The Kenai Peninsula in Alaska is wonderfully wild and offers an incredible adventure filled with natural wonders.
Stretching 150 miles south from Anchorage, many of the National Parks in the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska are the size of small countries. Bald eagles soar above pristine coastline and orcas and humpback whales cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park where the scale and beauty of the surrounding scenery will leave you in awe. Along with hiking through the pristine landscape and exploring the coastal towns of Anchorage and Seaward, you can get up close to epic glaciers and visit a family-run homestead to learn about sled dogs and the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. With a passionate local leader by your side, you’ll soon discover why the Kenai Peninsula is widely regarded as one of the country’s great wilderness areas.
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Everyone traveling on an Intrepid trip must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of carriage.
All travelers are required to produce:
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
- All children aged 5 to 17 years old must provide proof of vaccination (if eligible), proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
- If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.
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If you’re traveling from further afield you can fly into Anchorage Airport to reach the Kenai Peninsula. More than 200 flights arrive daily with direct flights from major cities in the US as well as European and Asian destinations. Major airlines include Delta, Alaska Airlines and American. The ferry is another option. The Alaska Marine Highway operates ferries to service 30 communities from Bellingham in Washington to Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Chain. If you’re coming from Canada you can drive via the Alaska Highway which runs 1300 miles from British Colombia to Alaska. If you’re travelling from the lower 48 states you can also get to Alaska via Dawson Creek in BC.
The most convenient way to get around the Kenai Peninsula is by car. If you don’t have a car but want to explore further afield, you can catch a train with Alaska Railroad. Buses also travel between Seward, Anchorage and Denali. There is also a ferry service but stops on the Kenai Peninsula are limited.
The coldest month is January with an average daily high of 32°F, but temperatures can dip much lower than this. There’s plenty of snowfall in winter and loads of opportunities for skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. The summer sees average highs of 70°F and the days are long. Around the time of the summer solstice the sun sets for just a few hours which is a rather unusual experience but means you've got plenty of time to explore the great outdoors.
The best time to visit really depends on what you want to see and do. If you want to see the northern lights, it’s best to go between late fall and early spring, although winter gives you the best chance as it’s the darkest time of year. For snow sport enthusiasts, winter through early spring is prime time. Summer is a wonderful time to visit the lively beer gardens in Anchorage and Seward, spot wildlife and see the surrounding wilderness in full bloom with wildflowers.
What to pack depends on what time of year you visit, but you can’t go wrong with lots of layers, a comfortable pair of walking shoes, a waterproof and windproof coat, a hat and gloves. Layering is key as you’ll be able to adjust if the sun comes out while you’re eating lunch outside or a cold wind blows in while you’re up the mountains. Another essential for all seasons is a decent pair of sunglasses as the sun glares brightly against the snow and there are over 20 hours of sunlight in the summer. If you’re continuing your adventure to Denali National Park, the Matanuska Valley or anywhere else where’ll you be hiking and doing lots of outdoor activities, don’t forget a sturdy pair of hiking boots and other essential gear for your trip.
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