See the BEST Alaska has to offer all in one day! This trip has everything your family or group needs – Kayak by glaciers on a tour to the Kenai Fjords National Park, fish for salmon and rockfish, and sightsee all in a small group setting!
Captain’s Choice Kenai Fjords National Park Kayaking Tour
- Party Size (3 or fewer people)
- Party Size (4 or more people)
Kayak in Aialik or Northwestern Fjord
Kenai Fjords National Park is home to many amazing sites, making it hard to choose where to go. So, let us choose for you!
Aialik and Holgate glaciers are some of the largest tidewater glaciers in the park and will leave you speechless as you witness immense blocks of ice calving from their majestic faces. With the longest day trip offered by any other outfitter in the area, we ensure you have ample time to explore the hidden gems of either Holgate or Aialik Glacier.
Return to geologic antiquity in Northwestern, where the glacier has only receded in the last 100 years. See exposed bedrock, new plant growth, and the Harding icefield peeking out from above the peaks. This fjord has three tide water glaciers all of which you may see during your paddle.
Throughout the day we provide frequent breaks, allowing you to soak in the beauty surrounding you, indulge in a leisurely lunch on a picturesque beach near the glacier, and maintain a steady pace as you navigate the pristine waters.
As you paddle alongside your knowledgeable guide, prepare to be mesmerized by the abundant wildlife, awe-inspiring views, enchanting waterfalls, and captivating rock gardens that will capture your heart. Gain a deeper understanding of the unique natural history and fascinating facts about this unparalleled ecosystem. Our comprehensive kayaking tour covers an extensive area, allowing you to also discover numerous other stunning highlights of the Kenai Fjords National Park.
For more information on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, please find details below.
TIPS FOR A GREAT TRIP
Be sure to pack comfortable shoes that could get wet, and good layers. There is plenty of storage in the boats for spare layers, and other items if packed into small bags around 25 oz. Each guest also gets a dry bag to use during the trip if needed. Reach out if you have questions about gear.
Bringing a Camera? We use sit-in kayaks for this trip, you can have your camera around your neck or in a dry bag.
WHAT TO BRING
It best to dress warm and in layers so you can add or take away as needed. Be ready for different weather conditions and avoid cotton. Below is a list of important items to bring on this tour.
- A water bottle
- Medical necessities
- Warm synthetic/wool layers
- Hiking boots
- Rain boots or another type of water-resistant shoe.
WHAT WE PROVIDE
We provide breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout the day. All carefully prepared in our own cafe. If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, let us know.
We have extra splash gear for those who do not have their own rain gear. As well as personal floatation devices, spray skirts that keep your legs nice and dry, light weight paddles, safety gear, stable tandem kayaks, shelters and other gear to keep you safe and comfortable.
THE WATER TAXI
We utilize our own private 36-foot landing craft that can carry up to 24 passengers. With a 5-star safety rating and music, a heated cabin, windows for viewing the landscape or wildlife, and comfortable seating.
The water taxi ride generally takes 1.5 to 2 hours depending on weather, tides, and if we see any wildlife. While the water is usually calm, it can sometimes get bumpy if weather comes in. We do our best to make the ride comfortable, but we can’t control the weather!
This trip is easy to moderate.
This kayak trip takes place on calm waters in a protected bay. Be ready to kayak anywhere from 8 to 15 miles a day, with breaks and a long lunch as well. During that time your guide may provide a shelter, hot beverages, and may lead the group on a beach walk. Be ready for various weather conditions as this trip is in the outdoors and all day.
Aialik or Northwestern
On this tour you will be dropped off in either Aialik or Northwestern Fjord. You will kayak by a tidewater glacier in either location and see sites like waterfalls, harbor seals, the Harding icefield and much more. This is a great trip for folks who can’t decide between the two different locations.
Your day begins with an early morning departure at 6 a.m. on our comfortable water taxi for a two to two-and-a-half-hour wildlife tour and transport to the Kenai Fjords National Park. The boat ride alone is an adventure as we traverse the vast beauty of the Gulf of Alaska. The day continues as we cross the submerged terminal moraine of Northwestern Glacier (a full 8.75 miles from the current face of the glacier!) and into Northwestern Lagoon, where the ocean depths shoot from over 400 feet on the outside to 24 feet at the crossing, and then down to 600 feet on the other side of the moraine! Enjoy opportunities to view black bears, coastal birds, and a host of marine mammals over the whole course of your trip — not just on the sea kayaking portion!
We land ~ 8 – 9:30 a.m. in the heart of the Kenai Fjords National Park on one of many beautiful pristine beaches. Your guide talks you through your kayak and gear on the way, providing paddling advice and raising situational awareness, which should allow for a quick start once unloaded.
Then it’s time to start paddling, where a rugged coastline folds into five sizeable glaciers for a full-day excursion. You and your group explore the park, moving from place to place from circumnavigating Striation Island to crossing in front of tidewater glaciers, this journey ranges from 8 to 15-miles, depending on the group’s speed and intentions. Trips travel at the pace of your group, so whether you’d like to cover as much ground as possible or rest on a beach with your journal or camera, we work to accommodate you!
