My husband and I visited KFGL for two nights in early September. We were very lucky with the weather as they had just had over 30 days straight of bad weather - we arrived for the sunshine!
The boat ride to the lodge was fantastic - there were only 8 of us on our way out to the lodge, so we had plenty of room to move around and take photos of puffins, sealions, otters, porpoises, eagles, etc etc. The boat also took us up to the Aialik glacier to see it calving for about 45 minutes before going to the lodge, which was a nice experience.
On arriving at the lodge, we were greeted by some friendly staff members and shown around. We were in cabin number 8 (to the left if you are standing in front of the lodge looking at Pedersen glacier). The lower numbered cabins 1-9 are to the left of the lodge, and the higher ones are to the right; ours had a fantastic view of the glacier, although the higher numbered ones looked like they may have had more trees in front of them. Our cabin was great - it still felt new and it was quiet, clean and cosy, and had two comfy double beds, a deck with a great view of the glacier, and a window to the side, looking towards where the black bears seemed to hang out.
We saw several black bears whilst we were there, some walked past our cabin and the lodge a couple of times - we saw most of the bears further over to the left of the lodge (past cabin number 1).
We did a couple of the excursions - the aialik glacier day drip by kayak was great; reasonably strenuous if you are not used to kayaking, and I would imagine a little to tough for some of the elderly guests who were staying there (a large proportion of the people we saw staying at KFGL were in their 60s and 70s, and they were unable to do some of the trips on offer). Make sure you take a waterproof camera if you do this trip. You can also go walking on your own, but the front desk will give you pepper spray for protection just in case. There was a selection of about 3 or 4 trips to do - we stayed two nights and did 3 of them. The canoe and walk up to Pedersen Glacier was great; I'd recommend that one. I would recommend staying 2 nights - one night isn't enough to enjoy this location and the activities on offer.
The staff were nice - Gus and Foe particular were our two regular guides - both very good, and they really looked after us. Foe did a presentation about the building of the lodge one night, which was really interesting.
Food was amazing - gorgeous prime rib one night, yummy halibut the next. Lunch was a buffet-style affair with soup and sandwiches, etc. We were in foodie heaven!
This is definitely a place that I would love to return to - so peaceful and relaxing; you can do as much or as little as you feel like. Sitting in a canoe on the lagoon watching otters playing, eagles soaring, and bears strolling on the shore.... I want to be there again now!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Kenai Fjords Glacier Hotel Kenai Fjords National Park
- Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska