The rugged Alaska coast offers limitless opportunities for uncrowded, pristine kayaking and paddleboard adventure. On this adventure, you'll have the opportunity to experience paddling a two-person Long Haul Mark II Kayak or a Ridewell 10'6" Inflatable paddleboard. We'll provide kayaks, paddleboards and paddles for your group.
You'll enjoy an amazing experience paddling in the astonishing blue-green waters of calm coves and bays, and among haunting icebergs adrift in mystical fjords. You'll observe the amazing wildlife and breathtaking wilderness of Southeast Alaska, home to eagles, black and brown bears, humpback whales, orcas, stellar sea lions, sea otters, porpoises and harbor seals.
The 95' Glacier Bear is an outstanding platform from which to launch this paddling adventure, and a comfortably warm place to relax after long days in your kayak. The Crew will pamper you, while the Captain maneuvers Glacier Bear to place you in perfect paddling locations.
Our kayaking guide John Schnell worked with Alaska Discovery as Expedition Photographer for all of their kayaking routes (1993-2001). He guided kayaking expeditions for Spirit Walker Expeditions (2008), Sea Wolf Adventures (2008-2009), and Alaska Sailing Charters (2007-2012). John has solo hiked, kayaked and packrafted to several remote wilderness locations on 7-day to 14-day paddling and photography expeditions (2013-2018). Access has been by backpacking, bikepacking, and by helicopter and water taxi drop-off. Locations have included:
John has made award-winning images throught the US and Canada since 1991. His photographs have appeared in Audubon, Sierra Club and Nature Conservancy calendars. He won the Alaska Magazine photography contest (twice), and his images have appeared in numerous publications, including Alascom and AT&T Posters, Canoe/Kayak Magazine, Defenders of Wilderness Magazine, and Yoga Journal.
In 2020, John will guide the following trip for Alaska Wilderness Charters:
Michelle Eshpeter is from the Yukon Territory, Canada and is a specialist in cold-water paddleboarding. She is well-known for leading the first ever backcountry paddleboarding expedition in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. After that expedition, she was selected to be a test athlete in the stand up paddleboard category of the Yukon River Quest. This was the first year the organizers of the 715km paddling event welcomed paddleboarding athletes. Of the 10 athletes selected, Michelle finished as the second woman and sixth overall. She is an Advanced Flatwater Instructor for Paddle Canada and is also certified in Coastal Touring.
To balance out her paddling, Michelle also studies wine and yoga. She has been training as a wine professional through the Wine & Spirit Educational Trust, and is currently WSET Level 2 certified. She has completed her Yoga Alliance approved 200-hour Teacher Training, and uses her skills to teach community yoga classes, competitive sports teams, kids yoga in schools, and to lead retreats.
In 2020, Michelle will guide the following trip for Alaska Wilderness Charters:
Exploring Alaska's Inside Passage by kayak and aboard the Glacier Bear was a fantastic eco-adventure! The gastronomy, flora, fauna, megafauna, migratory birds, sea of greens, wilderness, fjords, crew and guests all contributed to heightening the experience. Moreover, I appreciated learning about the many unique ecosystems that we visited from Captain Neil, Assistant Captain Josh, Chef Katie, and John the Sharpshooter. Everyone was kind and generous with their time and knowledge. In a sentence: It is a tremendous opportunity for anyone that appreciates becoming immersed in nature, but at the same time, having all the modern-day luxuries. No doubt, I will be on another Glacier Bear voyage in years to come.