The water taxi boat picks you up in the late afternoon, 4 – 6:30 p.m., depending on the day, and the crew loads your kayaks and gear. The return trip explores the Kenai Fjords all the way back to Seward, keeping an eye out for the many whales migrating and feeding through our area. We aim to be at Miller’s Landing by 6 – 9 p.m., depending on how exciting our sightseeing options are on the way home.
We do reserve the right to be flexible — marine weather and logistics can delay things or require an earlier pick-up. Keep in mind they are boats, not trains, and we have to heed the demands of the ocean from time to time.
- A $10 cancellation fee is imposed for all reservations canceled.
- Cancellations must be received by email only to [email protected]. The cancellation notice date is the date the email was received at [email protected]. Phone cancellations will not be accepted.
- Cancellations received by email 30 days prior to the first day of the reservation are charged a $10 cancellation fee and you will receive a refund of 90% of the total amount of the reservation.
- Cancellations received by email 15 to 29 days prior to the first day of the reservation are charged a $10 cancellation charge and you will receive a 75% refund of the total amount of the reservation.
- Cancellations received by email 14 days to zero days prior to arrival are charged a $10 cancellation fee and you will receive a 50% refund only if we are able to rebook your camping, cabin, fishing, kayaking, water taxi, shuttle, lunch, or activity. If we are not able to rebook your reservation, then no refunds will be issued and you will also be charged a $10 cancellation fee to your credit card.
- In some situations, a raincheck worth 75% of your reservation may be issued at the discretion of Miller’s Landing management instead of the applicable cancellation charge. If this option appeals to you, please suggest this at the time of cancellation. Rainchecks are good for one year and may be used for activities, camping, or lodging owned by Miller’s Landing or towards the cost of hats, T-shirts, gifts, etc. sold in the Miller’s Landing store or items sold online. For items purchased online, the customer is expected to pay for the cost of postage. Rainchecks may NOT be transferred to another person.
- A 100% refund will be issued for any activity that was canceled due to weather by Miller’s Landing. Miller’s Landing reserves the right to determine weather cancellations. Rain does not constitute a cancellation.
Please note: Miller’s Landing encourages only guaranteed prepaid reservations. Unlike many other states, Alaska has a very short tourist season, which can make it difficult for us to rebook when we have cancellations without ample notice.
If you are booking a charter and lodging and your charter, water taxi, or kayaking is canceled due to weather, you are still responsible for the lodging or camping reservations and the normal cancellation policy applies. All of our activities are possible during rain, so rain does not constitute a cancellation. Miller’s Landing is not responsible for vehicle break downs, personal emergencies, flight delays, health issues or other unforeseen hardships. We will try very hard to work with you, but the cancellation policy will need to be applied if we cannot issue a raincheck or find an alternative solution that appeals to both parties.
Please understand that Miller’s Landing also incurs a hefty financial merchant fee from our bank for the cost of charging your credit card and again for the cost of refunding it, and there is also a cost involved for the time involved in processing and refunding your reservation in employee costs. Our goal when taking your reservation is to have a solid, guaranteed prepaid reservation. We strongly discourage the practice of making reservations without having an airline ticket or making tentative reservations. Thank you for your understanding.
Our food is prepared in our cafe the day before the trip. We do our best to accommodate all allergies and food preferences. As well as build a delicious filling meal to keep you paddling all day.
Our kitchen is clean, certified, and modern. Please let us know about any medical or dietary restrictions before the trip!
Gratuities are not included in the original sale price. A suggested 20% guide tip is greatly appreciated! (Suggested tip $50 to $100/person) Our guides work hard on building their knowledge and creating a memorable experience for you.
About our Guides
Our Guides are all experienced in kayaking and in outdoor leadership before joining our team. They often come from all different backgrounds; from being ski instructors, snowmobile guides, backpacking guides, or passionate outdoor enthusiasts. Which we believe helps build a strong diverse team with many skills who are all able to thrive and learn from each other. Everyone is trained for two weeks to refine their skills together and learn all they need to know to safely guide our clients. We instruct and certify our guides as ACA L2 kayakers, practice cold water rescue techniques, spend 6 amazing but grueling days in the backcountry as a team, and require that all guides have an up-to-date Wilderness First Responder Certification.
Check it out here: Kayak Guide Training Summer 2022 | Miller’s Landing (millerslandingak.com)
Spend a summer outdoors and in the Stunning Kenai Fjords National Park and Resurrection Bay, teaching, guiding, and enjoying all the amazing experiences Alaska have to offer. Miller’s Landing is a family-run business that started operations shortly after Kenai Fjords National Park was established in 1980 and the tourism industry began to form in Seward. We work hard to provide every guest with a memorable experience, with a focus on safety, education, stewardship, and fostering a supportive and inclusive work environment.
We begin our hiring process in the winter, between December and January, and suggest you apply in December. Our training begins May 1st and the season runs until September 15th. We ask that guides are able to attend training and can stay until at least mid-August. Learn more about our requirements and the hiring process here: Kayak Instructor / Guide | Miller’s Landing in Seward Alaska (millerslandingak.com)