the space is fairly primitive: the facility does offer you the use of wheelbarrows to move your possessions, but that’s about as sophisticated as it gets. And you’re only permitted to eat or cook food in certain designated times and area of the beach, for reasons of safety and cleanliness to the area.
Whichever way you look at it, a visit to Glacier Bay National Park will shift all your perspectives. It’s truly an unforgettable holiday that will never be able to stop talking about.
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