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A passion for Alaskan glacier and wildlife kayaking tours in the Prince William Sound wilderness defines Anadyr Adventures, the premier sea kayaking company in Valdez, Alaska.

Choose from a variety of world-class day trips or multiday camping, lodge or mothership based tours. We can also work with you to design a trip customized to your interests.

Anadyr Adventures operates under special use permits from the Chugach National Forest and the Alaska Division of Parks. We are proud to work with Valdez City Schools, Valdez Parks and Recreation, and Advocates for Victims of Violence to introduce kids to paddling.

And we are proud to have received the the 2004 Spirit of Alaska award, presented by ATIA to the Alaskan business best exemplifying the Alaskan spirit of community and public service.

Anadyr Adventures offers four types of trips: day trips for those with limited time in Valdez, multi-day camping trips, Mothership trips for those desiring the amenities of a support vessel, and lodge based trips offering Prince William Sound day excursions from the comfort of a remote Alaskan wilderness lodge. 

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Established in 1989, Anadyr Adventures offers naturalist guided sea-kayaking, sailing and hiking trips to novice and experienced kayakers, families, kids and the physically challenged. We are a company dedicated to sharing with you the beauty of Prince William Sound wilderness. Our groups are small, our impact is low and sustainable tourism is in the forefront of our agenda.

Valdez has been our home since 1984. Through the years we have kayaked, sailed and hiked Prince William Sound extensively. Consequently, we are uniquely positioned to help you plan your trip.

You may choose from a wide range of trips with varying levels of difficulty and comfort; from easy, suitable for novice paddlers and kids, to strenuous, geared for the more experienced paddlers. Our guided trips throughout Prince William Sound are small and intimate, giving you the perfect opportunity to view your surroundings and the abundant wildlife in a way that most larger tour companies simply cannot offer.

The trips we have listed are not exclusive…. in fact, many great tours have not made it on these pages! If you don’t see anything that immediately excites you, feel free to call for new ideas. You will find our staff knowledgeable, our pricing to be reasonable and affordable. We pride ourselves on providing honest and accurate information so that your expectations are well matched with what we can deliver. Don’t hesitate to call or write with your questions at any time.

Why choose Anadyr Adventures for your Alaska sea kayaking adventure?

Anadyr Adventures has over 30 years of experience leading quality sea-kayaking and hiking trips in Prince William Sound.

We carefully select only the safest, reliable and knowledgeable guides to lead you. Our guides are top professionals, who not only teach their skill, but offer interpretive discussions of the local history, geology, flora, and fauna. Whenever possible we make a point to employ locally in order to benefit the local community and its economy directly, thereby providing further incentive for local support and preservation of natural areas and wildlife habitat.

Because we are locally owned, we have more in-depth knowledge to share with you. The majority of our guides are Alaskans as well. Their knowledge of the Alaska wilderness, not to mention our native fauna & flora, was gained from years of first-hand experience in the backcountry, and not read from a book a few months prior to your tour. Your guide will not simply be another guest on the trip with you, but will have valuable insight to offer and practical knowledge to share on the areas you’ll be paddling through. We strive to make sure our guides are equally well versed in the natural history & geology of the area and often employ university professors and museum curators to assist with our training.

Finally, we pride ourselves on offering personalized service. We maintain small group sizes allowing us to ensure the highest quality of tours. We make every effort to coordinate our groups so the interests of our individual clients and guide complement one another. Please don’t hesitate to use “our client feedback” page to ask questions from our former guests.

Anadyr Adventures is a proud member of the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau, Valdez Convention and Visitors Bureau, Valdez Chamber of Commerce, Tok Chamber of Commrs, Valdez Trails Associations, Alaska State Parks Advisory Board and Alaska’s Wilderness Recreation & Tourism Association. We support local conservation organizations and encourages our clients to make a $1-A-Day voluntary donation to organizations working to conserve Alaska’s wilderness. We are proud to have received ATIA’s Spirit of Alaska award in 2004.

Valdez is located on the north shore of Port Valdez, a deep water fjord in Prince William Sound. Referred to as “Little Switzerland”, Valdez is surrounded by breathtaking snow capped mountains. Valdez lies 305 road miles east of Anchorage, and 364 road miles south of Fairbanks.

Valdez can be reached by the Alaska Marine Highway. The state ferry provides transport to and from Whittier, Cordova, Kodiak, Seward and Homer. It takes 6 hours from Whittier to reach Valdez via the ferry system.

Alaska Airlines has two, and sometimes three, daily flights from Anchorage. The flight from Anchorage to Valdez takes 40 minutes. Our advice is to make your reservation for an earlier flight or even for the day before to avoid potential flight cancellations.

The Richardson Highway connects Valdez to Anchorage, Fairbanks and Canada. Driving time from Anchorage to Valdez is 6 hours. Allow ample time for driving because the highways are very scenic and you’ll want to stop to admire the view and take pictures. Along the way there are a number of roadside lodges and campgrounds. If you are driving from Anchorage we recommend food and lodging at Sheep Mountain Lodge.

Once you reach Thompson Pass and enter Keystone Canyon, you are getting close to Valdez. Follow the Richardson Highway into town, ( about 10 miles), passing a number of RV Parks. Turn left on Chitna Drive, go to the end ( 2 short blocks) turn right on North Harbor Drive. We are located three buildings down on the right hand side at 225 North Harbor Drive. If you see a place called Fish Central or Mike’s Palace, you have just passed our office. For a complete listing of accommodations, tours, and services in Valdez, please visit our helpful travel links.

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From the many icefields covering the vallies of the Chugach Mountains flow more than 150 glaciers with 17 reaching sea level. The climate is maritime with moderate temperatures and an average precipitation of 100 inches annually.

Prince William Sound has the greatest diversity of wildlife habitat along the entire northern Pacific Coast. Two hundred forty species of birds have been observed, ranging from the tiny rufus hummingbird to the mighty bald eagle, and during spring and fall migration tens of millions of migratory birds traverse the area. Humpback, killer, and minke whales, seals and Steller sea lions reside in this marine environment. Thirty different land mammals have been recorded in Prince William Sound. Most easily spotted are Sitka deer, black bears and mountain goats. Commercial and sports fishermen harvest five species of Pacific salmon as well as halibut, shrimp, crab, herring and bottom fish in the rich waters of the Sound.

