The impressive network of fjords that comprise the Kenai Fjords National Park is situated in the Gulf of Alaska and covers more than 600,000 acres. Characterized by the iconic Harding Icefield, Kenai Fjords National Park offers beautiful landscapes and fantastic opportunities for wildlife viewing. If you’ve only got a weekend, you’ll want to make sure to experience as much as possible!
What do Do
Exploring the park by cruise is one of the most popular ways to experience Kenai Fjords. Because there are no roads in the park and the major sites are the glaciers anyway, it’s best to visit the park by water.
If you’ve only got a weekend and aren’t planning to do a cruise, boat tours provide great options for day trips. Some of the park’s most notable sights are Aialik Glacier, Bear Glacier Lake, Exit Glacier, and Bear Glacier, which can be visited via organized boat tours.
Kenai Fjords National Park is home to some truly spectacular wildlife. You can expect to encounter sea otters, humpback whales, dolphins, orcas, harbor seals, mountain goats, bald eagles, seabirds like cormorants and puffins, and much more. Taking an organized wildlife viewing tour is a great way to have a safe and successful wildlife viewing experience with a guide that can shed light on what you’re seeing.
There are several opportunities for hiking in Kenai Fjords National Park, and the Harding Icefield Trail is by far the most popular, though it’s incredibly strenuous. The Exit Glacier Loop is another great day hike in the park.
Where to Stay
The only lodge within Kenai Fjords National Park is the Fjords Glacier Lodge. Camping at the free Exit Glacier Campground is another popular option, but all campsites are first come, first served and they do not take reservations.
How to Get There
You must access Kenai Fjords National Park through the town of Seward. Arrive in Seward either by train from Anchorage, by car, or on a cruise. As the park has no roads, the easiest way to explore the area is by boat.