Loved the opportunity of purchasing locally made items, meeting the artisans. Also liked the fact that the buildings had been reused vs replaced. Make time to meander through the buildings.
Great place to shop for a variety of items from food to books to clothing to jewelry and much more. Prices were reasonable.
The shops have about the same fare as other AK cruise ports. The prices are reasonable. The quality of the goods is better than some in the lower 48. One little shop had replica brown bear claws that looked real. (They aren’t permitted to sell real ones. We did not go into town but we shopped and ate here after our whale watching excursion. This was one of my favorite places in Alaska.
The Landing Zone Restaurant Bar, is right on the dock side when you get there. It is great with a great views and sell a few types of beer, I don’t drink bear but had some wine, which was great for me. Staff are very friendly and happy. Worth a visit to chill out and take in the views.
A variety of beers from the Alaskan Beer Co. My favorite was the Freerider Ale. The view was excellent as well. Definitely worth a stop in. Cheers!!
We loved the laid back ambiance of this place as we watched whales from the windows and had a beer. We were here in early June 2012. The choices would not allow me to go back that far so had to select June 2015. Would love to visit Icy Strait again on a Celebrity Cruise.
It’s no surprises that the food here was excellent – made by locals (and undoubtedly a family recipe!). This was my husbands FAVORITE fish and chips (and he tried a LOT during our 2 week trip) and I had the reindeer chili. Perfection. After a fun ziprider ride, we sat outside and admired the view. Wonderful place for lunch and a beer.
We had the fish and chips and the salmon BLT. Both were great and came out in a timely manner. Great spot to have lunch if you aren’t venturing in to town!!
Enjoyed a nice sunny afternoon outside while having Halibut & chips along with a couple of Alaskan Amber’ s. Really good Fish and Chips.
If you are in Icy Strait Point you must stop here and have a Crabby Bloody Mary. It is the best BM you will ever enjoy. They not only put half king crab leg in the drink but they also put a shrimp and more crab meat in the drink. You will not be disappointed and it is very reasonable.
We went kayaking and did some shopping at the shops afterwards, and treated ourselves with some crab bloody Mary’s, beer, crab bisque, and of course crab! Everything was absolutely amazing, my mouth is watering just talking about it again! We had local Dungeness crab and my cousin had snow crab, all so delicious, you didn’t even need butter!
It was recommended to us on the ship to try & that we did. It was fantastic to sip on one of these by the fire pit & watch the seals play in the ocean.
The event started out with the cook/chef preparing & serving a few salmon items. From dip, to sliders to cakes. Recipes were proved to us. Then we got to season a single serving of both cod & salmon from a variety of seasonings provided. Out to the open grill we went. We were watch closely so we did not overcook our fish. Canned salmon is also available for purchase.
We LOVED this experience!!!! We have three kids ages 8, 10, 12 and even they just loved it! She us so knowledgable and creative and the food quite good. We would highly recommend this experience. Yummmmmm!!!!
Dotie is very congenial and shares her experience in Hoonah with great pride. Her recipes are tasty and practical. She can filet a fish better than almost anyone! The facility is beautiful and the experience of cooking your halibut and salmon over an open fire is fun for all ages. Mary is also very helpful. We, of 3 generations, had a wonderful time.
I enjoyed this one hour show. This is a small town and learning about their traditions and culture made for a lovely day. I appreciated that it wasn’t too expensive so we could feel good about only an hour long show. Good job!
The dancing and story telling was amazing. The lighting added to the atmosphere and it was a show that should not be missed.
Wonderful costumes, dancers, story telling. My cousin went on stage to become a ‘wolf’ who was being wooed by Raven. So much fun, well worth it.
Went on a cruise excursion Walking Ancient Oceans and rainforest. Hosted by Jeff Skaflestad what was supposed to be a 1 1/2 hour tour turned into the most amazing 3 hour history and scientific talk we’ve ever experienced. My 16 year old son said he learned more on this excursion than in a whole year of school. Very reasonably priced, Jeff really delivers. You gain an insight into the local native culture, history & traditions. As well you learn much about the geological science of this area as well.
