Kenai Fjords National Park

Overview

Formed by glaciers, earthquakes and ocean storms, Kenai Fjords National Park stretches across 607,805 acres of unspoiled wilderness on the southeast coast of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. Here, you can experience the largest icefield within U.S. borders, diverse marine and wildlife, such as orcas, otters, puffins, bear, moose and mountain goats, take a hike or boat tour, all to explore this unspoiled remnant of the ice age.

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Seasonality / Weather

Kenai Fjords National Park is open year-round; however, the Exit Glacier road is closed to cars for the winter months and much of the spring. The Park's coastal backcountry is also inaccessible late fall through early spring due to rough seas.

Directions

Driving: 

Kenai Fjords National Park is located just outside the town of Seward in South-central Alaska, 126 miles south of Anchorage. Seward is accessible year round via the Seward Highway, a National Scenic Byway with stunning views of Turnagain Arm, Kenai Lake, glaciers, wetlands and rugged mountains.

Flying: 

Currently there is no regularly scheduled air service between Anchorage and Seward; however, charter flights may be available.

Visit the Seward Chamber of Commerce for a list of operators that offer scenic overflights of the park. Flightseeing is one of the best ways to get a sense of the vastness of the Harding Icefield. Soaring over this expanse of ice broken only by isolated mountain peaks, or nunataks, is like traveling back to the Pleistocene.

Overflights also provide dramatic views of the Park's glaciers, fjords and even wildlife. You may catch a glimpse of a mountain goat traversing a rocky ledge, or peer down at a brown bear fishing in salmon-choked streams.

Public Transport: 

Bus service is available year round between Anchorage and Seward. The scenic Alaska Railroad serves Seward in the summer months (May - September). Several cruise ship lines access Seward during the summer months.