It isn’t too often that you talk with someone who has gone glacier kayaking in Alaska. Commonly, those who have taken on the endeavor found difficulty describing it to inquiring minds. These awe-inspiring adventures, made possible by pristine, emerald-colored waters, are the types of excursions that make legends. Ideally located across from Glacier Bay National Park, Elfin Cove Resort offers unfettered access to some of the deepest glacial fjords surrounded by immaculate scenery and wildlife. Alaska’s remote backcountry has a different view from the water, and glacier kayaking is one of the most iconic ways to see it. This unique Alaska bucket list item is more accessible than you may think, and Elfin Cove is the perfect basecamp.
Kayaking at Glacier Bay National Park
Glacier Bay is arguably one of the most breathtaking locations in Alaska. Surrounded by stoic mountains displaying dramatic glacial cascades that seemingly reach to the ocean, this magnificent destination is an adventurer’s dream come true. Coupled with the emblematic landscapes, is an abundant and dynamic wildlife population consisting of whales, seals, sea lions, and bears, lending themselves to eager onlookers. Glacier kayaking in Southeast Alaska’s remote locations requires some planning, but you’ll soon find out your efforts will be worth your time. Here are a few tips to help maximize your Alaskan vacation.
Bring a Camera with Ample Storage Space
Part of what entices people to explore Alaska is the opportunity to document an extraordinary experience. Captivating vistas offer magnificent views not only of glaciers, but elegantly disheveled shorelines, steep ridgelines, and vibrant marine fauna. Having a camera with you seems like a no-brainer, but not everyone remembers to make room for more pictures. The last thing you want is to be fidgeting with your camera while everyone else takes in the remarkable vistas.
Be Mindful of Ice Flows
Understanding the tidal patterns is paramount to a safe and enjoyable journey. Massive icebergs can shift beneath the glacier or tide flow, rendering a blocked route of passage. Sheets of ice near seemingly tranquil waters are a warning from nature to wait out the tide to continue safely. The best way to mitigate this less than ideal situation is to visit glaciers early to avoid any unintended detours.
Enjoy the Wildlife and Leave No Trace
While you may sometimes feel like you are alone in the bay, as mentioned earlier, the park is teeming with wild animals. From harbor seals laying about with their pups to boisterous sea lions with their distinct odor, Glacier Bay is home to an eclectic array of native species. The best way to show appreciation for these living wonders is to leave nothing behind and observe them with no interaction.
Glacial Kayaking at Elfin Cove’s Best Alaskan Fishing Lodge
Gliding across Glacier Bay from the confines of a kayak is no ordinary outing. Alaskan vacations should be extraordinary, so why not take yours to the next level by booking with Elfin Cove Resort? To learn more about the allure of Southeast Alaska and it’s attractions, please visit us online or call 888-922-3474.