Our most popular multi-day trip includes two days of paddling near glaciers, looking for wildlife, and camping at our exclusive campsite in Aialik Bay!
Multi-Day Sea Kayaking Adventure in Kenai Fjords National Park
Our multi-day guided rental camping trips are geared towards experienced backcountry campers, who are traveling with their own camping equipment, but need the paddling / safety gear, and the guide. For these tours, you’ll need to have: a tent with an enclosed vestibule and solid rain fly, a synthetic sleeping bag, a sleeping pad, all cooking equipment/fuel/food, dry bags, water filter & bladder, and appropriate rain gear, clothing, and footwear. This is a great option if you’re already planning to bring your camping gear to use throughout your trip in Alaska!
We will provide all the safety & paddling gear, plus bear cans for your food. We will also provide a knowledgeable and passionate guide. Trip length is flexible, so just give us a call and we can set up the perfect trip to match your adventure goals!
Aialik Bay Guided Rentals
Our multi-day camping trips are priced according to the number of people on the trip, and we are happy to combine smaller groups when possible 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 private group, give us a call to discuss arranging a private trip.
All prices are per person and exclude tax and gratuity.
We can put together Guided Rental Camping Trips to Northwestern Fjord as well, but water taxi and fuel costs will be higher than trips to Aialik Bay. This is because Northwestern Fjord is further from Seward, more difficult to access, and cannot be coordinated with our day trip paddlers. However, it is still a beautiful and wild place to camp and explore. Please give us a call for pricing based on your group.
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
- Knowledgable Guide
- Transportation From Downtown Office
- All Kayaking & Safety 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.
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!
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.