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“a real paradise” 5 of 5 stars
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Aialik Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park, AK 99664   |  
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Karlsruhe, Germany
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“a real paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

I have just spent two nights in this beautiful lodge. First of all the warm welcome from Mr. Jeff and his wife managing this place made me feel at home. The service is wonderful from all staff. .The place is out of any expectation; many activities to do provided by the lodge, each with a specialized guide. Sea, glaciers, landscape, bears etc et. Rooms are really nice, the food is excellent. It is for me one of the best place I visited in Alaska

Room Tip: all rooms are nice with view on the lagoon
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kris M, Director of Sales at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Thank you so much for staying with us this summer! We love hearing feedback from guests, and in particular feedback that praises our staff. It really, really makes their day to know the work they do is appreciated, and we would love to have you back again.
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Our family of four, including our teenager and tween, had a FANTASTIC time at this luxury lodge in the middle of the Alaskan wild. Some highlights of our trip included the boat ride to/from (4 hours coming and 2 1/2 going back) the lodge where we saw humpbacks, orcas, otters, sea lions, puffins, and glaciers up close & personal. The lodge & cabins were very luxurious considering you're so far from "civilization" and phone/internet service. Our family most enjoyed hiking up the ravine and to the glacier, kayaking in the lagoon where we had several encounters with black bears, harbor seals, and bald eagles, relaxing in the evenings on the porch in the rocking chairs, and spending quality family time together over a great meal & fun board games. The staff and guides are very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. We highly recommend this trip for families with active tweens & teenagers, but NOT children under 10 years. We also recommend that you take the 4 hour train ride to/from Anchorage/Seward with all the beautiful scenery and delicious food (yes, surprisingly it was good).

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kris M, Director of Sales at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, responded to this review, June 24, 2013
This was such a fun review to read! We love hearing how families enjoy this beautiful lodge together, and experience wild Alaska in such a remote location. I hope your trip instilled a love for this great State, and that you'll all come back and visit us again over the years to come.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013 via mobile

We visited in June with friends and had a wonderful time. On the boat ride there and back we saw lots of wildlife including breaching humpback whales, it was amazing. When we arrived at the lodge we were welcomed by the friendly and helpful staff and were stunned by the amazing views from the beginning and throughout our stay. There are lots of things to do at the lodge, we opted for a canoe trip around the lagoon and a short hike to Peterson glacier. Both trips were guided and the guides were wonderful. We also spent a lot of time sitting on the deck of either the main lodge or our cabin and admiring he incredible views. The food was also fantastic and the low environmental impact and attitude of the lodge is incredible. There really aren't enough words to describe how fantastic this place is and we can't recommend it enough.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Kris M, Director of Sales at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, responded to this review, June 24, 2013
Thank you so much for this glowing report! How fun to see a breaching humpback whale, it is a memory of a lifetime to see that in person. We hope you come back to Alaska, and visit us again in the future.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

We were the first 2013 guests in the Lodge - and were treated as royalty! The CEO hires the best staff and management is alert to giving the client - us - the best treatment possible, while lightly touching the environment. Pederson Glacier was the view outside our cabin windows; kayaking was a lifetime memory - exhilarating to cross over the ice fields from Aialik Glacier to Abra Cove Waterfalls with experienced guides; bear and red-throated loon sightings on our hikes; frequent eagle spottings; and the nature hikes with the knowledgeable guides made our trip an exceptional experience. Whales, harbor seals, sea otters, puffins, and so much more. Food was exceptional. We felt at one with nature, peaceful and very ready to book another trip. It was the end of our 3 week vacation and well worth every memory and penny.

Room Tip: Any room is good. Wear lots of layers to keep warm, take neoprene gloves, be ready for a great time...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kris M, Director of Sales at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Hello Jane, thanks for taking the time to review us here on Trip Advisor! You describe the experience at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge beautifully, and I thank you for sharing your details with us. The kayaking is amazing out there, and rain or shine the views are spectacular too. Glad you had a good time, do come and see us again!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Have not been to any better lodges in Alaska than this one. Amazing scenery, glaciers & wildlife, food, nice staff. The cabins are nice and warm. Dress really warm and wear many layers. Kayaking to a glacier is like kayaking in a refrigerator. Plan for a spare day in case you get weathered in.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kris M, Director of Sales at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge! We appreciate your thoughtful reaction to this unique setting. You are right, as a very early season guest, you might find temps a little cooler! Several light, quick drying layers help ensure your comfort no matter the temperature. Occasionally, weather is a factor in this remote setting, but those days are few and far between, and with our savvy Weather Permitting staff we are able to mitigate rough weather with aplomb.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

My adventure would begin traversing the 130 mile stretch of the highway from Anchorage to the seaside town of Seward. Considered by many to be one of America’s most beautiful drives, the Seward Highway offers many WOW moments along the way. When keeping my eyes on the road became too difficult, I’d pull off and take in the expansive vistas of Turnagain Arm, the Chugash Mountain Range and majestic glaciers.

Once in Seward, one of Alaska’s oldest and most scenic coastal communities, I found a host of tour and charter options, ranging from halibut and salmon charters, Kenai Fjords tours and the Alaska Sea Life Center. In the summer months, Seaward comes alive, serving as the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park and Resurrection Bay.

