Trip Location Options
There are countless areas to explore from the Seward area, and we offer multiple options for your multi-day adventures. Aialik Bay, Northwestern Fjord, Nuka Bay, and Prince William Sound all offer fantastic possibilities, depending on what you'd like to get out of your trip!
AIALIK (eye-AL-ik) BAY
The closest fjord to the west of Seward - in Kenai Fjords National Park.
If glaciers, icebergs, whales, and wildlife are what you're after, you should take a look at our Aialik Bay options. We use a water taxi or mothership to transport us all the way out of Resurrection Bay, around the cape, and into Aialik Bay, which is the closest fjord to the west. There's a chance of seeing humpbacks or orcas on the water taxi ride, as well as sea lions, Dall's porpoise, puffins, and lots of other sea birds. It's a 2 - 2.5 hour ride each way to access Aialik Bay by water taxi or 6 - 7 hours by Mothership. The scenery and wildlife will surely keep you entertained on the way. Both your guide and your boat captain will have stories and information to share as you travel the coastline.
Itineraries for our various trips in Aialik will vary depending on weather forecasts, tides, trip length, and trip goals. Paddle into secluded coves with magically calm waters, watch sea stars dangle from rocky shorelines as the tides change, gaze upon waterfalls as they dance down the mountainside, watch black bears amble along the beaches or splash in the rivers for a salmon feast, listen to the tumbling roar of glacial ice as it calves into the sea before you, paddle in a lagoon filled with icebergs and be awe-struck by the gentle, sloping glacier that terminates there, watch as playful sea otters feed and frolic, and feel the surrounding stares of harbor seals as they swim nearby to check you out. This land is dramatic, it is fresh, and it is dynamic. Ever-changing and filled with wonderous activity. A trip out here is money well-spent, and will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.
Two fjords over to the west of Seward- in Kenai Fjords National Park.
So you want to see the wildlife and the glaciers, but you also want to be more remote and leave the boat traffic and people behind... you should check out Northwestern Fjord. A few tour boats make it out here each day, but not as many as you'll see making the trip to Aialik. Northwestern is farther west than Aialik, and takes longer to reach. It's a much smaller fjord, and has only been created over the past 100 years. As the huge and impressive Northwestern Glacier retreated from the moraine over the last century, it left dramatic rocky cliffs, tumbling ice, and pristine waters. Now Northwestern Glacier is retreating up the cliff face at the head of the fjord. Come see this "geology in motion", as we watch these glaciers shape the land so quickly and completely. The best way to see Northwestern Fjord is on a longer multi-day trip. Both the water taxi and the Mothership take the better part of a day to reach this paradise, so you'll want to be sure to have at least 4 - 6 days to see this area properly.
Farther west than Aialik & Northwestern - in Kenai Fjords National Park.
If you have 6 days or more, and want to do a mothership trip, then you've just opened the door to more options. You'll still want to visit Aialik and / or Northwestern for the dramatic glaciers... but you also have the choice of continuing farther west to explore rarely visited territory. Nuka Bay is still in Kenai Fjords National Park, but is located so far west that no tour boats and few private operators ever get there. Take the time to explore Nuka Island by kayak and foot, and see Pete & Josephine Sather's old fox farm remnants. Stretch your imagination, and try to envision what it was like to live so far from "civilization" so long ago. The coastline is less dramatic out here, but no less incredible. Unlike the other parts of the park with sheer and sloping coastlines, here you can paddle around small rocky islands and enjoy a more subtle and serene beauty.
PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND
East of Seward.
Prince William Sound is an option that becomes available for those wanting a trip of 6 days or more on the mothership. The journey to the Sound is through relatively exposed waters, and is therefore weather dependent... but once there, Prince William Sound is a very well protected haven for exploration. Motor into hidden coves and bays, paddle up to tidewater glaciers, look for whales and other impressive wildlife, and simply enjoy the quiet protected waters and majestic beauty of the Sound.