Bear Glacier Beach
The Location: Bear Glacier Beach is located in Kenai Fjords National Park, about 15 miles south of Seward, Alaska, and accessed by water taxi from Resurrection Bay.
The Activity: Stand-up paddleboarding
Bear Glacier Beach is one of a kind — a black sand beach where the icy blue sea laps a shoreline of multicolored seaweed, surrounded by jagged snow-covered peaks. The beach is the access point to Bear Glacier Lagoon, home of some of Alaska’s most massive icebergs, and an SUP dreamscape. A 45-minute water taxi from Seward will get you to within a stone’s throw of the beach, then don a dry suit, hop on your SUP, and ride one of the small rollers into shore. Carry the board across the moraine to the emerald waters of the lagoon and paddle a maze of icebergs. Harbor seals and bald eagles are a dime a dozen here, and if you keep one eye on the land, you’re likely to spot a black bear. Liquid Adventures, based in Seward, are the local experts for gear rental, guides, and logistics.
What Else to Do: This same excursion is also popular with kayakers, and a few surfers have caught some decent waves here. Whatever your sport, Bear Glacier Beach makes for an amazing campsite.
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