Seward sea kayaking tour 5 days, sea kayaking in Alaska's Kenai Fjords National Park's Aialik Bay, one of Alaska's most diverse sea kayaking destination. Seward sea kayak trip departing Seward, Alaska includes whale watching and tide water glaciers.

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Transportation to Bear Glacier, kayak use, camping in protected area and use of enclosed dining area.

Sea Kayaking Bear GlacierOur Bear Glacier sea kayaking camping package includes water taxi transportation to Bear Glacier, up to the lake above the river current. Camping at Bear Glacier Wilderness Retreat includes a place to set up tents in a electric bear fenced in area. Use of the enclosed sheltered dining area to get out of the elements, and use of a 4 burner propane stove. Your choice of single and double sea kayak use while at Bear Glacier.

There is a large ice cooler at the camp and ice can be gathered in the lake to keep perishable foods cool.

Drinking water is available at the camp.

You will need to bring warm camp clothing, tent, sleeping bag, pots, pans, eating utensils and food. There is a limit of 40 pounds of gear per person. Your gear may be exposed to rain and splashes in transporting to Bear Glacier and should be packed accordingly in plastic bags. Gear packed in plastic bags in a backpack is ideal. No cardboard boxes. On arrival at Bear Glacier Retreat you will need to carry your gear up a hill on a trail about 30 feet high to the camping area.

A 2 to 3 night stay is recommended to fully enjoy this sea kayaking and hiking paradise.

Bear Glacier Lake Ice BergsActivities At Bear Glacier
Sea Kayaking. Your host will talk with you about paddling around the icebergs and glaciers before you head out.

Hiking. There are lots of options and yet to be explored destinations.

Bear Glacier Wilderness Retreat is located on the border of Kenai Fjords National Park on Bear Glacier lake, separated from the Pacific Ocean by a narrow glacier moraine. The retreat 15 roadless miles south of Seward.

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Bear GlacierTour Type: Bear Glacier Water Taxi, Sea Kayak Rental, Camping
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Comfort: Your Tent, Enclosed Dining Area
Prior Experience Required: Camping, Sea Kayaking or Canoeing

  • Round-trip water taxi to and from Bear Glacier.
  • Camping at Bear Glacier Wilderness Retreat in a electric fenced in area.
  • Use of enclosed dining shelter.
  • Use of a four burner stove.
  • Use of kayaks while at Bear Glacier.

Bear Glacier Lake and icebergsBear Glacier is the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park and is located in remote Alaska location, 15 roadless miles south of Seward and accessible only by boat or air. Its remote location means very few people visit and on most days you will not see anyone. Bear Glacier calves into the lake separated from the Pacific Ocean by a narrow glacier moraine. Our Bear Glacier Wilderness Retreat is located on the lake right on the border of Kenai Fjords National Park and offers a sea kayaking experience that is one of the most amazing, photogenic, and unique Alaska sea kayaking experience available in Alaska. The icebergs at Bear Glacier are the largest in Kenai Fjords National Park and the photos just don't capture the beauty, you have to see them in person.

Bear Glacier Sea KayakingSeward - Plan to arrive in Seward one hour or earlier before your departure time. The water taxi has a very busy schedule and will not wait for your arrival. You will meet the boat at Seward's south boat ramp. Detailed information will be emailed to you on reservation.

Beat Glacier Arrival - On arrival a camp host will show you to you around the camp and give you an orientation to where everything is at the camp.

The camp host will give you a safety talk about paddling around the icebergs and glaciers. After getting you outfitted with U.S. Coast Guard approved personal floatation device (PFD) your welcome to head out on the water and explore Bear Glacier.

Best time to visit Denali is June 6 - August 31

Daily Departures
June 1 - September 15

We recommend a 3 days / 2 night stay to fully experience what Bear Glacier has to offer. Shorter trips are available if your time is limited.

Departure Times
Transportation by water taxi: The departure times very everyday and are timed with the ocean tides. Please email of call for departure times for your date. There is about a 2 hour span on each side of the low tide we cannot go in if the low tide is below 1.5 feet.

Optional Fly-in Helicopter Transportation Is Available
Helicopter rates are based on the number of seats, the weight of passengers, plus the weight of gear you bring. There are 3 seats with maximum load of 600 pounds per-flight. If you are interested in the helicopter or have questions and for a cost, please call.
2016 RATES
There is a limit of 40 pounds of gear per-person.

Solo travelers please email or call to join another group. There is a 2 person minimum for the water taxi.

  • Round-trip water taxi to and from Bear Glacier lake above the river current.
  • Camping at Bear Glacier Wilderness Retreat in an electric fenced in area.
  • Use of enclosed dining shelter.
  • Use of a four burner propane stove.
  • Use of single and double kayaks while are Bear Glacier.
2 days / 1 night: $370 each plus tax
3 days / 2 nights : $420 each plus tax

Extra day / nights :
$50 each plus tax

Due to the risk of cold water immersion and hypothermia we highly recommend paddlers wear cold water protected clothing such as a wet suit or dry suit. Dry suits are available to rent.
Price: $35 each plus tax

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