Glacier Bay Sea Kayaks is the NPS concession in Glacier Bay National Park offering guided or unguided day kayak adventures, kayak rentals and outfitting. A small, locally owned business located in Gustavus, they have been helping experienced, independent campers plan their multi-day kayak adventures in Glacier Bay since 1978. GBSK has a long history of working closely with NPS to educate campers about Leave No Trace (LNT) principles and wildlife protection regulations. They collaborated with NPS to develop the original backcountry orientation for Glacier Bay campers, which outlined guidelines for low impact camping techniques, many specifically tailored to the unique environment of Glacier Bay. They continue to educate kayakers, develop and support environmental stewardship initiatives, and share insights with NPS staff in order to maintain the highest level of wilderness experience for the backcountry visitor. Responsible tourism is paramount in both their operational practices and day tours, but is also reflected in their continuing commitment to being a contributing member to their community and regional conservation and service organizations. Through these efforts, it is Glacier Bay Sea Kayak’s goal that Alaska’s pristine wild lands may continue to be enjoyed by future generations who will feel a sense of place.
Family owned and operated for 34 years, John Hall’s Alaska provides guests with fully guided tour itineraries featuring all 5 regions of Alaska, the Yukon and the Canadian Rockies. Our land tours are all-inclusive in nature with in-depth explorations of Alaska’s greatest wilderness destinations. Limited to small groups, we are able to bring guests hands-on and educational wildlife and cultural experiences, revealing the history and ecological wonders that Alaska has to offer.
Spirit Walker Expeditions is a local, guide-owned and operated business based in Gustavus, the gateway to Glacier Bay. Since 1987, they have taken the leading role in offering sustainable, guided, small group, sea kayaking expeditions throughout Southeast Alaska, with an emphasis on wilderness stewardship, safety, education, fun, and minimal-impact wilderness travel. Built upon the ethic of offering premium trips with a thoughtful approach, Spirit Walker continues to make environmental stewardship and respectful wildlife viewing top priorities while being a positive and contributing member of Gustavus and the surrounding communities. Their trips take a natural approach – from the locally sourced food served on trips to selecting hardened tent-sites and hiking routes – and are designed to offer visitors a chance to make a lasting connection with their surroundings in the most organic way possible. Local trips – such as their Wilderness Isles adventure – are designed to provide an entirely human-powered experience by paddling to a nearby Wilderness area, hiking through 10,000 year old forests, and returning by kayak. Celebrating 30 years of premium guided sea kayaking expeditions in 2017, Spirit Walker offers trips for beginners, experienced paddlers, families and independent travelers. Day trips, remote wilderness expeditions and lodge to lodge adventures!