Two Ways to Explore the Great Northwestern Fjord

Kenai Fjords National Park is unlike any other park in the country. No roads enter it. Only one established hiking trail wanders within, and that ends after four miles. Some parts of the park are thick with temperate rainforest, while more than half is covered in a thousand feet of ice. And even though it draws upwards of 300,000 visitors a year, very few people ever explore beyond its perimeter.

There’s a good reason, though, and it’s not just because it’s impenetrable. It’s because that perimeter, especially the dramatic mountains and jagged glaciers of the remote Northwestern Fjord, is extraordinary in its own right.

Northwestern Fjord is perhaps the most spectacular of the glacially carved inlets along the southern border of Kenai Fjords National Park. It’s farther from Seward and visited much less frequently than Aialik Bay to the east. The boats that do come are smaller. The experience of being there is described by those who’ve been as far more intimate. Sound like the kind of place you want to be? We’ve got a couple ways to get you there.


Wildlife and Photography Day Cruise

The Northwestern Fjord Full-Day Cruise makes a roundtrip course between Seward and Northwestern Fjord in about eight hours. The 58-foot tour boat can slip through passages and poke into coves that larger day cruises can’t. It provides birders, marine animal enthusiasts, and photographers exceptional opportunities to view wildlife.

This trip is more of an expedition than mellow pleasure cruise. It can shift from exciting in one moment to awe inspiring in the next. There’s something new at every turn: A unexpected waterfall, a curious otter, a seal perched on a chunk of ice. And, surrounding it all, that remarkable coastal landscape. This is the magic of Northwestern Fjord.


  • 9 AM to 5:30 PM, June to September
  • Light breakfast and deli lunch included.


Guided Kayaking Trip

The Northwestern Fjord/Aialik Bay Kayaking Day Trip is, as one of our clients succinctly put it, “Incredible.” This is a small group experience, the kind of trip where guests and guides bond throughout the day and trade contact info when it’s all done.

It starts with a private water taxi ride to the best kayaking spot for the day. Often there’s not a single other group or boat to be seen. The isolation makes paddling among a setting of alpine glaciers, waterfall-laced cliffs, and blue-green water even more mesmerizing. There’s no better way to experience up close the rawness and beauty of the Kenai Fjords landscape.


  • 8:30 AM to 6 PM, Mid-May to September
  • Lunch, roundtrip water taxi, and all kayaking gear included.


How to Visit

Seward is the jumping of point for all Kenai Fjords National Park experiences. Click here for transportation and lodging options. For more info about the park itself, check out the official Park Service page. Ready to book? Great! Give us a call at 800-208-0200.


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  1. alene peterson
    January 23rd, 2019 | 3:38 am

    My daughter and I are visiting end of July. She really wantsto see some puffins….do you know if there are any to see on these tours?

  2. January 23rd, 2019 | 8:51 am

    Hi Alene – Absolutely! Both tufted and horned puffins migrate to the area starting in mid-May. There’s a very good chance you’ll see them in their cliffside rookeries and large floating groups in the water on Northwestern Fjord tours. If your daughter would like see puffins up close, we highly recommend a visit to the SeaLife Center in Seward. They have an indoor seabird rookery. She’ll love it!

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