Kenai Fjords: Best Place to Enjoy Glaciers and Wildlife

Photo courtesy of Frankie Girl
Photo courtesy of Frankie Girl

By Frankie Girl

There are some parts of the world where time moves more slowly. Where epochs come and go but the magnificence of the landscape prevails. One such place is the Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska.

Almost unchanged since the powerful tectonic forces formed this ancient landscape millions of years ago, the fjords have been beaten and battered by potent underground movements, then carved asunder by glaciers moving slowly but unstoppably from mountain to sea.

All this has combined to form some of the most dramatic, bleak and beautiful scenery the world has to offer—one of ice, frozen seas, towering mountains and lush forests. A land where the Ice Age never really went away. And it’s a place where some of the most amazing wildlife calls home.

If you’re looking for a new adventure—something a little bit different—to test yourself next year, then the Kenai Fjords are a must visit, and summer is the perfect time to cruise to Alaska. Here are some of the highlights of this incredible wilderness.

Photo courtesy of Frankie Girl

Explore by boat

The best way to see tidewater glaciers, gorgeous stretches of icy water, and the remarkable marine life of the national park is by boat. Full-day and half-day tours depart from Seward every day, and explore the stunning coastline, looming mountain landscape, and jagged fjords of this remarkable place. While you could easily spend the whole day just gawping at the scenery, with a little luck you’ll also encounter killer whales, porpoises, sea otters, sea lions, and a wide variety of other sea life. 

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Discover amazing wildlife

The extraordinary wildlife of the Kenai Fjords National Park doesn’t end when you reach dry land. This vast wilderness is home to an unbelievable array of creatures, many of which are almost never sighted anywhere else in the country. Black and brown bears are regularly spotted here, as are mountain goats, moose, porcupines and marmots. If you’re lucky, you might see a vicious wolverine, or even a lynx!

Photo courtesy of Frankie Girl

Camp in the wilderness

One of the most exciting ways to really experience this bleak, beautiful wilderness is to live in it, and wild camping here is an unbeatable experience. Exit Glacier Campground is the only formal campground in the park, but an extremely beautiful one, and there are plenty of public use cabins scattered around (accessible only by boat) that can provide a truly wild, adventurous overnight stay.

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