Kenai Fjords National Park

Wildlife Viewing, Glacier Cruises, Harding Icefield, Seward, Exit Glacier, Resurrection Bay, Fishing

Kenai Fjords National Park is located on the southern edge of the Kenai Peninsula in Southcentral Alaska. Very few places on earth match the beauty of this particular Alaska national park. Twenty thousand years ago, during the last ice age, enormous glaciers carved U-shaped valleys that eventually filled with seawater. These geologic wonders were named fjords, and they encompass the majority of the Kenai Fjords National Park coastline. Kenai Fjords is home to the enormous Harding Icefield which feeds the numerous glaciers that flow to the sea. The icefield draws adventurers for glacier expeditions each year. Kenai Fjords National Park also has one of the most accessible glaciers in Alaska, Exit Glacier. There are numerous, non-strenuous, interpretive trails that lead right to the face of the glacier. With all the park has to offer, Kenai Fjords is a must for any Southcentral Alaska vacation.

Kenai Fjords National Park tours during the summer season begin in early May and end in late September. The port town of Seward is the main access center for the National Park, and is where the Kenai Fjords NP Visitor Center is located. Seward can be reached from Anchorage on the Alaska Railroad or touring by car on the scenic Seward Highway. Numerous cruise ships depart from Seward, so a visit to Kenai Fjords National Park is possible before or after your Alaska Cruise. The main visitors center is open from 8:30 am to 7 pm daily during the summer months. There is also a nature center located at Exit Glacier which offers ranger guided hikes. Seward is a year round port and has numerous hotels, restaurants, and shops.

The best way to experience Kenai Fjords National Park is with a day cruise departing from Seward, and there are quite a few to choose from. Six to eight hour cruises are recommended for guests wishing to experience the glaciers, wildlife, and history the park has to offer. A four hour Resurrection Bay Cruise is perfect for visitors with limited time. Evening dinner cruises are also available. All of these cruises depart from the Seward small boat harbor, and the majority are timed to meet scheduled coach or train transfers coming from and departing to Anchorage.

There are two wilderness lodges located in the area. Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge is located on Fox Island in Resurrection Bay just a one hour boat cruise from Seward. Beach and mountain trail hiking is available on the island and a 9.5 hour park cruise is included with overnight stays. One of our favorites, and the only Kenai Fjords lodge actually within the park boundaries, is Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. The lodge is located on the shores of a protected lagoon, which offers dramatic views of the Pederson Glacier. Activities at the lodge include sea kayaking, hiking, and coastal explorations via motorized skiff. En route to the lodge, guests enjoy a five hour boat cruise through into Kenai Fjords National Park.

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Duration: 10 Days
Starting at: $2839 / per person

Designed for rail enthusiasts, this program includes Anchorage to Seward, Talkeetna, Denali and Fairbanks. From the majestic waters of Kenai Fjords National Park to Alaska’s... Read more.

Duration: 8 Days
Starting at: $2029 / per person

See two of Alaska’s most famous national parks including Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park. These two iconic Alaska destinations provide the best... Read more.

Duration: 15 Days
Starting at: $3209 / per person

This self-drive tour takes you from Anchorage to Talkeetna, Denali, Fairbanks, Kennicott, Seward and Homer. This ultimate “All Alaska” driving tour provides you with a... Read more.

Duration: 8 Days
Starting at: $1599 / per person

Discover more of Alaska on our “Great Alaska Road Trip” while you visit Denali National Park and Seward and take a cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park! Enjoy Alaska at... Read more.

Duration: 9 Days
Starting at: $2299 / per person

Especially designed for families, slow down, have fun and see major highlights including Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park. The itinerary for this exciting family... Read more.

Duration: 12 Days
Starting at: $2719 / per person

This tour is a great adventure! Ride the Alaska Railroad, explore Denali National Park, search for gold, meet a sled dog team and much more! This “Circle Alaska” adventure... Read more.

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Duration: 8 Days
Starting at: $2599 / per person

The Alaska National Parks tour is a guided Alaska group tour by bus and by railroad featuring two amazing iconic parks: Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park! This land... Read more.

Duration: 11 Days
Starting at: $2959 / per person

See all the best places: Anchorage, Seward, Kenai Fjords National Park, Denali National Park, Talkeetna and Fairbanks in a relaxed pace. Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you travel... Read more.

Duration: 4 Days
Starting at: $2020 / per person

Kenai Backcountry Lodge is located on glacier-carved Skilak Lake in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Southcentral Alaska. The lodge is accessible from Cooper Landing making this... Read more.