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Glacier Bay Kayaking & Wildlife Adventure

Trip Length 8 days

From $4,095

  • Explore Southeast Alaska with the original kayaking pioneers on this one-of-a-kind adventure through Glacier Bay National Park
  • Paddle among icebergs and marvel at whales and glaciers up close—a rarity given that MTS is one of only two companies to have permits to kayak Glacier Bay
  • Visit Point Adolphus, a world-renowned humpback whale feeding ground, where you’ll also see sea lions, porpoises, and bald eagles
  • Camp for four nights on isolated, pristine beaches and enjoy delicious meals prepared by your local, expert guides

Few places are as hauntingly beautiful as Southeast Alaska. Rich in stunningly preserved nature and wildlife, America’s last frontier is home to Glacier Bay National Park, the densest convergence of tidewater glaciers in Alaska. It's here that you can listen to thunderous calving glaciers and the cavernous breathing of humpback whales from your kayak! And from your adventure base in the rustic bush town of Gustavus, you'll venture out for two- to three-day kayaking excursions and camp along isolated, pristine beaches. You'll paddle around Point Adolphus, the world-renowned feeding ground of humpback whales, and explore the remote upper west arm of Glacier Bay at a leisurely pace. Watch as eagle's soar amid majestic peaks and tumbling waterfalls spray mist over a carpet of wildflowers. See nature in its rawest form.

MTS has pioneered kayaking expeditions in Alaska since 1972. Not only are one of only two companies to be issued rare permits to paddle Glacier Bay, but our seasoned, professional guides are true “salty dogs”—the best of the best!

Day 1: Fly from Juneau to Gustavus, Alaska

This trip begins on Day 1 in Juneau, Alaska. You'll need to arrive at Juneau Airport no later than 4pm to catch the onward flight to Gustavus. After checking into your lodge at the edge of Glacier Bay National Park, the group will have a pre-trip meeting with the guide and a hearty welcome dinner. We'll also have plenty of time to explore the nearby sandy beach and beach fringe meadows.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Annie Mae Lodge

Day 2: Cross Icy Strait to Point Adolphus

After an early breakfast, a charter boat in Gustavus will be waiting to carry us across Icy Strait to the whale-feeding grounds of Point Adolphus. Situated on the northern shore of Chichagof Island, the largest island in Alaska's Inside Passage, Point Adolphus also lies within the Tongass National Forest, the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world. Here we’ll set up camp for two nights and begin our leisurely paddling exploration along the shore, taking time to watch for humpback whales and other marine mammals. We'll also enjoy the spectacular scenery as we prepare and eat our evening meal at the water’s edge, and are lulled to sleep by the gentle sounds of whales breathing as they pass by.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Private Camp

Day 3: Paddle the scenic shores of Chichagof Island

Kayaking the productive waters along Chichagof Island is one of the best ways to see and experience Alaska’s Inside Passage. We paddle along the scenic shores, watching for wildlife and exploring the area, including beachcombing along the shore or hiking in the island’s rich forests. The area is noted for its humpback whales, sea lions, sea otters, and seals, and we may also see bald eagles, loons, marbled murrelets, and other birds that are rare in many parts of the world. We’ll travel four to five miles a day in the kayaks. The pace will be leisurely, but there may be more challenging times when we will encounter winds or ocean currents.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Private Camp

Day 4: Explore Point Adolphus and return to Gustavus

After breakfast and breaking camp, we’ll kayak along the shore to meet our charter boat for our trip back to Gustavus. In the late afternoon we can explore this rustic bush town (population 429), and then dine at one of our favorite local restaurants before settling in for a great night’s sleep.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Annie Mae Lodge

Days 5-6: Glacier Bay kayaking expedition

We'll meet for breakfast and then board our charter boat for a spectacular scenic cruise into Glacier Bay, a journey through geologic time. Then, switching to sea kayaks, we'll set off on our two-day paddling expedition. Our pace is leisurely as we paddle and hike along the scenic shores of the bay, with ample time to appreciate and photograph the fantastic surroundings, which include tremendous glaciers, fascinating land forms, icebergs, flowers, seals, birds, and (if the skies are clear) the magnificent mountains that rise above us. We'll camp both nights.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Private Camp

