Alaska

Alaska

Overview:

Alaska is a land of superlatives, with vast wilderness areas and abundant wildlife offering experiences that are larger than life. This northernmost U.S. state encompasses icy mountain peaks carved by massive glaciers and dense forests yet to be penetrated by roads and trails. With over half its land area designated as national parks, wildlife refuges, and other protected areas, Alaska provides a sanctuary for species that have disappeared elsewhere.
From determined salmon returning to their spawning grounds to sharp-clawed bears and migratory whales, few other places on Earth contain such a dense concentration of awe-inspiring nature. Our Alaska kayaking trips give intrepid travelers the chance to immerse themselves in a place that feels truly wild, timeless, and humbling in its grandeur.

Highlights:

  • Paddle beneath glacier-capped mountain peaks to pristine beaches with not another soul in sight
  • Get up close to feeding bears, playful sea otters, and thousands of seabirds, as well as orca, humpback, and minke whales
  • Experience the thrill (and roar) of watching glaciers calve, creating powerful waves in the waters below
  • Kayak alongside sea caves and arches etched into the coastline over thousands of years
  • Embark on guided treks through coastal rainforests, spruce-dotted lowlands, and wetlands teeming with wildlife

Weather:

Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula experiences a moderate climate, with cool temperatures and abundant precipitation throughout the year. While the region enjoys four seasons, it is never subject to extreme heat or cold. Even at the height of summer, temperatures rarely exceed 21°C (70°F), making it an ideal time for Alaska kayaking trips. Winters average around -12°C (10°F), but the consistent blanket of snow insulates the land. Spring and fall are fleeting, offering a mix of rain and snow showers interspersed with crisp, sunny days.

Nearly 1650 mm of precipitation falls annually, with this soggy weather nourishing the forests that blanket much of the peninsula and feeding the area’s lakes and rivers. When the clouds part, the landscape dazzles with its snow-capped peaks and glistening glaciers. Rather than being a drawback, this contrast highlights the majestic beauty of Alaska – a destination that is best experienced in all its moods.

Nature & Wildlife:

Nestled between towering mountains and sprawling wetlands, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is a 1.92-million-acre sanctuary at the intersection of two distinct biomes. Lush coastal rainforests lined with Sitka spruce trees transition into rugged boreal forests, with this unique juxtaposition enabling both tree-loving and tundra-adapted species to thrive. The refuge supports healthy populations of moose, bears, and lynx, as well as wolves, otters, and numerous bird species.

At the highest elevations, permanent ice fields and glaciers give way to alpine and subalpine zones characterized by rugged, windswept peaks and valleys. Herds of mountain goats navigate the precipitous cliffs and rocky outcrops while Dall sheep graze on grasses and lichens in the alpine tundra. In the rolling foothills and lowlands, moose can be seen browsing on shrubs and new growth. Carving through the refuge is the Kenai River, which originates from glacial waters high in the Chugach Mountains. Wolves stalk big ungulates along its banks, while brown bears feast on the abundant salmon.