Experience the natural beauty of Alaska on this multi-day sea kayaking adventure in Kenai Fjords National Park. You provide the camping gear, and we provide paddling, safety gear, and the guide.
Paddle, Camp, & Explore The Highlights of Kenai Fjords National Park
Our multi-day tours focus on Leave No Trace practices, purposeful education and allow guests to fully immerse themselves in Kenai Fjords National Park. They are easy to pack, plan, and prepare for and can be booked on custom dates.
Our fully outfitted trips are geared towards people who are traveling light, don’t have much previous camping experience, or guests who are excited to let us take care of the details and make the coffee in the morning! Trip length is flexible, so just give us a call and we can set up the perfect trip to match your adventure goals.
Adult Tour Info
- Small groups capped at 6 guests. Larger groups will be privatized
- Tours are limited to adults, ages 14+
- Meet other like-minded adventurers
- Two-person minimum. Solo Travelers call to book
Family Tour Info
- Groups with children ages 6-13 will have your own private guide, at no extra cost
- Paddle at your own pace and explore what you’re excited about
- Children must be ages 6+
- A minimum of 4 guests is required. Families with fewer than 4, please cal
Our multi-day camping trips are priced according to the number of people on the trip, and we are happy to combine smaller groups to bring everyone’s per person price down. We will only combine groups of adults (ages 14+).
If you’re traveling with kids under the age of 14, we will make your trip a private family trip. There will be no extra cost for a private family trip — we are excited to share this place with young explorers, and we recognize traveling with kids involves different challenges.
We always cap our trips at 6 people, to provide the best possible guest experience while minimizing our impacts. If you have a larger group, give us a call to discuss arranging a private trip.
All prices listed are per person and exclude tax and gratuity.
Aialik Bay offers endless exploration as this expansive fjord includes multiple tidewater glaciers, a tidally accessed glacial lagoon, and numerous bays brimming with intertidal life. Paddle beneath waterfalls, past harbor seals hauled out on ice, and below the towering peaks that rim the fjord. Aialik is a great option for a multi-day trip because it’s the next bay to the west of Seward, making it closer and less expensive to reach than Northwestern Fjord. It is also larger, with more options for camping, paddle destinations, and flexibility when it comes to weather.
Northwestern Fjord is a raw landscape of recently exposed land, as the glaciers just recently retreated from this narrow fjord. Its moraine, a remnant underwater gravel bar, prevents many larger vessels from entering and creates a heightened sense of solitude and remoteness. Although its a longer ride from Seward, the dramatic landscape and quiet calm make Northwestern the perfect place for an extended trip.
Aialik & Northwestern Combo Tour
This trip is a great way to see both fjords! The water taxi will take us out to Aialik Bay, where they’ll drop us off at our starting beach. We will spend a few days paddling and camping around Aialik, and then the water taxi will pick us up and bring us to Northwestern (or vise-versa depending on weather & tides) We will spend a few days kayaking & exploring before returning for our final pick-up back to Seward. The opportunity to see both these very different fjords is one reason this is a very popular trip!
More Tour Info
All of our multi-day trips have a mandatory pre-trip meeting at our kayak shop (328 3rd Avenue) at 7pm the night before your trip. This is a great opportunity to meet your guide and other guests on the tour, chat about bear & ice safety, go over the itinerary + weather, and get any last minute questions answered.
We wait to build out exact itineraries two days before the trip, as local weather will dictate where the paddling will be best for your trip. We will ask you to fill out a pre-trip registration form, which will ask questions regarding your dietary preferences and adventure goals.We will build out an itinerary (and a menu!) that aligns with your groups adventure goals while exploring the highlights of Aialik Bay or Northwestern Fjord. Some popular paddling destinations in Aialik include: Aialik Glacier, Pederson Lagoon & Glacier, Abra Cove, Holgate Arm & Glacier, Quicksand Cove, and Coleman Bay. In Northwestern, we will plan to visit: Northwestern Glacier, Ojive Glacier, Anchor Glacier, and Southwestern Glacier.
We will host a mandatory pre-trip meeting the night before your trip at 7pm. We will meet the following morning at the shop at 7am and head to the small boat harbor to meet the water taxi. We’ll enjoy a 2+ hour wildlife boat tour to Kenai Fjords National Park, and get dropped off at our starting beach. From there, we will either pack our gear in the boats, or set up camp, then paddle, and explore along the coastline each day. The water taxi will return to meet us at our pick-up beach on the last day, and bring us home! We are typically back in Seward between 5-6pm
We’ve been fortunate to work with our local water taxi partner, Weather Permitting, for over 15 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 and is perfect for coastal Alaska. Sit in the heated cabin, or lounge on the covered back deck’s bench.
