Explore The Apostle Lakeshore Ice Caves
Join The Duluth Experience for a Day Trip to Lake Superior's South Shore

Ice Caves Exploration and Adventure

When winter conditions are just right, ice along the south shore of Lake Superior makes some of the sea caves along the Apostle Islands Lakeshore accessible by foot. Join The Duluth Experience on a winter sea cave adventure! This is an all-inclusive adventure with an enjoyable, relaxing, and educational day trip to the Apostle Lakeshore sea caves. We will provide transportation, loads of fun information about the geology and ecology of the South Shore, and lunch from Amazing Grace Bakery. Once we arrive at the Apostle Islands Lakeshore you’ll set out on a self-guided hike to explore the amazing ice cave phenomenon.

Please Note: Conditions must be suitable for ice formation. As a result, this trip is very dependent on Mother Nature. We will announce available dates to mailing list subscribers before we announce it to the general public.

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Tour Details:

Price > $79 per person – NO ADDED TAX OR FEES
Duration > Approximately 6 hours
Availability > May through October – see the adventure calendar for specific dates
Meeting Location > Pickup and Drop-off at the Fitger’s Complex in Downtown Duluth
Tour Times > We’ll set off from Duluth at 10:00AM and return to Duluth at approximately 4:30PM
All-Inclusive > Transportation, lunch, water, snacks, and info about the Apostle National Lakeshore
Munchies > Complimentary snacks and bottled water
Maximum Participants > 14 people
Minimum Age > None, under 18 accompanied by an adult/guardian (for younger children please ask about our 2-person tandem kayaks)
Difficulty > This is an active adventure and requires a bit of hiking (see notes below)

Tour Highlights:

This unique adventure provides a convenient, enjoyable, and educational day trip to the Apostle Lakeshore ice caves and includes transportation, box lunch, and enough time to explore the ice caves at your own pace. Our knowledgeable guides will provide all kinds of great information on the geologic and environmental uniqueness of the area to enrich your experience during our ride to the Apostle Lakeshore. Then you’ll set out for a self-guided ice cave adventure.

Still have questions? Visit our Winter Adventure FAQ Page or contact us for more information.

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"“I would highly recommend this trip or any other offered by The Duluth Experience.”"
"“I would highly recommend this trip or any other offered by The Duluth Experience.”"

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Additional Details:

Group Size > Our groups are limited to 14 people. Please contact us if you’d like to book a larger group event.

Fitness Level > Be prepared to hike a minimum of three miles over uneven and slippery terrain where snow and ice will be present. We encourage you to prepare for being outdoors for about two to three hours and we ask that you dress for the weather (see below). Most importantly… wear appropriate footwear for some off-trail exploration.

Transportation > Transportation to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore’s Meyers Beach is included. Our pickup and drop off point is on Superior Street in front of the Fitger’s Inn (here’s a map).

Weather > It may be snowing and it it will probably be windy. It will most certainly be chilly – these are acceptable conditions and should be expected. Please note that we will cancel and/or reschedule the trip if the weather conditions pose a danger to the group. You will receive a full refund if The Duluth Experience has to cancel the trip due to unsafe weather conditions.

What to Wear > Please watch the weather forecast and prepare appropriately. We have plenty of room for you, your and a backpack with supplies and extra gear. Bring a warm winter coat and snow pants. Gloves and a warm winter hat are a must. Dress in layers so you can add or remove them as appropriate. Bring face protection (balaclava, scarf, neck wamer etc), sunglasses or ski mask, and pack extra layers. Please wear winter boots that are suitable for hiking. We also highly recommend that you bring ski poles and ice traction cleats (e.g., YakTrax or Katoola MICROspikes) to provide extra traction on the ice. Sunglasses are a great idea too.

What to Bring > We highly recommend that you bring your camera and extra batteries… cold weather saps batteries pretty quick. Bring a backpack, a bottle of water, some light snacks, and any personal items and medications you might need for the day.

Food > The Duluth Experience will provide a delicious box lunch.