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Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward

Categories: National Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web
With a mix of mountains, ocean, glaciers, and wildlife, Kenai Fjords National Park is a natural wonder of beauty. This national park covers 270 ha (669,984 acres) of the Kenai Peninsula and is home to such animals as whales, seals, bears, moose, mountain goats, and bald eagles. One of the largest icefields in the United States, Harding Icefield is contained in the park and features about 40 glaciers. The largest of these glaciers is Bear Glacier. Only a small portion of the park is accessible by maintained hiking trails, including an easy hike to Exit Glacier and a more challenging trek to Harding Icefield. You'll need a boat (try one of the organized boat tours) to access to the rest of the rugged park. See Kenai Fjords National Park and all Seward has to offer by arranging your trip with our Seward tourist route planner.
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  • I have done this trip about 7 or 8 times and it is always wonderful and very different each time. I have taken all of my visitors to Alaska on this trip and recommend it! 
  • I had a good time on the short hike to exit glacier. It does have some uphill component. I liked the signs saying where the glacier used to be. Disappointing that the trail didn't go right up to the g...  read more »
  • One of the highlights of our trip. Was incredibly rough but the crew were all lovely and insistant if anyone wanted to bail they could with a full refund. Captain (possibly Eric Tanner...ish) was grea...  read more »
  • What an awe inspiring place to visit. If the abundance of marine mammals is not enough for you, being up close with giant calving glaciers will certainly inside a sense of wonder. The park is tricky to visit, and almost entirely inaccessible except by boat, or sight seeing plane, but if you get the chance to see even the smallest piece you won't be sorry.
  • If you have a love of sea life and Majestic scenery this is the place to go. Alaska has so much to offer and this is one of the best places that you can go as a tourist. There are so many examples of Wildlife and sea life around you all you have to do is look. On a recent trip we found whales porpoises and sea lions. Hundreds of species of birds were either flying around us or diving into the ocean to capture fish. We found taking one of the tour boats up to the calving glaciers was an amazing experience.
  • I want on a boat tour of the Kenai Fjords and it was one of the best experiences of my life. Very few places in this planet exist where you can see such magnificent glaciers along side pristine and untouched natural land. If you are looking to reconnect with the physical world, this is where to go. Truly a life changing experience that I will never forget. Hiking there is possible but difficult, boating allows you to see the most. You will see more aquatic creatures than anywhere. But beware of Jellyfish. It's sound like sci-fi, but there everywhere in the water. although, Alone a problem if swimming, otherwise, amazing photo op.
  • A vast majority of the park is only accessible by kayak or boat. There is a long hike, 16 miles round trip if you want to visit the Harding Ice field, but we didn't do that one. We did the short 2-3 mile loop and visited Exit Glacier. This hike is pretty awesome and gives you a great look at the glacier and you can see how far the glacier has receded in the past 100+ years. You can even stand where the glacier used to be before it was a forest! We walked out onto the out wash plain where the glacial meltwater flows through. It feels like the moon, its so flat and rocky! We also visited the park on the six hour cruise through one of the cruise companies in Seward. They did a wonderful job taking us up close and personal with one of glaciers. The cruise captain did an excellent job taking us through several whale and bird sightings. We also saw a mountain goat, dolphins, a black bear, several star fish and even a jelly fish! I highly recommend the boat tours.
  • Wow. Really amazing if you have the time and ability to hike to the Harding Ice Field. Wish there were more places that were accessible, but I can understand how the glacier shrinking every year causes significant problems. Also wish there were more boat tour options available - maybe even a flight would be a better way to see the place.
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