Sea Kayak to Columbia Glacier

Day Tour from/to Valdez

This 10-hour tour offers great wildlife, paddling in icebergs and incredible scenery. Columbia Glacier is Alaska's second largest tidewater glacier.

Since the early 1980's, the Columbia Glacier has been retreating catastrophically off of the terminal moraine, leaving a 12 mile long field of floating ice in front of it. On this kayak day tour, you will get dropped off close to the moraine of the glacier to go sea kayaking into the icefield with your guide. You take a lunch break and a short hike on the glaciers' moraine. After the break you will continue exploring the coastline by kayak. Occasionally the icebergs flush out of the bay and you are able to get closer to the mind-blowing face! The water taxi will bring you back to Valdez after roughly 5 hours of activity.

It is important to note that you do not actually get near the face of the Columbia Glacier in your kayak. The face is typically a very windy place without much protection or options for beach landings, whereas the outer terminal moraine forming the bank between the Columbia and Heather Bays continues to be a calmer, more proteced area that is prime for viewing icebergs that have drifted out to this shoal and stacked up.

Schedule
You meet at the office at 8AM, usually returning to town around 6PM.
Hour 1:       Gear up and instruction
Hour 2-3:    Motorboat water taxi ride to Heather Bay
Hour 4-5:    Kayak from the boat along the coastline and to the Moraine of the glacier
Hour 6:       A one hour lunch break on moraine overlooking the ice filed
Hour 7-8:   Two more hours of kayaking back out of the ice to the motorboat pick-up
Hour 9-10: The ride back to Valdez

Available from May 24 to September 10, 2017
Departs Valdez at 8AM and returns around 6PM

Rates 2017

Available from May 24 to September 10, 2017

  • Price per person

    $259
    Booking Code PAA4

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Use this form to request a non-binding quote for the Sea Kayak to Columbia Glacier tour. One of our destination specialists will contact you shortly with specific pricing and itinerary information. You can then choose to confirm the reservation.

You can use the box below to let us know about any additions or changes you would like to make to the tour.

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