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Holgate Ice Experience
This is an excellent introduction to the wonders of sea kayaking in Alaska and offers flexible itineraries and an option to add additional days to enhance your experience.
We invite you to a pre-trip evening meeting at the Liquid Adventures barn. You’ll meet your trip leader and fellow paddlers and we will briefly discuss logistics and answer any last minute questions.
We board our water taxi and set out for spectacular Aialik Bay. On this scenic 2-hour wildlife charter we’ll keep an eye out for puffins, whales, sea otters and more. After we get acquainted with our surroundings at “Thunder camp”, your guide will give an introductory kayak lesson and go over essential safety procedures. The afternoon will be spent exploring the waters of Holgate Arm. This will be our first experience with floating ice and calving glaciers. After a tasty dinner, you may choose to relax with a glass of wine or push off for a quiet evening paddle.
Day two begins with a hardy breakfast and a stretch. We’ll then load up the kayaks and round the rocky headland towards our next destination: Pederson Lagoon. Our entry to the lower lagoon must be timed with a favorable tide, but once inside we will discover a virtual kayaker’s paradise. A strange and wonderful place where birds swim better than they fly and harbor seals ride on drifting icebergs. After a casual exploration and a beach lunch on the moraine, we head back to our base camp for dinner and a movie. (sans the movie)
On Day three, we break camp and make our way to Quicksand Cove. This secluded inlet boasts a beautiful sandy beach backed by spruce forests and ringed by glacier-covered peaks. Bald eagles watch us from perches along the shore or soar majestically overhead. We’ll paddle past sea arches and watch puffins and cormorants fly and dive around us. Fishing enthusiasts can drop a line for Ling Cod or troll for salmon. Behind Quicksand beach there is a small tidal lake that is popular with the black-legged kittiwakes and land otters. It is not uncommon to also spot foraging black bears there. After a late lunch, our charter boat will return to take us back to Seward for hot showers and stories of an amazing adventure.
Tour Price: $1099pp (based on four paddlers)
Additional Days: $220pp
Included in Price: Kayaking Equipment, Tents, Meals, Water Taxi Transfers, Guide Services,Permits and Park User Fees. Taxes and gratuity are additional.
((For savvy travelers looking for a more affordable multi-day trip, we also offer a guided rental option. Please contact us for more information and pricing))
**Please keep in mind that this is a sample itinerary and may change depending on the weather, tides and individual paddling ability, but the highlights will remain the same**