Glamping in Alaska : Why Yurts?

June 18, 2024
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Glamping in Alaska offers a combination of adventure and serenity unlike any other. Welcome to Orca Island Cabins, a unique yurt resort in Seward, Alaska, located 9 miles south of this charming coastal town. 

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Inside one of our yurts at Orca Island Cabins
Imagine waking up to the gentle lapping of waves against the shore, surrounded by towering evergreens and rugged coastal landscapes. What makes this experience truly unforgettable? Our signature accommodations: yurts.

Originating from the nomadic traditions of Central Asia, yurts offer a harmonious blend of history, comfort, and sustainability. In this blog post, we invite you to explore the allure and practicality of yurts, showcasing why they've become the heart and soul of Orca Island Cabins' wilderness retreat.


Yurts emerged from the nomadic traditions of Central Asian cultures, where they served as the quintessential dwellings for tribes such as the Mongols, Kazakhs, and Kyrgyz. These cultures required a housing solution that could accommodate their mobile lifestyle, adapting to the diverse climates and landscapes they traversed. Yurts were designed to meet these needs, featuring a collapsible structure and lightweight materials that facilitated easy transportation by pack animals. Their circular shape minimized wind resistance, ensuring stability in windy conditions, while thick layers of insulation provided effective protection against the harsh elements of both hot deserts and freezing steppes.

Beyond practicality, yurts held profound cultural significance, serving as the heart of nomadic life, providing shelter, warmth, and a sense of belonging amidst the wilderness. Passed down through generations, the design and construction of yurts reflected the unique identity and traditions of each tribe. Thus, yurts were not merely shelters but symbols of resilience, adaptability, and cultural heritage.

Over the centuries, they’ve evolved, incorporating traditional principles with modern comforts to meet contemporary living standards. Today, yurts offer a unique blend of history, functionality, and sustainability, making them an ideal choice for glamping in Alaska and for those seeking an eco-conscious retreat like Orca Island Cabins, one of the best places to stay in Seward. 

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All of our yurts have private, waterfront decks


Yurts present an array of benefits that elevate them as a preferred choice for accommodation. Sustainability lies at the core of their design, as they are crafted from eco-friendly materials and boast an energy-efficient layout. This energy efficiency can be attributed to several key features. 

Firstly, their circular shape minimizes surface area compared to traditional square or rectangular buildings, reducing heat loss in colder climates and promoting airflow in warmer climates. Additionally, yurts often incorporate natural ventilation systems, such as a central dome or skylight that can be opened to allow for fresh air circulation. This natural ventilation not only regulates indoor temperatures but also reduces the need for mechanical ventilation systems, thus lowering energy consumption.

They are also equipped with thick layers of insulation, typically made from materials like wool or felt, providing effective protection from the elements. This insulation helps retain heat during the cooler months while keeping the interior fresh in the summer, minimizing reliance on heating and cooling systems.

Moreover, the transparent dome or skylight at the top of the yurt allows natural light to enter during the day, warming the interior through solar gain. This passive solar heating further enhances energy efficiency by reducing the dependence on artificial lighting and heating systems. Collectively, these design elements contribute to the remarkable energy efficiency of yurts, making them a great choice for sustainable accommodations.

This commitment to environmental consciousness ensures minimal impact on the surrounding ecosystem, aligning perfectly with the ethos of eco-tourism. 

Yurts also offer unparalleled comfort in a remote setting, with spacious interiors that invite guests to unwind and relax. As far as ideal Alaskan vacations go, glamping in a yurt setting is hard to beat. Modern amenities seamlessly blend with rustic charm, providing all the comforts of home amidst the tranquility of nature. Whether you’re seeking a serene retreat in the heart of the wilderness or a cozy haven to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the comfort and sustainability of a yurt make it an ideal choice for an unforgettable stay at our glamping resort in Alaska. 

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We have a total of 8 yurts at Orca Island Cabins


At Orca Island Cabins, our private waterfront yurts offer a unique blend of modern comforts, sustainable practices, and thoughtful amenities. Each yurt has a fully equipped kitchen with a stove, oven, sink, and cooler, allowing guests to prepare their meals amidst the stunning wilderness surroundings. Comfortable facilities, including bathrooms with composting toilets, hot water showers, and vanity areas, ensure a relaxing and convenient stay. Our commitment to sustainability is evident in our use of solar power to meet electricity needs, minimizing our environmental footprint while providing reliable power to our guests. 

We have a total of eight yurts nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Resurrection Bay, each boasting its own deck overlooking the pristine waterfront. Guests can enjoy cooking on the propane barbecue grill and relaxing in Adirondack chairs while soaking in the panoramic views. 

Our structures are sourced from Pacific Yurts, pioneers of the industry since 1978, known for their quality, reliability, and innovation, ensuring an exceptional Alaskan glamping experience for every guest at Orca Island Cabins.

Glamping in Alaska reaches new heights of luxury and sustainability at Orca Island Cabins, where the ancient tradition of yurts meets modern comfort. With each yurt designed for both resilience and relaxation, our commitment to eco-friendly practices ensures a minimal footprint on this pristine wilderness. Whether you're drawn to the history, the comfort, or the breathtaking surroundings, Orca Island Cabins invites you to experience the magic of glamping in Alaska like never before. Plan your unforgettable escape and discover why yurts are the perfect choice for your next adventure in the Last Frontier.