The full-day Northwestern Fjord/Aialik Bay Kayaking tour starts with a private boat ride out of the bustling Seward harbor and into Kenai Fjords National Park. The trip is as much a wildlife cruise as it is a water taxi, with the captain and kayak guide always attentive to the surrounding area. Tour guests often see puffins, eagles, otters, seals, and even whales on the two- to three-hour water taxi. To view such animals is an unexpected bonus in a day already filled with wonder.
Occasionally unleashing massive hunks of ice with crashing booms.
The tour's ultimate kayaking destination changes by the day. The captain heads to where the paddling looks best, scouting out either the Northwestern Fjord or Holgate Arm for the perfect spot. When it is found guests slip into their kayaks and push out into the dark blue water. The kayak guide joins and leads the group toward the tidewater glacier at the end of the bay.
The setting is jaw dropping. Craggy cliffsides marked with moss and scrappy spruce trees funnel toward the wall of ice tumbling into the water. The overall quietness of the surroundings only serves to amplify the sound of the glacier. It pops and groans, occasionally unleashing massive hunks of ice with crashing booms. After enjoying a homemade lunch (often while floating in their kayaks in front of the glacier) guests return once again to the water taxi. The day concludes with a boat ride back to Seward.
The tour operator provides guests with footwear, neoprene mittens, and lifejackets. The water taxi takes two to three hours one way depending on the day's kayaking location and conditions. Kayakers spend approximately three hours paddling. There is a maximum of 12 guests per tour. Lunch is included in the excursion.
What to Bring
Wear warm socks and base layers of wool or synthetic material. Bring waterproof rain gear, a hat, extra warm layers, water, and camera (smartphone is best).
While this trip is appropriate for beginner kayakers, it is an active outdoor excursion with at least three hours of paddling. The tour often runs in cold and rainy weather. Guests 12 years and older are welcome. The water taxi ride can sometimes get bumpy depending on conditions.
Transfers & Meeting Points
Check in at the tour operator office at least 15 minutes prior to the tour time. The office is one block south of the Small Boat Harbor and about a 10 minute walk from the Seward Depot.
Northwestern Fjord/Aialik Bay Kayaking Day Trip 1013 3rd Ave Seward, AK 99664
Rates & Dates
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There is no child rate for this service, and children must be at least 12 years old to participate.
Rates & Dates
5/14/23 (Su) to 9/5/23 (Tu)5/14/23 (Su) to 9/5/23 (Tu)
The rates above do not include taxes/fees of 7% and are subject to change without notice.
Departure times and locations are listed below. Click on a link for an interactive map.