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Northwestern Fjord Extended Kayak Trip

Quick Details

Person
$850
Each Additional Day
$200

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.

About our Guides

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 natural history, first aid / CPR, and emergency response tactics. Miller’s Landing owns its own fleet of water taxi vessels – as a result in the unlikely case of an emergency we are uniquely positioned to establish prompt and unplanned egress from even the remoteness of the fjords.

Meeting Time

Ending Time

Meeting Place

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5:30 am

Plan to arrive at 5:30 am to check-in, pack up, and grab a quick cup of joe. The water taxi will depart at 6 am sharp to Aialik Bay on a two-hour water taxi ride.

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Between 6 – 9 pm

Expect to be back at Miller’s landing between 6 and 9 pm your last day. Return time is dependent on our boat schedule for the day, and cannot be guaranteed at a specific time. We do offer morning pickups, getting back between 10 and 11:30 am.


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Meet at the main office, 13880 Beach Drive Seward, AK. Check-in a day before to meet your guide, ask questions, and pre-pack any gear you have ready. We understand travel plans are sometimes tight, please make time the night before to meet your guide, they will reach out to you via phone or email.

Age Requirements

Difficulty 

Tips for a Great Trip

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This trip is best for ages 12 and up.  Feel free to contact us with questions!

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This kayak trip takes place on calm waters in a protected bay, so it’s good for newer paddlers. Be ready to kayak anywhere from 8 to 15 miles a day, with some additional beachcombing or hiking as well. Let your guide know what interests you the most!

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Be sure to pack comfortable shoes that could get wet, good layers, and snacks for the ride home. It’s important that you have good rain gear and warm layers to ensure your comfort throughout the trip. Reach out if you have any questions about gear.

What to Bring

What We Provide

Bringing a Camera?

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  • Warm and waterproof layers
  • Extra Layers
  • Medical Necessities
  • Water bottle
  • Warm socks, preferably wool
  • More Items listed on our packing list (will provide later)
  • Consider bringing your favourite snacks along!
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  • Kayak, PFD, spray skirt, pogies
  • We provide snacks, a small breakfast on the boat the first day, lunches and dinners for every day you are in Aialik.
  • Freshly cooked meals
  • Sleeping bags and pads are available
  • Dry bags for gear
  • Shelters

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We use sit-in Kayaks for this trip, you can have your camera around your neck or in a dry bag. There are water-tight compartments in the kayaks, but they are difficult to access while on the water.

More Information

  • Price includes approximately two hours of water taxi time watching for wildlife in each direction!
  • Visit calm, serene, pristine emerald-green coves and glaciers that feed into the ocean. This is a great trip for beginner paddlers who want a lot of time on the water in one of the most gorgeous places on earth
  • All kayaking gear and instructions provided
  • Gratuities are not included in the original sale price. A suggested 20% guide tip is greatly appreciated! (Suggested tip $100 to $200/person)
  • Please note: All participants paddle tandem kayaks. This paddle is appropriate for children aged 12 and over. This paddle is approximately six to eight hours in length
  • Includes round-trip water taxi cruise to the Kenai Fjords National Park on our custom-built water taxi boat, all gear, food, and guide!
  • Northwestern is one of our favorite locations! However, if you want to paddle-camp for more than 3 or 4, we recommend getting a transfer to Aialik or choosing Aialik instead of Northwestern. Both are amazing!

General Itinerary

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!

 

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