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NORTHWESTERN FJORD MULTI-DAY KAYAK EXPLORATION

Considered by many the jewel of Alaska's Kenai Fjords National Park, Northwestern Fjords is a sea kayaking paradise.  Calving tidewater glaciers, icebergs, abundant marine life, stark granite walls, quiet lagoons and lush valleys await.  Unlike any other area along this coast, Northwestern Fjord was covered by glaciers less than 100 years ago. This newly revealed landscape is in the early stages of post-glacial revegetation. Glacially scarred granite walls create an austere beauty providing a unique glimpse back in geological time. This Alaskan adventure tour creates lasting lifetime impressions.

Our longer trips focus on getting acquainted with the nooks and crannies of Northwestern Fjord. Expect a mix of exploring, beach walking and paddling. We'll leave some time for photography, wildlife watching and contemplation. Rarely do people get a chance to experience true wilderness. One of the major advantages of having an extra day or two is the increased time to absorb this unique place. Available in three, four and five-day adventures.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Three Tidewater Glaciers
  • Hidden Tidewater Streams
  • Wildlife Viewing Opportunities
  • Remote Wilderness Camping & Exploration
  • Wilderness Photography Opportunities
  • Evening Beach Walks
  • Good Conversation and Company 
  • Our Most Remote Wilderness Camping
  • Viewing Seals Hauled Out on Ice
  • Kayaking Through 'Bergy Bits
  • Exploration of Rugged Shorelines
  • Calving Glaciers
  • Hiking to Explore Glacial Moraines
  • Natural History Information

INCLUDED IN PRICE

  • Dry Bags
  • Camping Equipment
  • Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Pad & Pillow
  • Homemade, Specialty Meals
  • Snacks and Beverages
  • Much, Much More!
  • Pre-Trip Packing and Travel Advice
  • Fun, Friendly, Professional Guides
  • Stable Two-Person Kayaks
  • Spray Skirt
  • Waterproof Boots
  • Personal Flotation Device

SAMPLE ITINERARY*

DAY PRIOR TO YOUR TRIP: We meet at the Adventure Center at 6pm, 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 the 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 breathtaking paddling opportunities. Options are plentiful and your experienced guide will facilitate your Alaskan adventure based on wind, weather, tides and the 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 icebergs as we quietly paddle.
  • 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 day's events. 

LAST DAY: An early breakfast and camp break down will start our day. A morning of sea kayaking may be available before our charter boat returns to whisk us away for lunch while viewing the glacier. Our wildlife cruise home will take us to a sea lion haul out, sea bird rookeries 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.)

*Return times may vary unexpectedly. Please plan accordingly. Our kayak camping itineraries are subject to change based upon wind, weather, waves and the pace/comfort level of the group at the discretion of your guides.

A client-information form is required from all participants four weeks prior to our departure date. The information requested in this form will help your guides accommodate any special food or medical needs. Also, please carefully read through the kayak camping information page to ensure you are properly prepared to comfortably enjoy your paddling adventure.  Your guide will attempt to contact you approximately three weeks prior to your paddling adventure. However, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

 

PRICING & AVAILABILITY*

3-DAY: $1299 + $90.93 tax=$1389.93 per person

4-DAY: $1449 + $101.43=$1550.43 per person

5-DAY: $1579 + $110.53=$1689.53 per person

AVAILABLE: MAY 19 - AUGUST 31, 2018 

*Pricing based on four or more kayakers. If you're a group of less than four kayakers just give us a call and we'll do our best to pair you up! Longer departures available by request.