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Columbia Glacier Kayaking Tour: The Ultimate Guide

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If you want to witness the power of one of the world’s most active glaciers in action, then add the Columbia Glacier to your Alaskan itinerary. With roughly 13 million tons of ice breaking off of the Columbia Glacier everyday, there is a good chance that you will be able to watch a calving event take place.

From within Columbia Bay you can watch for calving events from three separate faces of the Columbia Glacier. The Columbia Glacier faces range from 200 to 400 feet high, making your tour boat or kayak look tiny in comparison. We were able to position our kayaks such that we could watch for calving events from all three faces by just turning our heads.

There is more to this experience than witnessing a calving event. You are also likely to hear the thundering sounds of the Columbia Glacier movement, sounds that are amplified by the echo bouncing off the surrounding mountains. And you are likely to see icebergs from the calving events drifting out of Columbia Bay and into Prince William Sound.

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The Columbia Glacier

The Columbia Glacier, named after Columbia University, is one of the most rapidly changing glaciers in the world. It is a tidewater glacier, which means the Columbia Glacier flows from the mountains to the ocean. The terminus of the glacier started retreating in the early 1980’s and has since retreated over 12 miles (over 19 km), losing more than half of its volume.

Scientists predict that once the glacier retreats a total distance of 15 miles it will be in shallow enough water that the calving rate of the glacier will slow down. But it is unclear as to when this will happen.

How to See the Columbia Glacier

Tours to the glacier operate out of Valdez. There are options for kayaking tours, boat cruises, and helicopter rides. Kayaking tours include a boat cruise to a landing site within Columbia Bay where you then kayak to the glacier faces.

Both the kayaking tour and boat cruises need to pass through a portion of Prince William Sound to get from Valdez to the Columbia Glacier. Therefore, both of these tours also offer the opportunity to spot marine wildlife. A helicopter tour offers the experience of landing on the Columbia Glacier.

You do need to stay a safe distance away from the glacier face in case a calving event occurs. For example, kayaking tours will stay at least a quarter-of-a-mile away from the glacier face. That didn’t seem to be a problem at all during our kayaking tour as we still had good visibility of the glacier faces.

Boat cruises take at least 6 hours while kayaking tours can be 10 hours or longer. A helicopter experience can range from 1.5 to 2.5 hours.

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Tour Operators of the Columbia Glacier

Kayak tours.

Pangaea Adventures offers a “Columbia Glacier Day Tour”. This is promoted as a 10 hour tour that involves 1 hour of gear preparation, 4.5 hours of cruising to/from Columbia Bay, 3 hours of kayaking, and ½ hour for lunch. 

Anadyr Adventures offers a “Columbia Glacier Face” tour. This is promoted as a 10 hour tour that involves 1 hour of gear preparation, 4 hours of cruising to/from Columbia Bay, 4 hours of Kayaking, and 1 hour of relaxing or hiking. 

Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises offers a “Columbia Glacier Cruise”. This is promoted as a 6 hour tour.

Lu-Lu Belle Glacier & Wildlife Cruises offers an “Alaska’s Columbia Glacier, Whale, and Wildlife Cruise”. This is promoted as a 7+ hour tour. 

Helicopter Rides

VS Helicopters offers flightseeing tours of Prince William Sound and the Chugach Mountains which can include the Columbia Glacier. The Deluxe version of their “Glacier Explorer Tour” flies by the Columbia Glacier. Their “The Everything Tour” offers an option to land on the Columbia Glacier.

Best Time to Visit the Columbia Glacier

Each tour operator will have its own operating schedule, but the main tourist season runs from June through August. Before adding the Columbia Glacier to your itinerary, check with the tour operators to confirm availability for your desired dates. We also recommend that you make an advance reservation in order to guarantee your seat.

Setting Your Expectations

Valdez receives a lot of precipitation throughout the year. Focusing on the main tourist season:

  • June – average of 3 inches of rain over 15 days
  • July – average of 3.8 inches of rain over 17 days
  • August – average of 6.6 inches of rain over 17 days

So, during these months you can expect it to rain half of the days of the month. Therefore, you need to be prepared for rainy weather. If you are taking a kayaking tour then make sure you know what gear the tour company is providing and what they expect you to bring.

Ice in Columbia Bay

If there is too much ice in Columbia Bay as a result from calving events from the Columbia Glacier, then tour operators might deem it unsafe to enter. Conditions can change very quickly. We noticed a dramatic difference within just the few hours we were kayaking in Columbia Bay. At the beginning of our time in the kayaks, we were able to kayak right down the middle of Columbia Bay. However, when heading out of Columbia Bay we had to stay on the outer fringe of the bay since so much ice had accumulated.

When making your reservation, I recommend checking with the tour operator to see what alternative they offer if they you unable to enter Columbia Bay.

Conditions of Prince William Sound

If the conditions of Prince William Sound are too rough, then your boat cruise or kayaking tour may be canceled. Make sure you know the cancelation policy of your tour company.

Seeing a Calving Event

While Columbia Glacier is very active, there is no guarantee you will see a calving event. We only saw one event during our kayak tour, although we did hear a lot more.

Marine Life in Prince William Sound

Being on the water within Prince William Sound gives you the opportunity to look for sea otters, harbor seals, Stellar sea lions, Dall’s porpoise, humpback whales, and orcas.

During the boat cruise portion of our kayaking tour we spotted a few sea lions and otters. Our guide spotted a Dall’s porpoise following in the wake of the boat for a few moments and one of the passengers on our boat got a quick glimpse of an Orca.

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Getting geared up.

We awoke to a chilly rainy morning and unfortunately this unfavorable weather stayed with us all day. This area of Alaska gets a lot of precipitation year-round and the historical averages show that half of the summer days will be rainy.

Valdez in the Rain

Valdez on the morning we took this kayaking tour. Low-lying clouds and fog would hide most of the views along the cruise in the Prince William Sound.

We checked in at the Pangaea Adventures office, which overlooks the Valdez marina, at 8:00am. They handed out rain pants, rain jackets, rubber boots, and dry bags. To limit what was brought onto the boat, they had us transfer anything we wanted to bring from our backpacks to the dry bag. We changed out of our shoes into their rubber boots. They asked us to leave our shoes and backpacks in the locked equipment shed next to their office, but you could lock these in your car if you prefer. After one quick bathroom break, we walked to the marina and boarded their boat.