Our tour guide Jeff was amazing. He is a retired School science/math teacher from the village. Jeff is a native of Alaska, who gained his upper education in the lower 48 and returned home to teach.
He has a passion for nature/science and the land he occupies, and he is able to impart his knowledge and passion in a very entertaining way. If you want to learn about the connection that man has (or should have) with this earth, this is the tour for you. you will learn of how the land was created, how glaciers changes the landscape and continues to change it. Jeff will talk about the history of man in this part of the world and well beyond this immediate area.
And you will learn what plants are edible one week and poison the next, how Lichen (that white moss on rocks) that causes rocks to breakdown, and why we must learn from the rain forests before they are gone.
I have seen many tour guides before, and for years the best tour was the one at the Fredricksburg battle field. Jeff is now the top…. if your ship stops at Icy point strait. Take Jeff’s tour its the best.
Our cruise ship stopped at Icy Strait Point, and we took the tour entitled Ancient Oceans & Newborn Forests Walking Tour. It was led by a native Tlingit named Jeff, who was a retired science teacher. He was knowledgeable and informative. He explained a little about the Tlingit culture and history, walked along the shore telling us about the rocks and their formations, then walked us through the forest explaining about the spruce and the hemlock. We even saw a whale during the walk along the shore. Jeff also did carvings. It was nice to visit an area that sold native Alaska products and had NO jewelry stores. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
I really enjoyed my tour of the city Ranelle was our guide and she did a wonderful job,telling us about the city and the history. Jonell was our driver and she was good. We attended the tribal dance show.We also got to see some whales.
Visit mid. September 2013: Although we did not see any bears on our guided trip, we had a beautyful day in the woods. The trail was easy to walk, and the even provided a toilet (for those who needed). Our guide was extremely good, fun and enlightning, and we learned a lot about the life and living i Hoonah.
We took the whale watching and bear search trip in perfect weather. Run by the Tlingit people it is the only privately owned port in the US. We did the whale watch first followed by the bear search. Good naturalist commentary on the whales and excellent information on the Tlingit people and the development of the port of Icy Strait Point by Kevin. Saw numerous humpback whales but the surroundings are so beautiful that the ride alone is worth the trip. The bear search was guided by Jacob who provided great details about the bears as well as his culture. We were lucky enough to see two brown bears on the way to the observation platform as well as a mother brown bear and 2 cubs at the platform. Several eagles were observed as well though the highlight was seeing a bald eagle catch a salmon in the ocean as we were returning to the port. The restoration of the cannery as a museum was interesting and the grounds were beautiful. We walked along the beach before returning to the ship, observing starfish, jellyfish and jumping salmon in the clear waters.
Fantastic, Fantastic, Fantastic, and great value for money. You are coached up the mountain to a landing stage where you then drive an ATV up the dirt trail with regular stops to hear about the area and great bear stories. You just need to be suitably dressed for the weather. Well planned and culminating in an exhilarating Zip Wire descent at over 60kph from 1300 feet. Watch this you tube clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CC30O9vC6IE.
Excellent ATV ride/tour and Zip Line ride. Nice little town due to not allowing the flock of tourist traps to build. 5,330 feet long in about 90 seconds.
If I can do this so can you. This was part of my tour through the cruise line at Norwegian, Jewel, the ATV Expedition and ZipRider tour. My son really wanted to do this so I decided why not give it a try. I had just had a summer of back pain but it did not affect my back at all.
You start at the cannery where you catch a bus for the tour. We were then dropped off and you do have to go for a walk down a dirt road to get to the zip rider but the walk is beautiful through tall tree forest. There are outhouses if you need to use the bathroom before taking the zip line.
They take a group of say six people at a time. They give you a number and then you go to that seat or gate for the ride. They help you get seated for your ride. I guess there are googles available though I did not see them. The speed of the ride along with the wind does make your eyes water a little so they would be helpful. You go on a platform first and can see the group ahead of you go down. They you step down the platform and go to your desalinated numbered spot to get ready for the ride. When you sit down the gate so to speak is closed and you can not see down. I think you get less scared that way and before you know it you are on your way.