My fist full day in Alaska would take me from Seaward aboard a 40’ landing craft to Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, the only eco-lodge within the park. Our landing craft also served a water taxi for groups of kayakers heading into the park for extended kayaking tours. Once the groups debark onto deserted pebble beaches with their kayaks and gear, they are on their own for up to a week. The time and place of their pick-up is re-confirmed by the captain before departing. As we continue motoring toward Holgate Glacier, we sight a group of Dall Porpoise playing of the bow effortlessly keeping pace.

After an hour of at the terminus of the Holgate Glacier I relished in a jaw dropping display of glacial calving. As I looked through the images of glaciers and fjords I had recently captured on my camera the captain announced that we would soon be approaching our destination. As we crossed the calm waters of Aialik Bay, views of the Pederson Glacier dominated the landscape; it would become the focal point of my stay at the Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge for the next two days.

A welcoming party from the lodge waits on the shore as our deck hand lowered the landing ramp onto the pebble beach. As we walked ashore, our luggage and supplies were being offloaded onto all-terrain vehicles. I opted for the 15 minute walk to the lodge which provided an opportunity for a quick orientation and introduction to the recently completed eco-lodge. It was clear that the land I was walking on was recently covered by glaciers. Young Alder trees, dotted the landscape long with other “pioneer plants,” but soil in any quantity was still decades away as the slow process of soil building continued.

On my orientation I learned that what attracts most visitors to Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge is its location and stunning views of the Pederson Glacier and Lagoon. Situated on 1,700 acres within Kenai Fjords National Park, it’s the only lodge within the park. The lodge opened in 2008 after two years of development. It is well to note that every possible precaution was used to keep the building site in its original pristine condition.

The 16 well appointed guest cabins, connected by boardwalks; all enjoy unobstructed views of the Pederson Lagoon and Pederson Glacier. The main lodge was built in part by utilizing large timbers cut from the site on which the lodge was built. The oversized windows in the great room provide an excellent vantage point for viewing wildlife and around the lagoon. Overstuffed chairs and a wood fire invite relaxation along with some wine tasting. Handcrafted rocking chairs line the outside deck and provide a comfortable outdoors gathering area. Photographers will find the picture postcard vista created by the glacier a difficult object to resist as the soft morning and evening light play upon it face.

Before my sumptuous family style dinner, the activities coordinator checked in with me to see if I was up for a hike to the glacier the next morning. The three mile round trip hike which begins and ends with a canoe trip across the lagoon is just one of the popular activities available at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. During my hike the following day I viewed black bears; sea otters; eagles; mountain goats; and a cacophony of birds which inhabit this wilderness setting. Kayaking trips across Aialik Bay are popular for those seeking a little more adventure during their stay and require some endurance.

In summary, I was most impressed with the sense of respect for the land and wildlife that was evident throughout my two night stay. There was no disturbance of the surroundings save for the footprint of the buildings and pathways that lead to it. The lodge staff was knowledgeable and helpful. The activities and meal schedules offered a relaxed rhythm that I found refreshing and restful. The retreat like setting allows nature to take center stage as it should in the within heart of Kenai Fjords National Park.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kris M, Director of Sales at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, responded to this review, May 23, 2013
Thank you, George for this great review and write up. I am glad you were able to clearly recognize the commitment of all Alaska Wildland Adventures staff and management to the protection of wild Alaska. The story of how Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge was built is a testament to our company owner's personal intent to create a place that seemed as though it had always been there. To do this, incredible attention was paid to disturbing as little ground as possible; even creating a 3 person "tree cutting" team that had to agree to cut any tree. Guests considering a visit to the lodge, be sure to ask about the story, and if the presentation and slide show is available while you are there. We rotate presentations and topics, but a lodge manager or guide is always happy to share the building story and point out the little things that mean so much. Appreciate your insights, George. Thank you!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

We visited this wonderful lodge as part of our 2 week long tour of Alaska. The whole experience starting from the boat trip out of seward was brilliant. We were lucky to arrive when the sun was shining and it showed the beauty of the area in all it's glory.
The staff were all very welcoming and skilled in their various roles. The accomodation is very comfortable, all cabins have a view over the lagoon and the glacier. Best bit is there are no tv's, no mobile phone reception, you are truly cut off from the rest of the world!
We went on several of the canoeing trips whilst we were there - have to recommend canoeing up to the upper lagoon and going through the ice.
We were also lucky enough to see a number of black bears roaming around on the shoreline. Also during the boat trip we saw numerous different wildlife including killer whales, humpback whales and sea otters. From start to finish it was a wonderful experience and one which we didnt want to end. Definately on our list of places to revist if we get the chance!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kris M, Director of Sales at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, responded to this review, May 23, 2013
So nice of you to review our lodge and your time there! I am glad you were able to observe our black bear friends, they were "there first" and we realize it is their sandbox we came to play in, so we love that guests can safely observe them from time to time, and learn a bit about these wonderful creatures. (For those who have not yet visited, safety is our utmost priority, and every guest is given a complete safety briefing about this remote location and how to be around bears...and we are happy to say we have never had a negative bear encounter at our lodge!) And the marine mammals are such fun to watch - I love the Dall's porpoises that play in the water and race the boat. Such fun loving creatures. Thanks again for writing to us!
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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
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Number of rooms: 16
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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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