Weather Permitting operates three other water taxi vessels as well, which offers us flexibility and back up options, should a vessel need maintenance or have schedule conflicts. No other water taxi company in Seward has this level of infrastructure or flexibility when it comes to vessels available. We are incredibly grateful to be working with this experienced, professional water taxi!
- Wildlife Boat Tour
- Warm, Healthy, Made from Scratch Meals
- Snacks, Coffee and Hot Drinks
- High Quality Rain Gear (if needed)
- Transportation From Downtown Office
- Camping Gear
- 4-season Mountaineering Hilleberg Tents
- Kitchen Tarp, Mess Kit, Coffee Mug
- You will need to provide your own sleeping bag and pad, or you can rent those items for an additional fee of $25 per person.
- All Kayaking Gear
- Personal Floatation Device
- Spray Skirt
- Neoprene Mitts
- 10 Liter Dry Bag
- Stable Double Kayak & Paddle
Seward is located in the northern tip of the largest coastal rainforest in the world, and we see a lot of rainy days here. Our tours run rain or shine, so we ask you to wear synthetic layers of clothing, because cotton (including jeans) get really cold if they get wet. We will not allow cotton or jeans on a multi- day trip as staying warm is a safety concern when in the backcountry. Synthetic and or wool clothing is a must.
We also require you to have a waterproof rain jacket and rain pants, as this is a multi-day tour in a potentially very cold and wet environment. If you do not have your own rain gear, we offer high quality, commercial grade Helly Hansen rain pants & Columbia Outdry rain jackets for you to borrow at no extra cost. If your Alaska vacation includes any outdoor activities, we strongly advise purchasing your own rain gear for your trip. You’ll no doubt need both a rain jacket and rain pants throughout your time in Alaska.
For most of our extended multi-day tours we will use fiberglass boats, which will need to be launched & landed from the water, as opposed to onshore. You’ll need to have a footwear system that allows you to get into the water up to your mid shin, and stay dry and warm. This set up can include: SealSkin Socks + wools socks with running shoes or water sandals. While the rubber boots we offer can also be used, at certain tides some beaches can be steep and deeper than the height of the boot. You’ll also want to bring footwear that you’re comfortable walking in and will keep you warm while in camp. A pair of crocs, running shoes or other low profile comfortable shoe can also be used as a camp shoe.
We also provide pogies (neoprene mitts for your hands while kayaking) which will keep your hands warm and comfortable while you’re out there. You’ll want to be sure to have your own reusable (non-disposable) water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
You will receive a trip-specific packing list upon booking, which will go into great detail about what else to bring. Keep an eye out for it in your confirmation email!
No camping experience necessary! Our fully outfitted camping trips are great for guests who are interested in learning more about Leave No Trace camping principals and gaining more experience in the backcountry! Our guides are passionate about sharing camping skills and getting you involved in all aspects of the trip. They will also be the ones waking up early and making the coffee every morning! These trips are easy to pack and plan for as we will send you a very detailed packing list at the time of booking. Your guide will also contact you a few weeks out from the trip, to introduce him/herself and answer any questions you might have.
With thoughtful consideration, we have revised our cancellation policy for 2021. The policy below reflects our dedication to providing a stress-free booking, planning, and travel experience for you, our guests. Our revised policies are flexible and forgiving, so you can book with confidence.
For all tours without a water taxi (Resurrection Bay Half Day Tours and Caines Head Day Trips), guests will receive a full refund for cancellations made more than 1 week prior to your trip date. Within 1 week, your trip fees are nonrefundable.
For all tours with a water taxi (Fox Island Day Trips, Aialik Glacier Day Trips, and all Multi Day Camping Trips), cancellation fees will reflect those of the water taxi partner, to be negotiated and updated here prior to January 2021. Contracts with partners are typically finalized in the months prior to the new year.
If you decide to cancel your trip with us, please consider transferring your payment to a gift card. That way you can join us in the future, whether it’s this summer or a future season, providing an easy way to postpone your vacation plans while continuing to support our small, locally-owned business.
*Full refunds include: trip fees, add ons, and taxes & fees, minus $10 per person booking fees for all half & full day trips & $25 per person booking fees for multi-day trips*
For more information regarding our policies, click here
We completed our 2020 season and are happy to share that, with strict COVID-19 protocols in place, we had a successful summer. We were able to share this area with hundreds of people, and no known cases of COVID-19 were contracted on our trips. We are taking what we learned in 2020 and preparing for another meaningful, inspiring season in 2021.
While our hope for 2021, is to operate our trips in the same way we did pre-COVID-19, we have careful plans to address the continued public health risks posed by the virus. We will follow scientific expertise and industry standards for hygiene and cleanliness, encourage the use of cautious practices among our staff and guests, and communicate all changes to our policies as we continue to adapt.
With 100% of our guides and staff returning in 2021, we are set up to share this place in a meaningful way with purposeful Covid-19 mitigation policies. Please take just a few minutes and check out our Travel Updates & Covid Response Page.