Columbia Glacier Day Tour
Columbia Glacier Sea Kayak Day Tour - The Guide's ChoiceOffering the best paddling, wildlife, and ice in Alaska. The Columbia Glacier is the largest tidewater glacier in Prince William Sound. Since the early 1980’s it has been retreating catastrophically from its terminal moraine, leaving a 12+ mile long iceberg-littered fjord in its wake, creating one of the most rapidly changing glacier-scapes on earth. On this kayak day tour, we strive for the upper reaches of Columbia Bay, where we paddle among the wildest, most impressive scenery around. Our most popular tour! Our famous Columbia Day Tour that has for decades operated amongst the icebergs at the outer terminal moraine now goes to Upper Columbia Bay and into the amphitheater where the glacier's various faces spill into the sea. With massive tide swings and ever-changing calving rates, every day is different in the Columbia Glacier zone, and for any tours where the floating ice is packed so thick, like it used to be, such that the upper bay becomes inaccessible and we end up back at our original operating area near the terminal moraine -over twelve miles from the face, we will honor the old rate of $259 per person. Ultimately, we did away with the Iceberg Tour, because we figured, hey, why take just an iceberg tour when you can get a face with your icebergs?? Please email or call with any questions! Also, please keep in mind that upper Columbia Bay can be quite a chilly place, so please be sure to bring ample extra warm layers, and leave the cotton behind!
Itinerary- Here is how the general schedule works on this 10 hour trip:
- 8am: Meet at our office, usually returning to town around 6pm-
- Hour 1: outfit and paddle talk
- Hour 2-4.5: boat ride to Columbia Bay
- Hour 4.5-6: paddle amongst the ice
- Hour 6-6.5: lunch break
- Hour 6.5-8: more paddle driven exploration of the wildest place you’ve ever known
- Hour 8-10: boat ride back to town
This tour is offered most days of the summer, but do try and sign up in advance, as there are times we do fully book! We use our own USCG inspected water taxis for all regularly scheduled trips.