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Here is Tim, modeling the rain jacket, rain pants, and boots provided by Pangaea Adventures.

The Cruise to Columbia Bay

The boat had indoor seating and a bathroom with a manual pump toilet. During the cruise, you are allowed to walk out to the front or rear of the boat to look at the surrounding scenery, to search for marine wildlife, and to gaze at the icebergs.

The 2 hour and 15 minute boat ride (almost 40 miles) to Columbia Bay was pleasant. The boat slowed so we could watch sea lions and otters. We also passed by countless icebergs of various shapes and sizes.

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Kayaking in Columbia Bay

In Columbia Bay, the boat pulled up to a rocky shore and the kayaks were offloaded. We were given spray skirts, life jackets, pogies (paddle mittens), paddles, and two-seater kayaks. After some instruction the guides helped us with attaching our spray skirts and making adjustments to the rudder foot pedals.

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Our landing spot in Columbia Bay

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The colorful kayaks brighten up the bay. Hopefully when you do this you will have much better weather.

We kayaked down the middle of Columbia Bay, weaving around small icebergs as we paddled in the direction of the Columbia Glacier. As we would approach larger icebergs, we paused to admire the stunning blue color they reflect. In the distance, we could hear the thunderous sounds from the calving of the Columbia Glacier as it echoed off the mountains.

It took a bit of paddling before we were in front of the first glacier face. Keep in mind that you have to stay at least a quarter-of-a-mile away from the glacier face for safety reasons, but that didn’t seem to be an issue. The glacier faces are plenty large enough that you can watch them from a safe distance.

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Icebergs floating in Columbia Bay.

At this point we kayaked to a rocky shore opposite of the glacier face and had lunch.

In Columbia Bay, it is 10 to 15 degrees cooler than in Valdez. As the air passes over the glacier, it cools down and then moves across the bay. When we did this, the high temperature in Columbia bay was in the high 30’s.

Our guide made hot chocolate for everyone and just holding the warm cup was a delight to warm up our hands.

Lunch Spot

Our lunch spot

Columbia Glacier Kayaking Tour Lunch Spot

Another view of our lunch spot.

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Kara and I, having hot chocolate before getting back into the kayaks. In this photo, you can see all of the gear we had to wear. In addition to rain gear, we are also wearing life jackets and spray skirts.

We were warmer when we were paddling so the lunch break was kept to 30 minutes. After lunch, we paddled further into Columbia Bay and positioned the kayaks so we could watch for calving events from the three separate glacier faces. We heard lots of thunderous sounds coming from the glacier but only saw one calving event.

Kayaking Columbia Glacier

It was now time to paddle back to the shore where the boat dropped us off. It was interesting to see how much Columbia Bay changed over the few hours we had been kayaking. The bay filled up with enough ice chunks from the Columbia Glacier that we had to stay close to the shoreline.

Back to the Boat

Three hours of kayaking was definitely plenty of time. A couple of teenagers had exhausted themselves to the point where our guide had to tow them back to the boat.

Once we reached the shore, everything was packed up and we boarded the boat for the return trip to Valdez.

The Return Cruise to Valdez

During the three hours we spent kayaking, conditions dramatically changed in the Prince William Sound. Now, huge swells rocked the boat and made any kind of forward progress challenging.

For a brief period of time, the swells were large enough that people on the boat began to get nervous. The size of the swells seemed to be reaching the limit to what the boat could handle and the captain was tense. This went on for about 45 minutes, until we finally reached the calmer waters closer to Valdez. The 2 hour and 15 minute return trip ended up taking 3 hours.

Some passengers onboard questioned if the tour should have been allowed to operate today, based on conditions in Prince William Sound. The captain seemed to know what he was doing and got us safely back to Valdez. But everyone onboard was certainly relieved once our feet hit solid ground.

Reasons we Picked Pangaea Adventures over Anadyr Adventures

These are the factors we considered when selecting Pangaea over Anadyr. We encourage you to inquire with both companies so you pick the one that is best suited for you.

Rain gear: Pangaea supplies rain gear (top and bottom) whereas Anadyr states that they provide “basic rain gear” while encouraging you to bring your own. We brought rain jackets/pants with us to Alaska but the rain gear Pangaea provided was certainly more ideal for being in rainy weather while kayaking for several hours.

Deposit and Cancellation Policies: Pangaea doesn’t require a deposit whereas Anadyr requires a 25% deposit. Pangaea also allows you to cancel without a penalty up to 2 days before the tour, whereas Anadyr charges a 10% penalty if you cancel up to 4 days before the tour. Once you are beyond the cancellation dates, the tour becomes non-refundable. The Pangaea policies were more favorable to us, especially since we were doing this tour on our third day in Alaska. If we had any issues getting to Alaska, then we could still cancel without a penalty.

Boat: The Pangaea website shows a picture of the boat they use so I had a better idea of what the 4.5 hours of cruising would be like. Anadyr stated that they use a 28′ sportfisher or a 40′ catamaran landing craft depending on the number of guests. They further stated that these boats have comfortable seating in the cabin as well as deck space outside (as does the Pangaea boat). But it was unclear if this would be any more comfortable than the boat Pangaea uses so we went with Pangaea.

Ratings: They both get 4.5 out of 5.0 on Trip Advisor and we didn’t see anything in the reviews that persuaded us one way or the other. So, this wasn’t a factor in our decision making.

How to Get to Valdez

On the road.

To get to Valdez, it is a gorgeous drive. On the drive, you get to see sights such as the picturesque mountains of Wrangell-St. Elias in the distance, Worthington Glacier, Thompson Pass, Keystone Canyon, Bridal Veil Falls and Horsetail Falls, and more! 

LEARN MORE:   Driving from Anchorage to Valdez: Best Things to Do, Map & Photos

Driving Distances from Nearby Destinations:

  • 105 miles (170 km) from Cooper Center
  • 250 miles (400 km) from Tok
  • 300 miles (480 km) from Anchorage
  • 350 miles (560 km) from Denali National Park

The Alaska Marine Highway System offers ferry service from Whittier to Valdez (which takes just about 6 hours). The ferry also serves many locations along the southern coast of Alaska.

