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Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park was established in 1980 and encompasses approximately 580,000 acres along the coastline of the Kenai Peninsula.

The Harding Icefield is a major part of Kenai Fjords National Park and is the largest Icefield on the North American continent. It covers over 300 square miles of the park. Snow and ice accumulation has made the Icefield thousands of feet thick in places. There are at least 40 major outlet glaciers throughout the park.

Holgate Glacier, a tidewater glacier, is easily viewed by daily boat excursions. Exit Glacier is the park's only glacier accessible by road. It is a short distance from Seward, only nine miles off the Seward Highway.

Kenai Fjords National Park boasts an abundance of marine and land wildlife. Humpback whales, orcas, Dall's Porpoise, Steller sea lions, sea otters, seals, mountain goats, black bears, and moose, along with more then 80 different species of birds populate the Park.

A full array of tours are offered into Kenai Fjords National Park. This area is considered one of the top wildlife & glacier viewing destinations in the State. A variety of cruise options are available through Kenai Fjords Tours ranging from a three hour cruise of Resurrection Bay to a 9+ hour Northwestern Fjord Cruise. The most popular cruise is the National Park Tour, which has several daily departures. Or enjoy the National Park Tour with a salmon bake on Kenai Fjords Tours' exclusive Fox Island.

A land-based option is the Alaska SeaLife Center tour. The Alaska SeaLife Center is the only cold-water research facility of its kind in the country. This 50 million-dollar facility opened in 1998, and leads efforts in exploring new ways to protect the resources of the sea. The self-guided tour gives you the opportunity to meet local marine wildlife and have a chance to learn about their ocean environment.

Kenai Fjords National Park headquarters and Visitors' Center is located at Seward's small boat harbor. The Visitor's Center offers a photo exhibit, slide programs, natural history publications, and information services.

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