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Northwestern Fjord Kayak Camping Exploration Itinerary

Sample Itinerary*

6 pm, day prior to your trip

We meet at the Adventure Center, adjacent to the Kenai Fjords Tours offices at the Seward Small boat harbor. This is an opportunity to introduce ourselves to each other and to review the trip specifics. Your guides will distribute dry bags, rubber boots, offer packing instruction, discuss routes and options and give any last minute information regarding your trip and the following morning's departure. 

day one

Departure for our morning journey will take our charter boat through Resurrection Bay and out into the Gulf of Alaska amid hanging glaciers, towering mountains and expansive vistas. Watch above for eagles, puffins, cormorants, oyster catchers and marbled murrelets. Watch below for sea otters, sea lions, orcas, humpback whales, porpoise and more as we cruise to our destination of Northwestern Fjord. Upon arrival we will set up our tents in a magnificent cove with distant views of the glaciers.

Following lunch we'll explore the coastline of the bay.  Before we head out on our first paddle kayak instruction, skill development and paddle techniques will be reviewed on the shoreline of our wilderness campsite.  Upon our return to shore a dinner of hearty fare will be served while we enjoy solitude, scenery and good company. The evening is a good time to absorb the serenity of nature, stroll along the beach, enjoy quiet conversation or to just plain relax.

DAY TWO (OR THREE OR FOUR)

These will be active days of sea kayaking full of breath-taking paddling opportunities. Options are plentiful and your experienced guide will facilitate your Alaskan adventure based on wind, weather, tides and dynamics of the group.

Options may include:

  • A visit to 'Sea Otter Cove'. The name says is all as we meander through otters and seals swimming in the teal blue waters or resting upon the rocks by the shore. This gives us an opportunity to get out and stretch our legs and explore the moraine.
  • If the tides allow we may find ourselves paddling up a well-hidden stream to explore an area with waterfalls, river otters and the occasional foraging bear. A picnic style lunch on a white sand beach and the choice of a walk or a nap makes for a great afternoon.
  • A paddle to the scene of raging glacial rivers where the dynamic landscape changes before us. Hiking the terminal and lateral moraines we will encounter boulders and remnants of time past as we make our way to the edge of glacial walls of deep blue ice. 
  • A day of paddling among 'bergy bits' experiencing the feeling of being in a prehistoric slush cup. Our trance will only be broken by the thunder of glacial calving as rumbling ice crashes into the sea. We may be lucky enough to find seals perched on ice bergs as we quietly paddle by.
  • A paddle to the scene of raging glacial rivers where the dynamic landscape changes before us. Hiking the terminal and lateral moraines we will encounter boulders and remnants of time past as we make our way to the edge of glacial walls of deep blue ice. 

Northwestern Fjord's waters provide prime opportunities to view seals, whales and many pelagic birds. Keep an eye on the shoreline for bears and goats which frequent the fjord. On our return to camp your guides will cook a delicious meal while you ponder over the days events. 

Last Day

An early breakfast and breaking camp will start our day. A morning of sea kayaking may be possible before our charter boat returns to whisk us away. Our wildlife cruise home will give us an opportunity to check out sea lions, sea birds and with a little luck will give us an opportunity to view more whales and orcas. Return to Seward is typically between 5:00pm and 7:00pm depending on weather and whale conditions. (Return times may vary unexpectedly. Please plan accordingly.)

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*Our kayak camping itineraries are subject to change based upon wind, weather, waves and pace/comfort level of the group at the discretion of your guides.