Ravn Alaska and Midnight Air LLC provide air service to Valdez. Ravn Alaska has a set flight schedule between Anchorage and Valdez on most days of the week. Flights take about 45 minutes. They also offer charted flights, as does Midnight Air LLC, from a variety of locations. 

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Location of Valdez, Alaska

Where to Stay

MID-RANGE: Totem Hotel and Suites. We were hoping to reserve a room in their new building but they were sold out for our travel dates.

MID-RANGE: Best Western. Budget accommodations with a midrange price. The place is a bit dated and in need of a makeover. We stayed here because the Totem was sold out.

Where to Eat

The Fat Mermaid:  They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We had dinner here our first night in Valdez and the seafood did not disappoint. They also have burgers, sandwiches, pizza, and more on their lunch and dinner menus.

The Roadside Potatohead (aka The Potato): They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We did not eat here while in Valdez but we ate at their location in McCarthy and the food was awesome. Everyone raves about their Rosemary Garlic Fries and we agree.

Nat Shack: They serve burritos, tacos, and crunchwraps for lunch and dinner. Don’t know what a crunchwrap is? Then you have got to find out! Our guides recommended this place and the Nat Shack Cruchwrap hit the spot after our long kayaking tour.

If you have any questions about the Columbia Glacier or what to expect on a Columbia Glacier kayaking tour, or if you would like to share your experience, let us know in the comment section below.

More Information about Alaska

BEST OF WRANGELL-ST. ELIAS: While in Wrangell-St. Elias, more top experiences include taking a flightseeing tour and hiking to Bonanza Mine. For the full list, read our article Best Things to Do in Wrangell-St. Elias. We also have more important planning information in our Wrangell-St. Elias Travel Guide.

KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK: While in Kenai Fjords National Park, hike the Harding Icefield Trail , cruise the Northwestern Fjord , go ice climbing on the Exit Glacier , or go kayaking in front of Aialik Glacier.

HIKES IN DENALI: There is a long list of hikes to do in Denali. Several top hikes include the Savage Alpine Trail , Mount Healy Overlook , and the Horseshoe Lake Trail. Get the full list in our Denali Hiking Guide.

KATMAI NATIONAL PARK: In our article Best Things to Do in Katmai, we cover the top experiences in the park. For a unique experience, take a photography tour to capture the action at Brooks Falls from Brooks River and learn how to see the bears at Brooks Falls. You can also visit the Valley of 10,000 Smokes, the site of one of the world’s largest volcanic eruptions in recent history.

ALASKA ITINERARY: Take the guesswork out of planning your trip to Alaska with our Alaska road trip itineraries.

Read all of our articles about Alaska in our Alaska Travel Guide and the United States in our United States Travel Guide.

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Pangaea Adventures is proud to be an owner-operated tour company offering guided sea kayak day trips, extended sea kayak tours, whitewater rafting trips, backpacking treks, sailing charters, and multi-sport adventures throughout South Central Alaska. During peak season we have a staff ranging from 8-12 full-time guides. We take our experience in the field and add the first-class customer service our clients have come to know and expect to create a truly amazing vacation. We are a fun, friendly, informative and safety-conscious bunch, and it is clear that we all love our work.

Our mission is to supply our guests with an experience which will bring them closer to the natural surroundings of Alaska in a way that balances recreation and education. Our tours are designed for the traveler interested in filling their days with a healthy amount of activity while getting the opportunity to really soak in the surroundings. The use of sea kayaks is probably the least intrusive way to explore the wonders of the world. By way of foot and raft we can wind our way through mountain passes and deep into river valleys for further exploration of Alaska’s wild side. We are an Alaska specialist in sea kayaking, whitewater rafting, backpacking and multi-sport adventure tours. When you join us, you are joining a company who guides only in these waters and these mountains. We offer the local knowledge!

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The Guardian : London, England- Article by Ian Belcher features Pangaea’s Shoup Glacier to Glacier Island camping trip & Exxon Valdez.

The Travel Channel : Featured on Lonely Planet “treks”

The LA Times : View the Article on our 6 day Shoup to Columbia Glacier trip .

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Trailer Life Magazine : 50 reasons to celebrate Alaska’s 50th: http://www.trailerlife.com/output.cfm?id=1997029

Sunset Magazine:  http://www.sunset.com/travel/northwest/alaskan-adventure-00400000011291

Philly Inquirer :  The Untamed Alaska

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San Diego Paddlers : Article written by one of our guests

Group Tour Magazine : Write-up on sea kayaking for tour groups

Anchorage Daily News : Front page pictures and editorial

Turnagain Times : Kayaking feature about paddling the Prince William Sound

Travel Weekly : Article published about Pangaea

Forbes Magazine : After the oil spill with Pangaea

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Right around Valdez, short sea-kayaking day trips see wildlife on the Duck Flats and may be just what you want for a first try at the sport; but that area is hardly wilderness, as it’s also reached by road and is within sight of the oil facilities. Day trips to Shoup or Columbia glaciers get you into more of the beautiful, remote country that makes Prince William Sound so exceptional. Pangaea Adventures (tel. 800/660-9637 or 907/835-8442 ; www.alaskasummer.com ) offers guided sea kayaking from Valdez, or rentals for experienced paddlers (for whom the Sound is a paradise).

They also offer multiday guided camping trips deeper into the Sound, or, for those who prefer a bed, lodge and “mother ship” expeditions, wherein clients paddle by day and stay on board or in a lodge at night. Pangaea offers many other services as well: water taxi and kayak drop-off, ice climbing and glacier hiking, river rafting, and even trips that combine these activities in the Sound and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Check out the website.

