Kenai Fjords National Park

Where glaciers meet the sea

Aialik Glacier stretches from the Harding Icefield down to the water in Aialik Bay.

 

A voyage four nights or longer will take you into Kenai Fjords National Park and around the Cape of Aialik to search for wildlife, explore the fjords, and marvel at tidewater glaciers.

 

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This four-plus-night sailing voyage takes you into the rugged and wild beauty of Kenai Fjords National Park. On this trip we will explore new areas each day, and anchor in a new cove each night. There are many opportunities to explore by kayak, cruise by zodiac, or stretch your legs by walking on shore. Most of the National Park is only accessible by boat, so join us on the Extraordinary for a unique opportunity to experience this area up-close and under sail.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Depart from the Seward Harbor at noon and set sail heading South into Resurrection Bay. Enjoy the views of the mountains towering on either side of this fjord while silently gliding across the water under sail. Anchor in a protected cove and set up for a late afternoon guided paddle in kayaks, zodiac cruise, or a walk on shore. Return to the sailboat for a delicious dinner prepared by our cook and an evening of relaxation on anchor.

Day 2: Enjoy your morning coffee and breakfast in the solitude of our anchorage before embarking on the day’s adventure. Hoist the anchor and slowly cruise around the Cape of Aialik and take in the Gulf of Alaska as you search for seabirds and other wildlife. Have lunch under sail as we make our way into Aialik Bay where we’ll spend the majority of the trip. Enjoy an evening of good food and relaxation in another remote anchorage.

Day 3: Start the day off with a morning paddle after breakfast. Once back onboard, have lunch underway as we sail further up the fjord. Spend the afternoon kayaking along the coastline in sight of tidewater glaciers and steep mountain ridges. Anchor in another beautiful cove for the evening, then go ashore to stretch your legs and comb the beach after dinner.

Day 4: Eat your breakfast as we move the sailboat toward the head of the fjord. Embark on a morning kayak in front of Aialik Glacier, a mile-wide tidewater glacier that carved out this fjord and continues to calve ice off its face into the ocean. Paddle back to enjoy a hot lunch as we move to our next destination. Take the afternoon to relax onboard or go on another guided excursion in kayaks, the zodiac, or walking onshore.

Day 5: Today, explore the winding channels that connect a series of lagoons at the base of Pederson Glacier. Bring your binoculars, as this sheltered area is a great place to look for black bears, harbor seals, sea otters, and migrating birds. Because the timing of this excursion is based on the high tide, each voyage will have a unique schedule for this day. In the evening, take in the views from one of our favorite anchorages, a cove nearly encircled by towering cliffs.

Day 6: Set sail in the morning to depart Aialik Bay under the power of the wind. Search for wildlife as we pass through the Gulf of Alaska and marvel at the open ocean and the distant horizon. Once back in Resurrection Bay, sail to a protected cove for your last night onboard the Extraordinary. Reflect upon and celebrate your journey!

Day 7: On your final day of the voyage, take advantage of the custom nature of your itinerary by focusing on your favorite aspect of the trip - whether that is a morning kayak or zodiac cruise, or more sailing throughout the day. We aim to return to Seward Harbor by 4pm, but can adjust our timing to accommodate your travel plans.

“At the edge of the Kenai Peninsula lies a land where the ice age lingers. Nearly 40 glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield, Kenai Fjords’ crowning feature. Wildlife thrives in icy waters and lush forests around this vast expanse of ice. Sugpiaq people relied on these resources to nurture a life entwined with the sea. Today, shrinking glaciers bear witness to the effects of our changing climate.”

“Paddling in Kenai Fjords can be a once in a lifetime experience. By dipping your paddle into these waters, you’re participating in the long history of human powered travel along the Kenai Peninsula coast.”
— National Park Service
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