Paddling among glacial icebergs is surreal. You can hear the ice crack and fizzle as it melts. In the distance, you hear the deep rumbling of glaciers calving, forming even more icebergs. Bump your kayak against even small, grapefruit-sized bergs, and you'll realize just how dense glacier ice is. Waterfalls cascade off cliffs so high, the water appears to fall in slow motion. There are risks, however, to sea kayaking near icebergs—read our article to learn more.
Not ready to go it alone? Join Chugach Adventures on a day kayak trip on Spencer Lake, where you paddle up to Spencer Glacier, and among the icebergs that have calved off into the lake.
If you are ready, here's a list of the sea kayaking spots in Alaska with glacier ice all around:
Points of Interest
Icy Bay lives up to its name with an active tidewater glacier often clogging the fjord with icebergs. This remote fjord in Prince William Sound is a special spot for paddlers looking for spectular views of Tiger and Chenega Glacier descending into the sea. Beware of tight ice conditions changing with the tide and strong cold katabatic winds off of the Sargent Icefeild.
Facing Beloit Glacier, 17 Mile Lagoon and the nearby Eagle´s Nest beaches are popular beaches for kayaking trips nearby the tidewater glaciers. This point is easy to find as it lies just on the glacier side of the very shallow terminal moraine of Beloit Glacier on Willard Island.