Drysuits are Provided and Required for all Liquid Adventures trips in Bear Glacier
We provide drysuits for all of our clients as part of our Bear Glacier trips. We very rarely have clients in the water, but if it happens we want to be prepared. The water in Bear Glacier's lagoon is fed by glacier runoff, and it is kept colder than the ocean all summer long by giant icebergs. Even if the air temperature is warm, the water is still cold, so our drysuits provide the necessary safety buffer to make sure that getting wet is no big deal.
Even if you choose not to visit a glacier lagoon with us at Liquid Adventures, make sure that wearing a drysuit is part of your plan! It should be considered essential safety gear for any adventure in very cold water. (Note: we only have up to XXL drysuits. As a general rule, if you are close to or over 6'6" tall or 260lbs, you may not fit into our drysuits and cannot go on the trip. For suit dimensions, click here)
Paddling here is Amazing
This trip is suitable for beginners and seasoned kayakers alike. If you are a beginner, consider that you are going to be outdoors in Seward Alaska, and that means it often rains and is cold. Be sure to dress appropriately, and remember that all of our trips do involve a lot of physical activity.
This is a truly amazing opportunity
From the comfort of our kayaks, we'll explore the massive icebergs that are deposited by Bear Glacier, the Harding Icefield's largest glacier.
You'll enjoy the stability of our boats in the glacier's calm lagoon while your group checks out the huge floating chunks of ice around you.
This trip starts in our office in Seward Alaska at 8am, and often we have an afternoon trip that meets at 2pm. From there, we load up on our jet boat and start our 30-45 minute journey out to the glacier. Along the way, there's plenty of opportunities to see wildlife, and we'll keep our eyes open!
The features in the lagoon change daily and your guide will choose the best route to navigate through the maze of ice. Wildlife also varies day to day with good chances to view harbor seals and black bears. This tour lasts a little over 5 hours and departs daily.
Use the numbered steps below to navigate the map and learn more about this kayaking trip and where it operates
Meet at the shop
Board our jetboat
Jetboat ride to Bear Glacier
Arrive at Bear Glacier
Check out the bergs!
Book the Boat for $1800 and have a private trip
8am / 2pm
Trip meets at Liquid Adventures' office at 1013 3rd Ave, Seward Ak 99664
Total trip time is 5.5 hrs from start to finish (approximately). Roughly 2 hours are spent paddling.
Groups are never larger than 6 people
5/20ish to 9/10
Actual start date changes every season, depending on environmental factor.
Suitable for most kayakers willing to get down and dirty
This trip is suitable for beginners and seasoned kayakers alike. If you are a beginner, consider that you are going to be outdoors in Alaska, and that means it often rains and is cold. Be sure to dress appropriately, and remember that all of our trips do involve a lot of physical activity.
We use sit-on-top kayaks for this trip because they are ideal for photography. This style of boat allows easy access to your drybag with your camera gear, and the boats are exceptionally stable.
Remember; you are on water! You are ultimately responsible for keeping your awesome camera gear dry!
This trip tends to fill up several weeks in advance, as we only take 6 clients at a time. Reserve your trip early!
The Journey to Bear Glacier
Cruise to Bear Glacier in a Modern Jetboat
From our office, it's a short walk down to where our jet boat is moored in the harbor. You, the rest of the group, and your guide will load up our gear on the Ghost Marmot and quickly cruise up the west shoreline of Resurrection Bay.
On the way there is opportunity to see whales, porpoise, sea otters, puffins, and other marine life. When we arrive just outside the entrance to Bear Glacier's Lagoon, the captain guides our powerful boat up the river channel and anchors us on the beach by our cache.
From here, It’s just a short paddle to the lagoon and icebergs.
The jetboat ride can be bumpy! While we do everything we can to mitigate
the motion of the ocean, please keep in mind that this is an adventurous trip —
we work with the rain, wind, and chop however it presents itself.
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Jet Boat Taxi
Ride in a modern jetboat down the bay and up a shallow glacier-fed river.
Please note that this ride, while usually calm, can sometimes get bumpy if the ocean is choppy. But hey, this is an adventure!
Jet Boat Capacity
A maximum of 6 clients are on the boat during a trip.
The ride in the jetboat is roughly 1 hour in each direction. The exact time is highly dependant on weather.
As seen in Google's "Hidden Worlds of the National Parks" VR project
Check out this amazing, interactive video that we filmed last season at Bear Glacier with Google and the National Park Service for their Centennial celebration. See the full project here — it's incredible.
Overview of Bear Glacier TripsCheck out this short film we shot ourselves about our Bear Glacier Trips. It should give you a good feel for what this trip is all about.
Package a tour with our partners and save some serious cash!
We've worked over the last several years to set up partnerships with locally owned adventure companies Exit Glacier Guides and Major Marine Tours. These companies are leaders in their fields, and we're proud to offer discounts on select trips.