Skagway with a population of just around 1,000, is located at the northernmost point in Alaska’s Inside Passage. It is 15 miles north of Haines by water and 110 road miles south of Whitehorse Yukon. The city of Skagway streets are lined with wooden boardwalks and restored buildings, looking much as it did 100 years ago. In its hey day Skagway had a population of 20,000 and was the gateway to the Trail of ’98 and the Klondike Gold Fields. Today Skagway is as busy as it was back during the gold rush with thousands of cruise ship visitors arriving each day. Skagway is home to the historic White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad and Klondike Gold Rush Historical Park.
Highlights of the Fjord Express to Skagway
Depart Juneau in the afternoon and head north through Lynn Canal, the continent’s longest and deepest glacial fjord. Lynn Canal stretches over 100 miles long and is over 2000 feet deep. We will see many hanging glaciers high on the mountainside and cascading waterfalls on our route.
A favorite stop on our evening cruise, the picturesque and historic octagonal lighthouse was first lit in 1906.
The Fjord Express fast ferry from Juneau to Skagway is a great way to see Alaska's wildlife. Marine life abounds in these waters, and a fully-narrated wildlife and whale watching cruise will highlight the voyage. You’ll see hanging glaciers, nesting bald eagles, harbor seals, stellar sea lions, porpoise and humpback or killer whales. .
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