Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska

Kenai Fjords National Park is in Alaska and its closest city is Seward. Established in 1980 on December 2 by President Jimmy Carter. The park hosts over 280,000 visitors a year and spans an area of roughly 1046 square miles. Harding Ice Field, one of the largest ice fields on the continent, is located in the park. Moose, seals, bears, and whales are just some of the animals found in the park. Cruise ships are prevalent in the port town of Seward where you can find numerous paid tours of the park. The majority of the park is glacial with almost 40 glaciers in total. The park is open 365 days a year but some roads are closed in winter due to extreme weather conditions. Popular times to visit are mid May to mid September.

Kenai Fjords National Park Info


Kenai Fjords National Park

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Kenai Fjords National Park Will Host Scenario Discussions with the Public on Thursday, August 23, 2018.

Kenai Fjords National Park will host scenario discussions related to the park’s future Frontcountry Management Plan, which includes the Exit Glacier area on Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m in the large meeting room of the Seward Community Library.

Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) Investigation at Bear Glacier during 2018 Summer Season

Since June 2017, Kenai Fjords National Park has been monitoring an ice-dammed lake at Bear Glacier using time-lapse, satellite-feed cameras to understand the processes and dynamics of Bear Glacier’s hydrology and outburst flood events. This is a partner project with the State of Alaska.

Kenai Fjords National Park Employment Workshop October 11th

Kenai Fjords National Park Employment Workshop October 11th Join National Park Service staff for an employment workshop at the Seward Library community room from 6:30 – 8:00 pm on Thursday, Oct. 11th to learn about upcoming opportunities at the park.

Kenai Fjords National Park Photos

Harding Glacier/Icefield in Kenai Fjord National Park, Alaska

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Harding Glacier/Icefield in Kenai Fjord National Park, Alaska

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Kenai Fjord National Park, Alaska, US

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Common Murres (Uria aalge)

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Common Murres (Uria aalge)

Resting on a sheer cliff rising out an inlet of the North Pacific Ocean.

These birds were seen in Kenai Fjords National Park, south of Seward, Alaska, from a boat operated by Kenai Fjords Tours. The skipper brought us close enough to get a few good photos.

According to Wikpedia, the common murre or common guillemot (Uria aalge) is a large auk. It is also known as the thin-billed murre in North America. It has a circumpolar distribution, occurring in low-Arctic and boreal waters in the North Atlantic and North Pacific. It spends most of its time at sea, only coming to land to breed on rocky cliff shores or islands.

Common murres have fast direct flight but are not very agile. They are more manoeuvrable underwater, typically diving to depths of 30–60 m (98–197 ft). Depths of up to 180 m (590 ft) have been recorded.

Sea Stacks, Kenai Fjords National Park

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Sea Stacks, Kenai Fjords National Park

Seen in Kenai Fjords National Park, south of Seward, Alaska, from a boat operated by Kenai Fjords Tours.

With all the fog and haze we encountered that day, I was happy to have the dehaze button available in Adobe Lightroom CC to help clarify a photo of this scene.

I have to wonder what kind and quantity of soil is atop those sea stacks that provides enough nourishment for some fairly large trees to thrive. There could not be much.

Steller Sea Lion and Pup (Eumetopias jubatus)

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Steller Sea Lion and Pup (Eumetopias jubatus)

This sea lion pup and adult were seen in Kenai Fjords National Park, south of Seward, Alaska, from a boat operated by Kenai Fjords Tours. The skipper brought us close to several large and small rookeries where we could see and hear the animals quite well. These two were part of a crowded rookery, in a somewhat precarious position, subject to being swept off by waves if they weren't careful.

According to Wikipedia, the Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus), also known as the northern sea lion and Steller's sea lion, is a near-threatened species of sea lions in the northern Pacific. It is the sole member of the genus Eumetopias and the largest of the eared seals (Otariidae).

Steller Sea Lion Rookery

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Steller Sea Lion Rookery

These sea lion pups and adults were seen in Kenai Fjords National Park, south of Seward, Alaska, from a boat operated by Kenai Fjords Tours. The skipper brought us close to several large and small rookeries where we could see and hear the animals quite well. As you might guess from the open mouths, these individuals were quite vocal at times. The sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) were in a very crowded and somewhat precarious position, subject to being swept off by waves if they weren't careful.

According to Wikipedia, the Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus), also known as the northern sea lion and Steller's sea lion, is a near-threatened species of sea lions in the northern Pacific. It is the sole member of the genus Eumetopias and the largest of the eared seals (Otariidae).

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Rugged coastline along Kenai Fjords National Park, on a very foggy day

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Rugged coastline along Kenai Fjords National Park, on a very foggy day

Rugged coastline along Kenai Fjords National Park, on a very foggy day

Hundreds of birds at the Chiswell Islands rookery in Kenai Fjords National park in Alaska

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Hundreds of birds at the Chiswell Islands rookery in Kenai Fjords National park in Alaska

Hundreds of birds at the Chiswell Islands rookery in Kenai Fjords National park in Alaska

Large sea stacks in Kenai Fjords National Park with a lot of fog in the Resurrection Bay

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Large sea stacks in Kenai Fjords National Park with a lot of fog in the Resurrection Bay

Large sea stacks in Kenai Fjords National Park with a lot of fog in the Resurrection Bay

Close up aerial photography view of an unnamed glacier near Seldovia Alaska along the Kachemak Bay in Alaska

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Close up aerial photography view of an unnamed glacier near Seldovia Alaska along the Kachemak Bay in Alaska

Close up aerial photography view of an unnamed glacier near Seldovia Alaska along the Kachemak Bay in Alaska

Puffins, Kenai Fjords National Park

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Puffins, Kenai Fjords National Park

Two kinds of puffin can be seen here; tufted puffins (Fratercula cirrhata) ) on the left and right and a horned puffin (Fratercula corniculata) in the middle.

These birds were seen in Kenai Fjords National Park, south of Seward, Alaska, from a boat operated by Kenai Fjords Tours. The skipper brought us close enough to get a few good photos.

Clicking on the image will enlarge it to show some differences between the two species. The presence or absence of tufts on the back of the heads, the shape and size of the white area on the faces and the beak coloring are some of the most obvious differences.

Nesting Glaucous-winged Gulls

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Nesting Glaucous-winged Gulls

Seen in Kenai Fjords National Park, south of Seward, Alaska, from a boat operated by Kenai Fjords Tours. The skipper brought us close to these sheer cliffs rising from the sea, where we could see the birds quite well, including at least one quite young gull.

Blond woman hiker walks up a slippery rock trail covered in lichen in Kenai Fjords National Park wearing a backpack. In Seward Alaska

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Blond woman hiker walks up a slippery rock trail covered in lichen in Kenai Fjords National Park wearing a backpack. In Seward Alaska

Blond woman hiker walks up a slippery rock trail covered in lichen in Kenai Fjords National Park wearing a backpack. In Seward Alaska

Female hiker wearing a rain jacket enjoys the views in Seward Alaska in the wilderness of Kenai Fjords National Park

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Female hiker wearing a rain jacket enjoys the views in Seward Alaska in the wilderness of Kenai Fjords National Park

Female hiker wearing a rain jacket enjoys the views in Seward Alaska in the wilderness of Kenai Fjords National Park

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Katmai National Park

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Katmai National Park

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Watching orcas

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Watching orcas

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Aialik Glacier

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Aialik Glacier

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