The ride was comfortable and secure, I never felt like I was going to fall off. The views are fantastic. At first my son who is lighter than I went down the line faster but half way down it seemed like he slowed down and I caught up. At this point my seat turned to the right which I am not sure is suppose to happen but offered much better views as to the left the view is cut off part way down by trees.
You are traveling 60 some miles per hour so the force of the wind does makes your cheeks and eyelids bounce around a bit. So again the googles would help with the eyes. The whole ride is over in 90 seconds so don’t close your eyes you would miss the whole thing. The landing is smooth. I noticed some people had those special cameras to film everything and there are videos on YouTube that you can see others videos. Afterwards it is just a short walk along the coast back to the cannery. The cannery has shops and restaurants. Try the Halibut fish fry at the Cook house. It is excellent.
The bus trip up the mountain was 45 minutes.. Very entertaining and educating great guide…once you get to the zip rider wow…..takes your breath away….this I would do again….
We couldn’t wait to ride the highest zipline in the world & it was work every cent even though it was fast…
I made this excursion on August 15, 2015. The boat was a large catamaran well equipped, comfortable, w/ onboard snack bar, and the crew was very good. They were well informed and boy did we see whales. We saw An Orca pod up close and personal and they watched and spied on us as much as we did them. A beautiful large male with his tall slender dorsal was with the pod. We then took off to see a group of humpback whales and there was breaching, fluke slapping, and beautiful tail shots. Again we were able to get in close to them and one of them breached fairly close to the boat, a tremendous sight to behold. Beyond all the great whale and wildlife sightings (I saw deer laying down sunning on the beach as well) they shared with us a salmon spread that was delicious, they offered the recipe and I am sorry I didn’t get a copy of it. Great trip and was well worth the cost and effort.
We set off on this trip hoping to catch sight of a whale and we were not disappointed. We saw a few humpback whales and a pod of orcas, all of whom were never very far away from the boat. It was wonderful being so close to these fantastic mammals in their won habitat and to see them swimming free. This is one of the things you go to Alaska for!
For our cruise stop at Icy Strait Point, we booked a whale watching tour out to Point Adolphus, one of Alaska’s most active whale feeding locations. We had wonderful tour guides on the boat who were very knowledgable about the surrounding area and the whales. Once we got to our destination, we were surrounded by whales!! They guarantee you will see a whale or you receive $100 back — I can see why they feel confident offering the guarantee, as we saw whale after whale. We were able to view the whales from both the top and lower decks of the boat, and they do provide some high quality binoculars to use while on board. I highly recommend taking this tour out to Point Adolphus.
Loved all the opportunities to experience more of Alaska in Icy Strait Point. Enjoyed the beautiful walk into Hoonah. Awesome shops, excellent and exciting adventure opportunities like whale watching and zip lining, etc. Highly Recommend.
A small port owned by the natives that features a museum, zip lining, and nature walks to name a few things to do. The port is new to the cruise ships and they are expanding to allow more ships. Time will tell if this a good idea. It has the highest density of bears in the region. The town is not at the port but there is a costal sidewalk all the way to town or you can take the shuttle. Don’t be surprised to see humpback whales on the walk.
Get off the ship and enjoy it.
This was a port during our recent Alaskan cruise. We were brought to the cannery via cruise ship tender. Take some time to walk and simply breathe in the serenity of this location. Isolated, rugged and downright beautiful. You can get lost in the museum, during the trail walk, or simply shopping in the many trading post type shops in this renovated cannery. We enjoyed learning about how the cannery worked, and we enjoyed our walk through the museum. I needed at least 3 hours so that I could enjoy fresh crab and also make sure I saw everything that was possible to see. There is no admission charge to the cannery. There are many photo opportunities near fishing nets, or with the harbour as your back drop. Enjoy the local hospitality of people. We were treated so well by everyone!