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Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier Guide

Admire the pristine, untouched natural beauty of Endicott Arm Fjord, a 30-mile stretch of water located at the southern end of the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness area. Experience breathtaking scenery as you sail past steep granite cliffs, floating icebergs, and cascading waterfalls on an Alaska cruise.

During your cruise down Endicott Arm, look for groups of adorable harbor seals that are often found lounging on chunks of ice or diving around the icy water. Your journey through this majestic waterway will end with a show-stopping visit to Dawes Glacier, where you’ll witness the thunderous roar of ice as it crashes into the sea during a calving display.

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Dawes Glacier

Standing over 600 feet tall and half a mile wide, Dawes Glacier is a sight to behold. This stunning river of ice is actually made up of two glaciers that are united by a medial moraine (the ridge where both glaciers meet) in the center. Dawes Glacier is a popular attraction because of its consistent calving displays, when large chunks of ice detach from the glacier’s wall and fall into the water below, creating an enthralling sound known as white thunder.

Wildlife Sightings

Throughout Alaska, there are ample opportunities to enjoy wildlife sightings, and Endicott Arm is no exception. Keep your eyes open for humpback whales breaching in the water, mountain goats making their way along the jagged cliffs, brown bears walking across the valleys, and bald eagles soaring overhead. You might also spot harbor seals, black-tailed deer, moose, and wolves in the distance.

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Get Up Close to Dawes Glacier

Board a high-speed expedition vessel and set off through the jade waters of Endicott Arm, a natural paradise that was once called a “wild, untamed Yosemite” by naturalist John Muir. Bring a pair of binoculars and search for bald eagles, harbor seals, humpback whales, and brown bears. Finish off your Endicott Arm expedition by getting as close as possible to the face of Dawes Glacier, where you are more than likely to witness a large chunk of ice calving into the sea.

Culture and History of Endicott Arm Fjord

Endicott Arm is one of two fjords located within the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness, a 653,000-acre nature preserve. The Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness is named after the former Secretary of the Navy Benjamin Franklin Tracy and a US sailor called Ford, who made his way into the waterway adjacent to Endicott Arm and found himself battling hard currents and tidal surges for six terrifying hours.

Local Currency & Tipping Customs

Alaska uses the U.S. dollar as its official currency. You’ll be cruising during your time through Endicott Arm, but if you do sign up for the shore excursion, you can tip your tour provider anything from 15% to 20% of the total cost of your tour.

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Alaska’s Endicott Arm Fjord marks the southern edge of the 653,179-acre Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness area. As you sail through its 30-mile-long stretch, you can’t help but be amazed by the untouched beauty of the surrounding granite mountains, verdant valleys and numerous waterfalls. Drifting icebergs, deep blue waters and a spectacular tidewater glacier only add to this natural spectacle’s appeal. Endicott Arm is one of the largest breeding grounds for harbor seals on the planet. Keep your eyes open for these creatures splashing in icy waters near the ship or floating with their pups on giant chunks of ice. Along the shore you might also glimpse brown bears, bald eagles, sea ducks, deer, moose and wolves. Your journey through scenic Endicott Arm Fjord ends with a front-row view of the striking Dawes Glacier. Standing over 600 feet tall and a half-mile wide, this very active icecap is known for its spectacular calving displays which noisily produce huge, chunky icebergs that float in area waters. Remember to dress in wind-resistant layers for viewing scenery outside on deck.