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Kenai Fjords National Park Tours

Encompassing 1,047 square miles (2,711 square kilometers), Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park is named after its numerous glacial-carved fjords—beautiful ice valleys that sit below sea level. The fjords run down the mountains into the iconic Harding Icefield, one of the largest ice fields in the United States with 40 tidewater glaciers flowing into it. The stunning landscape is also a wildlife-watcher’s dream, thanks to its abundant marine animals, birds, and other native wildlife. 

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. 

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.

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).

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.

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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Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise with Optional Buffet Lunch, Seward, null
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Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise with Optional Buffet Lunch

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The 5-hour Kenai Fjords wildlife cruise ventures 55 miles round-trip and discovers wildlife found in and around the pristine waters of Resurrection Bay. A ...  Read more

Location: Seward, Alaska
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier and Wildlife Cruise, Seward, Day Cruises
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Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier and Wildlife Cruise

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This 6-hour cruise explores Kenai Fjords National Park and visits an actively calving tidewater glacier in beautiful Aialik Bay. A National Park Ranger will be ...  Read more

Location: Seward, Alaska
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Full-Day Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise, Seward, Day Cruises
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Full-Day Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise

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Explore the whales, wildlife, and glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park on this thrilling 7.5 hour cruise. Enjoy cruising on a large, stable catamaran as you ...  Read more

Location: Seward, Alaska
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Cruise, Seward, Day Cruises
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Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Cruise

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Search for whales, sea otters, Steller sea lions, Dall’s porpoises, harbor seals, bald eagles, puffins, and many other types of marine birds as you cruise the ...  Read more

Location: Seward, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Full-Day Kenai Fjords National Park Adventure Cruise, Anchorage, Day Cruises
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Full-Day Kenai Fjords National Park Adventure Cruise

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Travel to remote areas in Kenai Fjords National Park on this full-day small-vessel adventure cruise. Ideal for photographers, birders, and whale-watching ...  Read more

Location: Seward, Alaska
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise from Seward, Seward, Day Trips
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Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise from Seward

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Hop aboard one of Alaska’s most popular wildlife and glacier cruises, and take an extraordinary six-hour journey through Kenai Fjords National Park. This ...  Read more

Location: Seward, Alaska
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Seward Shore Excursion: Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Cruise, Seward, Day Cruises
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Seward Shore Excursion: Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Cruise

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Search for whales, sea otters, Steller sea lions, Dall’s porpoises, harbor seals, bald eagles, puffins, and many other types of marine birds as you cruise the ...  Read more

Location: Seward, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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National Park Tour with Fox Island, Seward, Ports of Call Tours
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National Park Tour with Fox Island

The Kenai Fjords National Park Tour with a stop on Fox Island will take you to Kenai Fjords National Park, home to abundant wildlife, alpine and tidewater ...  Read more

Location: Seward, Alaska
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Northwestern Fjord Sightseeing Cruise from Seward, Seward, Dinner Cruises
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Northwestern Fjord Sightseeing Cruise from Seward

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Massive blue glaciers, narrow fjords and abundant marine life are just some of the reasons that Kenai Fjords National Park is at the top of many outdoor ...  Read more

Location: Seward, Alaska
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Anchorage Shore Excursion to Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise, Seward, Day Cruises
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Anchorage Shore Excursion to Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise

This 6 hour catamaran explores Kenai Fjords National Park and visits an actively calving tidewater glacier in beautiful Aialik Bay. A National Park Ranger will ...  Read more

Location: Seward, Alaska
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $173.63

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