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Valdez Glacier and Icebergs

Mid May - Mid Oct

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The top-rated tour in Valdez on Trip Advisor. 99.9-100% 5-star reviews everywhere . Our Valdez Glacier and Iceberg tour begins at Valdez Glacier Lake, past the airport at the end of Airport Road. There we will meet you with a canoe and life jackets. This private tour requires a minimum of 2 people and can accommodate groups as large as 12 average adults at a time. No canoe experience is required. Guides do the paddling, participants may paddle if they would like to do so. One in 40 tours we experience winds on the lake and may request participants to help paddle. A couple times a year winds force us to cancel or switch tours. The full refund cancellation or switch and prorate is decided by the client, if the guide determines the conditions to be unsafe on the lake. We will canoe out towards Valdez Glacier exploring the icebergs, and when possible and safe, their ice caves. On July 7, 2020 the entire ice shelf of the glacier calved into thousands of icebergs. This year there are many large icebergs remaining and several quality ice caves. We anticipate there being several ice caves available to view throughout each tour with at least one that would provide safe entrance in the canoe. However, this is ice, it's constantly melting and changing so we can't offer 100% guarantees. These are our honest assessments based on years of observation out there. The option to walk on an iceberg exist if a suitable iceberg can be found for safe exit and entry of the canoe. Also, the stability of your group plays a large factor in determining the safety. The better you can manage your balance among your group the more options the guide has to work with. Be sure to ask your guide if walking on an iceberg is something that you're interested in so they can do their best to tailor your tour accordingly. Cruise Ship Days For cruise ship passengers this tour is NOT a private tour unless it is for a party of five or six. Otherwise on cruise days this becomes a combined tour of two guides and up to six passengers . We pick up cruise passengers at the dock and will return them to the dock or in town locations if they prefer. Life vests support up to a 52inch(132cm) chest.

  • Life Jackets up to a 52inch(132cm) chest.
  • Warm Jacket (The temp can be 10°F (5°C) colder at the glacier)
  • Comfortable Shoes for walking across uneven surfaces
  • Cruise Excursion - 2 hours - $215 Adults / $105 Youth Includes pickup and drop off at cruise dock. 2 hours in the canoe touring, roughly 2.5 hours from pick up to drop off. This variation DOES NOT include a cruise. It's for cruise ship passengers needing transportation to and from the cruise ship, on a tighter time schedule.

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Standing on your own private iceberg on the Valdez Glacier tour.

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Owned by salem kayak rentals, lic. wrt, cpr & first aid certified & 8+ years exp, hi, my name is shannon valdez i am your tour guide for the original salem kayak rentals llc, recently changed biz to oregon kayak tours llc., wrt, cpr and first aid certified over 8+ years experienced.

SALEM KAYAK RENTALS LLC OWNER SHANNON VA

I was born and raised on the old Boat Barn, off the Willamette River in West Salem in 1980. Which my parents owned and ran. We lived on top of the bait shop on the river boat barn as my parents called it. I grew up playing on the river. My father ran called the Willamette River Tours. My father built boats as well. He also own Hansen's Flooring. I spent a great deal growing up on the river and playing in it. I quickly took a love to the sport Kayaks just as it was becoming popular. As the years went by. My knowledge grew quickly in the sport. I spent a few years spending all summer inviting family, friends and new people to try kayaking for the first time. I supply the kayaks and help tour guide them on different kinds of rivers and lakes. I get a real joy bringing happiness and  witnessing a new experience for all these people to forever cherish. I've even started to watch their love grow for the sport as well. And that's why being an outfitter guide, is a dream job!

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My childhood parents family business and where we lived on the Willamette River over near Walery's Pizza to the right. Is a under pass from i5 to help pin point where this was.

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This shows my love and passion I have for kayaking, by sharing the experience for all.

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Salem Jumper Rentals LLC, owns and created Salem Kayak Rentals LLC. The owner Shannon Valdez, created Salem Jumper Rentals for her children back in 2015. To learn to own and run their own business. They do learn team work, money handling, customer service. Making big business decisions, paying bills and saving money. And guidance from their mother Shannon Valdez.  Everyone on Shannon's both side of the family going many generations back, are of family members working for them selves. Continuing the trade is nothing new to the family.  Shannon has also successfully own and operated a Lic. childcare for over 8+ plus years. That lead to the bounce house rentals. Also own and operated graphic design business, marketing and art most of all her life. Along with being a self contractor brand ambassador. Help in marketing and sales of many brands over 10 years.  Shannon has also successfully hand created a haunted house for the community for free on going for 6 years. Shannon is a Wife and mom to 5 amazing kids. Full of energy and creativeness. Family is full of ADHD individuals that are always on the go. Never a dual moment in the Valdez house hold.

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Check out photos of the hand crafter Haunted House we did for 8 years for the community,

In memory of my dad kurt hansen, at age of 69yrs old alzheimer's took his life on oct 22nd 2022. my heart has been for ever broken. i know my dad told me in the past, i must keep moving forward. i can't quit. life doesn't stop. it's the cycle of life. i know he is resting in heaven. and i will keep pushing forward and living my dreams and keep working hard for my family as he expected me too.  my dad's dying wish was for me to host a kayak paddle fundraiser to raise money to help people like him suffering from alzheimer's.  in 2023 i was able to connect with the alzheimer's association to help me create a (paddle to end alz). 100% of the proceeds went to the organization to help find a cure. we raised over our goals amount of $2000.  .

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Discover the pristine beauty of this enchanting destination as we take you on a journey through its most captivating sights. Our tour company specializes in trolley and bus excursions, offering a wide range of experiences tailored to suit every traveler’s interests. Whether you’re seeking breathtaking landscapes, wildlife encounters, or cultural immersion, our services ensure you can explore Valdez and its neighborhood at your own pace. Join us as we embark on an extraordinary exploration of Valdez’s main attractions, creating lasting memories along the way.

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural wonders of Valdez and its surrounding areas, where towering mountains, glacier-fed rivers, and lush forests create a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.

Discover Valdez's incredible wildlife, from majestic bald eagles and playful seals to awe-inspiring grizzly bears. Get ready for unforgettable encounters with nature's most captivating creatures.

HISTORY, ARTS & CULTURE

Step back in time and uncover the rich history of Valdez, from its origins as a gold rush town to its resilience through natural disasters. Explore local museums, art galleries, and historic sites.

ENTERTAINMENT

Experience the vibrant entertainment scene in Valdez, where live music performances, festivals, and community events captivate visitors of all ages. Discover the local talent and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere!

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Not sure how to get around? Don’t know locals’ favorite spots? Short on time? Feeling overwhelmed googling “best things to do in Valdez”?

We understand how overwhelming it feels visiting a new place and spending time researching, not knowing what to do during your short stay on your big Alaskan vacation and wanting to have memorable adventures every day of your trip.

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Recommended for independent travellers, ideal for guided tour enthusiasts, perfect for nature lovers.

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Sightseeing, wildlife viewing and learning about shrimping in Valdez. Fun 3 hour adventure with the local captain.

