Alaska Wilderness Charters offers exceptional eight-day trips through the Inside Passage, providing guests with adventure-filled memories of breathtaking scenery and amazing wildlife. Our classic yacht, Glacier Bear, is ideal for exploring Alaska's legendary wilderness.

Alaska Wilderness Charters

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Alaska Wilderness Charters

Nothing matches the freedom and comfort of a custom Alaska charter. On each of our trips, we'll glide through pristine waterways aboard the 95' Glacier Bear, with unparalleled access to bears, eagles, orcas, and whales. Along our route, we'll cruise to the best locations to observe fjords, glaciers, and waterfalls. There simply is no better way to experience the joy of the mesmerizing Alaskan wilderness with your family or group.

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Hours

8:00 am–5:00 pm

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Contact Us

‭(907) 419-4474‬

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Address

P.O. Box 21322
Juneau AK 99802

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Family and Friends

Alaska Wilderness Charters offers an unforgettable family vacation. You'll explore Alaska's rugged coast, hike through stunning landscapes, and paddle in tranquil coves among icebergs adrift in fjords.

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Fly Fishing

The fishing opportunities change in Alaska's streams as the spring and summer seasons unfold. This is wilderness fishing at its best. On most days, we won't see visitors other than bears, eagles, and whales.

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Photography

Join us aboard Glacier Bear for an amazing photo trip in Alaska's pristine wilderness. You'll capture breathtaking images of bears, eagles, orcas, and whales, plus fjords, glaciers, and icebergs—all in style and comfort.

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Whale Watching

Embark on an exclusive journey in the pristine waterways of Alaska for an extraordinary whale-watching experience. We'll cruise each day aboard Glacier Bear, observing majestic humpback whales and orcas.

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An experienced crew

Alaska Wilderness Charters provides exciting charters through the Inside Passage. With years of experience in Alaska's waterways and backcountry, our entire crew is passionate about the outdoors and provides an unforgettable wilderness adventure.

Retired U.S. Coast Guard skipper Neil Nickerson has a love for the outdoors and a desire to share Alaska's natural beauty with others. Our knowledgeable crew provides an engaging and informative experience—featuring the history of The Last Frontier and its' people, plus insights about the wildlife and beautiful wilderness we'll observe on each journey.

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Our classic yacht

The 95' Glacier Bear offers a one-of-a-kind adventure that is perfect for anyone looking to explore Alaska's legendary wilderness. Our captain and crew are passionate about the outdoors and have years of experience in Alaska's backcountry.

We'll provide you with an unforgettable wilderness adventure. You'll see fjords, glaciers, icebergs, wildlife, and pristine waterways. Our 28' fishing tender For Reel is designed for fishing advocates who appreciate comfort and safety. So… relax and enjoy your voyage.

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© John Schnell Photography. Alaska Wilderness Charters. Glacier Bear and Crew.

An extraordinary experience

The rugged Alaska coast offers limitless opportunities for uncrowded, pristine adventure. On your trip, you'll experience the astonishing blue-green waters of calm coves and bays, and observe haunting icebergs adrift in mystical fjords. You'll be awestruck by the amazing wildlife and breathtaking scenery of Southeast Alaska, home to brown bears, eagles, humpback whales, orcas, Dall's porpoises and Steller sea lions. Join Alaska Wilderness Charters on an incredible eight-day adventure.

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Available trips in 2025

Join us for an eight-day Alaska expedition. We'll cruise through an amazing wilderness aboard Glacier Bear, our beautiful 95' yacht. This classic, well-appointed boat offers an outstanding platform from which to experience Alaska's legendary Inside Passage, an intricate network of pristine waterways, granite fjords, and islands of astonishing beauty.

