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Kenai Fjords National Park

Alaska, USA
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Kenai Fjords National Park Seward Alaska United States
In awe of the glaciers Seward Alaska United States
Kenai Fjords National Park Seward Alaska United States
A shrinking glacier Seward Alaska United States
Kenai Fjords National Park Seward Alaska United States
In awe of the glaciers Seward Alaska United States
Kenai Fjords National Park Seward Alaska United States
A shrinking glacier Seward Alaska United States

Kenai Fjords National Park

Nearly 40 glaciers flow from lofty peaks down to the sea here, blanketing half the park in ice. But the rugged terrain isn’t the only draw. Orca whales and sea otters often cavort alongside the dayboats (far and away the best way to explore Kenai Fjords). Birders should remain alert for the area’s 191 species, including bald eagles and marbled murrelets, which only come ashore to nest on the mossy branches of old-growth spruce forests.

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AFAR Local Expert
over 5 years ago

In awe of the glaciers

You can't help but be awed by what a glacier and a few thousand years can do to a landscape. As we hiked closer to Exit Glacier I become aware of the enormity of this sheet of ice that has carved out the valley and the river behind us. Signposts marking how far the glacier has receded point to how fragile the glacial ecosystem is.
AFAR Contributor
almost 4 years ago

Kenai Fjords National Park

Located three hours from Anchorage near Seward, the Kenai Fjords National Park is famous for its tidewater glaciers that calve into the water and its pristine beauty. One of the most visited spots is Exit Glacier, which has been rapidly retreating, and is part of the expansive Harding Icefield which can receive over nine meters of snow each year. To get there, take a boat tour—only a small portion of the park is accessible from land. You can expect opportunities to spot mountain goats, sea lions, puffins, otters, porpoises and humpback and orca whales.
over 5 years ago

A shrinking glacier

I gave my dad the gift of Alaska for his 50th birthday. We did little planning and just got in the car. Everytime we saw a turn off for a glacier, we anxiously took the road and waited to see where we would end up. One time our journey led us to this glacier. Shrinking in size every year and it's size from past years can be viewed while hiking to it.