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Qilak une goélette d'expédition pour naviguer dans les glaces

The Kenai Peninsula Cruise, where huge sea glaciers crash into the Pacific Ocean

Cruise from Valdez to Kodiak dedicated to travelers loving pristine spaces and wild encounters

The cruise at a glance

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  • 10 days onboard
  • 2 departure dates
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South of Anchorage, the Kenai Peninsula is dedicated to travelers enamored with pristine spaces and wild encounters, with high peaks and countless glaciers that descend to the sea in fjords filled with icebergs. The landscape is breathtaking!Its direct access to the ocean makes it a stopping point for the summer migration of a very dense marine fauna: orcas, sea lions, seals and many species of whales, from beluga to blue whales.It is also the dream of all fishermen, its waters are teeming with halibut and huge salmon. The first inhabitants of the place were the Amerindians of the Athabasca nation who lived by fishing like the few inhabitants of today.

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When to join us?

10-day cruise in Alaska: 2,590 Euros

Prices :

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English is spoken aboard.

May 2022

From 05-25-2022 To 06-03-2022 Boarding : Valdez Landing : Kodiak Code : F5

July 2022

From 07-14-2022 To 07-23-2022 Boarding : Kodiak Landing : Valdez Code : F9

Why join us ?

  • A true concentrate of wild nature!
  • Observe drifting icebergs and hear the crash of glaciers
  • Watch for whales and orcas in the wake of the sailboat
  • Fishing on board, trolling and in anchorages
  • A skipper-adventurer, ready to introduce you to navigation

The indicated price includes: the annual membership to the association QILAK EXPEDITIONS, the navigation port/port in full board, the drinks (water, coffee, tea, and wine at the dinner), the supervision by a bilingual captain on all the route and the services of the crew, the visits of the sites and parks indicated in the program.
The indicated price does not include: airfare and hotels or transport from the airport to the sailboat, alcohol (other than wine at dinners), restaurants (including the last dinner on Day 10) and bars.

Boarding takes place on the morning of Day 1 (D1) at 9 a.m. in front of the Harbor Master office and we set sail shortly after. Disembarkation is on D10.

Note: Extend your stay!
This expedition aboard the Qilak sailboat is part of an itinerant journey along the Pacific coast, from Vancouver Island (Canada) to the Aleutian Islands (Alaska). You therefore have the possibility of extending your trip by registering for several expeditions!

Our itinerary

Day 1: Valdez and the sea lion rockery

Boarding in Valdez, approaching a rockery of dozens of sea lions, anchoring at Glacier Island.

Day 2: Prince William Sound

North-south crossing of Prince William Bay to Erlington Island, anchorage at Farm Bay. Most of the land surrounding Prince William Sound is part of the Chugach National Forest (the second largest national forest in the United States) is surrounded by the rugged Chugach Mountains. The coastline is a labyrinth of numerous islands and fjords, many of which contain magnificent sea glaciers. We will sail between the main barrier islands forming the south of Prince William Bay.

Days 3 and 4: Aialik Fjord (Kenai Peninsula)

Entering the Kenai Peninsula in a succession of fjords each comprising several glaciers, starting with Aialik Bay, where the Holgate and Aialik glaciers, suspended on the sides of the mountain, pour ice into the blue-green waters, creating some of the most impressive scenery in Kenai Fjords National Park. Anchorage at Verdant Cove.

Days 5 and 6: Northwestern Fjord (Kenai Peninsula)

Northwestern Fjord, a continuation of Harris Bay, provides access to three sea glaciers: Ogive, Anchor and the impressive Northwestern calving huge seracs. Here wildlife can be seen up close at all times, seabirds cover the horizon of islands and glaciers, whales and Steller sea lions abound. Anchorage at Otter Cove.

Day 7: McCarty Fjord (Kenai Peninsula)

McCarty Fjord, giving access to the McCarty and Dinglestad glaciers. McCarty Glacier is a sea glacier located in the Harding Icefield of Mount Kenai. It has been severely affected by global warming and since the early 1900s, its terminus has moved 10 miles (15 km) from the mouth of the bay. Mc Arthur Cove anchorage.

Day 8: The Kodiak Archipelago

Offshore navigation from Mc Artur Cove to the northeastern tip of Kodiak Island. Kodiak Island is the second largest island in the United States, with an area of 3,595 square miles (9,310 km2). Kodiak Island is mountainous and heavily forested. The island has many deep bays, which provide sheltered anchorages for boats. Kodiak bear and king crab are native to the island. The fishing industry is the most important economic activity, fisheries include Pacific salmon, halibut and crab. Anchorage at Seal Bay.

Days 9 and 10: Disembarking at the Port of Kodiak

Coastal navigation from Seal Bay to Saint Paul de Kodiak harbor. Visit of the very informative permanent exhibition of Kodiak National Park located near the port and disembarkation.

Note: The itinerary is reversed for the F9 cruise from July 14 to 23, 2021, ie: boarding in Kodiak / disembarking in Valdez.Journée

Our latest reviews

Dorian, le cuistot de Qilak préparant un saumon du large

Charlotte D., Kenai cruise from July 21 to 30, 2019

We are delighted with this trip! We spent 10 superb and exotic days aboard the Qilak with Didier the skipper of a thousand lives and Dorian the cordon bleu. On the program: breathtaking landscapes, good weather, magnificent glaciers, whales, otters, sea lions ... we will not forget this cruise anytime soon!
We highly recommend this trip with this friendly little team. Didier and Dorian made us feel very welcome and we sailed in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere on this beautiful sailboat, very well maintained and very pleasant. We also ate really well. Congratulations to the cook!