Offering a thrilling blend of glacier, mountain and wildlife experiences, the port city of Valdez is a must for anyone wishing to discover the natural beauty of south-east Alaska. Boasting the Columbia Glacier, Keystone Canyon and the vast Chugach National Forest, Valdez is an outdoor enthusiasts' dream and if you can walk it, raft it or fly over it then, believe you me - you'll be able to do it. This is your chance to go in search of wild flowers and salmon berries in the morning prior to spotting orcas and puffins in the afternoon. Valdez is a lesser-visited but nonetheless rewarding destination and perfect for lovers of the great outdoors.

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Highlights & Activities
  • Kayaking in Prince William Sound

    Sea kayaking The chance to kayak up to the smooth underbelly of a glacier is an absolutely breath-taking moment and as you glide past icebergs and into hidden tunnels you're bound to feel humbled in this stunning frozen world. Kayaking is an excellent means of getting up really close to the glaciers and marine life of Valdez and by combining a hike across moraine you'll be able to access rarely seen areas that have remained untouched for thousands of years.

  • Prince William Sound ferry

    Ferry through Prince William Sound This is no ordinary ferry trip and you can forget about reading the paper en-route because from fjords and glaciers to kittiwakes and terns, you'll be in for one of the most scenic crossings in the whole of America. As Valdez is the largest port in Prince William Sound there are plenty of opportunities to take either a round-trip or explore further afield and if you're looking for a chance to photograph the marine life and the glacial hues from a new perspective then jump on-board and start snapping.

When to go
Temperature chart - Valdez

Well-known for its guaranteed snow fall, Valdez is pretty much covered in the white stuff from October through to April with temperatures rarely getting above 5C. To be fair, July and August barely pass the 25C mark so if you're hoping for summer heat then you maybe better off heading further south. Anyone wishing to catch the spring flowers and migratory birds then April, May and June are ideal with little chance of rain too. July is usually the warmest month with the most daylight and the least amount of rain making it ideal for hikers and kayakers who are on the hunt for glaciers. August does signal the start of the rains but this also marks the change from summer to autumn and as such you'll find less crowds in September and an abundance of colourful foliage just before the snow starts to fall in earnest.

Insider Tip: Grab a paddle
Columbia Glacier sea kayaking

Even if you've never held paddles before, sea kayaking in and around the Columbia Glacier is easy to get the hang of and the sights you'll encounter make the next day's arm ache hardly noticeable. Dripping icebergs, moraine hikes and the chances to spot whales and bears en-route make this one of the best activities in the whole of Alaska. Note: listening to your instructors is vital for your safety and as you'll be kitted out with all the latest equipment, as well as being presented with safety guidelines, every provision will have been undertaken so you can rest assured as you explore.

Tours that visit Valdez


    14 days | Alaska | Camping

    Jun-Aug from


    This unique adventure takes you from the southern coast to the crossroads of the interior. Experience the majestic beauty of Denali, Wrangell-St Elias and Kenai Fjords National Parks with incredible wildlife viewing!

    Highlights: Denali | Wrangell - St Elias | Kenai Fjords

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    18 days | Alaska | Camping/Hotels

    Jun-Aug from


    Experience the arctic wilderness on one of our most remote and extreme itineraries, where the native cultures of Alaska and Canada and rugged mountain terrain will be sure to impress! Explore this 'Great Land' for a truly unforgettable experience.

    Highlights: Denali | Dempster Highway | Arctic Circle

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    11 days | Alaska | Hotels

    Jun-Aug from


    Experience the untamed arctic wilderness at it's finest including spectacular fjord scenery, vast glaciers and the continent's highest peaks, with comfortable accommodation and at a leisurely pace.

    Highlights: Denali National Park | Kenai Fjords | Valdez

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