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Check out this video highlighting our winter trips!

Fall, Winter, and Spring Tours

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Cost: $189/person

Time: 11:00 am to 2:30 pm. Offered September 16 – April 30 (check out our Tours & Sightseeing page if you are here outside these dates for summer specific information!)

Trip Length: 3.5 hours

Passengers: Minimum 2, maximum 6

Sunset over Resurrection Bay on a late winter afternoon.
Sunset over Resurrection Bay on a late winter afternoon
Morning views of Bear Glacier in winter

Contrary to what people might lead you to believe, Seward, Alaska, and the ocean don’t shut down just because it’s winter! Yes, the weather may be colder, but Resurrection Bay and beyond are positively scenic in the winter months. Our boats are equipped with a cabin heater to keep you comfortable on board, and we have hot drinks for our guests. Perhaps the best aspect of this time of year is that there is basically no one on the water…you feel like you have the ocean and wildlife all to yourself!

Fresh snow on the coast in winter

Snowy beaches, dramatic sunrises and sunsets, and perfect light for photography make Seward a dream winter destination. Common Fall thru Spring wildlife sightings include Dall’s and harbor porpoises, sea otters, land otters, harbor seals, Steller sea lions, waterfowl, eagles, sea birds, mountain goats, orcas, and maybe even whales (even in winter)! Our winter trips involve cruising Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park.

Often on these tours we beach the boat, allowing guests to explore a beautiful beach for a while adding a whole new perspective to the trip!

Lost Lynx beached on a remote island mid-tour for some beach combing
The mountains above Fox Island Spit in winter

Temperatures average from the teens to the 50s and it varies from sunny, rainy, to snowy.

Fall, winter, and spring tour trips run for a half-day (3.5 hours). These trips have a 2 person minimum and a 6 person maximum. See our FAQ page for what to bring and policies.

An Alaskan beach piled high with fresh snow
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