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Kenai Fjords National Park Tours

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Kenai Fjords National Park
Encompassing 1,047 square miles (2,711 square kilometers), Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park is named after its numerous glacial-carved fjords—beautiful ice valleys that sit below sea level. The fjords run down the mountains into the iconic Harding Icefield, one of the largest ice fields in the United States with 40 tidewater glaciers flowing into it. The stunning landscape is also a wildlife-watcher’s dream, thanks to its abundant marine animals, birds, and other native wildlife. 

The Basics
The most popular way to visit the park is on a glacier cruise. This is the best way to see the largest variety of marine wildlife, as the park’s icy waters and dense woodlands are home to numerous species of native animals. Adventurous visitors can take an aerial tour of the park, kayak on the fjords, hike to the top of the 8.2-mile (13.2-kilometer) Harding Icefield Trail, explore the trails around Exit Glacier, and go fishing in the park’s backcountry. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • To visit the park on a cruise, choose a full-day or a half-day excursion.
  • Many cruises offer a buffet lunch option; sample Alaska salmon and other local delicacies for an upgraded price.
  • Be sure to bring a camera to snap memorable photos of Resurrection Bay’s rugged coastline and wildlife.
  • Even in summer, the weather can be fickle. Be prepared by bringing a light hooded jacket, or warmer layers in cooler months.
  • Most fjords cruises are wheelchair accessible, but it’s best to check in advance.

How to Get There
Kenai Fjords National Park is located just outside of Seward in southcentral Alaska, 126 miles (203 kilometers) south of Anchorage. By car, take Seward Highway (AK-1) south from Anchorage. It will become AK-9 around mile 35 (87 miles/140 kilometers from Anchorage), with AK-1 heading to Homer and Kenai. Continue on AK-9 to Seward. The Alaska Railroad connects Anchorage to Seward during the summer months (May through September).

When to Get There
The best time to visit Kenai Fjords National Park is between May and September, when the weather cooperates to provide views of the surrounding glaciers (including the impressive Bear Glacier) and mountains—and to be warm enough for visitors to want to be outdoors. Although the park is often inaccessible during the winter months, Seward is accessible year-round via the Seward Highway, a National Scenic Byway.

Wildlife in Kenai Fjords National Park
A cruise is the best way get your fill of wildlife viewing, as the park’s waters and forests are home to mountain goats, black bears, bald eagles, harbor seals, sea lions, puffins, porpoises, and humpback and orca whales. Along most cruise routes you’ll have the chance to see abundant wildlife like whales, sea otters, Dall’s porpoises, eagles, mountain goats, and many types of seabirds. Cape Resurrection, at the end of Resurrection Bay, is home to both Steller sea lions and thousands of nesting seabirds. Most boats stop close to the sea lion colonies and seabird rookeries, providing excellent photo opportunities.
Address: Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward, AK, USA
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Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife CruiseHalf-day Tours

Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise

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Experience up-close views of glaciers and wildlife of Kenai Fjords National Park on this cruise. Enjoy 100 miles (round-trip) of jaw-dropping scenery as the captain and crew explain the surrounding geology and wildlife. Sail past the majestic Holgate Glacier and witness chunks of glaciers break off and crash into the water. Get your camera out near Chiswell Islands, home to thousands of nesting seabirds. In addition to the sights, treat yourself to an upgrade and enjoy an Alaska salmon and prime rib meal.
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  • 6 hours
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Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife CruiseNature and Wildlife

Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise

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Treat yourself to an abundance of wildlife viewing with this 3.5-hour Kenai Fjords cruise in Resurrection Bay from Seward Harbor. Travel 55 miles (round-trip) along a rugged coastline and snap plenty of memorable photos as you sail past Bear Glacier. Sail close to sea lion colonies and seabird rookeries, and keep your eyes peeled for whales, sea otters, Dall’s porpoises, eagles and mountain goats.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Full-Day Kenai Fjords National Park Adventure CruiseDay Cruises

Full-Day Kenai Fjords National Park Adventure Cruise

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Journey to the remote, glacier-carved Northwestern Fjord in the Kenai Fjords National Park on this full-day small-vessel cruise from Seward. Pass through Resurrection Bay, the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, Cape Resurrection, Granite Pass, and Harris Bay. Whether you’re a birder or whale-watching enthusiast, you’ll likely to snap plenty of photos of humpbacks, orcas, Steller sea lions, seabirds and more. Watch for glacial calving, where giant chunks of glacial ice break off and crash into the water. Light breakfast and lunch are included on board.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Seward Shore Excursion: Kenai Fjords & Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife CruiseDay Cruises

