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“An amazing wilderness experience” 5 of 5 stars
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Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge
Aialik Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park, AK 99664   |  
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Hopkinton, Massachusetts
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“An amazing wilderness experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge is an experience we will never forget. Accessible only by boat from Seward, Alaska, the lodge and 16 individual cabins are located on a serene lagoon across from Pederson Glacier. No phones, TV, Internet or other distractions - just nature at its finest. The facilities were pristine and the activities were perfect. We hiked, canoed and kayaked to a glacier that calved almost on cue. We met so many interesting people at the family-style meals in the main lodge. The staff were friendly, helpful and extremely knowledgeable about the flora and fauna. They clearly love their jobs. We would go back in a flash!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2011

My husband and I spent 3 nights at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge as part of a Road Scholar tour. We could not have been more happy with our decision to book this trip. Lodge has incredible views across Pedersen Lagoon to Pedersen Glacier, with the occasional sighting of a black bear nibbling away at the edge of the lagoon, and a mountain goat swimming out to the island. Delicious nightly appetizers before dinner, inviting gathering and drinks in the Great Room/bar area. Excellent food served family style, conducive to getting to know your fellow-travelers. Comfortable cabin with screened view through the trees across the lagoon to the glacier, with on-demand hot water and indoor plumbing (a bonus after the previous lodge). But what made this a truly extraordinary experience was the quality of the day trips and the excellence of the guides. I can't say enough about their knowledge of the terrain, flora, fauna and their ability to support of their guests to do more than they think they can. We did the all-day kayak trip and experienced some huge calving at Aialik Glacier, even though I didn't think I would be able to manage an all-day kayak. Our guide, Leigh, made it possible. Also did the half day canoe & hike to Pedersen Glacier, followed in the afternoon by a canoe trip floating up with the tide to Upper Pedersen Lagoon to see the glacier up close and float among the icebergs. We were on the new boat on the trip to the Lodge, and saw humpbacks, minkes, orcas, Stellar sea lions, harbor seals, bald eagles, otters, puffins, and lots of sea birds. If you love active vacations and want to see unspoiled Alaska, this is the place for you. My only regret is that we didn't stay an extra day which would have allowed a little more relaxation and exploration outside the guided trips. If you're tied to your cell phone and the internet, go elsewhere -- they don't exist here!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Carlisle, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2011

My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights and enjoyed every minute of the experience. The spot is absolutely beautiful and the staff very knowledgable and professional. We enjoyed hiking, kayaking and canoeing in this idyllic environment

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2011 via mobile

This is a really special place. Incredible location and so nicely set up and run. Fantastic food, stunning views, lovely cabins, great wildlife, great guides... can't really fault it. Not cheap but a great experience.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2011 via mobile

We stayed at the lodge for 2 nights in June 2011. This was the finale of a 3 week trip to Canada and Alaska. We had planned this as a trip of a lifetime for over a year.

We collected our boat at Seward one comment I'd make is check where the agent is as they are difficult to find. Once we located our boat we had a 4 hour trip to kennai fjords glacier lodge - this was like a safari in its own right. Humpbacks sea otters an puffins all were seen.

On arrival we stopped by the immense Pedetsen glacier in the lagoon for an hour just fantastic.

Next we disembarked and took a 10 min walk to the lodge - luggage is delivered for you. The main lodge itself is specatularly located in black bear territory looking out onto the lagoon, glacier and sea. Spectacular vistas everywhere. Our lodge was located overlooking the lagoon and glacier as all were. Vert comfortable and eco friendly this place is all about nature.
The staff were very friendly all dining is communal - get to knowpeople and it's a buffet style. Food was excellent if a little biased to our us colleagues. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly. Would recommend all the daily trips went kayaking, walking and hiking. We were blessed with the weather as well.
As an amateur photographer it was fantastic (tripod / momopod recommended). If you're into the outdoors with comfort this it.
Highly recommend and will be back.

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Springfield, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2011

We just returned from 12 days in Alaska visiting the Kenai Peninsula and Denali National Park and this place was my absolute favorite. I hesitated to book it because of the price but it was worth every dollar. We stayed for two nights and hated to leave. It all started with a 4 hour boat ride to our destination with many stops on the way looking at a variety of wildlife and glaciers which took the place of booking a separate wildlife and glacier cruise. The cabins were tucked away amongst the trees with a view of the lagoon and the lodge looked out over the Pedersen Glacier. The setting was just stunning. We canoed to the upper lagoon which wowed us with the beautiful ice formations in the water. We kayaked to the Aialik Glacier for an all day adventure eating lunch next to the Glacier as it was calving. It should be noted that we are not experienced kayakers but had great direction from our guide with no problems. We canoed and hiked to the Pedersen Glacier for some more fantastic scenery. The guides were all very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. In addition, if you are looking for peace and quiet--this is the quietest place I have ever been. The other plus was the food. It was outstanding. My husband is a picky eater and he was eating things I have never seen him eat before. So my advice to anyone thinking about booking this place is don't hesitate to do it. With all the activities that we did , the great food and accommodations and the beautiful setting I believe it is a great value for your money and an experience that you will never forget.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oakland, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2011

The lodge has been well described in other reviews, so i won't reiterate all the details. Suffice it to say, a 3 hour boat ride (in and of itself a worthy excursion) takes you away from it all, to a group of 16 comfy cabins, nestled at the foot of Pederson Glacier. A common lodge house for meals, drinks, nature talks, and daytime excursions (mainly sea kayaking, hiking) that are epically wonderful.

The Travel Channel was there, doing a profile of "VIP alaska lodges" and followed us around one evening for an after dinner hike (alaska, summer, no nighttime!) and we had a safe and wonderful encounter with a black bear, who my daughter named Franklin, which coincidentally is the name of the big bear of a chef who whips up miracles nightly! I suspect that's gonna let the secret out, however!

I'd strongly recommend three nights instead of just two (which only give you one FULL day on site, since you arrive on boat in afternoon and leave mid-day as well) but two would be a minimum.

Bring bug spray, but with 30% DEET, we got one bite among the four of us.

Food wonderful, and guides (especially brian....ah, brian, our family has a bit of a brian crush, i think) amazing.

Yes, expensive, but all inclusive (except beer/wine).

And for us, a truly once-in-a-lifetime way to experience a magical place, in relative solitude, with great comfort.

Room Tip: All cabins the same, and great.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Aialik Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park, AK 99664
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Location: United States > Alaska > Kenai Fjords National Park
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Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty lodging in Kenai Fjords National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge is an all-inclusive wilderness lodge located within Kenai Fjords National Park. Nestled within a Native-owned wildlife sanctuary on the edge of a protected lagoon, Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge and guest cabins enjoy stunning views of Pedersen Glacier. The rugged beauty of Alaska's spectacular seacoast and abundant marine wildlife is balanced nicely with the creature comforts of private cabins, a cozy main Lodge and hearty meals with gourmet flair. ... more   less 
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