A national park in Alaska? You can bet it’ll be worth a visit
Kenai Fjords National Park isn't just your average park. Dotted with ice-age-era-glaciers, eclectic coastlines and untouched woodland, it's truly a natural paradise. But what else would you expect from the state nicknamed the Last Frontier? Take a step further with tours through Kenai Fjords National Park to get the best sights and sounds of the Alaskan wilderness. From hikes to dog sleds, kayaks to wildlife cruises, we've got a way to experience all that Kenai Fjords has to offer.
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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
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Get to Kenai Fjords National Park by car or shuttle bus from the nearby town of Seward. Seward is located approximately 202km (130 miles) south of Anchorage, with a highway connecting the two year-round. It can take approximately 2.5 hours to drive and 4.5 hours to train between Seward and Anchorage.
In the cooler months, the train may not be in operation. The road to Exit Glacier will close to vehicles when it's been snowed over as is not ploughed in winter. There may also be reduced services in the shoulder months, May and September.
The only car-accessible part of Kenai Fjords National Park is Exit Glacier. There are shuttles and car services available from Seward to take you 12 miles from Seward harbor to the car park at Exit Glacier.
The park is full of exciting trails for hikers of all abilities. A wheelchair-accessible path loops around Exit Glacier and can be completed in either direction.
Those wishing to cycle the park can do so on the park roads, just not the trails.
In the winter months, typically November to around May, the road to Exit Glacier will be snowed over. During this time, the area is accessible for snowshoeing and winter vehicles such as fat bikes and snowboards, as well as cross-country skis and dog sleds. Only some areas are accessible for these winter vehicles. Each year, the park will remain closed for winter activities until the park authorities deem it safe.
Kenai Fjords National Park is made up of over 40 glaciers and covers approximately 607,805 acres. Harding Icefield alone is over 930 square miles.
The best time to visit Kenai Fjords National Park is generally June to August when the roads into the park are accessible and the weather is better. The most popular site, Exit Glacier, is open all year; however, the road into the area will be inaccessible for cars due to snow, typically from October to May.
There are a great many living creatures who call Kenai Fjords National Park home. From the big brown and black bears prowling the land to the otters swimming around the waterways, there's a lot to be on the lookout for. Here are the animals found in Kenai Fjords National Park:
- Grey wolves
- Mountain goats
- Red squirrels
- Hoary marmot
- Snowshoe hare
- Meadow jumping mouse
- Short-tailed weasels
- Northern bog lemming
But that's not even all. Keep your eyes on the sky for a huge variety of bird species, such as bald eagles, peregrine falcons and puffins.
And then make sure you've also got an eye on the water as Kenai Peninsula also hosts some impressive species such as orcas, whales (including humpbacks), Pacific white-sided dolphins, as well as species of sea lions and seals.
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