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“See Glaciers and More with the Pros”

Anadyr Adventures Day Trips
Ranked #4 of 17 Tours in Valdez
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Half day to 7 day wilderness kayaking expeditions departing from Valdez Alaska. Glacier kayaking at it's finest with small group sizes and naturalist trained guides.
Reviewed July 21, 2012

This was our second paddling adventure with Anadyr. Last year my wife and I did day trips to Columbia and Valdez Glaciers, which were amazing. This year we decided to spring for an overnight lodge-based trip. While the trips may seem somewhat expensive, you really have to understand how much you get for your money. This is a long-established professional company with the equipment, contacts and guides to go with it. They provide everything you need, from boots to overalls to rain jackets. They have a huge inventory of all these items as well as the well-maintained kayaks and PFD's. And their location is right there on the beautiful Valdez small boat harbor. For most glacier trips, water "taxis" are used to get you to appropriate starting points in Prince Wiliam Sound and pick you up (and fuel isn't cheap). The guides are highly-trained professional employees who make sure all the gear fits you properly, that you paddle safely, and that you have fun. They are very good with all kinds of kayakers, from first-timers to experienced, kids to seniors. And there are trips for everyone- shorter day trips, longer day trips, overnight tent camping trips, cabin camping trips and lodge-based trips. For the second year in a row Ilene was our guide. She is experienced, caring, informative, funny, and passionate about the beauty of Prince Williams Sound, its glaciers, birds and sea creatures. Staying at the lodge in Ellamar was an incredible experience. Chris, the entertaining owner, prepared truly gourmet meals. In addition to paddling and hiking, we had so much fun running from the woodburning sauna into chilly Prince William Sound and back to the sauna. Ilene serenaded us at night, accompanying herself on mandolin as we watched frolicking sea otters right in front of the house. What a thrill when a sea lion popped up right behind our kayaks! On the trip back to Valdez the water taxi driver stopped so we could enjoy watching humpback whales surfacing with glaciers in the background. My wife and I heartily recommend Anadyr Adventures for an up close and personal experience you cannot get from a cruise ship or tour boat. Valdez is accessible by road, ferry or plane and is worth the trip.

4  Thank laborman1
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

We did a seakayaktour of 7 days. Our guide, Liz, knews a lot of the sealife, beautiful nature and has good social skills. She knews the balans between adventure and safety perfect. We had a lifetime experience. Thanks Liz!!!

Thank joanwinkelhof
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

We did a guided kayak tour on the Valdez glacial lake with Anadyr with our 2 sons. It was great. Friendly, knowledgeable guide, good gear.

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Reviewed July 10, 2012

We were undecided about whether to go for the Stan Stephens cruise to Columbia Glacier about which we had heard good things or try something like kayaking that sounded more exciting. We decided to go with the latter and contacted Anadyr. We were a group of 8, and they were nice enough to give us a discount as well. The whole experience was handled very professionally. They provide all the rain gear, boots, life vests and pogies (gloves) to keep you dry. A special word for our guide, Eileen who was awesome - very friendly and helpful! Make sure you pack non messy sandwiches / lunch for the trip and carry some extra plastic bags in order to trash the remains easily. The trash needs to be carried back from the glacier to land. The columbia glacier is about a 90 minute motor boat ride from the Valdez harbor which sounds long but the views all around us were captivating. The marine life that we spotted was disappointing since we expected more but we did get to spot a couple of otters, sea lions and a glimpse of dolphins. As we got closer to the glacier, the floating icebergs gave the place a surreal feel...and its fun and exciting to finally kayak through these icebergs! For those who havent kayaked before, it can be a bit strenuous but worth the workout that you get. Persons taller than 6ft in height might have difficulty sitting comfortably in the canoes so check that before you take the trip. One of my friends who is 6'2 was extremely uncomfortable and did not enjoy the experience. For the rest of us, it was tiring but a very unique experience. Thanks Anadyr!

1  Thank Pranko
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

An excellent trip for 4 oldies. We did a 7 day kayak trip with an expert guide, Liz, starting close to the Meares glacier. We even got to walk the last 400 yards to the glacial head. 50% sun and 50% rain and cloud seems the norm for Alaska. Food was wonderfully prepared by guv'nor Liz and she worked hard serving 3 cooked meals per day. Lots of fresh fish to eat but we couldn't catch any ourselves. Kayaks are roomy, comfortable and dry under the sprayskirts, but watch out-- they are heavy. When rainy or buggy we had a screen tent and heavy duty tarpaulin. Loads to see, ie whales, sealions and sea otters plus of course the eagles. For me, this was the highlight of our trip to Alaska.

Thank peterharland
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