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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
Sample the best of southeast Alaska - bear viewing, whale watching, and visits to Glacier Bay!
Supurb wildlife viewing may include brown bears, eagles, humpback and killer whales, river and sea otters, seals, mountain goats, wolves, and moose
Go back in time, see first-hand what happens when glaciers retreat and the land rebounds
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.
Leisurely kayaking up to 5 miles a day through spellbinding landscapes with up-close wildlife encounters, easy hikes, and charter cruises.
Traditional country hospitality and cozy ambience at a family-run lodge and sleeping in the wilderness at private MT Sobek camps.
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.
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.
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).
There will be two locations where extra luggage can be stored along the way. One Location in Juneau, and the other in Gustavus.
We will outfit each guest with Helly Hansen rubber boots, a jacket and pants to keep you dry.
Possibly. We recommend that guests bring a bug head net or bug jacket. These will be useful in the rainforest regions.
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.
Make any of our trips a custom adventure or start from scratch. Take two itineraries and match them up to create a unique third. Add extras and extensions and more...if you can imagine it, we can make it happen!
"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."
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!"
MT Sobek Guest