Multi-Day Alaska Sea Kayaking Trips
We offer a variety of multi-day sea kayaking tours in the Kenai Fjords National Park, just outside Seward, Alaska. From a single night camping trip to a week-long Mothership trip, we have a multi-day tour that will fit your adventure goals!
We offer a variety of multi-day options for those of you looking for a longer experience on the water. We're sure we can find an option that will work for you. We will book most multi-day trips with two or more people and we can usually arrange the trip for the dates you want. This page will describe those options and give you more information regarding multi-days. You can also view each individual multi-day tour option on their specific page by clicking the name of the tour on the menu just above the title of this page.
The weather here CAN BE very cold and wet. If you are considering a multi-day trip in the fjords and have any hesitation whatsoever about camping in a potentially cold, wet environment, then our Mothership Trips is definitely the one to do! Having a warm, dry home base that can move you from one highlight to another easily makes for our most comfortable and extensive experience. Especially on a longer trip of 4 or more days you can cover so much more ground using the mothership than you can by changing camp each day! Cruise in style with Captain Mike and your kayak guide, enjoy delicious meals, and laugh at the cold rain falling down while you sip hot tea and get cozy in the boat. If you have 5 days or more, we can head over to Northwestern Fjord as well, so you get a taste of two totally different Alaska fjords... options only available on board Mike's boat!
fully outfitted & Guided Rental Camping Trips
There are two different kinds of camping trips: Guided Rental, and Fully Outfitted. We describe them in more detail on their relative pages, but as an overview, guided rental trips are designed for people who are traveling with all their own camping gear, cooking gear, stove, fuel, food, drybags, etc. We provide the paddling gear, safety gear, and the guide. Fully outfitted trips are geared toward people who are traveling lighter and need to use our camping equipment. All camping gear, cooking gear, food, paddling gear, safety gear, and the guide are included in our fully outfitted trips. The only exception is that we ask you to bring your own synthetic sleeping bag and sleeping pad on all of our trips, however you can also rent these from us as well.
Aialik Overnight Special
The Aialik Overnight Special is our most popular multi-day camping trip as it affords our guests the opportunity to visit two tide water glaciers in just two days. One day will be spent paddling up to Aialik Glacier - an actively calving tidewater glacier that's over a mile across at the face! The other day will be spent paddling to Pederson Glacier through a series of tidewater lagoons & a maze of glacial ice. We'll set up camp right on the beach where the water taxi drops us off on, so packing and planning for this trip is easy. The overnight also affords our guests the opportunity to visit the glaciers at quieter times during the day, which gives the trip an amazing wilderness feeling.
What should I bring / pack?
We will supply you with a detailed packing list at the time of booking which should make packing a breeze! We require participants to bring a synthetic sleeping bag on all trips (except for the Aialik Overnight and Mothership trips, for which any sleeping bag is acceptable). Given all the surrounding elements, we won't take the risk of a down bag getting wet. We also highly recommend the use of an inflatable sleeping pad, since we do camp on rocky beaches in the fjords. We rent these items, and many others, should you need them.
We will not allow you into the backcountry with cotton or jeans. If these get wet, you'll be really cold and that can be dangerous in the backcountry. You will want to have synthetic layers of clothing, as well as a rain coat and rain pants. Our extensive packing list will help make sure you have everything you need!
You are welcome to bring your own alcohol on your trip, but we do have guidelines we ask you to follow. We will communicate these at the time of booking and / or the pretrip meeting.
All of our multi-day trips will have a pre-trip meeting at our kayak shop (328 3rd Avenue), in downtown Seward, at 7pm the night before the trip. This is a great opportunity to meet your guide, other guests on the trip, go over the itinerary, and have any last minute questions answered. We require a liability waiver and a pre-trip registration form to be completed and submitted for each participant, immediately after booking. This form will help your guide plan the menu and itinerary based on your dietary preferences and adventure goals! We ask that you complete the pre-trip registration form well before the pre-trip meeting.
LEAVE NO TRACE COMPANY
In our effort to be kind to the environment, we have made the decision not to have campfires in the field. Here in Alaska we have so much daylight, and campfires really tend to scar the beaches and the rocks where we camp.
On our multi-day camping trips, we use waste containment bags to pack out our solid human waste, and we use the tideline for urination. That way we get "two natural flushes a day!". If you have any questions about how these bathroom routines work, please do not hesitate to contact us any time.
Our multi-day trips take you into remote Alaskan wilderness. It can take hours or days to get help when in the field, so we try to be conservative in our travels and activities. If you have any medical concerns, please discuss them with your doctor prior to the trip. We will ask for medical information so that we can be aware of medical concerns before we leave, but it is up to your doctor to determine if you are fit to head into the remote wilderness for kayaking. All of our guides are Wilderness First Responders, and will do their best to handle any situation that should arise, but it is your choice to enter the remote wilderness and accept the risks that accompany the adventure.