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Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge
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
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4  Thank Annie78
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Kris M, Director of Sales at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 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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Reviewed August 29, 2012

From the moment we stepped onto the boat to take us to our wilderness destination, we knew we were in for a special experience. Our boat driver and mate made every effort to make sure the trip was comfortable, as well as eventful for viewing wildlife. What impressed me was that both going and coming from the lodge, our boat drivers and their mates made sure we saw all wildlife in the area (boat captains constantly communicate with one another) and they were not at all jaded about the experience themselves, so the excitement was contagious and the experience even more engaging. Can you imagine...we saw: humpback whales, sea lions, seals, puffins, gulls, eagles, orca, and porpoise, all up close and personal!

We were greeted at the lodge by an enthusiastic young man who turned out to be leaving the next day to return to school, but who was representative of all the staff: young, adventurous, and truly loving their job. There is a 20 minute, easy walk to the lodge from where the boat lands, but it was a welcome opportunity to stretch our legs after being on the boat for about 5 hours. Our luggage was shuttled directly to our cabins while we had a bit of an orientation to the lodge. Given how remote the place is, they do need to educate everyone on bear safety and let everyone know the ins and outs of the water and electric systems. By the way, both worked perfectly.

Each time we participated in an activity, and even when the staff were around the Main Lodge, they were excited to share their knowledge and love of the area. They all clearly enjoy working for Alaska Wildland Adventures and feel they are part of the company; all use the pronoun "we" when discussing the company, making it feel like a family rather than a corporation. All are 'jacks and jills of all trades", your kayak guide might also serve you dinner or be seen working to fix a broken down engine!

Activities for our 2 day visit were varied enough by level so that even the most inexperienced could feel comfortable with a choice, and those who are active could be challenged. But then, hanging out around the Main Lodge and reading or watching wildlife was a perfectly acceptable option as well. My husband and I kayaked with groups both days; the first to Aialik Glacier with lunch on Slate Island and about 6 miles of paddling, and the second to Abra Cove just across Ailik Bay where we were back in time for lunch. We were lucky to have great weather and barely needed our own rain gear, but if needed, the lodge has all kinds of equipment to borrow so that activities go on rain or shine and guests can still feel warm and dry.

The lodge itself is beautifully designed to blend into the surrounding wilderness, and as you approach from Aialik Bay, you are hard pressed to see evidence of human habitation. In spite of being so remote, the lodge and cabins are well appointed and extremely comfortable. Each cabin has a beautiful view of the lagoon, Pederson Glacier, and the surrounding mountains. The food is plentiful, fresh, and downright tasty. It is served family style so that you can pick and choose what you like, and how much you want to eat. They are also very accommodating for food allergies and preferences in spite of how remotely the lodge is situated. Coffee and tea are set out early for those who are up with the sun, and there is a bar for evening cocktails or wine. Evening programs are informative and a great chance to learn more about the area and the staff.

This is a very special place, and worth every cent for the memorable experience. I actually hope to return with our grown children someday to celebrate a special anniversary (or just to be together in those wonderful surroundings.)

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Kris M, Director of Sales at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2013

Thank you, "Mountain Girl" for this beautifully written and thorough review. I can't thank you enough, really, for taking the time to outline in detail your experience. I think you captured the sense of the place and what we offer in your own words. I can feel the awe and wonder of the marine wildlife tour to the lodge, and the awesome experience of kayaking to a massive tidewater glacier with just a handful of other people. It is a magical place. Would love to welcome you back any time, and hear more about your experience!

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Reviewed August 28, 2012

You are taken by boat from Seward and given an approximately 3.5 hour tour of the scenery and wildlife on the way to the lodge. Upon arrival you walk in to the lodge, about 20 minutes, with the bear safety talk given on the way, then get assigned to your cabin. There are only 16 cabins, all identical, no TV or telephone but it doesn't matter. The lodge is close to Pederson Glacier and is sited next to the lower Pederson lagoon. The cabins are arranged so your small back deck with rocking chairs is private. Meals are served at 3 long tables so all guests sit together and get acquainted. The food is excellent although there is no choice but you have to specify any dietary requirements before your arrival at the lodge as they have to bring all the food in on the boats. There are kayaking and canoe trips, and walks available and you don't have to be experienced to take part. The staff are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and take turns giving short talks in the evening about topics that interest them. All in all a memorable experience in a beautiful and serene place.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