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See Best of Valdez with the local driver. Cruise in a 14 passenger Sprinter Van and go where buses can’t go.

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Make your own adventure! Discover Valdez’s top attractions with our helpful maps!

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Hop on Hop Off Shuttle

Discover Valdez Hatchery! Hop on the bus for a 15 minute ride to the hatchery, hop off, stay as long as you want, hop on the next bus to your starting point.

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Trolley Town Tour

Best way to see downtown Valdez. Hop on the vintage trolley and learn the layout of the town. We will show you the best spots to explore on your own.

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Need transportation for groups, corporate events, reunions, weddings, photo shoots or special occasions? We would love to work with you!

Looking for things to do on Fridays in VALDEZ? We got something for you!

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Jolly Trolley VALDEZ Experience

Let the Jolly Trolley carry you to an unforgettable evening starting from the moment you step on board. Welcome drink, nibbles, guide to greet you for the ride to Magpies to eat, drink and enjoy the new show “The end of the Road”. We encourage you to join us in the festivities and come dressed in your best! Era appropriate accessories will be available on board. End your evening around the cozy fire or capture your memories in a photo booth. Hop back on the Trolley for the ride back.

Valdez History Trolley Tour

Jump on Board of vintage Trolley and travel to Valdez Museum, Old Town and Crooked Creek for a two hour heritage and wildlife tour. Discover the unique nature of this remarkable place and the elements that have shaped it. Your friendly guide will keep you entertained and informed with stories, historical facts and more.

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Our seamless booking process begins with a simple click. Look for the "Book Now" button conveniently located in the lower right corner of our website. With just one click, a reservation panel will open, guiding you through the next steps.

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Once you access the reservation panel, you'll find a user-friendly interface where you can select your preferred date. Simply enter the specific date you have in mind, and our system will quickly display all the exciting tours available on that day.

Book Your Adventure

Now when you've found your ideal tour on the selected date, it's time to secure your spot and embark on an unforgettable adventure. Simply follow the prompts to confirm your reservation and make a secure online payment.

Congratulations! You have successfully booked your adventure and can now look forward to an incredible experience. We’ll send you a confirmation email with all the details of your reservation, including meeting points, tour itinerary, and any additional information you may need. If you have any questions or require further assistance, our dedicated customer support team is always here to help.

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Hop on and explore with us! 3 hours, 60 miles, and lots of photo opportunities. Waterfalls, icebergs, breathtaking scenery, and great stories told by the local guide. What our guests have to say: "We had a great time. The van was very comfortable. We enjoyed the conversation and learned interesting facts about Valdez. Larry took…

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Thank you very much for this informative Trolley Town Tour. So happy we saw you by accident and had enough time to tour the city. Best of luck with your business

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We loved our electric car rental! Great value, no hidden fees, no fuel to buy. Fantastic info provided on where to go and what to see. It made our day in Valdez so much better. The car is fun to drive. Must do in Valdez!

Loved the laid back style of the Trolley Town Tour.. Price was the best around and people were very friendly. Thank you! Joy to be your first customers!

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Best excursion on our 7 day cruise! Such a fun sightseeing boat tour! Bill was very informative about the area. We learned how locals shrimp, and got some fresh shrimp to try. We are already planning a trip back with our family and fishing with Bill for silvers. Thanks a bunch!

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Valdez Glacier & Valdez Glacier Lake

Valdez Glacier provides breathtaking sights and a glimpse into the local history and culture of the area. Known as the All- American Route, gold seekers traveled over the glacier into the interior of Alaska during the Gold Rush of 1898.

Valdez Glacier is a 20 mile valley glacier located in the Chugach Mountains and terminates in Valdez. The runoff of this gorgeous glacier is so vast it creates a lake in front of the terminus. During summertime Valdez Glacier Lake becomes a beautiful area to kayak on. Please be sure to wear your lifejacket, as this glacier-fed lake is approximately 640 feet deep. There are various outfitters in Valdez who will guide visitors on kayak tours.

In the winter, Valdez Glacier Lake becomes a frozen wonderland, where massive icebergs form into amazing natural sculptures. Ice skating, snowshoeing, skiing, or snowmobiling are also possible on this lake during certain times of the winter. Please be sure to check and make sure this lake is completely frozen before going on it. Safety first and have fun exploring.

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How To Get There

Take Airport Road out to Valdez Glacier Lake. Kayak tours of Valdez Glacier and Valdez Glacier Lake are available with our local kayak guides . 

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Safety & Etiquette

City of Valdez: "Aaron Baczuk, city emergency manager, shares details about dangers caused by the July 2020 Valdez Glacier heavy calving and separation event. Valdez Glacier experienced an extreme calving and separation event over the past 24 hours. A significant amount of unstable ice now exists in the lake. Rolling icebergs and underwater calving pose serious danger. For your safety, keep away from all floating ice and the face of the glacier. Observe and follow posted danger signs."

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2021-2022 Safety Update

The City of Valdez released the following safety update on Valdez Glacier Lake on December 23, 2021:

" The City of Valdez recently received reports of underwater calving that penetrated through the frozen lake. Icebergs have also rolled and shifted despite the frozen surface. Conditions in the lake are changing and dynamic.

Water in the lake is constantly flowing from the face of the glacier to the lake’s outflow. This reduces ice thickness in some areas and contributes to unstable ice below the surface. Ice caves may collapse from lack of support or movement. Avoid climbing on ice and be aware of rocks, ice, and snow that may fall from overhead areas.

Blankets of snow may cover crevasses and other hazards. Locations of new ice may cause disorientation when visibility is limited due to weather or darkness, even for those normally familiar with the area. Snow avalanches and rockslides from adjacent mountains also pose a danger to those recreating on the ice and may compromise the lake’s frozen surface.

Please recreate responsibly. Gather information from a variety of sources prior to using Valdez Glacier Lake. Consider risk, weather conditions, and your intended route prior to departure.

If you chose to enjoy the lake, ensure you are prepared. Go with others. Make sure someone at home knows exactly where you are going and when you intend to return. Be realistic with the physical limitations of those in your group. Wear appropriate clothing. Take safety equipment, first aid supplies, and a working communications device in case of emergency, as cell coverage in the area is spotty."

