Sea Kayaking Icy Bay, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

24, June 24th, 2008 by Carl D

Sea kayaking Icy Bay with Mt. St. Elias in the background, Wrangell St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

Hey Folks,

I just got back from a sea kayak trip to Icy Bay, down on the southern edges of Wrangell – St. Elias National Park. This will definitely be a trip for next year. It was my first time in this amazing place, and it really is cool. There’s SO much to see and explore in the area. It’ll be a sea kayaking/hiking trip, a little of everything. the scenery is awesome, and the geology of the place is fascinating. 100 years ago it was a wall of glacial ice, now 3 glaciers have receded, and the valleys left in their wake filled with water, creating 4 deep cold fjords. The Taan fjord is the most navigable for paddling, the Tsaa fjord is almost covered with icebergs. Here’s a shot from a camp site along the shores of the Taan fjord, Icy Bay, looking out over the bay towards Mt. St. Elias, as it catches the last rays of the sun for the day. Pretty sweet view, eh?

I’ll have a detailed page for this trip on the website this fall, outlining more of what we’ll be doing, etc, and a bunch of photos from the area. The trip will leave out of Yakutat, Alaska, and we’ll probably want to spend a day or so there, and maybe do a boat trip up Disenchantment Bay to the Hubbard Glacier as well – it’s simply incredible!



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2 Responses to “Sea Kayaking Icy Bay, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park, Alaska.”

  1. Hey Carl,

    Been a while since I have been to your blog, but man this is a sweet image. Sounds like this could be a good trip to Icy Bay. I can’t wait to get the detailed page for this trip and possibly see more images from your expedition. I wish the clouds that appear to the right of the snow capped mountain were hovering higher up in the sky, providing some more diffused lighting and a better alpine glow, but again we can just take what Mother Nature has to offer!

    Thanks for sharing your experience and posting the image. Look forward to seeing some more of these in the near future.


  2. Hey Sai

    Thanks for the post. I’ll have a page up about Icy Bay later in the fall, once I get thru this summer. It’s an awesome place, and I’m looking forward to get back there.



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