You start with a several-hour scenic/wildlife viewing boat ride into the lodge, with a stop near a calving glacier and it just gets better from there. The lodge has a lovely view of one glacier and you can kayak to another or explore the other areas around the lodge with a variety of guided trips. The staff is extremely knowledgable and enthusiastic, food was great, and activities were accessible to all skill levels. Kayaking equipment and cabin and lodge facilities are done right. It's amazing to stay so comfortably in such a beautiful and remote setting.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Kris M, Director of Sales at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2013

Hi Lily, thank you for the great review and comments! We do try to maximize comfort at our lodges, without "overemphasizing" it - so I'm very glad to see we are accomplishing that mission! As an eco-lodge, we are always seeking non-impact ways to provide a high quality experience. We appreciate your feedback!

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Reviewed August 23, 2012

We just returned from a fantastic trip to Alaska and the Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge was one of the highlights. From the boat ride out, seeing whales, dolphins, sea otters, and other wildlife, to the perfect cabins with views of Pederson Glacier, to the bears who stroll by now and then, to the wonderful food, everything was perfect. This place is very well run and all details have been thoughtully planned out. The guides are very knowledgable and capable, and the equipment is topnotch. The full-day (6 hours) kayak trip to Aialik Glacier was beyond description---kayaking on glass-smoth water amid small icebergs (don't get too close!). I am really glad I came across this place while researching out trip---it is fairly new (their 4th season of operation) so might not yet be included in all the guidebooks, but it should be. five stars, well earned.

P.S. the food was so good we bought their cookbook (mostly baked goods).

Room Tip: They assign you a cabin but do not worry; all have the same great view of the glacier across the la...
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Kris M, Director of Sales at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2013

Wow, "5 Stars, Well Earned" - thank you for this lavish praise! Its great to hear not only was it a highlight of your trip, but also the value of the experience was excellent for you. I appreciate the feedback, and the time you took to write it. I'll be passing on the kudos to staff!

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Reviewed August 23, 2012

From the private boat trip out to the Lodge until we left, we had a fabulous experience! We saw dall porpoise, many whales, seals and birds galore. We were met by enthusiastic staff who walked us to the lodge from the landing site. Cabin are sited perfectly so you don't look at anyone else and they are in the woods. The cabin was pretty, clean and a great view of the lagoon. The trips they offer during the day are two 1/2 day trips and a full day trip. We kayaked to Aialik Glacier which was outstanding. Beautiful glacier and we were able to get up close to see the vibrant blues and the calfing of the ice. We also went across the lagoon in a canoe and went to Pederson Glacier which was also beautiful. The meals were very tasty, the staff was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Alaska, It was a pleasure being away in a place that had everything we were looking for.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kris M, Director of Sales at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2013

Thank you, Mary for this kind review! I am glad you enjoyed your stay, accommodations and activities. I hope you'll consider a return trip in the future!

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Reviewed August 21, 2012

This was one of the most outstanding trips ever. Our family of 5 went to Alaska over July 4 week, wife and 3 daughters 17,15, and 12, where we experienced both the Kenai Riverside Lodge and the Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. We originally considered cruising but we turned to land based adventures in order to maximize our "real" Alaska experience. When I called AWA they were so easy to talk to and worked with me to craft an itinerary around our travel dates. We spent 3 days and 2 nights at each lodge. The cabins and accommodations at both places were wonderful. The food was outstanding and the waiters worked with us to even get our extremely picky eater 12yr old feed. The guides and staff at both lodges were extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Although almost all were college grads in things such as ecology, AWA had obviously trained them very well in how to handle guests and to create a welcoming atmosphere. On the raft trip down the Kenai we counted 38 bald eagles. Wow. The Glacier Lodge was an unbelievable place. Remote, yet comfortable. Green, yet welcoming. The 6 mi. kayak to a nearby glacier with lunch on the moraine was unforgettable. There was plenty of all ages to do and the facilities and gear supplied was ideal for what was required. Overall it was a fabulous trip and a wonderful company. I would highly recommend using AWA for any trip to Alaska

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Kris M, Director of Sales at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to review Kenai Riverside Lodge and Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge! I am particularly pleased to read your comments about your total experience, from working with our sales staff, to the guides, lodge chefs, etc. I know they all work really hard to make every guest experience exemplary, but it sure is nice to hear it from you! Please come back and see us again!

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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: $425 - $475 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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