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Things to do: Athenaeum tours, Rubiks Groove, kayaking and storytime at Blue Gene

This weekend visit one of Columbia's most-treasured historical structures, step back in time with Rubiks Groove, jump into a kayak or bring the kids to storytime.

1. Athenaeum Home Tour

Spend your Saturday visiting what many consider Columbia's "hidden jewel" which will be open for a guided home tour Saturday.

The Athenaeum Rectory, 808 Athenaeum St., will open its doors for a visit to the last remaining structure of Columbia's historic former Girls School.

For those who haven't visited The Athenaeum, or maybe it's been a few years, the historic site underwent extensive renovations and upgrades in 2020.

The tour begins at 2 p.m. Saturday and will be led by Adam Southern. Tickets are $10 and are cash or check only.

2. Rubiks Groove at Fozzy's

Step back into the 1980s and 90s for a night of dancing, music, costumes and more as Rubiks Groove returns to Maury County.

The renowned retro band performs a set consisting of all the hits we grew up with, complete with flashing lights, flashy costumes, iconic movie characters and lots of energy.

Rubiks Groove will perform at Fozzy's Bar & Grill, 150 Stephen P. Yokich Parkway in Spring Hill, starting at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $31.30 and are available for purchase at www.EventBrite.com .

3. Indoor kayak class at Muletown Rec

Even though we've just experienced the brunt of winter weather, the spring and summer will be here before you know it.

Which means it's a good time to brush up on your paddling and kayaking skills, courtesy of Muletown Rec.

Muletown Rec, 1446 Oak Springs Drive, will host an indoor kayak class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the center's indoor pool.

The first half will consist of classroom-based lessons, including lifejackets and other safety equipment, what to do during hazardous weather/water conditions and trip planning.

The second half will be a hands-on lesson in the pool focusing on strokes and self-rescue.

The course is $100 per person and is open to anyone ages 10 and up.

4. 'Love by Sophia' Storytime at Blue Gene

Anyone whose children are fans of the Sophia book series will want to bring their little ones to Blue Gene Bookshop for a special storytime.

Blue Gene Bookshop, 807 S. Garden St., will host Saturday Storytime starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

The event will feature a reading of "Love by Sophia" by Jim Averbeck and Yasmeen Ismail, which will be read by Melinda Britt.

After being given an assignment to draw something she loves, Sophia, along with her pet giraffe Noodle, is inspired to create something extra special. something from her perspective.

The trouble is that Sophia's family must approve the painting before turning it into her teacher. Her task is to show her family a new perspective on how others perceive love in the world, and from her point of her.

The reading is free to attend, and all ages are welcome.

5. Live entertainment

Ella & Blaine will perform at Grinder's Switch Winery, 510 N. Garden St., starting at 6 p.m. Friday.

The Def Leprechaun Band will perform at McCreary's Irish Pub, 814 S. Main St., starting at 7 p.m. Friday.

Khris Glaring will perform at The Tilted Mule, 102 Depot St., starting at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Johnny Jameson and The Empty Pints will perform at McCreary's Irish Pub, 816 S. Main St., starting at 7 p.m. Saturday.

ECHO will perform at The Boondox, 3543 Highway 431, starting at 8 p.m. Saturday.

J ay Powell is a general reporter for The Daily Herald. Get up-to-date news in your inbox by subscribing to The Daily Herald newsletter at  www.ColumbiaDailyHerald.com .

This article originally appeared on The Daily Herald: Things to do: Athenaeum tours, Rubiks Groove, kayaking and storytime

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  1. Anadyr Adventures

    A passion for Alaskan glacier and wildlife kayaking tours in the Prince William Sound wilderness defines Anadyr Adventures, the premier sea kayaking company in Valdez, Alaska. Choose from a variety of world-class day trips or multiday camping, lodge or mothership based tours. We can also work with you to design a trip customized to your interests.

  2. Kayaking & Rafting Tours

    Kayaking is one of the premier outdoor sports in and around Valdez, so it's no wonder that first-time visitors and repeat adventurers alike would be looking to wet a paddle in majestic Prince William Sound or in one of our iconic freshwater Alaskan lakes. Local kayak guides and rentals are available out of Valdez.

  3. Top Spots to Kayak in Valdez

    Kayaking is one of the premier outdoor sports in and around Valdez, so it's no wonder that first-time visitors and repeat adventurers alike would be looking to wet a paddle in majestic Prince William Sound or in one of our iconic freshwater Alaskan lakes. Check out these locations and tours available in Valdez. Valdez Glacier Lake

  4. Valdez Sea Kayaking Tours

    Season: May 15 - Sept 20 $89+ day tours, $579+ multi-day trips 3 hrs - 7 days Through­out the decades, Anadyr has care­ful­ly tai­lored its trips to offer an option for just about any­one. Nev­er kayaked before? Try the Valdez Glac­i­er Tour for a relax­ing pad­dle on a lake with an easy hike to the glac­i­er.

  5. Anadyr Adventures

    225 N. Harbor Dr, Valdez, AK 99686. 907-835-2814. Phone: 907-835-2814. Toll-free: 800-865-2925. Visit Website. Overview. A passion for Alaskan glacier and wildlife tours and the Prince William Sound wilderness define Anadyr Adventures, the original and still the best kayaking outfitter in Valdez, Alaska. Trips range from a half day to a week.

  6. All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

    Experience of a lifetime kayaking around icebergs to within 1/4 mile of Columbia Glacier, to watch the many calving moments! Our guide, Aiden was very knowledgeable, explaining all the science behind glaciers and he had a lot of experience in ensuring our safety. The gear Anadyr provides is ample to keep you warm and dry, and the kayaks are ...

  7. Columbia Glacier Kayaking Tour: The Ultimate Guide

    Kayak Tours. Pangaea Adventures offers a "Columbia Glacier Day Tour". This is promoted as a 10 hour tour that involves 1 hour of gear preparation, 4.5 hours of cruising to/from Columbia Bay, 3 hours of kayaking, and ½ hour for lunch. Anadyr Adventures offers a "Columbia Glacier Face" tour.

  8. Pangaea Adventures Day Tours

    From sea kayaking amongst the icebergs of Prince William Sound, to whitewater rafting the canyons of the Chugach Mountains, to backcountry hiking into the depths of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, we offer a wholesome array of fun ways to experience the Alaskan wild.

