Wilderness Kayaking in Alaska

The spirit of Alaska is one of adventure! Join us for wild, remote and breathtaking paddling amongst tidewater glaciers and uninhabited islands.

Searching for the Wilderness with a capitol W and the untrammeled and quiet natural spaces it provides?

In 1964 The Wilderness Act was signed into law. Lands set aside as Wilderness are forever protected landscapes and waterways with a mosaic of ecosystems that function with as little influence from human beings and provide places for outstanding opportunities of solitude.

Two of our trips are especially well-suited for the wilderness adventure traveller – our Glacier Bay and Myriad Islands Expeditions.

Wilderness is not only a haven for native plants and animals but it is also a refuge from society. It’s a place to go to hear the wind and little else, see the stars and the galaxies, smell the pine trees, feel the cold water, touch the sky and the ground at the same time, listen to coyote, eat the fresh snow, walk across the desert sands, and realize why its good to go outside of the city and the suburbs.

—John Muir, Our National Parks, 1901


Glacier Bay Expeditions

Follow the footsteps of John Muir

Kayaking in Glacier Bay

Kayaking in Glacier Bay’s East Arm.

Experience world-famous Glacier Bay National Park away from the crowds, paddling and exploring the untrammeled wilderness known for its its snow-capped mountains, spectacular glaciers, and emerald–green forests.

Paddle in the glacially carved fjords of the McBride or John’s Hopkins Inlets with our experienced guides who will help you to safely enjoy wilderness solitude while watching for the charismatic megafauna of Glacier Bay. Weave your way amongst sapphire blue icebergs in our sturdy double kayaks as you listen to the crackling ancient ice.

We offer two options to explore Glacier Bay – the East Arm and West Arm itineraries.

Bear walking by a glacier

A coastal brown bear walking near the Muir Glacier, Glacier Bay’s East Arm

Glacier Bay Expedition – East Arm

Duration: 6 days, 5 nights

Total Mileage: Between 33 and 45 miles (5 to 15 miles per day)

The less visited East Arm is renowned for its temperate glaciers; the luminous icebergs of McBride Inlet; an abundance of wildlife which includes brown and black bears, mountain goats, moose, humpback whales, sea otters, and Steller sea lions; as well as an opportunity to follow in the adventurous footsteps of John Muir in search of wilderness and solitude.

Kayaking on the East Arm of Glacier Bay

McBride Inlet

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2021 Dates:

06/07/2021 – 06/12/2021

06/12/2021 – 06/17/2021

07/07/2021 – 07/12/2021


$2499 / person

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Glacier Bay West Arm Trip – Two Options

Duration: Four days / Three nights

Total Mileage: Between 17 and 27 miles (3 to 9 miles per day)

A shorter trip than Glacier Bay’s East Arm with equally stunning scenery, active tidewater glaciers and great wildlife viewing or a weeklong expedition that takes you into rarely visited bays and cove.


Recently calved iceberg from the John’s Hopkins Glacier

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2021 Dates & Prices:

06/29/2021 – 07/02/2021 ($2099 / person)

07/31/2021 – 08/03/2021 ($2099 / person)

08/10/2021 – 08/16/2021 ($2699 / person) *7-Days/6-Nights itinerary

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Myriad Islands Expedition


Goulding Harbor

A True Alaskan Wilderness!

Duration: 6 to 7 days

Total Mileage: Between 30 and 50 miles

Our Myriad Islands Expedition takes place on the outer, western coast of Chichagof Island. It is a truly remote destination with opportunities for paddling in protected “inside” waters, as well as among the outer islands along the Gulf of Alaska.

You really get the feeling of being on the edge of a continent, in one of Alaska’s most remote wilderness and kayaking destinations.

What makes this expedition extra special:

Myriad Islands Expedition - Spirit Walker Expeditions

The calm waters of a remote cove in West Chichagof-Yakobi Island Wilderness Area

Bear sighting on Myriad Islands Expedition

Brown bears spotted during a Myriad Islands Expedition

Myriad Islands Expedition - Spirit Walker Expeditions

Setting up camp in Goulding Harbor

Myriad Islands Expedition - Spirit Walker Expeditions

The endless islets of Goulding Harbor

2021 Date & Price:

06/15/2021 – 06/21/2021 ($3259 / person)

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Looking for the untouched real Alaska and not a crowded tourist town?

All of our trips begin the small Alaskan town of Gustavus which is surrounded by Glacier Bay National Park and is adjacent to the Tongass National Forest, making it a hidden adventure marked with breathtaking trails, sweeping white sand beaches, and protected waters perfect for sea kayaking.

Our pristine location, accessible wildlife and warm community are guaranteed to keep any wanderer coming back year after year to enjoy unparalleled adventures, creating stories and photos that will last a lifetime.

Fireweed in full bloom in the Gustavus forelands

Fireweed in full bloom in the Gustavus forelands

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What’s included in our trips?

Why go with Spirit Walker?

We are a local, guide-owned and operated business with over 30 years of experience leading sea kayaking trips to the humpback whale feeding grounds at Point Adolphus.

These are our most popular expeditions and we have been guiding them longer than any other kayaking company in Southeast Alaska.

Having pioneered this guided adventure, we take great pride in making sure we remain the leaders in offering the safest and most sustainable paddling trips to this unique area.

With the most experienced guides, the highest quality equipment, and an unrivaled dedication to operating the best trips to Point Adolphus, we invite you to join us for the adventure!

Safety Precautions

We’re all looking forward to our next vacation right now and what better place to safely keep that 6 foot distance than in the vast open spaces of the Last Frontier?

Our little town of Gustavus (population 450) has ensured only the best for our visitors, placing all of the necessary CDC protocols into effect for your family (as well as ours) to stay safe during your special Alaskan getaway.

The kids will still be able to marvel at the orcas and humpback whales in Glacier Bay, and you’ll still be able to snag that enormous salmon in Icy Strait, free of crowds or worry.









My trip with Spirit Walker Expeditions was amazing. My experience kayaking among the whales is something I will never forget! Go! You will love it.

Mandy L, visited Sept, 2015

We had a wonderful experience on a Spirit Walker trip this summer. Six nights, seven days in the Myriad Islands Wilderness. The trip was well organized, the gear was top quality and the guides were great! ... an experience I'll always remember.

Walt G, visited July, 2016

Hearing the whales and having them come up so close to you is a once in a lifetime feeling.

Jill T. August 2012

We booked the Whales tour to Point Adolphus for our family which includes a 6 year old and 9 year old... Great safety orientation for our boys who don't have a lot of experience kayaking. Thanks for an unforgettable experience.

Jonathan R, visited July 2016

It doesn't get any better than this. If you want to experience the real Alaska you must get out on the water... If we return to Alaska, we will make this expedition again.

Ernie B, visited August 2013

"Magic Family Holiday" I can't say enough about the wonderful trips that Spirit Walker puts together. The safety and equipment is great. The guides are great fun and knowledgeable about the areas we went. The food is incredible.

NIcondit, Visited August, 2015