Orcas, Calving Glaciers, and Icefields: Kenai Fjords National Park Video
When we were planning our visit to Alaska, we knew that the wildlife would probably be more abundant than down here in the lower 48. I pictured bears popping out from behind cars in Anchorage, caribou blanketing the meadows, and bald eagles swarming like pigeons.
I wasn’t that far off, actually.
The eagles ARE like pigeons.
But the species I was neglecting most, sea creatures, were what blew me away. In our first Alaska park, Glacier Bay, we kayaked with dozens of humpback whales, leaping out of the water all around us. We paddled past families of floating sea otters. We got a great taste of what the wildlife in pristine Alaska could be.
Still, nothing prepared us for Kenai Fjords.
I think my (and Cole’s too, but not as drastically) extreme positive response to our experience at Kenai Fjords National Park is very telling of where we were mentally in this trip. We visited Kenai Fjords unlike other parks: an expensive full-day cruise around the fjords and one day hiking the Harding Icefield. A private campground with wifi & a shower. Just two days in the park. That’s it. For me, it was perfection. We were tired, had driven so much lately, and we both had not showered in over a week. I wanted some accessible, compact beauty. The kind that you don’t have to work very hard for.
Kenai Fjords delivered.
As you probably read in our description of the park last week, there are two very distinct areas of the park that should be explored: the fjords and the Harding Icefield/Exit Glacier. You’ll see both highlighted in our video below.
The wildlife, you guys. In our day on the water, we saw orcas, fin whales, humpbacks, harbor seals, sea lions, two kinds of puffins (which is two kinds of wonderful), eagles, and a sea otter. On our trail the next day, we saw a mama black bear with two cubs far off in the distance.
Let us bring you some of that beauty today. You may want to start planning your next adventure 🙂