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Big Time Bear Glacier
Have you ever dreamed of paddleboarding next to a Glacier? Or maybe standing on an SUP staring up at giant Icebergs? In Alaska, you can do just that.
Bear Glacier, which is the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park is close to Seward and also one of the most spectacular places in Alaska. At the base of the glacier's 12 mile ice tongue lies a salt-water lagoon filled with massive icebergs and surrounded by mountains of wilderness. The water is calm and protected from waves. This very unique destination offers us some of the coolest paddling on the planet and it's an amazing place to visit. Better yet, the access is limited to specialized boats and Helicopters! There are no roads and no crowds and YOU will most likely be the only visitors on a given day.
We offer two access options for this trip. Watertaxi or Heli. For the Helicopter option we depart from the Seward Airport and after fastening our seat belts we begin an unforgettable journey, soaring over peaks of the Chugach mountain range and gliding past the Harding Ice field. We might get an overhead view of a hungry bear, mountain goats, humpback or killer whale. After setting down on the moraine, we’ll pump up our custom inflatable stand up boards, slip on a drysuit and step into liquid. On the watertaxi option you and your guide will load up our gear on the M/V Lori Sea and quickly cruise up the west shoreline of Resurrection Bay. On the way you have the opportunity to see whales, sea otters, puffins and other marine life. The captain will take us within a stone’s throw to the beach and we’ll paddle in, timing the swell and landing safely on the sand. It’s just a short carry over the moraine to the lagoon and icebergs.
Either option will blow you away and we challenge you to find a more surreal place to paddleboard.
The features in the lagoon change daily and your guide will choose the best route to navigate through the maze if ice. Wildlife also varies day to day with good chances to view harbor seals and black bears. This tour lasts about four hours and departs daily. Please call for more details and flight/boat times.
$399 / (2 person minimum) Boat-Drop Option $550 / (2 person minimum) Heli-Drop Option
All equipment provided: Board, Paddle, Drysuit, PFD, Leash and Snacks. DON'T forget your camera!