"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness" -John Muir Johnstone Adventure Lodge is located roughly 30 miles from the coastal town of Seward, AK with the Gulf of Alaska to the south, the Sargent Ice Field to the north, and mountains to both the east and west. It is a region of untamed wilderness that few ever get to experience. We cater to individuals who wish to have an exclusive experience far away from the beaten track. Accessible only by fly-in, find yourself deep in the wilderness, in peaceful communion with nature like you have never experienced before. If you are going to Alaska, go to the true wild of Alaska, far from roads, wires, and hoards of other people. Explore the wild actively, or remain still in nature to contemplate, read, write, do art, etc.. Your Experience is fully customized - you can choose from the following activities: - Zodiac Glacier Tour - Kayaking - Wildlife Viewing - Hiking / Trekking - Cave Exploration - Sunset and Moonlight Beach Fires - Surfing at the Lodge - Helicopter Surfing
Jordan came to Alaska to back country ski in Valdez after graduating from the University of Utah. While there, he guided ski touring expeditions. He first set eyes on Johnstone Bay while on a surfing trip aboard the M/V Milo. He had explored much of coastal Alaska via jet ski and what he saw at Johnstone Bay was something spectacular and unique. Jamie came to Alaska after leaving a job as a police detective. She lived and worked as a kayaking guide on a remote island on Kodiak and fell deeply in love with the "feeling" of wilderness. She left Alaska to travel the world, but knew instantly that she would return to Alaska and make it her permanent home. Jamie has worked as a recreation guide/coordinator for an Alaskan non-profit that advocates equal access for people who experience disability. When the couple met, they instantly connected on the love of wilderness. Together, they decided to build guest chalets at Johnstone Bay in order to share the experience with others.
Meet your pilot at the Seward Airport and be prepared for some incredible birds eye views of fjords, glaciers, and wildlife. Upon landing at Johnstone Bay, you'll meet the family who own and built Johnstone Adventure Lodge. They'll show you around, introduce you to the magnificent area, and feed you an awesome dinner.
Johnstone Bay is located within a glacially carved valley. In the past century, the Excelsior Glacier has dramatically receded into what is now a five mile long, one mile wide, and 800-feet-deep glacier lagoon. Paddling this lake, you will see a part of the world that very few have seen.
You can hike up a mountain, beside a glacier, or explore the forest. The level or difficulty and activity is up to you as options are limitless. Discuss your wishes with Jordan and Jamie so they can cater an experience that fits you and your group specifically.
Wake up early to enjoy your last hours of wilderness serenity or stay in bed to relax after your adventures. Your flight out will come to whisk you away mid-day. Depending on weather, your pilot may take you back to Seward using a different flight path so you can see even more of the breathtaking coastal Alaskan landscape.
Dinner is provided. We will provide various items to either provide or supplement your breakfast and lunch. We recommend guests bring eggs, sandwich meat & cheese, produce, and alcoholic beverages if desired.
Transportation to and from Seward, AK - Johnstone Bay is included.
Zodiac, kayaks, life vests, bear spray, and radios are provided. It is highly recommended guests bring high quality rain gear (boots, jacket, and pants).
Private departures, for just you and your friends or family