Welcome to Kenai Fjords National Park
Seward is the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park, created in 1980 to protect 587,000 acres of Alaska’s most awesome, impenetrable wilderness. Crowning the park is the massive Harding Ice Field; from it, countless tidewater glaciers pour down, carving the coast into dizzying fjords.With such a landscape – and an abundance of marine wildlife to boot – the park is a major tourist attraction. Unfortunately, it’s also... Read More
Top experiences in Kenai Fjords National Park
Kenai Fjords National Park activities
Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise from Seward
From an observation deck aboard your comfortable cruise, watch the Alaskan wilderness awaken! Starting your six-hour cruise at either 8am or 11:30am – your choice – board your vessel from Seward and prepare to take in some of Alaska’s most breathtaking surroundings from the water. You’ll be amazed by the vast amount of Alaskan wildlife to be seen – including a variety of whales, sea lions and birdlife.Each 95-foot-long (29-meter) non-smoking cruise vessel has been customized for maximum comfort, including warm and spacious inside seating with large picture windows and multi-level viewing decks. All vessels are Coast Guard licensed for 150 passengers, equipped with restrooms and accessible to guests with limited mobility. You’ll enjoy a fast cruising speed, with extra time to photograph and view wildlife and glaciers.During your in-depth tour of Kenai Fjords National Park, listen to onboard commentary from your informative captain and learn about the abundant marine life you’re likely to view at peak season. Keep an eye out for harbor seals, sea otters and porpoises as well as humpback, minke and orca whales that inhabit the park. Passing jagged icy cliffs along the Kenai Peninsula, view dramatic fjords and calving glaciers – both alpine and tidewater – amid 700 square miles (1,130 square km) of the Harding Icefield, which blankets the Kenai Mountains in glacier ice.Enjoy an onboard lunch (see sample menu below) and learn about the ever-changing geology of the Harding Icefield, one of four major ice caps in the United States, which dates back to the ice age and forms the steep fjords. As you cruise approximately 100 miles (160 km) round-trip from Seward, admire the stunning landscape teeming with marine life amid plankton-rich waters – important feeding grounds for the migrating whales. Your captain will point out migratory seabirds that nest in the Kenai Fjords, as well as other native flora and fauna. Be amused by puffins as they dive underwater and view the rookeries of more than 18 other bird species in the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, including black-legged kittiwakes and common murres. Witnessing the vast, untouched beauty of Alaska’s coastal waters, you’ll understand why this wildlife and glacier cruise is Alaska’s most popular!
Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise with Optional Buffet Lunch
The 5-hour Kenai Fjords wildlife cruise departs daily at 12pm and returns at 5pm and travels approximately 55 miles round-trip along the rugged coastline of Resurrection Bay.If you've chosen the buffet, fifteen minutes into the cruise we will begin serving the all-you-can-eat Alaska salmon and prime rib meal that is freshly prepared on board. While you enjoy our cruising restaurant service you'll be able to sit at your reserved seat inside the heated cabin and not miss out on any of the beautiful scenery.Several alpine glaciers nestled high in the mountains surrounding Resurrection Bay can be seen along the route if the weather cooperates. You'll also have the chance to see the impressive Bear Glacier, a piedmont glacier and the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park.As you approach the end of Resurrection Bay you will visit Cape Resurrection, home to Steller sea lions and thousands of nesting seabirds. The captain will stop the boat close to the sea lion colonies and seabird rookeries, providing excellent photo opportunities. Along the route you'll have the chance to see abundant wildlife such as whales, sea otters, Dall’s porpoises, eagles, mountain goats and many types of seabirds.A National Park Ranger will provide a detailed narrative on the history, ecology, geology and wildlife in the area.
Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier and Wildlife Cruise
The 6-hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise departs daily at 11:30am and returns at 5:30pm. The cruise travels approximately 100 miles round-trip through Resurrection Bay into Kenai Fjords National Park. You'll cruise through the protected Resurrection Bay and continue around Cape Aialik (pronounced “I-al-ik) into Aialik Bay to view Holgate Glacier, an active tidewater glacier. We spend time in front of the glacier to watch for calving, which is when giant chunks of glacial ice break off and crash into the water.If you've chosen the buffet, we begin serving the all-you-can-eat Alaska salmon and prime rib meal as we cruise into Aialik Bay.A National Park Ranger is on board to provide a detailed narrative on the history, ecology, geology, and wildlife in the area. Your captain cruises out to the Chiswell Islands or Cape Resurrection (depending on weather), home to thousands of nesting Alaskan seabirds like puffins, kittiwakes, and cormorants. The captain stops the boat close to the seabird nesting areas, providing great photo opportunities. You'll also visit Steller sea lion colonies, where Steller sea lions gather on the rugged, rocky coastline. Sea otters, bald eagles and mountain goats are also commonly seen along the route.
Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Cruise
The Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Cruise departs travels approximately 55 miles round-trip along the rugged coastline of Resurrection Bay. Two departure times are available throughout the day for your convenience. Along the route you'll have the chance to see abundant wildlife such as whales, sea otters, Dall’s porpoises, eagles, mountain goats, and many types of seabirds. As you approach the end of Resurrection Bay, you will visit Cape Resurrection, home to both Steller sea lions and thousands of nesting seabirds. The captain will stop the boat exceptionally close to the sea lion colonies and seabird rookeries, providing excellent photo opportunitiesSeveral alpine glaciers, nestled high in the mountains surrounding Resurrection Bay can be seen along the route if the weather cooperates. You'll also have the chance to see the impressive Bear Glacier, a piedmont glacier and the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park.
Full-Day Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise
This 7.5 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise departs daily at 10:00 a.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m. The cruise will travel approximately 130 miles roundtrip through Resurrection Bay into Kenai Fjords National Park. We will cruise through the protected waters of Resurrection Bay, searching for wildlife and and enjoying spectacular scenery. We will cruise by Bear Glacier, a piedmont glacier and the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park.After cruising through Resurrection Bay, we will round Cape Aialik (pronounced “I-al-ik) into Aialik Bay. The optional all-you-can-eat Alaska salmon and prime rib buffet will be served around 12:00 p.m. We serve the buffet while you cruise so you can maximize your time on the water and enjoy the breathtaking scenery from our large viewing windows while you dine.As we cruise into Aialik Bay you will get your first glimpse of Aialik Glacier, an active tidewater glacier. We will stop in front of the glacier and watch for calving, where large chunks of glacial ice break off and crash in to the water. Our next stop is Holgate Glacier, another actively calving tidewater glacier. We will spend approximately 20 minutes in front of each glacier, floating among the icebergs as we watch for spectacular calving.A National Park Ranger will be onboard to provide a detailed narrative on the history, ecology, geology, and wildlife in the area. They are always more than happy to answer all of your questions. They are very experienced, informative, enthusiastic, and enjoy sharing their knowledge of Kenai Fjords National Park.Depending on the weather, we may cruise out to the Chiswell Islands, home to thousands of nesting Alaskan seabirds like puffins, kittiwakes, and cormorants. The captain will stop the boat very close to the nesting areas of the seabirds, which provides great photo opportunities. We will also visit Steller sea lion colonies, where Steller sea lions gather on the rugged, rocky coastline. Sea otters, bald eagles, and mountain goats are also commonly seen along the route.Since this cruise does go out into the open Gulf of Alaska it is not recommended for anyone who is prone to motion sickness. Our half-day Resurrection Bay cruise or our Prince William Sound cruises are much better options if motion sickness is a concern.
Bear Glacier Kayaking Adventure with Jetboat Transport
Meet your guide and group at approximately 9:00am at the designated meeting area. The professional guide will give all of you a detailed safety briefing before heading out. Afterwards, board the jet boat and begin your 30-45 minute journey out to Bear Glacier, the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. There will be plenty of opportunities to see the native wildlife along the way. See beautiful creatures such as sea otters, seals, and even sea lions!Switch to a kayak before arriving at the glacier. Once you get to the glacier, your eyes will be wide with wonder. Depending on the arrangement of the icebergs, the guide will have to carefully navigate through the icy maze. Enjoy your snacks while on board the ship and experience true serenity, even better than dinner and a movie! After your viewing comes to a close, begin your departure back to the Seward harbor.