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Kenai Fjords National Park
Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park

Free admission
Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward, AK

The Basics

The most popular way to visit the park is on a glacier cruise. This is the best way to see the largest variety of marine wildlife, as the park’s icy waters and dense woodlands are home to numerous species of native animals. Adventurous visitors can take an aerial tour of the park, kayak on the fjords, hike to the top of the 8.2-mile (13.2-kilometer) Harding Icefield Trail, explore the trails around Exit Glacier, and go fishing in the park’s backcountry.

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Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise: afternoon departure
Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise: afternoon departure
$195.03 per adult
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Wonderful tour to be on...
Wonderful tour to be on during our first day in Alaska. We spent quite some time sightseeing on the deck, which can get very windy when the ship is at its full speed (and that's the fun part too). We didn't spot any whales this time, but the fluorescent jellyfishes and the dolphins were nice surprises!
Rong_Y, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Seward

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Crew were fantastic. ...
Dawn_S, Sep 2021
Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise: afternoon departure
Crew were fantastic. Rough seas, I was sea sick. They were supportive and very quick to deliver assistant. Take Dramamine before going. Great views and lots of information. Clean bathrooms great family fun.
star-5
Relaxing Experience
Jillian, Sep 2021
Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise
Relaxing jaunt around the bay provided countless glimpses of breathtaking landscape and energetic wildlife. Fun crew and nice, clean space to enjoy!
star-5
Safe and Easy Trip.
Rose_B, Aug 2021
Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise
Staff worked hard to make sure every passenger had a good experience. We were fortunate to have good weather and calm seas. Plenty of wildlife was seen. The captain is knowledgeable about most, and admitted when she wasn't. Made for a more trusting in the safety of her skills.
star-4
Excellent except no COVID precautions.
Excellent, Aug 2021
Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise: afternoon departure
Wildlife. Excellent narration by onboard naturalist. However, I’m concerned that the vast majority of passengers did not wear facemasks ever. It should be required—especially going forward, with the delta COVID variant.
star-5
Whales, puffins and more
Don_W, Aug 2021
Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise
Saw humpbacks and more; great day! Good narration and info from captain; would recommend. COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER ON COVID mask requirements/enforcement.
star-5
Major marine tour
Amit, Aug 2021
Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise: afternoon departure
Excellent staff and very clean, quality food. The ship captain Chris worked hard to make sure we get to see whales and boy it was wonderful
star-5
The best day in Seward in 57 years.
Patty_D, Aug 2021
Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise
The Captain went out of her way to find and show the wildlife in the area. Watching my Grandson's face as he saw the whale blow was worth the whole thing. Speaking of my Grandson, this was the first time on the water for him and he got very sea sick. The crew was wonderful. It was a dead calm day but so many got sea sick and the crew was kind and understanding and very fast to clean up the sick. This was old fashion service and they need high marks for how good they where.
star-5
Family trip
AliceJ_M, Aug 2021
Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise: afternoon departure
Everyone enjoyed the cruise! The staff was very helpful and informative! The vessel was clean. They accommodated all 13 of us with ease including a wheelchair for the ramp.
star-5
Rewarding
Karla-B, Jul 2021
Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise: afternoon departure
This cruise was exceptional. The boat was clean and easy to move around on. The staff were very helpful, talkative and knowledgable of the area. The Captain was aware of her surroundings and made every effort to give us the best experience possible. (thank you). It was great to meet Kyler from our State and talk about home. Loved seeing orca and humpback whales, seals, otters, puffins, some type of dolphin and of course the glaciers…oh my, the glaciers!!!!
star-5
Fantastic cruise
Darius_L, Jul 2021
Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise
The crews were outstanding. They’re friendly and approachable. The ship is clean. The orcas that we saw during trip was so amazing!
star-5
Amazing
Erika_S, Jul 2021
Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise: afternoon departure
Amazing! We saw so much wildlife. The boat was brand new and clean. Lunch was provided and it was delicious (and they accommodated gluten free). The guide overhead was phenomenal and educational. Great family or solo day trip.
star-5
Glacier/wildlife tour
Beth_G, Jun 2021
Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise: afternoon departure
Whales, seals, sea lions and glaciers!! Assigned tables were great on the very clean boat! Highly recommend !

Things to Know Before You Go

  • To visit the park on a cruise, choose a full-day or a half-day excursion.

  • Many cruises offer a buffet lunch option; sample Alaska salmon and other local delicacies for an upgraded price.

  • Be sure to bring a camera to snap memorable photos of Resurrection Bay’s rugged coastline and wildlife.

  • Even in summer, the weather can be fickle. Be prepared by bringing a light hooded jacket, or warmer layers in cooler months.

  • Most fjords cruises are wheelchair accessible, but it’s best to check in advance.

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How to Get There

Kenai Fjords National Park is located just outside of Seward in southcentral Alaska, 126 miles (203 kilometers) south of Anchorage. By car, take Seward Highway (AK-1) south from Anchorage. It will become AK-9 around mile 35 (87 miles/140 kilometers from Anchorage), with AK-1 heading to Homer and Kenai. Continue on AK-9 to Seward. The Alaska Railroad connects Anchorage to Seward during the summer months (May through September).

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When to Get There

The best time to visit Kenai Fjords National Park is between May and September, when the weather cooperates to provide views of the surrounding glaciers (including the impressive Bear Glacier) and mountains—and to be warm enough for visitors to want to be outdoors. Although the park is often inaccessible during the winter months, Seward is accessible year-round via the Seward Highway, a National Scenic Byway.

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Wildlife in Kenai Fjords National Park

A cruise is the best way get your fill of wildlife viewing, as the park’s waters and forests are home to mountain goats, black bears, bald eagles, harbor seals, sea lions, puffins, porpoises, and humpback and orca whales. Along most cruise routes you’ll have the chance to see abundant wildlife like whales, sea otters, Dall’s porpoises, eagles, mountain goats, and many types of seabirds. Cape Resurrection, at the end of Resurrection Bay, is home to both Steller sea lions and thousands of nesting seabirds. Most boats stop close to the sea lion colonies and seabird rookeries, providing excellent photo opportunities.

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