by Dayna Engberg

3 Best Alaskan Shore Excursions

If you’re venturing to the Last Frontier, there’s plenty to get excited about — especially on a cruise. From whale watching to glacier viewing, helicopter tours, dogsledding and more, Alaska abounds with opportunities for outdoor adventure. Keep reading to discover three amazing shore excursions found on one of our favorite Alaskan itineraries: Glacier Bay, Skagway & Juneau aboard Norwegian Cruise Line.
whale watching
Whale Watching

Whale Watching & Wildlife Quest

Juneau, Alaska

Spotting wildlife is a huge part of any Alaska vacation. With this accessible tour, you’ll not only enjoy guaranteed whale watching, you’ll also travel with a professional naturalist who will explain how to track wildlife such as humpback and killer whales, sea lions, Dall’s porpoise, harbor seals, bald eagles, bears and more. Backed by snowcapped mountain peaks and rugged coastal vistas, this scenic cruise is essential for photographers, families and wildlife enthusiasts alike.


Glacier tour
Glacier Touring

Dogsledding on Mendenhall Glacier via Helicopter

Juneau, Alaska

There’s so much to do on an Alaskan cruise that you’ll have to prioritize what you want to see most. Inevitably, some things will have to wait for the second trip. But when it comes to deciding between dogsledding, helicopter flightseeing and glacier trekking — all essential experiences on your Alaskan cruise — this tour will let you do all three. Soar over Alaska’s ice-blue crevasses, vast snow fields and glacier-carved peaks before touching down on Mendenhall Glacier’s dogsled camp to meet the expert mushers. After an introduction to the sport, choose to relax in the sled or drive the team on this thrilling, three-in-one excursion.

White Pass
White Pass by Train


Best of Skagway & White Pass Railway

Skagway, Alaska

No trip to Alaska is complete without a bit of gold rush history. On this tour, you’ll get to ride in an old-fashioned parlor car aboard the railroad that served the famous Klondike gold rush: The White Pass and Yukon Route. Ride up to the White Pass Summit for breathtaking scenery as the train ascends dramatic mountain slopes. Stop at the Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp to learn about pioneer history and even try your hand at gold panning on this family-friendly tour.


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