  9. Alaska Adventure Trips & Tours

    City of Valdez Business Spotlight: Pangaea Adventures Watch on Unforgettable Trips. Stunning Locations. No Experience Necessary World Class Destinations COLUMBIA GLACIER CHUGACH MOUNTAINS WRANGELL - ST. ELIAS Columbia Glacier Sea Kayak Tour VIEW TRIP DETAILS 8-Day Sea Kayak Alaska Expedition VIEW TRIP DETAILS 8-Day Alaska Multi-Sport Expedition

  10. Kayaks

    Visit to Valdez is not complete without kayaking experience. If you are looking to rent a kayak and explore on your own or searching for a small group guided tour with kayaks delivered to Robe Lake or Valdez Glacier Lake you came to the right place. Let's make some memories:

  11. Flat Water Canoeing & Kayaking in Valdez, Alaska

    Alaska Guide Co. offers guided canoe tours around Valdez Glacier Lake. Pangaea offers guided kayaking tours around Prince William Sound and the tide water glaciers. Adventures Abound From Mountains to Sound On social networks. Valdez Based Tourism Support. Visit Valdez is intended to help make the most of your visit to Valdez, Alaska. ...

  12. THE BEST Valdez Kayaking & Canoeing Activities (Updated 2024)

    Kayaking & Canoeing in Valdez Enter dates Outdoor Activities Filters • 1 All things to do Category types Attractions Tours Day Trips Food & Drink Good for Couples Good for Big Groups Good for Adrenaline Seekers Adventurous 4 places sorted by traveler favorites Clear all filters 2023 1. Anadyr Adventures 384 Eco Tours • Sightseeing Tours Open now

  13. 3 Valdez Sea Kayaking Trips & Tours for 2024-2025

    3 Valdez Sea Kayaking Trips & Tours for 2024-2025 Valdez Sea Kayaking Trips Travel made your way ™ Alaska All Trips Cruises Land Tours Ships Hotels Deals Info Talk with an expert Build your ideal Alaska trip. Call 1.406.541.2677 Start Planning My Trip Embark on an unforgettable kayaking journey to stunning Alaska and explore Valdez.

  14. Valdez Kayaking Day Trip

    $81 Child age: 6 to 13 years old Tour overview: On this guided Alaska kayaking tour from Valdez, you will kayak into the calm protected waters of the Valdez "duck flats." This kayaking day trip will follow a chain of small islands recognized for their nesting birds and sun bathing seals.

  15. Valdez Kayaking Tour

    May 24 - September 10, 2024. Child rate: $315. Child age: 8 to 13 years old. Tour overview: On this Valdez day tour, search for wildlife such as whales, sea otters, and sea lions as you cruise for two hours to the Columbia Glacier by water taxi. This is Alaska's second-largest tidewater glacier. Since the early 1980s, the glacier has been ...

  16. About Pangaea Adventures

    Pangaea Adventures is proud to be an owner-operated tour company offering guided sea kayak day trips, extended sea kayak tours, whitewater rafting trips, backpacking treks, sailing charters, and multi-sport adventures throughout South Central Alaska. During peak season we have a staff ranging from 8-12 full-time guides.

  17. Valdez Glacier and Icebergs Tours

    $95 Minimum Age None Valdez Glacier and Icebergs in Detail. Overview The top-rated tour in Valdez on Trip Advisor. 99.9-100% 5-star reviews everywhere. Our Valdez Glacier and Iceberg tour begins at Valdez Glacier Lake, past the airport at the end of Airport Road. There we will meet you with a canoe and life jackets.

  18. About

    Oregon Kayak Tours LLC, learn about the owner Shannon Valdez and her passion behind kayaking. Born and rasied on the river while living on top of a bait shop on a marina. Located on the Willamette River in Salem Oregon. Her father own and ran the first Willamette River Tour Boat, boat barn, gas station for boats, etc

  19. Anadyr Adventures Sea Kayaking

    At 3-4 hours, the Duck Flats tour offers a mix of wildlife (sea lions and otters are common) and Valdez history. And if you want the comfort of a bed along with remote rugged views, then a mothership tour or lodge-based experience with delicious meals is in order. Day Trips. 6-hour day trips from Valdez include sea kayaking and hikes ashore

  20. Home

    Welcome to Valdez! your gateway to unforgettable adventures in Alaska. Discover the pristine beauty of this enchanting destination as we take you on a journey through its most captivating sights. Our tour company specializes in trolley and bus excursions, offering a wide range of experiences tailored to suit every traveler's interests.

  21. Valdez Glacier

    There are various outfitters in Valdez who will guide visitors on kayak tours. In the winter, Valdez Glacier Lake becomes a frozen wonderland, where massive icebergs form into amazing natural sculptures. Ice skating, snowshoeing, skiing, or snowmobiling are also possible on this lake during certain times of the winter.

  22. Oregon Guided Kayak Tours LLC

    Welcome to Oregon Guided Kayak Tours LLC! Im Shannon Valdez Tour Guide. I have love for kayaking & sharing it with everyone, by providing kayak tours for the community for years, for free. Before turning it into a business. I started out with starting Salem Kayak Rentals LLC in Salem Oregon & offering tours through this business. Then created Oregon Guided Kayak Rentals LLC to focus on tours ...

  23. Hostels in Valdez

    Top tips for finding Valdez hostel deals. If you want to ensure you grab a bargain, try to book more than 90 days before your stay to get the best price for a Valdez hostel. The cheapest 3-star hostel in Valdez found on KAYAK in the last 2 weeks was $122, while the most expensive was $143.

  24. Motels in Valdez

    Top tips for finding Valdez motel deals. If you want to ensure you grab a bargain, try to book more than 90 days before your stay to get the best price for a Valdez motel. The cheapest 3-star motel in Valdez found on KAYAK in the last 2 weeks was $122, while the most expensive was $143.

  25. Things to do: Athenaeum tours, Rubiks Groove, kayaking and storytime at

    The tour begins at 2 p.m. Saturday and will be led by Adam Southern. Tickets are $10 and are cash or check only. 2. Rubiks Groove at Fozzy's. Rubiks Groove will perform at Fozzy's Bar & Grill in Spring Hill starting at 8 p.m. Saturday. Step back into the 1980s and 90s for a night of dancing, music, costumes and more as Rubiks Groove returns to ...