"Kayak to Columbia Glacier - part 1" Valdez Things to Do Tip by travel10000

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Day trip from Valdez to Columbia Glacier - unbelievably beautiful, kayak between icebergs, calm water, no experience needed. We went in August 2006. Our guide, the company owner, and another guide we met were all very friendly, knowledgeable, and really seem to enjoy what they do.

Columbia Glacier is huge, so you will see it in the background, but you wouldn't be able to come close to it because of so much ice floating in front of it (for 8 miles!), so you will not see it calve. Since the bergs constantly move and can turn at any time we had to kayak fast and keep a distance from them. We heard them turn over (like thunder sound), but none turned over close to us. We didn't see any boats in the area because they can't go between the bergs there. We saw two other small groups of kayakers. Otherwise we felt like being in the middle of nowhere.

Please see tip part 2 for more info.

Directions: Tour company offices are on the little street along the harbor. We went with Pangaea. Another company that does the same trip is Anadyr.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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