Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward

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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. Put Kenai Fjords National Park on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Seward trip planning tool .
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  • 5 Hours with lunch and the most fantastic fjords and islands. We started in Seaward and also ended there. In between we saw 16 humpback whales, 2 finn whales, Sea lions roughing and fighting for the b...  more »
  • Wonderful nautical ride and can enjoy the glaciers, sea lions, whales and the fjords of Alaska!
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  • Hiked to top of cliffs in mid June- loved it but top section was all in the snow. Would recommend layers and planning ahead. We had sunshine, rain, wind and some snow all in one day  more »
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  • Breathtaking. Mountains, fjords, glaciers, amazing Alaskan wildlife. I think this is the most beautiful place on earth. On a boat tour, we saw humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, puffins and bald eagles. Even on a rainy, overcast day it was gorgeous - low clouds and mist created a primordial scene with one awesome view after another.
  • Simply breathtaking. Hop on one of the various tour operators in the harbor there and go out and catch some puffins (on your camera that is. Boy are they cute!)
  • This is perhaps my favorite national park to date. The trails are definitely worth their time. We explored the Harding Icefield Trail that varied greatly in terrain, which made the adventure even better!
  • Beautiful! I didn't get to hike the HIT, but will definitely make that hike a priority next time I visit.
  • A great place to look at the history of glaciation and to see and feel how warning climate has affected the size of glaciers and the geography around the glaciers. A picturesque and easily accessible opportunity.

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Despite its small size, Seward offers a range of affordable rooms, many of which are located in historic downtown boutique hotels. The compact town center provides you with a comfortable urban base, complete with quick and easy access to good dining and shopping. If you prefer to explore the surrounding wilderness areas on your own, consider one of the region's campgrounds. Many of these outdoor sites offer private showers, laundry services, and free Wi-Fi.
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