Experience a living Ice Age in Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park. Explore fjords and glaciers by kayak, hiking trails or flyovers to see a fascinating wintry parkland unlike anything in the lower 48 states.
Travel to Alaska’s coastline where fjords cut giant ravines into a shoreline of rock and snow. Rent a sea kayak and gear to paddle along Aialik Bay or Northwestern Lagoon. The National Park Service strongly recommends hiring a guide. The area’s very cold open waters can be treacherous, with rough surf and swells of 3 feet (1 meter) or more.
Book a cruise to Resurrection Bay or Northwestern Fjord. Watch for sea lions and orca and other whales in the water and mountain goats and puffins on land. Many cruises include narration by a park ranger. Dress in layers for changeable summer conditions ranging from bright sun to chilling winds.
Hike some or all of the very strenuous 8.2-mile (13.2-kilometer) round-trip Harding Icefield Trail. You’ll start with views of purple lupine flowers, heather and cottonwood and climb to the top of a seemingly endless ice field overlooking Exit Glacier. View this same area with a “flight seeing” trip, sightseeing from a small plane soaring over the park lands, with more than 30 glaciers.
Drive to the Exit Glacier Nature Center to learn about the region’s geology and wildlife. Walk to the glacier itself to observe the ever-changing environment as the glacier retreats. When the nature center road closes for the region’s extended snow season, access the area by snowmobile, dog sled or cross-country skiing.
The park is open year-round. However, June through August offer the warmest weather and easiest access to the largest number of facilities. Park entrance and camping are free. For mountaineering, ice climbing and other advanced sports, check the official website for safety requirements and guide recommendations. Reach the park at Seward, Alaska, 126 miles (203 kilometers) south of Anchorage.
U.S. national parks offer affordable access to unusual and exciting scenery and adventures across the country. Enjoy your visit to the fascinating world of ice and snow at Kenai Fjords National Park.
Get the most out of your visit to Kenai Fjords National Park. Here is a list of some of the top activities:
Take a look at our Seward things to do page to discover more activities while you're here.
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Very nice staff! Check in was easy! Front fest person seemed to be new and learning the computer system so it took a minute to check in but they were still very friendly
Situated in Seward, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Seward Museum and Kenai Fjords National Park. Seward Waterfront Park and Alaska SeaLife Center are also within 10 minutes.
Hotel is nice, but could use new carpet & beds are pretty firm. Overall, a good place to stay & waliking distance to marina.
This property had a great central location in Seward. Staff was nice and efficient. WIFI did not work in rooms. If you stood in lobby in sometimes worked.