We offer Alaska raft trips that offer scenic views, wildlife viewing, fishing, and whitewater.
Custom group Alaska rafting adventures are available on request. If have interested in something special or participating in an exploratory expedition, please contact us with your ideals or to see what plans are being made.
Kongakut River - 10 day Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Rafting Safari. Explore Alaska's remote Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) by raft on the "river of caribou". Our trip coincides with the annual migration of the 130,000-strong Porcupine caribou herd and passes through some of the world's most pristine wilderness.
Lake Creek - 7 day Whitewater Rafting and Fishing Adventure. Our favorite fly-in wilderness adventure river, great combination exciting whitewater and great Alaska fishing. Lake Creek offers almost continuous Class II/III whitewater with a few Class IV rapids, five species of salmon, rainbow trout and arctic grayling.
Chulitna River - 4 day Denali Raft Adventure. An excellent family adventure and sampling of Alaska's best wilderness and geography at a casual pace. We travel through Denali State Park, upper Susitna Valley and take out near Trapper Creek, a historic gold mining town.
Kenai Fjords National Park - Bear Glacier
If you're looking for a 1-day Alaska sea kayaking experience, Bear Glacier is the most amazing, photogenic, and unique Alaska sea kayaking experience available in Alaska. Take a moment to look at our Bear Glacier Photo Album and just imagine how amazing it would be seeing this awesome place in person. A maze of giant Bear Glacier icebergs awaits your arrival. Sea kayaking around the icebergs is so special that when you get here you're going to want to stay longer.
1-Day Bear Glacier Sea Kayaking Departing From Seward
An exclusive sea kayaking, hiking, and beachcombing wilderness haven.
NEW LOWER RATES FOR 2016
Two options are available to get to Bear Glacier. By boat and by fly-in on a helicopter.
Bear Glacier is the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. This remote Alaska wilderness area is about 15 roadless miles south of Seward and on the west side of Resurrection Bay. This trip departs from Seward, Alaska and we have 2 options to get you out to our Bear Glacier Wilderness Retreat where this incredible sea kayaking adventure starts. You can go out by water taxi; this is a scenic boat ride along Resurrection Bay's coastline and the least costly way for you to experience the sea kayaking paradise at Bear Glaciers. The other option is a scenic flightseeing trip to Bear Glacier by helicopter. If your budget allows, this combination helicopter flightseeing and sea kayaking makes for a great day of adventure in Alaska.
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- Dry Suit - We supply dry suits to keep you warm, dry, and help protect you from hypothermia in Alaska's cold waters. Other Seward sea kayaking outfitters provide (or rent at extra cost) rain gear and rubber boots that offer little protection. Another advantage to dry suits is that if the weather turns wet, they add warmth and a comfort level you would not think possible in this maritime environment.
- Single Kayaks - We provide an option to paddle your own single-person kayak. Most other outfitters use only two-person kayaks. Please inquire.
- High Quality Experience Since 1986 - Recognized by the National Geographic as one of the best adventure travel companies in the world.
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Sea Kayaking, Wildlife Viewing
Easy to Moderate
Comfort: We Provide Dry Suits
Bear Glacier is one the most amazing, photogenic, and unique Alaska sea kayaking experience available in Alaska. Take a moment to look at our Bear Glacier Photo Album
. Sea kayaking around the icebergs is so special that when you get here you're going to want to stay longer.
Two Options Are Available to Get to Bear Glacier
- By Boat. From Seward, the water taxi heads down the west side of Resurrection Bay and is about 1 hour boat ride.
- By Helicopter. The helicopter offers the most flexibly on departure and return times. Combining the helicopter flightseeing and sea kayaking at Bear Glacier makes for a great day of adventure in Alaska. Bear Glacier is about a 15 minute flight from Seward.
Single and Double Kayak Options
- We supply dry suits to keep you warm, dry, and help protect you from hypothermia in Alaska's cold waters. Other Seward sea kayaking outfitters provide rain gear and rubber boots that offer little protection. Another advantage to dry suits is that if the weather turns wet, they add warmth and a comfort level you would not think possible in this maritime environment.
Also available a complete custom tour package that includes round trip transportation from Anchorage and overnight lodging in in Seward. Call for more information.
- We provide an option to paddle your own single-person kayak or double kayak. Most other outfitters use only two-person double kayaks.
