Visiting Kenai Fjords National Park on a day cruise is an annual summer experience for my family and me. I’ve often seen kayakers while out in Kenai Fjords viewing the glaciers in Aialik (pronounced “eye-al-ick”) Bay and thought that kayaking amidst the icebergs, sea otters, and seals would be an awesome experience but one that I’d likely not do myself due to time and cost. Recently, Sunny Cove Kayaking has started a new Kayaking Kenai Fjords National Park tour that makes such a trip reasonable in cost and attainable to do in one day.
The 10 hour kayak adventure starts off from Sunny Cove’s Adventure Center at the Small Boat Harbor where you’ll board a 40-foot charter boat for a comfortable ride out to Kenai Fjords National Park. The cruise through Resurrection Bay takes about three hours during which you’ll have the opportunity to view wildlife and enjoy the rugged mountains and seascape. Upon arrival in Aialik Bay you’ll be provided lunch aboard while the crew prepares to launch the kayaks. Then after some tips and instruction from your guide it’s off to paddle in tandem kayaks through the icebergs that have calved off of Holgate Glacier – better yet, you’ll likely see a glacier calve from a safe distance while kayaking nearby. While kayaking you’ll also likely see sea otters, puffins, and seals among other wildlife which thrive in the protected waters of Kenai Fjords Naitonal Park.
Mid-afternoon brings you back to the charter boat for your return trip home which usually takes about 3 hours, depending on how active the whale viewing and other wildlife is enroute. You’ll return to Seward at about 6:00pm, in time for dinner at one of Seward’s great restaurants such as the Resurrection Roadhouse at the Seward Windsong Lodge. Perhaps a trip of a lifetime for many visitors and Alaskan’s alike; this is a perfect full day soft adventure for visitors to Seward and Kenai Fjords – with or without experience. Families are welcome as well for kids 12 years or older. For families with younger kids, try their Lowell Point Kayaking trips. Sunny Cove will provide all the equipment necessary, except for your personal clothing, rain gear. As always in Alaska, wearing layers of clothing works best so that you can adjust for various weather conditions. Don’t forget your camera, and if you get any great shots send them to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can be sure to enter you in our Alaska’s 50th Anniversary Photo Contest!