Day 7: Journey through Glacier Bay

After getting picked up by our charter boat, we'll journey back south through Glacier Bay keeping an eye out for wildlife as we return to Gustavus and head back to the B&B. We’ll have a final farewell dinner together before one last stroll, bike ride, or round of golf. Alternatively, just take time to relax!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Annie Mae Lodge

Day 8: Fly from Gustavus to Juneau and depart

After breakfast, we'll go for a hike in Gustavus before boarding an air taxi to Juneau at noon. The half-hour flight from Gustavus to Juneau lands at Juneau’s main airport, where you can connect with your homeward-bound flight. Please schedule your flight out of Juneau for anytime after 3pm. If you're spending the night in Juneau before flying home then we can drop you at your lodging.

  • Breakfast

Jul 06 - 13, 2018

Jul 22 - 29, 2018

Aug 05 - 12, 2018

pricing

2018 Prices
$4,195 + local tax (4-10 members)
$275 internal airfare
$550 single supplement

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Annie Mae Lodge — Gustavus

The Annie Mae Lodge rests on the banks of the Good River, surrounded by lush rain forest and overlooking the Icy Straits of Alaska's Inside Passage. Started by Annie Mae's three granddaughters and now run by her great-granddaughter, the aim of this family lodge has always been to provide traditional country hospitality in a place of exceptional beauty. Guest rooms offer a cozy, cottage atmosphere, which is perfect for an Alaskan vacation.

MTS Private Camp

"This is a magical trip, a chance to witness and become a part of the wonders of our natural world. Highly recommended!" Joanne Schneider

"The Glacier Bay Kayaking and Wildlife Adventure is a must-do trip. Immerse yourself in nature, wildlife, reconnect with our beautiful planet and its amazing beings." Jeanette Schneider

  • Explore Southeast Alaska with the original kayaking pioneers on this one-of-a-kind adventure through Glacier Bay National Park
  • Paddle among icebergs and marvel at whales and glaciers up close—a rarity given that MTS is one of only two companies to have permits to kayak Glacier Bay
  • Visit Point Adolphus, a world-renowned humpback whale feeding ground, where you’ll also see sea lions, porpoises, and bald eagles
  • Camp for four nights on isolated, pristine beaches and enjoy delicious meals prepared by your local, expert guides

Few places are as hauntingly beautiful as Southeast Alaska. Rich in stunningly preserved nature and wildlife, America’s last frontier is home to Glacier Bay National Park, the densest convergence of tidewater glaciers in Alaska. It's here that you can listen to thunderous calving glaciers and the cavernous breathing of humpback whales from your kayak! And from your adventure base in the rustic bush town of Gustavus, you'll venture out for two- to three-day kayaking excursions and camp along isolated, pristine beaches. You'll paddle around Point Adolphus, the world-renowned feeding ground of humpback whales, and explore the remote upper west arm of Glacier Bay at a leisurely pace. Watch as eagle's soar amid majestic peaks and tumbling waterfalls spray mist over a carpet of wildflowers. See nature in its rawest form.

MTS has pioneered kayaking expeditions in Alaska since 1972. Not only are one of only two companies to be issued rare permits to paddle Glacier Bay, but our seasoned, professional guides are true “salty dogs”—the best of the best!

reviews

"This is a magical trip, a chance to witness and become a part of the wonders of our natural world. Highly recommended!" Joanne Schneider

"The Glacier Bay Kayaking and Wildlife Adventure is a must-do trip. Immerse yourself in nature, wildlife, reconnect with our beautiful planet and its amazing beings." Jeanette Schneider

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Fly from Juneau to Gustavus, Alaska