Seward Shore Excursion: Kenai Fjords & Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise

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Join a small-group tour for a 3.5-hour cruise around the pristine waters of Resurrection Bay from Seward. Travel for 55 miles (88km) round-trip into the wildlife-rich waters for up-close encounters with Alaska's massive bird rookeries and sea lion colonies, passing whales, and otters. Choose from two departure times from Seward for this small-group tour.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Seward Shore Excursion: Full-Day Kenai Fjords National Park Adventure CruiseWhale Watching

Seward Shore Excursion: Full-Day Kenai Fjords National Park Adventure Cruise

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Travel to remote areas in Kenai Fjords National Park on this full-day adventure cruise. Ideal for photographers, birders, and whale-watching enthusiasts, this 8.5 hour cruise explores the untouched area of Northwestern Fjord in Kenai Fjords National Park. This cruise travels with a smaller group for a more intimate cruising experience, providing the best opportunity for up-close views of wildlife and glaciers. A full day on the water allows the captain plenty of time to seek out the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the area, home to humpback whales, orca whales, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, and many types of seabirds. You will spend time in front of the impressive Northwestern Glacier, an actively-calving tidewater glacier. A complimentary light breakfast and hearty deli lunch is included.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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National Park Tour with Fox IslandDay Trips

National Park Tour with Fox Island

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Journey deep into the Alaskan wilderness on this full-day cruise from Seward through Kenai Fjords National Park. Aboard a spacious vessel customized for comfort, travel past alpine and tidewater glaciers among the fjords and take in a  bounty of wildlife sightings, including whales, sea lions and birds. Visit the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge for great views of seabird rookeries. Enjoy an onboard lunch and stop at a private lodge on Fox Island for a delicious dinner.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Resurrection Bay Cruise with Fox IslandDay Cruises

Resurrection Bay Cruise with Fox Island

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Admire the icy blue waters of Resurrection Bay as your boat glides past glaciers, snowcapped mountains and dramatic cliffs. On this 5-hour cruise into the Kenai Fjords across Resurrection Bay, keep watch for whales, puffins and otters with the help of a wildlife guide. Step onto the shores of beautiful Fox Island, and sink into a mouthwatering lunch at a private lodge. This Resurrection Bay cruise gives you the chance to learn about the area’s natural history and skip stones at a pebble beach.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Seward Shore Excursion: Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife CruiseNature and Wildlife

Seward Shore Excursion: Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise

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Discover Kenai Fjords National Park, Resurrection Bay, and Aialik Bay on a small-group cruise from Seward. Hear live commentary from the informative captain and crew as you look for Alaskan wildlife such as whales, sea lions, sea otters, and puffins, and stop at Holgate Glacier to float among the icebergs. Upgrade your cruise with an onboard meal that features Alaska salmon and prime rib.
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  • 6 hours
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8 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Sightseeing Trip (Lunch Included)Hop on Hop Off

8 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Sightseeing Trip (Lunch Included)

Experience the beauty of Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park in the Gulf of Alaska on an 8 hour Sightseeing tour with Saltwater Safari Company in Seward Alaska! Our trips focus on exploring Resurrection Bay and venturing out into the Gulf and into Kenai Fjords National Park in search of seeing the rich amounts of wildlife out there such as Bald Eagles, Puffins, Sea lions, Otters, Seals, Dalls Porpoises, Goats on the mountain sides, Gray Whales, Orca Whales, and Humpback Whales. One of the focuses on these trips is to take you into the heart of the park and bring you up to Holgate Glacier which is a sight in itself, and occasionally you could see it calving! Unlike the other tour boat outfits that carry several hundred passangers, ours typically depart with 10-20 passangers for a more personalized experience for you and your friends/family! Price includes all taxes and port fees, lunch and beverage, and is good for all months from May- September
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Bear Glacier Kayaking Adventure with Jetboat TransportKayaking

Bear Glacier Kayaking Adventure with Jetboat Transport

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Kayak around large chunks of ice floes in a calm lagoon on this 5-hour Bear Glacier adventure from Seward. A jet boat first speeds you near Bear Glacier, the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park, where you’ll board a kayak. Admire the stunning winter wonderland as you paddle through the icy labyrinth. Spot wildlife such as sea otters and seals, and enjoy snacks along the way. This small-group tour is limited to just six people, ensuring you’ll receive personalized attention.
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Helicopter Glacier LandingNature and Wildlife

