No trip to Alaska is complete without a visit to the famed Kenai Peninsula, home of giant king salmon, active volcanoes, and unsurpassed coastal wonders. We'll start our adventure in Anchorage, Alaska's largest city, and travel to Seward as a jumping off point for our glamping adventures. If you’re interested in also seeing Alaska's interior beauty, (including Denali National Park) join us the following week on Alaska: From Anchorage to Fairbanks
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This trip is designed for women in good health and physical condition who want to paddle Alaska's coastline. We have designed the itinerary to minimize time in the van and all activities are moderate. The rating for this trip is a 3, The trip requires some aerobic conditioning, such as walking vigorously up hills, jogging, cross country skiing or stair stepping for 30 - 45 minutes at least 3 - 4 times a week. Additional endurance exercise may be suggested. There are typically 4 to 6 hours of daily activity. Rating: 1 2 4 5.
On this trip we combine hiking in forests and along coasts, kayaking in Humpy Cove, exploring the town of Seward, and looking for the interesting marine wildlife (not to mention moose!) that the Kenai Peninsula is known for. All activities are at a moderate level and suitable for beginners.
The first night will be spent at the Hampton Inn or similar in Anchorage, near the airport. The second night will be spent at the Edgewater Best Western or similar in Seward. The remaining nights will be spent in well maintained yurts at Orca Island Cabins in a 'glamping' set up. Glamping gives you the peace and serenity of a wilderness experience without the traditional downsides of ‘roughing it’. In our case, we’ll be staying in spacious yurts, each with a queen bed and a futon. Linens are provided, including pillows, blankets and comforters. The eco-friendly yurts have solar power and each features a kitchen with propane range and complete set of dishes and basic cookware, a dining and comfortable living area, propane fireplace, private bathroom with shower and compost toilet, and a large private deck with barbecue grill.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
Orca Island Cabins was beautiful, exceptionally well fitted out for comfort and enjoyment, and the freedom to paddle at will was great.
The 3 days at Orca Island Cabins were fantastic. It was one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. I loved the remoteness, the views, the yurts, the area where we gathered and ate, the opportunity to be active or to relax. The only thing it didn't offer was great hiking. I would change the itinerary of the trip to spend much less time in Seward itself, and take advantage of the proximity to Kenai Fjords National Park, which wasn't even on the original itinerary. The itinerary gave us time to explore Seward on our first afternoon there, in the evening after dinner, and on the morning before we took the boat to Humpy Cove. For many women, this was just too much time for exploring Seward. Although I wasn't able to go with the group to Kenai Fjords Natl Park on the last day, I would have loved to see it!!!!!
Spectacular scenery Kayaking and boat rides Abundant wildlife Very competent and enthusiastic guides I appreciated the yoga classes
I absolutely loved staying in the yurt.
The Orca Island cabins were absolutely amazing.
The great diversity of fellow travelers, the attention to safety from the guides, the accommodations at Orca Island Cabins.
There were many high points of this trip but by far the most notable was the stay on Orca Island.
The wildlife was great. The hiking was good but slow.
Guides were knowledgeable and well organized. Would have liked time in Homer to visit the town
Hiking in the forests was amazing. Kayaking in the glacier was a lifetime experience! Seeing unusual wildlife such as whales, black Bear, and otters was a blast. The Kenai river rafting while watching fishermen catching salmon was another delight. Getting a close up look at the tide pools’ living things was cool. Finally, having a naturalist educating us on the Alaskan ecosystem was highly appreciated.
Highlights were kayaking to the glacier, and also hiking to the alpine lake near another glacier. Beautiful place!!!
I didn't really have any expectations - everything was good