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Aialik Glacier & Wildlife Day Trip

Wildlife Boat Tour + Glacier Kayaking | Group & Family Tour Options Available

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Calendar  Availability: May 19th through September 7th

Explore Kenai Fjords National Park’s Largest Tidewater Glacier

Kayak Adventures was the first company to run the Aialik Glacier Day Trip over 10 years ago! This amazing Aialik Glacier kayaking tour 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. Explore and paddle near Aialik Glacier, the park’s largest and most actively calving tidewater glacier. If you want a taste of the pristine Alaskan fjords, this is the perfect trip for you.

Group Tour Info

  • These tours are limited to ages 14+
  • Meet other like-minded adventurers
  • Group tours are capped at 6 guests. Large parties will be privatized
  • Two-person minimum

Family Tour Info

  • Children ages 6+ are allowed
  • All parties with children ages 6-13 will be privatized with your own guide
  • A minimum of 4 guests is required. Families with fewer than 4, please call us

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  • Meet at our office at 7:15am, and we’ll get you to the water taxi by 8 am. 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 – 4 pm.  Then you’ll have another 2+ hours to look for whales and wildlife on the boat ride home.

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  • We’ve been fortunate to work with our local water taxi, Weather Permitting, for over 10 years! Their captains are the most experienced in Seward and their main vessel, the Weather or Knot, comfortably fits up to 18 guests. The Weather or Knot was designed with passenger comfort in mind. Its catamaran hull provides a balanced, smooth ride & is perfect for coastal Alaska. Sit indoors and enjoy a cup of coffee/tea, or lounge on the covered back deck’s bench. We are incredibly grateful to be working with this experienced, professional water taxi!

  • Chevron down What Should I Wear?
  • For these trips, we ask you to wear synthetic layers of clothing – because cotton and jeans get really cold if they get wet. We also require you to have a waterproof rain jacket and rain pants, as you are visiting a coastal rainforest. If you do not have your own, we rent them at the kayak shop for $10.00 each (read more about why we rent rain gear).

    Please wear footwear that will keep you warm, you’re comfortable walking in, and you don’t mind potentially getting a bit wet (closed-toe water shoes, running shoes, and hiking boots are all fine options).

    If it is a cold day, we provide pogies (neoprene mitts for your hands while kayaking) which will keep your hands much warmer and more comfortable while you’re out there. You’ll want to be sure to have your own bottle of water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.

    You will receive a trip-specific packing list upon booking, so keep an eye out for it in your confirmation email!

    You will receive a trip-specific packing list upon booking, so keep an eye out for it in your confirmation email!

  • Chevron down Cancellation Policy
    • If you cancel more than 30 days prior to your scheduled trip, we will refund you in full minus a $10 per person booking fee for half & full day trips or a $25 per person booking fee for multi-day trips.
    • If you cancel 15-30 days prior to your scheduled trip, we will charge the card on file 20% of the total invoice.
    • If you cancel 7-15 days prior to your scheduled trip, we will charge the card on file 50% of the total invoice.
    • If you cancel within 7 days of your scheduled trip, we will charge the card on file the entire amount of your invoice.

    For more information regarding our policies, click here.