Helicopter Glacier Landing

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Touch down on the Godwin Glacier as part of a scenic 45-minute helicopter tour from Seward. You'll have 15 minutes to admire the glacier, take some photos and enjoy sweeping aerial views of Kenai Fjords National Park, Resurrection Bay, the Godwin Glacier, and more.
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  • 30 minutes
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Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise with Optional LunchNature and Wildlife

Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise with Optional Lunch

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Explore the pristine waters of Resurrection Bay on this Kenai Fjords cruise. Travel along the rugged coastline and admire alpine glaciers nestled high in the mountains. Snap plenty of memorable photos as you sail past Bear Glacier and stop close to sea lion colonies and seabird rookeries. Along the way, keep watch for whales, sea otters, Dall’s porpoises, eagles and mountain goats. Enhance your maritime journey with an upgrade to enjoy an Alaska salmon and prime rib meal, served onboard while you cruise.
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  • 5 hours
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Full-Day Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise with Optional LunchNature and Wildlife

Full-Day Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise with Optional Lunch

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Discover the glaciers and wildlife of Kenai Fjords National Park on this full-day catamaran cruise. Enjoy jaw-dropping scenery as the captain and crew provide engaging commentary. In Aialik Bay, watch for the calving of tidewater glaciers, when chunks of ice break off and crash into the water. From the comfort of a heated cabin, spot Steller sea lions, orcas, humpbacks and puffins that call these waters home. Upgrade and enjoy a meal of Alaska salmon and prime rib.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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6 Guest Max - Whale Watch & Wildlife Cruise (Half Day) 9:00 am departureSafaris

6 Guest Max - Whale Watch & Wildlife Cruise (Half Day) 9:00 am departure

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Explore Resurrection Bay without the Crowds. We keep our tours to a maximum of 6 guests per tour so you always get the VIP treatment. Our small boats tours are a fun and exciting way to get out into the wild without hundreds of other people elbow to elbow with you. We offer heated cabins with inside seating, and enclosed marine heads (restrooms) on all our tours. Summer in Alaska is whale season and the waters around Seward are a great place to find whales as well as other wildlife. Humpbacks are a very regular sighting. We also see Killer Whales (Orca) on occasion. No two trips are ever the same as the captain will customize every trip based on wildlife activity and conditions at the time.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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6 Guest Max - Whale Watch & Wildlife Cruise (Half Day) 1:30 pm departure4WD Tours

6 Guest Max - Whale Watch & Wildlife Cruise (Half Day) 1:30 pm departure

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Explore Resurrection Bay without the Crowds. We keep our tours to a maximum of 6 guests per tour so you always get the VIP treatment. Our small boats tours are a fun and exciting way to get out into the wild without hundreds of other people elbow to elbow with you. We offer heated cabins with inside seating, and enclosed marine heads (restrooms) on all our tours. Summer in Alaska is whale season and the waters around Seward are a great place to find whales as well as other wildlife. Humpbacks are a very regular sighting. We also see Killer Whales (Orca) on occasion. No two trips are ever the same as the captain will customize every trip based on wildlife activity and conditions at the time.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Gray Whale Watching CruiseWhale Watching

Gray Whale Watching Cruise

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Sail the waters of Resurrection Bay in search of Californian gray whales on a half-day cruise from Seward. These huge mammals arrive here every March through May on their annual migration northward into Alaska’s waters. Watch for these incredible beasts and other whale species, as well as other wildlife, and view the luminous blue glaciers crowning the surrounding mountains. On-board commentary, binoculars, and hot drinks included.
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  • 4 hours
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60 Minute Extended Glacier Tour and LandingNature and Wildlife

60 Minute Extended Glacier Tour and Landing

Experience picturesque Kenai Fjords National Park. See icefields and massive tidewater glaciers. Spot marine wildlife as you tour the dramatic coastline. The highlight of this tour is a glacier landing. You'll enjoy 15 minutes on the glacier to explore. See crystal-blue glacial pools and unbelievable views – bring your camera and sunglasses! View breathtaking alpine glaciers, mountains, and even look for wildlife from the helicopter.
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  • 1 hour
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Northwestern Fjord Sightseeing Cruise from SewardDay Cruises