This trip begins on Day 1 in Juneau, Alaska. You'll need to arrive at Juneau Airport no later than 4pm to catch the onward flight to Gustavus. After checking into your lodge at the edge of Glacier Bay National Park, the group will have a pre-trip meeting with the guide and a hearty welcome dinner. We'll also have plenty of time to explore the nearby sandy beach and beach fringe meadows.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Annie Mae Lodge

Day 2: Cross Icy Strait to Point Adolphus

After an early breakfast, a charter boat in Gustavus will be waiting to carry us across Icy Strait to the whale-feeding grounds of Point Adolphus. Situated on the northern shore of Chichagof Island, the largest island in Alaska's Inside Passage, Point Adolphus also lies within the Tongass National Forest, the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world. Here we’ll set up camp for two nights and begin our leisurely paddling exploration along the shore, taking time to watch for humpback whales and other marine mammals. We'll also enjoy the spectacular scenery as we prepare and eat our evening meal at the water’s edge, and are lulled to sleep by the gentle sounds of whales breathing as they pass by.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Private Camp

Day 3: Paddle the scenic shores of Chichagof Island

Kayaking the productive waters along Chichagof Island is one of the best ways to see and experience Alaska’s Inside Passage. We paddle along the scenic shores, watching for wildlife and exploring the area, including beachcombing along the shore or hiking in the island’s rich forests. The area is noted for its humpback whales, sea lions, sea otters, and seals, and we may also see bald eagles, loons, marbled murrelets, and other birds that are rare in many parts of the world. We’ll travel four to five miles a day in the kayaks. The pace will be leisurely, but there may be more challenging times when we will encounter winds or ocean currents.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Private Camp

Day 4: Explore Point Adolphus and return to Gustavus

After breakfast and breaking camp, we’ll kayak along the shore to meet our charter boat for our trip back to Gustavus. In the late afternoon we can explore this rustic bush town (population 429), and then dine at one of our favorite local restaurants before settling in for a great night’s sleep.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Annie Mae Lodge

Days 5-6: Glacier Bay kayaking expedition

We'll meet for breakfast and then board our charter boat for a spectacular scenic cruise into Glacier Bay, a journey through geologic time. Then, switching to sea kayaks, we'll set off on our two-day paddling expedition. Our pace is leisurely as we paddle and hike along the scenic shores of the bay, with ample time to appreciate and photograph the fantastic surroundings, which include tremendous glaciers, fascinating land forms, icebergs, flowers, seals, birds, and (if the skies are clear) the magnificent mountains that rise above us. We'll camp both nights.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Private Camp

Day 7: Journey through Glacier Bay

After getting picked up by our charter boat, we'll journey back south through Glacier Bay keeping an eye out for wildlife as we return to Gustavus and head back to the B&B. We’ll have a final farewell dinner together before one last stroll, bike ride, or round of golf. Alternatively, just take time to relax!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Annie Mae Lodge

Day 8: Fly from Gustavus to Juneau and depart

After breakfast, we'll go for a hike in Gustavus before boarding an air taxi to Juneau at noon. The half-hour flight from Gustavus to Juneau lands at Juneau’s main airport, where you can connect with your homeward-bound flight. Please schedule your flight out of Juneau for anytime after 3pm. If you're spending the night in Juneau before flying home then we can drop you at your lodging.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Annie Mae Lodge — Gustavus

The Annie Mae Lodge rests on the banks of the Good River, surrounded by lush rain forest and overlooking the Icy Straits of Alaska's Inside Passage. Started by Annie Mae's three granddaughters and now run by her great-granddaughter, the aim of this family lodge has always been to provide traditional country hospitality in a place of exceptional beauty. Guest rooms offer a cozy, cottage atmosphere, which is perfect for an Alaskan vacation.

MTS Private Camp

Dates and Pricing

Jul 06 - 13, 2018

Jul 22 - 29, 2018

Aug 05 - 12, 2018

pricing

2018 Prices
$4,195 + local tax (4-10 members)
$275 internal airfare
$550 single supplement

Activity Level Moderate
Trip Length 8 days

From $4,095

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