Overview

Immerse yourself in the raw beauty of southeast Alaska from your adventure base in a cozy, family-run lodge in the rustic beach town of Gustavus. Venture out for multi-day kayaking expeditions across Glacier Bay National Park, the densest convergence of tidewater glaciers in Alaska. Come face-to-face with sea lions and seals, and watch soaring bald eagles. Experience Point Adolphus, the world-famous feeding ground of humpback whales. Paddle through Alaska's majestic scenery, and camp along isolated, pristine beaches. Come nightfall, let the soothing sounds of magnificent whales lull you to sleep.

  • Kayak among thunderous icebergs of Glacier Bay National Park and marvel at wildlife up close

  • Visit Point Adolphus, the famous humpback whale feeding ground, and Chichagof Island's scenic shores

  • Spend four nights camping outdoors, and fall asleep to the sounds of breathing whales

  • Arrive: Gustavus, Alaska
  • Depart: Gustavus, Alaska
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Group Size: 4-10
  • Minimum Age: 14 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Arrive in Gustavus, Alaska

    Welcome to Gustavus, Alaska! After meeting your guide at the airport, you will transfer to the Annie Mae Lodge at the edge of Glacier Bay National Park. Enjoy a pre-trip meeting with the guide and a hearty welcome dinner, and explore the nearby sandy beach and beach-fringed meadows.

    • Accommodation: Annie Mae Lodge
    • Activity: 1-2 miles short walk (optional)
    • Meals: Dinner
  • Day02

    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.

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp - Glacier Bay, Alaska
    • Activity: 2 hours/3 miles kayaking
    • Transportation: 1.5 hour private charter boat to Chichagof Island
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day03

    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.

  • Day04

    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.

    • Accommodation: Annie Mae Lodge
    • Activity: 3 hours/4-5 miles kayaking
    • Transportation: 1.5 hour private charter boat to Gustavus
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    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.

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp - Glacier Bay, Alaska
    • Activity: 3 hours/4-5 miles kayaking
    • Transportation: 2.5 hour private charter boat to Glacier Bay
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day07

    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!

    • Accommodation: Annie Mae Lodge
    • Transportation: 2.5 hour private charter boat to Gustavus
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day08

    Depart from Gustavus

    After breakfast, enjoy a short but hearty hike in Gustavus. Your trip leader will then transfer you to Gustavus airport for your flight home or onward to Juneau (for trip extenstions).

    • Activity: 1 hour hike in Gustavus
    • Meals: Breakfast
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  • AvailableJun 21 - 28, 2019
  • AvailableJul 05 - 12, 2019
  • AvailableAug 03 - 10, 2019
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

Sample the best of southeast Alaska - bear viewing, whale watching, and visits to Glacier Bay!

Reason #02

Supurb wildlife viewing may include brown bears, eagles, humpback and killer whales, river and sea otters, seals, mountain goats, wolves, and moose

Reason #03

Go back in time, see first-hand what happens when glaciers retreat and the land rebounds

Meet Our Guides

Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    Leisurely kayaking up to 5 miles a day through spellbinding landscapes with up-close wildlife encounters, easy hikes, and charter cruises.

  • Lodging

    Traditional country hospitality and cozy ambience at a family-run lodge and sleeping in the wilderness at private MT Sobek camps.

  • Climate

    Enjoy mild summers, with almost daily light rain, chilly winds near glaciers, and breezy oceansides. Daytime 55°F - 75°F. Evenings 40°F - 55°F.

FAQ

  • What type of kayaks will be use?

    We provide 2-person Fiberglass, Easy Rider, Southwind or Northwest Kayaks. We also provide ensolite foam for seat cushions, bilge pumps, spray skirts, lifejackets, paddles, and we can provide paddle jackets upon request.

  • Do I need to bring my own sleeping bag?

    You can bring your own sleeping bag (synthetic fill) and sleeping pad, or you can request to use one of ours (Marmot mummy style bags rated to 15 degrees with 1" Thermarest pads).

  • Can I stow my luggage somewhere during the trip?

    There will be two locations where extra luggage can be stored along the way. One Location in Juneau, and the other in Gustavus.

  • Do you provide wet weather gear?

    We will outfit each guest with Helly Hansen rubber boots, a jacket and pants to keep you dry.

  • Will there be mosquitoes?

    Possibly. We recommend that guests bring a bug head net or bug jacket. These will be useful in the rainforest regions.

  • Will we encounter bears?

    It is possible to encounter brown or black bears. Although most people want to see a bear, the bear does not really want to see us. Our guides will educate you on our bear safety protocols which have always kept us and the bears safe from harm.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Scheduled Dates

  • Available
    Jun 21 - 28, 2019
  • Available
    Jul 05 - 12, 2019
  • Available
    Aug 03 - 10, 2019

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2019
$4,595.00 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $275.00 Internal Airfare
  • $250.00 Single Supplement
  • $109.00 Alaska Borough Tax
  • $24.00 Optional Alaska Donation

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary camping/kayaking gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of the group transfer
  • Travel protection other than the basic medical and evacuation protection noted above

Testimonials

  • "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.

    MT Sobek Guest

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

    Joanne S.

    MT Sobek Guest

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