Trip Planning - Seward, Alaska is just 125 miles south of Anchorage. You can reach Seward by road or on the Alaska Railroad's Coastal Classic Train
. If you need help with transportation Backcountry Safaris would be happy to package bus or Alaska Railroad transportation to Seward as well as overnight lodging in Seward
Departure times depends on what option you choose, water taxi or helicopter. Water taxi depend on Resurrection Bay's tides; call or email for departure times on the day you have interest in. Helicopter access is the most flexible and you can choose a departure that fits your schedule.
Plan to arrive in Seward one hour or earlier before departure time. The water taxi and helicopter have very busy schedules and will not wait for your arrival. If you are taking the water taxi to Bear Glacier, you will meet the boat at Seward's south boat ramp. You will meet the helicopter at the Seward airport. Detailed information will be emailed to you on reservation.
After landing we'll get dressed in the dry suits that help protect us from cold glacier water and then head out to explore the maze of icebergs in front of Bear Glacier.
We'll stop on the scenic glacier moraine next to Bear Glacier. You're free to take some close-up photos of the glacier and explore the moraine as our guides prepares lunch. Deli lunch, hot drinks, and snacks are included. After lunch we head out again by kayaks to see the front of the glacier and maybe get to see a glacier calving to see how the giant icebergs are formed. While continuing our exploration we keep a look out for harbor seals lying on icebergs. Harbor seals come into the lake seeking protection from the Orca whales that cruise the narrow glacier moraine beach on the ocean side of Bear Glacier Lake. We'll also keep an eye out for other wildlife in the area that area includes black bears, mountain goats, coyotes, wolverines and a variety of birds that nest in the area.
In the afternoon we meet our water taxi or the helicopter for the return to Seward.
Complete tour package that includes the transportation to and from Seward. Pre- and post-trip lodging in Seward and/or Anchorage is also available on request.
|2016 TOUR DATES
June 1 - September 15
Helicopter Option - September 30
For the water taxi boat option, the departure times very everyday and are timed with the ocean tides. Please email of call for departure times for your date. There is about a 2 hour span on each side of the low tide we cannot go in if the low tide is below 1.5 feet.
The helicopter flightseeing option is flexible on departure and return times. Departure times are between 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM, your choice of time.
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A complete tour package that includes the transportation to and from Seward, and pre- and post-trip lodging in Seward is also available.
NEW LOWER RATES
This trip has Tiered Pricing.
This trip is priced according to the smallest number of full paying guests that we must have to operate the trip. At the time of reservation we invoice you at the highest tier price until final payment is due. If the price drops due to an increase in the group size before your trip departs, you will be refunded the difference. Note that paying guests does not include guides or any guests already getting a discount (example, combining trips may earn you a discount).
Single travelers please call to join another group.
Water Taxi Option
1 Travelers: $375 each plus tax.
2 Travelers: $330 each plus tax.
3 Travelers: $300 each plus tax.
4 - 6 Travelers: $275 each plus tax.
Over 6 Travelers: Call
Helicopter rates are based on the number of seats, the weight of passengers, plus the weight of gear you bring. There are 3 seats with a maximum load of 600 pounds per-flight. If your combine weight is over 600 pounds, additional flight(s) will be required and the rate will be more. If you have questions or for a firm cost, please call.
1 Travelers: $1068 each plus tax.
2 Travelers: $545 each plus tax.
3 - 5 Travelers: $496 each plus tax
6 Travelers: $380 each plus tax.
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P.O. Box 1397 Seward, Alaska USA 99664
1-907-222-1632 or toll-free 1-877-812-2159
Backcountry Safaris and other tour operators that we work with strive to give you a high quality Alaska experience. The tour itinerary shown on our web page is an example tour itinerary. The actual tour itinerary may vary some due to weather, safety, guest abilities and other conditions. Backcountry Safaris and other independent tour contractors reserve the right to change the tour itinerary and/or make substitutions at any time and without prior notice or to cancel all or part of any tour in its reasonable discretion, for the safety of its participants or due to insufficient number of participants signing up for a tour, because of weather, for the comfort and well being of our guests, for any other conditions that might affect the quality of tour, or as deemed necessary by the tour operator or trip leader.
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Although every precaution is taken to safeguard you and your belongings, our adventure trips involve inherent risks and dangers which are beyond our control and Backcountry Safaris shall assume no responsibility for personal injuries or deaths and loss of personal property. Due to the nature of the activities, a condition of your participation is that you will read and sign the acknowledgment and Release of Liability before the tour begins. A copy of the text is available on request.