Affordable Bear Glacier sea Kayaking trip option, hostel lodging and sea kayak rentals for a do-it-yourself Bear Glacier Seward sea kayaking trip.

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Hostel Lodging At Bear Glacier Wilderness Retreat
An exclusive sea kayaking, hiking, and beachcombing wilderness haven.

Bear Glacier Hostel Seward AKAn affordable option for a do-it-yourself Bear Glacier sea kayaking trip. Dormitory style shared hostel accommodations, 6 persons, 3 bunk beds in our tent shelters is available at our Bear Glacier Retreat.

Bear Glacier hostel lodging includes the use of dishes, utensils and stove, all available in the covered kitchen and dinning area. All you need to do is bring your food and drinks.

A 2-3 night stay is recommend to fully enjoy this sea kayaking and hiking paradise.

Also Available
Sea Kayak and Camping Gear Rentals
An All-Inclusive, Lodging, Meals, Guided Activities Tour Package

Packing For Your Bear Glacier Adventure
Sea Kayaking Bear GlacierYou should come prepared for cool wet rainy weather, but you might also bring a t-shirt and shorts for that nice day. Bring a couple changes of clothing. Rubber boots (Xtratuf's) are available to rent if needed, and a sleeping bag or needed bedding is also available to rent. Please keep in mind that, depending on the water level, you may have to carry your gear about 100 yards to the Bear Glacier Hostel's facilities so pack accordingly.

Activities At Bear Glacier
Bear Glacier Lake Ice BergsSea Kayaking. Your host will talk with you about paddling around the icebergs and glaciers before you head out. You can bring your own sea kayak, canoe, packraft with you or Backcountry Safaris Wilderness Retreat has sea kayaks to rent if needed.

Hiking. There are lots of options and yet to be explored destinations. One of Backcountry Safaris long term goals and yet to be explored route, is a trail that would link up with the Alpine Trail and Caines Heads Trail coming from Seward.

Transportation Options to Bear Glaciers
Bear Glacier Water TaxiGetting to Bear Glacier. We have 2 options available; water taxi boat or helicopter. The helicopter option is the most flexible on departure times and is a scenic flight from Seward but also the more costly option. The water taxi shuttle option departure times are timed to arrive at Bear Glacier at high tides, the only time we can get into the lake, and departure times are not flexible. The water taxi option is the less costly option to get to Bear Glacier.

Black Bear at Bear GlacierBear Glacier Wilderness Retreat is located right on the border of Kenai Fjords National Park on a remote island in a large lake separated from the Pacific Ocean by a narrow glacier moraine and is 30 roadless miles south of Seward.

Wildlife in the area includes black bears, mountain goats, coyotes, wolverines and harbor seals that come into the lake seeking protection from the Orca whales that cruise just outside along the beach. For birders, this area is the nesting area for a large variety of birds.

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Tour Type: Sea Kayaking, Wildlife Viewing, Hiking, Lodging
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Comfort: WeatherPORT Shelters (fabric cabins)
Prior Experience: None
2013 Tour Dates
Water taxi and helicopter transportation departs daily from the Seward Small Boat Harbor and the Seward Airport.

June 3 through September 22
Tour Rates
Dormitory style shared hostel lodging, 6 persons, 3 bunk beds per tent. Bear Glacier hostel lodging includes the use of dishes, utensils and stove, all available in the covered kitchen and dinning area.

Rate Per Night:
$35 each plus tax
Credit Card: $40 each plus tax

Transportation Options to Bear Glacier
Water Taxi and helicopter rates are based on 2 person minimum. Single travelers call to join another group.

Water Taxi, One Way: $165 each plus tax
Water Taxi, Round Trip: $220 each plus tax
Helicopter: $400 per flight plus tax

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