Our Ultimate Aialik Overnight Trip starts on Lowell Point and heads to the heart of the Kenai Fjords National Park. Enjoy 1 night and 2 days (or more!)
Northwestern Fjord Extended Kayak Trip
- Person 1 night, 2 days
- Person 2 nights, 3 days
- Person 3 nights, 4 days
- Person 4 nights, 5 days
- Book the Guide (Exclusive up to 6 people - 1 night, 2 days)
- Book the Guide (Exclusive up to 6 people - 2 night, 3 days)
- Private Overnight for Two 2 nights, 3 days
- Individual Person Person Per Night Per night for one person -Price drops if more people book!
Kenai Fjords National Park’s best-kept secret
This Remote Fjord folds into five tidewater glaciers and hosts stunning geological formations, calving glaciers, emerald green waters, and scattered waterfalls. Enjoy opportunities to view black bears, coastal birds, and a host of marine mammals.
Return to Geologic Antiquity
The Tidewater Glaciers in Northwestern are more vertical than the tidewater glaciers in Aialik. While Aialik is expansive and gorgeous as well, the glaciers are massive and slowly lope up valleys. In Northwestern, the glaciers shoot straight up the cliff sides and to the Harding Icefield. Here you will find a moraine that was only created in the last 100 years from retreating glaciers, large scrapes and scars in the sides of the rocks from the weight of the ice, and a lone island colored pink from oxides minerals.
You disembark for two full days, or more if you choose, to explore the park, moving from place to place as our camping system is designed to fit within the kayaks – we are not confined to a base camp! Enjoy paddling, a little hiking, beach comping, or relax by a campfire with your guide and a cup of joe.
Customized Tours for Every Group
Our team of guides will prepare your meals and work to customize your trip to maximize your experience. Enjoy exploring, taking photos, hiking, or paddling all while following the rules and ethics established by the National Park. This area prescribes to Leave No Trace wilderness ethics, and we make every effort to do exactly that. Kayak guides are trained in assisted rescue techniques, the areas of natural history, and have their wilderness first responder certification to keep you safe in this stunning backcountry environment.
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 some additional beachcombing or hiking as well.
Our trips are customized, so if you need more or less time on the water, let us know! You will fill out a quick survey after you book the trip which lets us know all about you and your group so we can provide the best experience.
WHAT TO BRING
It best to dress warm and in layers and to be ready for different weather conditions and avoid cotton. We send you detailed packing list after you book your trip, but most of what you need include:
- Warm synthetic/wool layers
- Rain gear
- Medical Necessities
- Water bottle
- Water resistant or proof shoes
- We provide all the necessary camping gear
Dry suit rentals are available, each suit comes with 2mm neoprene booties and are $300 for the first two days — $75 per additional day. Dry suits are typically not needed and have never been the standard but are available.
WHAT WE PROVIDE
We provide all the food including 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 in the survey we provide after you book. It lets us know all about your food and kayaking preferences.
We also Provide all the necessary kayaking and camping gear like sleeping bags, pads, tents, shelters, cookware, life jackets, spray shirts, safety and first aid. Reach out for more details or find them in the packing list.
KAYAK CAMP WITH US!
Miller’s Landing owns its own fleet of water taxi vessels and has been operating in Kenai Fjords National Park for 40+ years. As a result, we deliver some of the best as well as safest trips. In the unlikely case of an emergency, we are uniquely positioned to establish prompt and unplanned egress from even the remoteness of the fjords.
Our trips are also all customized to fit your group’s needs. Fill out a survey after you book your spot, and your guide will take care of the rest!
Sit back, relax, and let us cover all the details. Our gear is well cared for, safe, and well-maintained. We put a lot of time into picking our gear so it not only lasts but can carry our guests through any adventure safely and comfortably.
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!
TIPS FOR A GREAT TRIP
Be sure to pack comfortable shoes that could get wet, extra socks, and plenty of good layers. There is plenty of storage in the boats for spare clothes, and other items.
We provide you a 25 oz dry bag for your clothes, and an additional bag for on top of the kayak for items like hats, cameras or phones. For longer trips, we can provide you with more dry bags. Ask you guide about additional bags if you think you need one. 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. If you are bringing expensive camera gear, consider your own new drybag or a small dry box.
Your day begins with an early morning departure at 6 a.m. on our comfortable, US Coast Guard inspected water taxi for a two-hour wildlife tour and transport to the Kenai Fjords National Park. We see Steller sea lions hauled out on their exposed ocean rookeries, watch horned and tufted puffins skip across the wavelets, and view passing Dall’s porpoises dance with the bow wake of our boat. We often view feeding humpback whales and orcas passing by, diving cormorants, bald eagles, mountain goats, sea otters, and more!
We land 8-8:30 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, provides paddling advice, and raises situational awareness. No experience is necessary — our guides are there for you! Once you’re properly acquainted, you begin paddling along the beautiful fjords and sheer cliff of Northwestern Fjord. Enormous calving glaciers are viewed up-close and personal from the perspective of a paddler at true sea level but within a safe viewing distance from both land and sea. You paddle at a leisurely pace around magnificent icebergs, watch curious harbor seals on ice floes, and often enjoy black bear viewing from the safety of the water. Don’t worry! You aren’t going kayaking nonstop — we break along the way for a hearty lunch, snacks, and small hikes along the beach.
Set up camp along the beach or tucked away in the forest, depending on your guide’s float plan you may have a base camp or will move to different camping locations. Our camp is always close enough to the ocean, so let the sound of gentle waves lapping the shore and the unique sounds of the glacier calving guide you to sleep after a warm meal with your guide.
The water taxi boat picks you up in the late afternoon, 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.
*Earlier departures are possible from Aialik Bay pending group size — if desired, just ask!
Please be sure to inform us if you have medical or ethical dietary restrictions. We plan meals for the “average eater.” Feel free to bring your own snacks! We really try to accommodate everyone’s diet, but please understand we don’t have enough room to pack a buffet in a kayak. If you would like to buy your own groceries, a $20 refund will be subtracted from your trip cost. This trip is best for ages 12 and over!
The image above was compiled from NOAA historical chart databases to illustrate that since 1932, the face of Northwestern Glacier has retreated over 9 miles in the last 85 years. The Northwestern Fjord area wasn’t even charted until the 2002 NOAA charts were released, with the space simply reading, “The upper part of Harris Bay is usually filled with floating ice.” This is a really incredible place, folks.
The Tidewater Glaciers in Northwestern are more vertical than the tidewater glaciers in Aialik. While Aialik is expansive and gorgeous as well, the glaciers are massive and slowly lope up valleys. In Northwestern, the glaciers shoot straight up the cliff sides to the Harding Icefield. We see alpine calving, avalanches, and a lot of very raw, recently exposed rock.
The lush rainforests that bridle the glaciers in Aialik Bay are nowhere to be found here, not having had the time to encroach on the rapid recession of Northwestern’s giants. Here you will see amazing geological formations, stunning pink granite from oxidization, scarring in the sides of the bedrock from glacier ice, rock slides and towering cliffs sides filled with nesting sea birds.
- 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.
If you have any questions, would like to make a special request for your trip, or have questions about hosting a private or large party please contact [email protected].
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)