Johns Hopkins Inlet, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.

Photo Gallery: Sea Kayaking Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park

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By Michael Lanza

When John Muir visited Alaska’s Glacier Bay in 1879, he wrote that, at night, “the surge from discharging icebergs churned the water into silver fire.” On a five-day, guided sea-kayaking trip in the upper West Arm of Glacier Bay, probing deep within a national park the size of Connecticut, my family explored a wilderness that remains one of the few places left on Earth that resemble what the planet looked like right after the last Ice Age. We saw sea otters, seals, sea lions, mountain goats, bald eagles, puffins, and countless other birds, and a brown bear wandering the beach (as well as bear scat that convinced us to choose another campsite). We listened to the concussive explosions of enormous chunks of ice calving from giant glaciers into the sea. I consider it one of my top 10 adventures ever, and our campsite for two nights on Johns Hopkins Inlet is one of my 25 favorite backcountry campsites.

Check out this gallery of photos from that trip, and then read my full story about it, which has many more photos, a video, and tips on how to pull off the trip yourself.


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3 Responses to Photo Gallery: Sea Kayaking Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park

  1. Amy/ Garage Grown Gear   |  June 24, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Gorgeous photos. Makes me miss living in Alaska.

  2. WildFamilyFun   |  July 27, 2014 at 4:13 am

    Your photos are beautiful, it looks a truly wonderful place. I have only sea kayaked very close to beaches and coast lines, not quite ready for a full trip yet!

    • michaellanza   |  July 27, 2014 at 7:30 am

      Thanks. Yes, it is a wonderful place, I recommend visiting Glacier Bay.

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