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4 Day Columbia Glacier & Glacier Island Kayak Camping Tour

Explore Columbia Glacier, Columbia Bay and Glacier Island. Paddle the icebergs and remote bays. Explore Glacier Island and paddle at the Sea Lion hual-out.


Tour Activities

Sea kayaking
Scenic motorboat ride

Trip Length

4-Days, 3-Nights

Price Includes

Meals listed in itinerary
Kayak equipment
Tents & sleeping kit
Guide services
Motor boat transport
Park fees

Average Price

$ 1070


Easy / Moderate

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This 4 day kayaking tour is designed for anyone with a sense of adventure and ready to paddle amongst the wonderful marine life of the Prince William Sound. We will have the chance to paddle through the ice of Columbia Glacier and on to the peaceful bays of Glacier Island. Novice and beginner paddlers are welcome.

Note: The 4 day trip has one more day of paddling in Columbia Bay than the 3 day trip. We really love spending the extra day out in the area and feel the 4 day trip is one of our favorite mid range trips.

Day 1- Meet in Valdez at our shop in the morning for a safety briefing and orientation. From there we board our water taxi for the brilliant cruise out to Heather Bay, our access to the mighty Columbia Glacier – the largest tide water glacier in Prince William Sound. Here we embark on our journey into the massive floating icefield and amongst its towering icebergs, eventually to a spectacular island overlooking the glacier. As we paddle away from the Columbia we keep a look out for numerous marine mammals, possibly seeing harbor seals, sea otters, and perhaps a glimpse of an orca. On this night we make camp in Heather Bay and settle in for some tasty camp cuisine cooked by our guides.

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Day 2: We depart Heather Bay in the morning to go and explore Columbia Bay. We cross through the main channel of ice escaping over the glacier's moraine. It is common to see large groups of sea otters or Harbor Seals hauled out on the ice. Explore the western coastline of Columbia Bay with a visit and possible camping in Granite Cove. We have even had the chance to watch transient Orca hunting seals in the area.

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Day 3: After camping we're off towards Glacier Island. After a hot breakfast we may take a hike before departing south. With Columbia Glacier to our backs we will make the crossing over to Glacier Island. There are numerous bays to explore on the north side of the island plus numerous hikes and beach combing opportunities. We may climb one of the spectacular ridges giving us wonderful views of Naked Island and Columbia Glacier. The elusive snow covered peaks of Montague Island may even come into view. Our guides will provide another fine meal before a much deserved sleep.
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Day 4: An early start will lead us around the corner of Glacier Island to Bull Head. Here we will find a colony of Stellar Sea Lions which can be seen feeding, sleeping and swimming. These great mammals were once thought to be extinct. As you learn about these magnificent creatures be on the look out for Puffins and Cormorants which inhabit the rugged caves along the coastline. We stop at one of the most fabulous beaches for lunch and a hike up through the rainforest. After lunch were off to Chamberlain Bay for some more exploring before we are picked up and taken back to Valdez.
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4 Day Columbia Glacier & Glacier Island Kayak Camping Tour

4 Day Columbia Glacier Kayak Camping Tour

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Price Notes:

Prices are per person, with a minimum of 2 guests. If you're a solo paddler and/or open to others joining you, we can market your interest on our "Open Trips" page so as to drum up more campers.

Private Trips: To reserve a private trip with less than 4 guests (where you want to keep the group less than 4 guests) we charge a private rate equal to 4 guests.

4 Day Columbia Glacier & Glacier Island Kayak Camping Tour

Gear supplied by Pangaea Adventures

  1. All Kayak gear, life Jackets, paddles, dry bags, etc...
  2. Rubber Boots and Neoprene Mittens
  3. All Camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags and pads.
  4. All cooking utensils and equipment
  5. All safety gear and first aid kits
  6. All food and Non-Alcoholic beverages as listed in itinerary.

Here is general information for pre-trip planning and post reservation forms.

All Multi-Day Tours must fill out the Guest Questionnaire

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Participant Release Form (36kb)

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4 Day Columbia Glacier & Glacier Island Kayak Camping Tour

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