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“Of course it is great - It's a national park”

Kenai Fjords National Park
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$243.18*
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Full-Day Kenai Fjords National Park Adventure Cruise
Ranked #1 of 55 things to do in Seward
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

Exit Glacier is easily accessible by foot on a well maintained trail and is definitely worth the time to get an up-close look at a glacier. 2 hrs should be enough time. Next time I go, I will plan more time (6-8 hrs) and hike the trail to the Harding Icefield if it is passable. The Exit Glacier trail is easy but the Harding Icefield trail is strenuous, plan accordingly.

However, to enjoy the rest of the park you need a boat or a plane which can be expensive for a family. The NPS has a link to Major Marine Tours and Kenai Fjords Tours on their website. I took the Northwestern Fjord Tour with Kenai Fjords Tours and truly enjoyed the park. It was worth every penny to me. We saw lots of beautiful scenery, glaciers, marine mammals, and marine birds. We were also blessed with beautiful sunshine but it was still quite cold on deck on the boat in the first week of June. Dress in layers and be sure to have an wind proof and water proof outer layer if you want to be on deck.

18  Thank Edwin W
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

We took a cruise to view the tidal glaciers. It was amazing seeing and hearing them calve. It was fun to see the seals, sea lions and puffins. The hike to Exit glacier was great. You can hike right up to it.

2  Thank traveler092006
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

Taking a cruise into the park was a very moving and revelational experience for us. We were astonished by the unusually beautiful water, rock formations, blue glaciers, waterfalls, whales, otters, seabirds, sea lions, just the prehistoric grandeur of the entire day. Getting to stand still on the boat and watch a glacier calving was thrilling beyond words. This place is so filled with ever-changing wonder, that any moment spent there is remarkably different from any other in your life. We are very grateful for the experience.

9  Thank Woodsy58
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

We initially viewed the Kenai Fjord National Park from one of the cruise tours out of Seward. But later we decided to check out the hikes around the Exit Glacier area near Seward There are a numerous short trails there, but one fairly long and strenuous trail is the Harding Icefield trail (8.2 round-trip, 4,000 foot climb). It climbs from the valley floor up to the Harding Icefield. Much of the trail follows the Exit Glacier and it's full of beautiful views. My wife and I started too late in the day and only made it halfway. Yet it was my favorite hike of the three weeks that I spent in Alaska (including 8 days in Denali). The Exit Glacier area also has a really nice Fjords National Park visitors center.

12  Thank Peter G
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

This is a trip into true Alaska wilderness that few ever see. You are on the open ocean of the Gulkf of Alaska, so you may experience some motion sickness on the boat, but you will feel that you are at the ends of the Earth.

1  Thank AlaskanSon
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