Located on the dramatically beautiful coastline of Southern Alaska, step inside a world shaped by glaciers, earthquakes and ocean storms. Kenai Fjords National Park plays host to some of the most beautiful glacier landscape in the world, brimming with wildlife and glittering glacier ice, it is a magnificent sight to behold.
An ice-field wilderness featuring an array of unnamed waterfalls and canyons, and home to a glacier mass that grinds down narrow mountain valleys. The park derives its name from these long, steep-sided, glacier carved valleys that are now filled with ocean waters. Coastal edges of the Kenai Mountain range are currently slipping into the sea, caused by the collision of two tectonic plates dragging them under. The sinking of land formations sees the creation of half-moon bays, wave beaten islands and stacks formed from mountain peaks of the past.
Up close and personal
Within the park you can follow trails or choose to take a ranger-led tour, learning first hand how glaciers reshape the landscape. But for a spectacular chance to grasp the true scale of this majestic setting, take to a kayak and slip off into the Gulf of Alaska for an unforgettable experience.
If kayaking among turquoise blue waters, hanging glaciers, protected coves and rugged islands, featuring cliffs teaming with puffins sounds appealing, Kenai Fjords National Park is the place to experience it all.
The true scale of the 3,000 to 4,000ft high mountain slopes that rise from the water, grips you as you drift past in your little vessel. Passing bobbing icebergs that look as if they have been lit up from the inside, the only sound that surrounds you is that of water and possibly the thunder of calving glaciers.
Meet the locals
This wild, remote landscape is home to a spectacular array of wildlife, who have displayed remarkable skills at adaptation. Marine wildlife that can be spotted from the kayak includes otters, sea lions, harbor seals, dolphins, porpoises, humpback and orca whales. Kenai Fjords is part of a migratory route for whales in the summer months, giving you the chance to watch these majestic creatures hunt, bask and play.
There is also an excellent opportunity for bird watching. Each year over 50,000 seabirds flock to Kenai Fjords, including puffins, bald eagles, murres and the peregrine falcon. Wild creatures that have adapted to a life on top of the glaciers include black bears, brown bears, moose and mountain goats.
There is no better way to view the wildlife, explore the coastline or get to know the real Alaska, than by kayaking in Kenai.