On one of my trips to Alaska it was a must for me to visit the Kenai Fjords National Park. This National Park covers over 587,000 acres. I decided on the 7.5 hour small cruise tour that would take me up close and personal with glaciers, abundant wildlife, including a pod of nine Orca whales, and some of the most breathtaking scenery Alaska has to offer. This cruise allowed me to see remote parts of the park.
Instead of trying to explain the sheer beauty I experienced I’ll let my pictures do the talking for me. The hours flew by quickly on this tour, too fast. You see so much wildlife with every mile. The all day cruise tours will give you a very nice lunch of Salmon or Prime Rib. Fresh caught Alaskan Salmon tastes like none other in the lower 48 states. You can pick up your half day or full day cruise from Seward in the Kenai Peninsula. For my cruise I opted for Major Marine Tours. There are several other tour companies available as well.
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Our cruise begins through Resurrection Bay passing by Cape Resurrection with sightings of humpback whales, otters, Dall’s porpoises, and picturesque hidden coves. Heading down to the rocky Chiswell Islands to see millions of nesting birds of many varieties such as horned puffins, cormorants, and guillemots. Great views of endangered Stellar Sea Lions sunning themselves on the rocks.
The cruise will take you close to Bear, Holgate and Aialik Glaciers. I witnessed the glaciers calving, huge chunks of ice breaking away. Such an eerie sound. As you cruise along the rugged coastline you will see mountain goats and tons of bald eagles.
On the way back from the Chiswell Islands we spotted a pod of nine Orca Whales, 5 adults and four calves, just magnificent! They pod came right next our boat. Then we watched as the adult whales pushed the calves away.
The beautiful scenery and wildlife are Alaska at its finest. The continual backdrop of stunning mountains from start to finish just enhances this journey. So whichever route you choose, booking a cruise, flight seeing, or even kayaking this is one National Park not to be missed while visiting Alaska.
Exit Glacier is also part of the National Park. It is the only area that is accessible by a road. Just north of Seward off Herman Leirer Road. You can walk up close to this glacier and do some hiking on several trails here. Harding IceField Trail is about 8 miles and very strenuous but, the views at the top are worth every mile!
*****All pictures taken by Simple Sojourner.
- Most of the all day cruises are summer only. A few of the shorter cruises will run into October.
- The 8 hour cruises will try to add additional glacier viewing.
- Lunch is included in the price of your trip. Beer, wine, and snacks are available for purchase.
- Alternatives to a cruise are flight-seeing and kayaking
- Bring a jacket, although the temps were around 78F, it gets chilly on the open waters
See Also: http://simplesojourner.com/wrangell-st-elias-national-park/ & http://simplesojourner.com/exploring-kenai-peninsulai/