Glacier Bay East Arm

Glacier Bay East Arm

(8 days)

Paddling exceptionally calm waters in Glacier Bay. -Adam Clark

Experience some of the most incredible glaciated terrain in the world all from the quiet solitude of your sea kayak! Explore the East Arm of Glacier Bay where the scenery is stunning, the wildlife plentiful, and the wilderness is truly wild.

We begin our paddle from Bartlett Cove and paddle into the Beardslee Islands on our way up Bay. We will paddle the Adams and Muir Inlets and visit the remote Wachusett Inlet. This area also includes the spectacular Riggs, McBride, and Muir Glaciers. All tidewater glaciers, these spectacular masses of ice, continually calve icebergs into the coastal waters of Glacier Bay.

Days will be spent paddling among the icebergs in deep glacially carved fjords, exploring the beaches, watching wildlife, and enjoying short hikes in the hills. Nights will include comfortable wilderness camping and eating great food. The trip finishes with a ferry pick up at the southern end of the East Arm and a cruise through Glacier Bay’s West Arm before returning to Gustavus.

Our professional sea kayak guides will provide a safe and fun experience while showing you the very best of Glacier Bay. They will also offer instruction in the arts of sea kayaking including navigation, beach landings, paddling technique and more.

Our East Arm trip is an active paddling itinerary, kayaking 3 to 5 hours per day, and covering 10+ miles per day. This rewarding structure involves a few more miles per day on the water and guests experience the wildlife rich waters of the southern reaches of Glacier Bay.

We hope you can join us for this adventure of a lifetime.

Kyle did an excellent job as our trip leader and saw to every detail. We started from Bartlett Cove and paddled about 80 miles over the 8 day trip. He always knew when we needed to leave and when we needed to arrive at each camp in order to be safe. He also prepared delicious vegetarian food for two of us on the trip and then added protein for the two non-vegetarian kayakers. And in addition, stayed calm and provided clear direction whenever safety was a concern, such as when the bear came through our camp. I would take another trip with him without question and recommend him highly to anyone. – Patricia K. 06.12.12 East Arm Trip


GUSTAVUS: Gustavus, Alaska is the starting/finishing place for this trip. Gustavus is a small community located along Icy Straight in Southeast Alaska. This is the headquarters for the park service. We will spend the evening before and after our trip here.

GETTING TO THE EAST ARM: We’ll paddle from Bartlett Cove, through the beautiful Beardslee Islands and up into the mouth of the East Arm.

GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK: Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is located in southeast Alaska and includes some of the wildest and most spectacular fjords and glaciated terrain in the world. As a unique marine wilderness, Glacier Bay provides countless adventures and stunning views of glaciers, wildlife, and majestic maritime and mountain scenery.

OUR GUIDES: Alaska Mountain Guides & Climbing School Inc. instructors and guides are professionals. They have a wealth of experience from guiding throughout Alaska and the world and they genuinely enjoy sharing their knowledge. Their skill and positive attitudes help our guests to have the best possible experience during their trip. Your safety and enjoyment are their primary goals.

LENGTH: 8 days Gustavus to Gustavus.

ACCOMMODATIONS: 7 nights camping.

INCLUDED: All food while paddling, guides, boats, tents, life jackets, paddles, and transportation in Gustavus.

NOT INCLUDED: Airfare to/from Gustavus, hotel and food in Gustavus, and personal clothing & equipment.

DATES/PRICES: Please see our schedule for current dates and prices information.