Kenai Fjords National Park Things to Do

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    Cruise to see the Kenai Fjords Wildlife!

    by jumpingnorman Updated Mar 14, 2013

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    Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
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    May 2009 - We took the Major Marine Tours for a half-day excursion of the Kenai Fjords Wildlife – for only $69 (infants free and $34 for 2-11 years old) and a $19 eat all you can meal (salmon and prime rib extravaganza).
    The tour started at 1230PM and lasted 5 hours ---the boat going through Resurrection Bay where you will see several mountaingoats by the mountainsides, sea otters, possible bears, seals, killer whales and porpoises!
    At the latter third of the trip, they also take you the enormous Bear glacier, the largest glacier at Kenai Fjords National Park. There is also a National Park Ranger Cruise on board who talked over a microphone that can be heard through the ship, even outside while you’re enjoying the wind and the chill.
    During our tour, I also noticed that they also had an educational Junior Ranger Program – teenagers taking notes of the wildlife and also introduced to the passengers.
    I suggest you bring your binoculars – but if you forgot them, you can also rent them for $5.
    But, you can also have a full day tour if you want which would offset you by $136 (only $68 for infants to 11 yo). This tour covers 120 miles and you will also get to visit Holgate glacier where you can see “calving” – the process by which glaciers shed giant blocks and slabs of anceint ice. And of course, whale watching! They use a different boat for this called the Kenai Star which features heated cabins and multiple outside decks).

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    I made a video of my trip to Alaska with my JumpingSis!
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    Go Fish!

    by jumpingnorman Updated Mar 14, 2013

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    Biggest salmon ever caught in Kenai Peninsula
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    The Kenai River is known for being the source of the world's biggest king salmon - a 97 pound, 4 oz fish - I saw it myself at the Soldotna Visitor Center. It was huge!

    My sister and I visited during the first week of May and there are fishers already, but mostly we saw them getting halibut and the odd-looking rockfish.

    The first King Salmons show up in late May and then they continue to run June to July. Mid-June is when the sockeye salmon season starts, these fish being in the river through August. The Russian River is where anglers go to hook the sockeye salmon.

    The Silver Salmon shows up much later and fills the rivers from August through September. The home for the Silver salmon Derby is at Seward (thousands of dollars in prizes!)

    For fishing, you can have charter boats and fishing guides - and even float planes to bring you to remote places for fishing!

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    I made a video of my trip to Alaska with my JumpingSis!
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    JUMPING NORMAN IN ALASKA WITH JUMPINGSISTER!

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    Cruising the park

    by annk Updated Apr 20, 2005

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    One of the best ways of visiting is by taking a cruise since much is inaccesible by land. The 2 major concessionaires are Major Marine Tours and Kenai Fjords Tours. Their offices are located by the docks in the small boat harbor. Which is better? I don't know. We cruised with Major Marine but I've heard they are equally as good. Both companies have been in business for many years.

    MAJOR MARINE - National Park Rangers host each cruise. Reserved indoor seating with heated cabins. Salmon & prime rib buffet is offered.
    www.majormarine.com
    1-800-764-7300
    #2 boardwalk, 4th Avenue, Seward

    KENAI FJORDS - The #1 wildlife and glacier cruise. 12 different itineraries including Fox Island.
    www.kenaifjords.com
    1-877-777-2805
    1304 Fourth Avenue, Seward

    The cruises provide an outstanding opportunity for viewing abundant wildlife, bird-watching, calving glaciers, rugged coastlines and lush rainforests. Many different trips are offered from short dinner cruises, kayaking, whale watching, full day to couple day trips, and can include rail transportation from Anchorage if not staying in the immediate area.

    Our full day cruise was one of the highlights of our land-based Alaska trip and we viewed whales, seals, sea lions, mountain goats many species of birds & brown bears.

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    Aialik Closer In

    by zrim Written Mar 12, 2003

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    Aialik Glacier

    The tour boat will only come within a quarter mile of the glacier. It looks benign, but the glaciers can be very dangerous. The captain was upset with some kayakers that went too close. He explained that they could be easily capsized if a large portion of the glacier suddenly felll into the sea.

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    A wall of blue ice

    by zrim Written Mar 12, 2003

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    a towering wall of ice

    I don't know exactly how high this wall of ice is (couple hundred feet maybe). The perspective is very strange. Standing on the deck of the boat it feels as if you could almost reach out and touch the glacier. Then the captain tells you that in fact it is a half mile away. Your senses don't believe the information until a chunck of glacier falls into the sea--then a second later a cracking boom fills the air and you realize that yes that glacier is not as close at it appears.

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    Shards of ice big as a building

    by zrim Written Mar 12, 2003

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    craggy glacier

    The compressed ice ever pushing its way out of the icefields through the glaciated mountain passes and into the sea. Chunks of ice the size of a house will fall into the water in a process known as calving. But always there is more ice to take its place.

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    Aialik Glacier

    by zrim Updated Mar 26, 2003

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    Aialik Glacier

    The Harding Icefield lies behind the coastal mountains and covers an area the size of either Rhode Island or Delaware, can't remember which. The ice glaciates through the mountain passes, finally tumbling into the sea. Even though the flow of ice is, well, glacial--it is a thrilling experience.

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    Holgate Glacier

    by mikelisaanna Updated Aug 12, 2007

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    The Holgate Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park
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    Holgate glacier is a large glacier that empties into the sea at the end of the Holgate arm of Ailalik Bay in Kenai Fjords National Park. While we were there, we saw a number of chunks calve off into the bay, and also saw a Dall sheep on the rocks above the glacier.

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    Sea lions

    by mikelisaanna Updated Sep 7, 2007

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    Sea lions in Kenai Fjords National Park
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    You can sea lions in a number of locations around the many coastlines and islands of Kenai Fjords National Park. They typically like to lay out on rocky outcrops, from which they can take an occasional swim.

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    sea kayaking in Aialik Bay

    by goingsolo Updated Aug 22, 2004

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    Kenai Fjords National Park

    Aialik Bay is the most visited area in Kenai Fjords. The day cruises all head through Resurrection Bay and allow visitors the chance to see marine life, but the full day and multi day tours generally head to Aialik Bay for sea kayaking. The kayaking tour heads past Holgate and Ayalik Glaciers and gives you a chance to cruise close to the shore of the fjords and see more of the rugged landscape as well as an occasional glacial waterfall cascading down into the bay.

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    Harding Ice Field hike

    by Tatpong Written Sep 14, 2008
    along the trail to Harding Ice Field
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    This trail is a long strenuous hike.
    The park says you should budget 6-8 hours and I agree with that.
    I did it less than 6 hours but I pushed myself so hard to make it and ended up hurting my knees.
    I think I would enjoy more (and also probably get more phenomenal pictures if I have more time) if I did it in 6-8 hours.

    The camp site there (near Exit glacier) is free. So stay longer and save one day for this hike.
    The ice field is nice, but meadow along the trail gives you a fat chance for photography of mountain, glacier, ice field, and wild flowers.

    If you don't have much time, you don't have to do it all the way to the ice field.
    When you get to the meadow, you can see the ice field from distance and wild flowers and scenery there is already worth your effort.

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    Take a cruise

    by victorwkf Written Feb 25, 2003

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    View from the cruise at Kenai Fjord, Alaska

    The best way to experience the beauty of the fjord is to take a cruise from Seward into the fjord area.

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