Icy Strait Point, Hoonah, Alaska Cruise 2020
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Icy Strait Point is a privately owned tourist destination just outside the small village of Hoonah, Alaska. It is located on Chichagof Island and is named after the nearby Icy Strait. Owned by Huna Totem Corporation, it is the only privately owned cruise destination in Alaska, as most stops are owned by the cities in which they are located. Huna Totem Corporation is owned by approximately 1,350 Alaskan Natives with aboriginal ties to Hoonah and the Glacier Bay area. Many of them are of the Tlingit people.
Location: 108 Cannery Road, Hoonah, Alaska
Description Icy Strait Point
The corporation's goal was to preserve the character of the local village and culture as much as possible, despite the influx of visitors, while still providing substantial help to local economic prospects. They have won several awards for doing this, including in 2008 a Travel to a Better World Award from National Geographic Traveler magazine, in 2012 a Global Vision Award from Travel + Leisure magazine, and in 2013 a finalist World Savers Award from Condé Nast Traveler magazine.
The site includes the 1930s Hoonah Packing Company facility, now converted into a museum, restaurant, and shops. In the view of two travel books, the cannery at the site has been beautifully restored. At the dock, traditionally garbed presenters offer a look at Huna Tlingit culture, and an indoor theatrical production along the same lines is also offered. All shops located there are owned by Alaskans. Alaska's Wildest Kitchen shows visitors the importance of salmon and subsistence fishing in the Tlingit culture and features a culinary instruction space where local residents demonstrate how to fillet salmon and halibut and turn them into burgers, spreads, casseroles, and grilled entrees. The local town of Hoonah is a mile's walk, and reveals contemporary Tlingit life. A 2014 USA Today article described the chance to experience Alaska Native culture in small villages such as Hoonah one of the ten reasons to visit the state.
For the most part, however, Icy Strait Point is a jumping-off point for shore excursions for the cruise passengers. The most well-known of these is the ZipRider zip-line that completes its run near the facility, which was constructed by the Huna Totem Corporation. Opening in May 2007, it measures 5,330 feet (1,620 m) and made claims to being the longest in the world, or later to at least being one of the longest and highest – at 1,330 feet (410 m) – in North America. It has been rated a statewide must do attraction by the Anchorage Daily News. The zip-line was also featured in September 2013 on Travel Channel's Ride-iculous show.
Another popular excursion is to search for coastal brown bears on the nearby Spasski River, where sightings happen but are not guaranteed. Other wildlife, such as bald eagles, are frequently seen in the area. Whale watching excursions are also conducted, as the facility is near the Point Adolphus feeding area for humpback whales. By 2011, attractions at and around Icy Strait Point had reached the level where they were getting non-cruise visitors as well.
Icy Strait: Hoonah Alaska. June 7, 2016
Hoonah Alaska, Icy Strait Alaska. Celebrity Millennium cruise line, land and cruise tour. June, 2016.
INCREDIBLE..zip-line through the clouds! Icy Strait Point Alaska - world's largest!
Icy Strait Point in Hoonah, Alaska. June 1, 2015. Zipline through the clouds to await an amazing panoramic view. This is the world's largest, longest, tallest and fastest zipline. 5,330 ft long, 1,300 ft vertical drop, 60 mph, 90 sec ride. Total excursion time is aprx 1.5 hrs.
Filmed with a GoPro Hero 4 Silver in 1080 Protune raw cut.
Alaska, USA - 24 of 28 - Icy Strait Point - World Largest Zipline
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ZipRider at Icy Strait Point Hoonah Alaska
This is the world's largest ziprider. Awesome ride. Amazing scenery. The zip line is 5330 ft and drops 1330 ft. Filmed this on my Galaxy S7 Edge. Sorry for the couple moments of choppiness. It happens when your traveling 65 mph in a harness down a zip line.
Ziprider in Icy Strait Point, Hoonah Alaska.
Riding the ziprider in Alaska. 5,495 feet long, vertical drop 1,320 feet, top speed 65 mph. There are actually 6 cables but, it was towards the end of the day and there were 4 in our group. It's a great ride, awesome view.
Alaska 2013 - Part 9 - Icy Strait Point and Ketchikan
Part 9 of our 2013 adventures in Alaska. One more video in this series coming soon..
Icy Strait Point Zipline, Hoonah, AK
Alaska 2016: Icy Strait Point May 30
Hoonah town with 760 residents. This felt like the real Alaska. Our excursion was with a local couple who has a small beautiful boat that carries six. The wife picked us up and drove us through town struggling to make the town interesting; after what seemed like ten minutes we were at the marina for the boat ride. The goal was to find whales as this area seems to be most attractive to them. We found otters, sea lions and whales; we have more otters and sea lions in our area than we saw, however. We captured several tails of whales, one of them pretty close to our boat as you can see in the video; however none breached. Meeting this charming couple and learning about them and their business was a very rewarding portion of this excursion.
Truth About Icy Strait Point
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Smoking Salmon with Johanna
Welcome to the virtual home of the Salmon People! This community is dedicated to visitors and enthusiasts of Icy Strait Point, the Huna people, and all things Alaska. The Salmon People's House provides you with the opportunity to become a member and connect with Salmon People's House Storytellers, and share in the Alaska and Icy Strait Point experience throughout the year. This introductory video is the first of several short videos showcasing Johanna Dybdahl of Hoonah, Alaska as she shares her salmon smoking secrets. Please visit salmonpeopleshouse.com for more information.
Icy Strait Point Halibut Fishing
Halibut Fishing - Icy Strait Point
Board a cabin cruiser and embark on the ultimate fishing excursion to the rich waters of Icy Strait.
After receiving a safety orientation, it's an approximate 20-30 minute ride to the fishing grounds, where you will have approximately 2.5 hours of fishing. The waters of Icy Strait are nutrient rich, making conditions ideal for angling. The Icy Strait region is also known for its abundant marine life, so be sure to bring your camera and plenty of film for once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities. Chances for catching fish are good, however not guaranteed.
Minimum age to participate is 6 years old; children under 13 years old are required to wear a life vest while onboard the vessel. Deck or rubber soled shoes must be worn on the boat. Bring warm layered, waterproof clothing. Alaska State Law requires a valid one-day fishing license, which may be purchased for $20 before the start of your tour. Custom packing is available for an additional fee. If you land a fish and choose not to release it immediately you are responsible for processing and shipping the fish home. Please read and understand the information provided by the tour operator before catching any fish. Shipping is not available outside the US. We regret that fish cannot be stored on board the ship.
Duration: Approximately 3.5 hours
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Icy Strait Point, AK - World's Longest Zip Rider
Join me on a 90 second ride down the World's Largest Zip Rider in Icy Strait Point, Alaska.
Icy Strait Point - Ziprider - June 2014
Not the greatest video but it gives you a feel for the zip line ride. Cloudy and rainy but it was still a blast!
Icy Strait Point, AK Zipline
Me taking the zipline down at Icy Strait Point, Alaska. Over 5300 ft long & a drop of over 1300 ft.