Travel in Color: Visiting the Kenai Fjords in Alaska
Sitting in the cold and realizing just how far from home you are is a magnificent, and sometimes terrifying, experience. But visiting the Kenai Fjords in Alaska is well worth the trek, and this iconic destination is among FlightHub Review’s 2016 must-see destinations for obvious reasons. Though travelers often run away from the cold weather, FlightHub is guarding our loins with the thickest long underwear we could find and venturing off into the wonderful cold.
Visiting the Kenai Fjords is unlike anything you’ll ever experience. The landscape that stares back at you is forever changing, yet somehow permanent: glaciers and ice melting away during the summer months, only to come back with full force in vigor during the cold arctic winter. Though the “smallest” national park in Alaska, visiting the park is unlike any adventure travel you’ll ever experience. The park is made up of three different sections: The Harding Ice Field, Exit Glacier and the coast. The Exit Glacier, as the name suggests, is the easiest way to access the park and is its most popular attraction. The river is almost half a mile wide and covered with ice, the glacier is a sight to be seen.
The Harding Ice Field is one of the largest ice fields in Alaska, as well as one of the last four remaining ice fields in all of the United States. The expression “Get it before it’s gone” rings uncomfortably true when it comes to visiting colder climates, so FlightHub encourages visitors to the park to get out there and experience this vast field, while also leaving little impact on your stay. Sustainable travel is vital to the tourism in these delicate and fragile areas.
One of the best ways FlightHub recommends seeing the best of the national park is by boat. Begin your tour by boarding an all-day cruise around the Kenai national park where you’ll see glaciers up close and personal, as well as spot some of Alaska’s natural wildlife. Tours can range from 4 to 6 hours, with stops along the way, and most notably to Fox Island. The tour also offers intimate glances into the lives of the park’s other inhabitants, including whale pods, sea lions and harbor seals.
The national park is also accessible to those who want to get a real feel for the area. Visitors are welcome to kayak, fish or camp along the designated grounds of the national park, and are encouraged to explore the area at their leisure. For those who seek a bit more of an adrenalin rush, the coastal fjords are a blue-water kayaker’s dream.
To get the best out of the park, FlightHub encourages visitors to visit during the summer months. The myths around Alaskan summers are easily put to rest with a quick google search: with temperatures sitting comfortably in the 80s, there’s no reason to fear for cold weather. FlightHub does encourage you to pack appropriately though, so track local weather forecasts prior to your trip.
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Photo credit: Ronald Woan