Why Alaska Sightseeing is Best from a Boat

Why Alaska Sightseeing is Best from a Boat 

Many people venture to the pacific northwest for the wealth of natural beauty and specifically, Alaska sightseeing. There is a great deal to admire and explore from cuisine to the ocean and the wildlife to the native history. How best to see it all? Some people do the rail or galivant by plane but, the best way to do Alaska sightseeing is by boat.

The rail is a predetermined path that you’re bound by and the plane well, you’re stuck in the air. Both are speeding along and while you get a nice overview, you don’t get to take in all of Alaska. Seeing more of incredible state leisurely is the key to taking an Alaska sightseeing adventure.

Why Alaska Sightseeing is Best from a Boat

See Where You Can’t Access

Alaska is full of places that are difficult to get to, some towns are only accessible by plane. That’s how remote it can be and one of the perks of doing Alaska sightseeing by boat is that you’re not bound by difficult terrain. You can see and possibly go on shore; lands you wouldn’t be able to drive or walk to.

You may be thinking, “wait, doesn’t that mean I can’t travel deeper into Alaska too?” Of course not, you’re not glued to the boat your entire trip in Alaska. You’ll just able to access parts of the coast you couldn’t any other way. Don’t deny yourself the opportunity to take in more of the landscape by thinking that doing Alaska sightseeing by boat means you’re only doing the boat. The ocean has created an incredible shoreline in Alaska and it’s a stunning panorama of beauty you can’t miss. So, step off the land for a bit and see what the Pacific Ocean has in store for you.

The Wild Marine Life 

Alaska sightseeing is more than an incredible shoreline, it’s the wildlife. A lot of people just think of whale watching but, there is so much more you could eye. The ocean is its own world filled with all sorts of life and if you’re cruising along the coast, you’re bound to see more than one or two different species.

The “Lion of the Sea” or Steller Sea Lion are massive 2200 pound kings of Alaska. You could luck out and hear their distinctive roar while they lounge in groups on a glacier. You may get to see the giddy and playful relative of the weasel, the Sea Otter. Watch them use little rocks and base tools to crack open shellfish or lazily float around the shore. You could see the Harbor Seal or the Walrus and if you’re lucky, maybe the Giant Pacific Octopus galavanting beneath the water. Alaska sightseeing is an incredible opportunity to see how vast the animal kingdom is in the water and on the shore. You wouldn’t be able to see these creatures from a plane or train, that’s for sure.

Admire the Glaciers 

Seeing glaciers in real life is something truly exhilarating and it’s hard to believe that just a super large piece of ice is but, it really is! There are whole tracks just to see the different glaciers and many of them are only accessible by boat. So, when thinking about doing Alaska sightseeing definitely look into smaller boats rather than large cruises. Many of the large ships can’t get close enough to really admire the mountains of ancient ice or anything really of note on the coast.

Some by boat Alaska sightseeing tours ferry you around different coastal cities so, you can get a tour and make your way through Alaska in the same trip!

Alaska Sightseeing by Boat

There are many ways to see different parts of Alaska but, to really get the best view of it you need to book a ride on a boat. You get to see all the kinds of wildlife from those that stay on land, fly high, swim deep, or hop between the shore and the ocean. You can admire the more frosty parts of the Pacific while getting lost in the immensity of the glaciers and see parts of Alaska you could never get to otherwise.

There are many more reasons to explore Alaska sightseeing tours but, these are definitely the top 3. So, take a few minutes and explore our website and see where you’d like to go or what you’d like to see. We have several options to give you as great of a view as possible. If you’re debating between a large Alaskan cruise to see some sights, just remember that small boats do it better when it comes to Alaska sightseeing!

Fjordland Crew–The “A” Team!


A recent TripAdvisor Review…. “Breaching Whales and an Excellent Crew!” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 This was such an awesome day! I have never seen so many whales in my life. There were multiple instances where we saw humpback whales and we even saw a pod of orcas. The captain put the microphone in the water so we could hear the orcas singing underwater. At one point we even saw a baby orca breach, which was amazing!! The captain and his daughter, who was the deckhand, were both wonderful kind people. They were both really funny and nice and always willing to answer questions. I would recommend this trip to everyone! It was my first time to Alaska and this trip allowed to me see a lot of wildlife (eagles, sea lions and whales), glaciers, waterfalls and beautiful mountain ranges that Alaska has to offer! Definitely a must do trip!


Fjordland difference……..


5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

While booking our trip to Alaska I used this site to help me plan our trip (June 2014). The whole experience proved to be better than our expectations. The boat is state-of-the-art, gliding through the water. The owner and his daughter pointed out numerous wildlife, areas of interest as well as interesting facts and tidbits. The snacks and beverages were a nice addition. What makes this whole experience worthwhile and a great dollar value is the owner is involved and takes pride in his work while engaging with the customers. The tour contined on land visiting Mendenhall Glacier. That was a wonderful experience as well. The whole experience was one that caps what you expect of your visit in Alaska. This is a must do while staying in beautiful Alaska.

Visited June 2014

Blue bird day on the Fjord Express to Juneau!

canada-ak 478Photo by Aleen Golis

The Fjordlines trip from Skagway via Haines and down to Juneau was a highlight of our Alaska Trip.  We have done several wildlife tours internationally, and seen more on this trip than anywhere else in the world.  The time spent just watching the Sea Lions congregated on the rocks along the shoreline, roaring and smelling was phenomenal–just as good as National Geographic films. The number of whales that we got to see as they breeched and fed was multiple, both in the morning and the evening return trip.  Add in the many  Eagles, some nesting, and in flight, could not have been duplicated anywhere.  Oh, and don’t forget the Seals that came to play along side the boat!  The blueberry muffins were “to die for” with the hot coffee.  Who would’ve thought one could have a tasty snack and a delicious evening meal, all while enjoying the great out of doors of Alaska. 

Tom and Aleen Golis