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Skagway Laughton Glacier Expedition

Excursion Overview

Unveil the Wonders of Skagway

You'll embark on a 45-minute train journey along the White Pass scenic railway, filled with magnificent waterfalls, rushing rivers, rugged mountain peaks, and enriched by the history of the Klondike Gold Rush. Upon reaching Glacier Station, you'll commence a fully guided round-trip hike of up to eight miles enjoying the crisp mountain air.

Your hike commences on a well-kept trail winding through the enchanting landscape of a beautiful rainforest valley, inhabited by a variety of wildlife including moose, bears, and mountain goats.

Traversing alongside the lively Skagway River, you'll capture memorable moments with picturesque photo opportunities before veering into the valley where the majestic Laughton Glacier is located. You will take a break at the lookout and enjoy the panoramic views spanning 360 degrees gifted by nature.

Continuing towards the glacier, the terrain gradually becomes more rugged yet manageable to hike. As you approach the glacier, the landscape transforms dramatically, transitioning from rocky riverbeds to navigating through boulder fields onto the glacier.

You'll be captivated by the awe-inspiring sights from exposed crevasses to moulins, experiencing the ever-changing features of the glacier amidst the harsh Alaskan environment. Your guides will offer hot drinks as you are perched on the glacier. Upon returning to the trailhead, you will be greeted with our traditional “Bush Buffet”, complete with cold beverages.

Relax and relish the journey back to town aboard "The Scenic Railway of the World." With a guide-to-guest ratio of no more than six guests, you'll receive exceptional customer service.

Please note: During May and early June, glacier travel may be limited or unavailable due to snow on the glacier.

Things You Need to Know


  • Transportation from central meeting location and return to cruise ship dock
  • Lumbar packs, trekking poles, rain gear, hats, and gloves
  • Guides carry extra warm clothing, sunblock, and bug repellent
  • Full lunch in the form of a made-to-order sandwich
  • Water bottles, candy bars, and nuts are provided for the trail. Hot drinks will also be offered during the hike.
  • The post-hike “bush buffet” consists of snacks and assorted beverages


  • A minimum of 2 passengers is required to book
  • Valid Passport required
  • Minimum age: 8 years old
  • Ability to hike under own power over steep uneven terrain for up to 7-8 miles
  • Closed-toed shoes or hiking boots with ankle support are strongly recommended
  • Dress in layers, large temperature variability will occur
  • Must bring own life saving medications (Epi-Pen, nitro, albuterol, etc.)

Duration: 10 hours (Roundtrip from a central meeting location near the cruise ship docks.)

  • 10 minutes - Transport to train platform and narrated history along the way
  • 15 minutes - Load the train and get ready for departure
  • 45 minutes - White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad train ride to Glacier Station (mile 14)
  • 7.25 hours - Hike to the Laughton Glacier valley and return to Glacier Station (approx. 6 miles)
  • 45 minutes - Return to Skagway on the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad
  • 15 minutes - Disembark the train and load up to return to downtown Skagway
  • 15 minutes - Transport back to downtown Skagway or your cruise ship

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets a short distance, central to the cruise ship docks. Transportation back to your cruise ship at the end of the tour is included. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is not wheelchair or limited mobility accessible.

Refund Policy:

  • You may cancel for any reason up to seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Although we cannot guarantee that any client will be able to touch the Laughton Glacier, there is a strong possibility that our tour will not only touch the Laughton Glacier but also be able to hike on it as well!

Skagway is home to a variety of wildlife including bald eagles, arctic terns, brown bears, black bears, mountain goats, marmots, wolverines, lynx, wolves, and pine martins. There is always the possibility of seeing wildlife on tour, but this is not a designated wildlife tour and specific wildlife cannot be guaranteed.


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Duration: 10 hours

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Duration: 10 hours

Minimum of 2 Required to Book

Passenger (8+): $350.00

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