Day 1 Pre-Trip Meeting & Pack Up Day / with Lunch
Please plan on your own breakfast, dinner, and lodging for day 1 in Seward and we will provide lunch.
Pre-trip and pack day meetings are mandatory and scheduled a day in advance of any expedition trip. Meet and greet your guide through participating and discussing personal goals, past experiences, individual priorities and determine an agreeable trip plan based on this information. At these meetings we look at the weather forecasts, predictions and discuss trip options to finalize a float plan, and go over gear packing and general prep. Please bring everything you plan to bring on the trip with you to the meeting.
All members participating in the paddle will be asked to participate with camp chores and meal prep as part of the expedition experience. In other words, this will not be a completely catered experience where your guide/guides do it all.
As stated before these trips can be somewhat flexible to try and permit some of the priorities and expectations that were expressed at the pre trip meeting be met if at all possible.
Day 2 Departure Day
Arrive at our shop at 7 am with all pre-packed personal gear, in provided dry bags. If you need a pick up, we will arrange a time and place to pick you up. We will meet the water taxi by 7:45 am for our 8 am departure to Aialik Bay, in the heart of the Kenai Fjords National Park. We will be viewing wildlife and sea life as we travel to the designated drop off beach. The water taxi will also have other trips including day trips and multi day trips also on board. Our water taxi will most likely drop off these other trips first then drop off our expedition trip at another destination in Aialik Bay to start the trip and begin your expedition. Most trips include Pederson Lagoon where we will find beautiful ice bergs, harbor seals, and sometimes bears walking along the shore line. Holgate Arm is also a beautiful location to explore on your expedition.
We will typically spend 2-3 days in Aialik Bay before rounding the cape to Harris Bay and Northwestern Fjord to explore for another 2-3 days. (Weather and Paddle conditions permitting) Be prepared for weather days!
There are many camping options in Aialik Bay. Most trips will depart Aialik Bay from Verdant Cove, where the decision will be made to make the cape crossing to Harris Bay through Granite Passage and into Northwestern Fjord.
Our goal is to make these trips as comfortable as we can. We do not offer dry suit rental, but do recommend that you rent one or bring your own, otherwise we do recommend high quality water proof (not water resistant) rain gear. For recommendations on where to rent dry suits, please ask us while inquiring about the trip! It's highly likely that at some point you will get damp or wet, even with a dry suit.
Who May Join:
Because of the dynamics of this trip we permit people to join this trip only after reviewing your back country skills and experience and then determining if this trip would be a reasonable option for you to join. We allow 5 people per guide. If your party is smaller than 5, you may choose to purchase a private trip. Please inquire about private trip pricing with us if this interests you! Otherwise, we are free to add people on to your trip at our discretion. If your party is larger than 5, we will schedule an additional guide to accommodate.
Ranging from difficult to strenuous depending on conditions encountered
Type of Kayaks:
Expedition Tandem Kayaks (Northwestern Fiberglass)
synthetic 0 degree w/liner provided
We have many options/types for your choice
Adventure Sixty North provides guides, fiber glass tandem kayaks, boots, poggies, 4 season tents, zero-degree synthetic sleeping bags & ground pads, cooking gear, and food. All of our expedition trip guides will have first aid kit, satellite phone, In-reach satellite texting device, and VHF Marine radio.