Day 1- Arrive in Whittier by 10:00 AM. We will pack our gear into dry bags and your guides will offer an initial orientation. We will water taxi to Hobo Bay, load our kayaks, and paddle into the protected waters of Barry Arm and Harriman Fjord. We will set camp at Black Sand Beach, at the foot of Coxe Glacier, for our first night.
Day 2 & 3- After breaking camp, we will explore the glaciers surrounding Black Sand Beach, then paddle into the shank of Harriman Fjord. We will set up base camp at Viewpoint Beach for nights two and three. There is much exploring to be done from here. Harriman, Surprise, and Serpentine Glaciers are stunning actively calving walls of ice. Piedmont glaciers abound here as well, offering some spectacular hikes.
Day 4- We will break camp and paddle to Harrison Lagoon for a water taxi pick-up that will bring us back to Whittier by mid-afternoon.
Please contact for available dates.
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Whittier can be accessed by car through a one-way toll tunnel ($13 for cars).
Inbound openings are on the half hour, for fifteen minutes. First inbound opening is at 6:30 AM, and the last inbound opening is at 10:30 PM.
Outbound openings are on the hour, for fifteen minutes. First outbound opening is 6 AM, and the last outbound opening is at 10 PM.
There are some mid-day variations to this schedule, to accommodate rail traffic. Please call us to discuss this schedule, if planning a mid-day entrance.
Allow 1 hour and 15 minutes to drive from Anchorage to the tunnel entrance.
Click here to see the summer tunnel schedule.
1. Clothing should be layered synthetic wicking fabrics or wool to be comfortable in cooler temperatures (40-50 degrees).
2. A second set of comparable layers.
3. Tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad. (Or we can supply. Additional cost is $30 per person per day.)
4. Water bottle.
1. All kayaks, paddles, and ancillary gear.
2. Dry suits upon request.
3. Boots and/or booties.
4. All food, food preparation, and kitchen gear.
5. Camp shelter (storage space allowing).
6. Dry bags as needed.
7. A detailed gear list will be forwarded upon request.
All trips will require light to moderate exercise.
For those trips offering lunch (Passage Canal, Shotgun Cove, Blackstone Bay) our typical menu includes smoked salmon, pasta salad, cut fruit and vegetables, cheese, grain bread, assorted spreads and condiments, hot drinks (tea and cocoa), and snacks on the water. Please advise any special needs.
We will paddle rain or shine, but, high winds can keep us off of the water. On the day of your tour, call (877) 472-2534, toll free, to check weather and discuss options, if conditions are poor. (Except: Blackstone Bay trips; we will debark, regardless of weather. In the rare event that Blackstone's protected bay is not safe to paddle, we will return to Whittier and offer to reschedule, or refund in full).