Icy Strait Point (Hoonah)
Tucked away just 20 miles from Glacier Bay, the Tlingit village of Hoonah is the largest native settlement in Alaska and has roughly 900 full time residents. It was originally the main village for the Huna tribe, who have occupied this area for centuries. Hoonah’s population has a strong commercial fishing and logging background, with most of its inhabitants maintaining a subsistence lifestyle today.
Icy Strait Point is the newest port of call in Alaska destinations and sits one mile from Hoonah itself. Created to not only give visitors an exciting view of “authentic” remote Alaska, it also gave a definite boost to the economy of the village. The facility welcomed its first cruise ship passengers in 2004. Touting itself as the “Only wilderness port in Alaska” Icy Strait visitors can enjoy shore excursions that focus on the outdoors, such as a remote Bush exploration and Brown bear search. There are also Hoonah Bike tours and foot tours, an exciting Ziprider cable ride that is considered the longest zip line in the world, or fishing, whale watching and flightseeing adventures. Those wishing to explore the history of Hoonah and the surrounding area will want to visit the Icy Strait Cannery. Once one of the state’s most productive salmon canneries, it has been recreated as a museum-mall and contains shops, a museum and a historic cannery display.
Local restaurants cater to the rustic feel of the area and offer a decent variety of fresh fish and hearty meals. Gift shops support local artisans and sell hand-made, traditional items. Unlike other ports that are sprawling and full of activities, this port is small and everything tends to be within walking distance. There are clearly marked trails that traverse the seashores and into the forest. Wear your rain gear, as Icy Strait weather tends to be mild but quite damp.
Alaska cruises that visit Icy Strait Point (Hoonah):
Celebrity Cruise Line:
• Century, Millennium
• Grand Princess
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line:
• Radiance of the Seas
Additional Icy Strait Point (Hoonah) cruise information:
• Icy Strait Point
Site detailing tour options and activities while at Icy Strait Point. Lots of great photos.