Aialik Glacier Day Trip
The most popular sea kayaking tour in Seward, Alaska! Enjoy an intimate wildlife boat tour out to the Kenai Fjords National Park followed by the chance to paddle near Aialik Glacier, the most actively calving tide water glacier in the park. This trip truly has it all!
TRIP PRICING : $399 / PERSON Plus TAX
TRIP Timing: 7:15 am - 5:15 / 6 pm
ADVANCED BOOKINGS ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
If you're going to be in town long enough to do a full-day trip, we highly recommend this tour. The Aialik Glacier Day Trip allows you to explore more of the coastline, gives you a greater opportunity for wildlife viewing, and allows you to travel further away from Seward into Alaska's great wilderness. If you want a taste of the pristine Alaskan fjords - this is the perfect trip for you!
Meet at our office at 7:15am, and we'll get you to the water taxi by 8am. You'll have about 2+ hours on the boat ride out to Aialik Bay, and often we'll encounter whales, sea lions, mountain goats, sea otters, and other wildlife on the way. Better than a large tour boat ride, the water taxi we use is small and provides an intimate experience with your guide and the captain. Learn all about the area, the wildlife you see, and hear great Alaskan stories while you pass the day with people filled with local knowledge and experience.
Once in the fjords, you'll spend the afternoon paddling to Aialik Glacier. Aialik is a very actively calving tidewater glacier, and often massive chunks of ice will plummet into the sea below. Harbor seals curiously poke their heads through the floating ice chunks to watch you paddle by, and often black bears wander the beaches and hillsides nearby. What a perfect way to experience the massive glacial ice and the soaring mountains of the fjords... from the seat of a kayak!
Typically, the water taxi will pick you up at the same beach you were dropped off at, around 3:30 - 4pm. Then you'll have another 2+ hours to look for whales and wildlife on the boat ride home.
Please be sure to eat a hearty breakfast in the morning before you arrive for the trip. Drybags are provided for cameras, extra clothes, and other gear you'd like to bring. Pogies are included to keep your hands warm while kayaking. We do have rubber boots as an option, if you need them.
This trip can also be turned into an Aialik Overnight Special or multi-day adventure - if you have the time. Once you've spent the time and money to get out to Aialik Bay, it's totally worthwhile to stay for a while and explore! The wildlife, the glaciers, the intertidal zone... are all deserving of plenty of time. Check out our longer options under "Multi-Day Trip Information".
What should I bring?
For the Aialik Glacier Day Trip you can bring along a backpack full of extra layers, a DSLR camera, snacks & more! Once you get close to the drop off beach near Aialik Glacier, your guide will give you a dry bag for you to shuffle any gear you'd like to take with you while kayaking. You can leave your backpack on the water taxi, knowing everything in it will be safe and well looked after by the crew. It is great to bring along a few extra warm layers to change into once the water taxi picks you up after kayaking!
We ask you to wear synthetic layers of clothing for this trip - as cotton and jeans get really cold if they get wet. We also ask that you bring a rain coat and rain pants. We operate in a coastal rainforest and often see cloudy rainy days so these rain layers are essential for this trip. We have rain gear for rent at our shop, should you need it. Your feet might get a bit wet when loading / unloading the water taxi, so please bring footwear that will keep you warm, that you're comfortable walking in, and that you don't mind potentially getting a bit wet. (water sandals, running shoes, hiking boots, etc are all fine options). You'll also want to be sure to have a bottle of water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. We will also email you a complete packing list with lots of information once your booking is confirmed.