May 12, 2025
The fishing opportunities change in Alaska's streams as the spring and summer seasons unfold. From early May through mid-June, we often find steelhead trout in the upper stretches of rivers. Cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden can also provide good fun during this period. Most of the Dolly Varden move out of the upper reaches of rivers into saltwater and near the river mouths during May.
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May 3, 2025
The fishing opportunities change in Alaska's streams as the spring and summer seasons unfold. From early May through mid-June, we often find steelhead trout in the upper stretches of rivers. Cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden can also provide good fun during this period. Most of the Dolly Varden move out of the upper reaches of rivers into saltwater and near the river mouths during May.
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June 7, 2025
Unleash the adventurer within and take to Alaska in style! Our friends and family charter is ready to make your dreams of Alaskan exploration a reality. Forget shared trips— we'll set you up for an exclusive getaway that fulfills all your desires. For family reunions, here's where it all comes together. Embark on a family adventure this year!
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June 17, 2025
Ready to create your epic adventure? Alaska Wilderness Charters has the experience and local knowledge you need. Working with family, friends, or business colleagues (or all three!), let us give life to an unforgettable Alaskan journey filled with notes from nature's songbook! If any dates still need to be booked up, they're yours!
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June 26, 2025
This charter is ideal if you already have your group together. Alaska Wilderness Charters has years of experience and local knowledge, and we’ll help you create a custom vacation that makes the most of your adventure in Alaska. Reserve this charter for your exclusive experience. Just bring us your dreams, and we’ll make them happen!
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July 23, 2025
Unleash the adventurer within and take to Alaska in style! Our friends and family charter is ready to make your dreams of Alaskan exploration a reality. Forget shared trips— we'll set you up for an exclusive getaway that fulfills all your desires. For family reunions, here's where it all comes together. Embark on a family adventure this year!
Trip details
August 2, 2025
Ready to create your epic adventure? Alaska Wilderness Charters has the experience and local knowledge you need. Working with family, friends, or business colleagues (or all three!), let us give life to an unforgettable Alaskan journey filled with notes from nature's songbook! If any dates still need to be booked up, they're yours!
Trip details
August 17, 2025
This charter is ideal if you already have your group together. Alaska Wilderness Charters has years of experience and local knowledge, and we’ll help you create a custom vacation that makes the most of your adventure in Alaska. Reserve this charter for your exclusive experience. Just bring us your dreams, and we’ll make them happen!
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August 26, 2025
Are you ready to explore Alaska with your friends and family? Look no further than Alaska Wilderness Charters. We'll help you craft a custom journey just for you. When you arrive, the boat, crew, and custom trip itinerary are yours. Reserve this trip, bring us your dream holiday ideas… and we'll show you real Alaskan magic!
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"I've been fortunate to travel extensively, and this was the trip of a lifetime. Every moment of the experience was a true blessing. Captain Neil Nickerson and his crew, including chef Jeff Polizzotto and engineer Al Smith, were the best. We were also fortunate to have John Schnell, a fantastic photographer and guide, with us for the charter. I highly recommend this trip. One month later, I'm still feeling inspired by the beauty and mystique of Alaska."

Amy Giertych
Lake Forest, Illinois

Family and Friends
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"The Women's Paddleboard Retreat was the perfect combination of a relaxing cruise, wildlife and sightseeing, delicious local foods, wine tasting, impromptu dancing, and a hot tub. The captain and crew were exceptional. I felt safe, well-cared for, and prepared with the valuable skills shared by Michelle. The trip was more than I expected, and I highly recommend it. Thank you, Neil, Michelle, Katie, Ayesha, Al, and John, for everything you did to make this trip so memorable."

Deborah Reid
Juneau, Alaska

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"I had a wonderful experience on the Glacier Bear, with breathtaking scenery and close-up views of whales, bears, and other wildlife. It was an exciting journey, complete with tasty food and great companionship. We fished for our dinners, and I was thrilled to catch my first halibut. A highlight was learning to kayak and getting up close for photographs of wildlife and waterfalls. We spent an afternoon taking photos of a commercial crab boat in Pybus Bay, and it was pure joy. I would go again in a heartbeat—and I’ve been on this trip three times!"

Gwen Haferkamp
Miles City, Montana

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