Northwestern Fjord Sightseeing Cruise from Seward

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Don’t miss the only daily tour that visits the majestic Northwestern Fjord, home to three amazing tidewater glaciers and numerous alpine glaciers, part of Kenai Fjords National Park. This 9-hour cruise from Seward takes you through Alaska’s crystal blue waters and gives you jaw-dropping scenery of glaciers and an array of marine life. Gain insight into the area’s geological history from a wildlife guide, and enjoy breakfast and lunch on board.
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  • 9 hours
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Orca Quest CruiseNature and Wildlife

Orca Quest Cruise

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From mid-May through mid-June, orca whales frequent the waters outside of Seward in search of food. This half-day whale-watching cruise—the only orca-focused cruise in Seward—takes you into Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park. Rather than following a set route, your seasoned captain navigates the boat to orca hot spots of the day. Hear the whale's haunting calls with the help of a hydrophone, and learn about orcas and their behavioral traits from the captain and crew members on board.
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  • 4 hours
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6 Guest Max - Tidewater Glacier Express (3/4 day tour)Safaris

6 Guest Max - Tidewater Glacier Express (3/4 day tour)

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Explore Kenai Fjords National Park without the crowds. We keep our tours to a maximum of 6 guests per tour so you always get the VIP treatment. Our small boat tours are a fun and exciting way to get out into the wild, without the hundreds of other people elbow to elbow with you. We offer heated cabins with inside seating, and enclosed marine heads (restrooms) on all our tours. On this tour you will cruise with us deep into Kenai Fjords National Park on one of our fast, safe, and comfortable 6 passenger vessels. You will experience calving tidewater glaciers, majestic fjords, whales, and tons of other Alaskan wildlife on this full day adventure. Summer in Alaska is whale season and the waters around Seward are a great place to find whales as well as other wildlife. Humpbacks are a very regular sighting. We also see Killer Whales (Orca) on occasion. No two trips are ever the same as the captain will customize every trip based on wildlife activity and conditions at the time.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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45-Minute Scenic Flight to Aialik GlacierNature and Wildlife

45-Minute Scenic Flight to Aialik Glacier

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A one-of-a-kind Alaskan experience that should not be missed, this 35-minute helicopter flight from Seward takes you to Bear and Aialik glaciers. Nestled among snow-covered peaks, Bear Glacier rests above a remote lagoon studded with massive icebergs the size of houses. See the walls of Aialik Glacier dropping into the ocean. Take photos of cascading waterfalls, old-growth forests and turquoise-blue water that surround a frozen landscape carved by millennia of advancing and retreating ice. Enjoy aerial views of Kenai Fjords National Park.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 45 minutes
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6 Guest Max - Whale Watch & Wildlife Cruise (Half Day) 3:00 pm departureSafaris

6 Guest Max - Whale Watch & Wildlife Cruise (Half Day) 3:00 pm departure

Explore Resurrection Bay without the Crowds. We keep our tours to a maximum of 6 guests per tour so you always get the VIP treatment. Our small boats tours are a fun and exciting way to get out into the wild without hundreds of other people elbow to elbow with you. We offer heated cabins with inside seating, and enclosed marine heads (restrooms) on all our tours. Summer in Alaska is whale season and the waters around Seward are a great place to find whales as well as other wildlife. Humpbacks are a very regular sighting. We also see Killer Whales (Orca) on occasion. No two trips are ever the same as the captain will customize every trip based on wildlife activity and conditions at the time.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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45-Minute Glacier Flight and LandingNature and Wildlife

45-Minute Glacier Flight and Landing

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Experience a breathtaking 45 minute flight over Bear Glacier and Aialik Glacier in beautiful Kenai Fjords National Park! The highlight of this tour is a glacier landing. You'll enjoy 15 minutes out of the helicopter exploring the glacier. See crystal-blue glacier pools and take in unbelievable views. Incredible photo opportunities. Don't forget your sunglasses and camera.
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  • 45 minutes
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  • 45 minutes
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Gray Whale Watch TourDay Cruises

Gray Whale Watch Tour

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Search the waters of Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park for gray whales on this 4-hour cruise from Seward. In the spring, gray whales migrate more than 5,000 miles from Baja California to Alaska’s Bering Sea in search of food. Learn about the whales from your crew, who are also wildlife experts. Keep your camera out for other wildlife sightings, including rookeries, seals and sea lions, and Dall’s porpoises. Bonus: A light lunch with a freshly baked cookie is included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours
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