Three canoes across the water from a glacier in kenai fjords alaska
kayakers in the green waters of alaska with a rocky coastline on both sides
orca seen in the glacial waters of alaska near the kenai peninsula
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North America Alaska Land Tour

Kenai Fjords Backcountry Explorer

Kenai Fjords Backcountry Explorer is an active 7-day trip to Kenai Fjords National Park that includes arrangements in Anchorage and Seward before going to Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge for an incredible 4-day/3-night exploration. Highlights include more time exploring one place intimately, boating into your remote lodge, great sea kayaking opportunities and a departing ride on the historic Alaska Railroad back to Anchorage. 

This is the ultimate of all Kenai Fjords tours as it’s fully devoted to exploring the national park, and your home base is the Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, the only lodge located within Kenai Fjords National Park. From this spectacular setting, on the shore of a protected lagoon in full view of Pedersen Glacier, wildlife viewing opportunities abound, as do activity choices. The lodge and guest cabins reside within the Native-owned, 1,700-acre Pedersen Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary. Each comfortably appointed log cabin features a private bath and view of the lagoon. 

Lodge activities include sea kayaking on protected waters (from short paddles to half-day trips), hiking (from interpretive walks to beach combing), as well as canoe explorations. Each day, choose the activities that match your interest and energy level. The lodge is a great place to explore and a prime setting for relaxing with a view. On the 4- to 5-hour boat journey to access the lodge, it’s common to see Steller sea lions, sea otters, Dall’s porpoises, humpback and/or orca whales, bald eagles, puffins and a myriad of other birdlife. On site, harbor seals, sea and river otters, mountain goats, black bears, bald eagles and a multitude of birds abound. 

Of all of our Kenai Fjords tours, this trip is highlighted by spending the most time in this national park, and all from a remote Alaska lodge so guests have an experience like no other. Keep it simple with a true Alaska experience, with less overland travel and more in-depth exploration here in Kenai Fjords National Park.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Alaska land tours or all Alaska trips by land and sea.



Itinerary

Kenai Fjords Backcountry Explorer Itinerary

Kenai Fjords Backcountry Explorer is an active 7-day trip to Kenai Fjords National Park that begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska.

Route map of Kenai Fjords Backcountry Explorer Alaska land tour, operating round-trip from Anchorage with visits around the Kenai peninsula and national park.
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Day 1
Arrive Anchorage, Alaska

Arrive independently at the Anchorage airport. A transfer to your downtown Anchorage hotel is included. The remainder of the day is yours to explore this cosmopolitan city on your own.

Accommodations

Hilton Downtown Anchorage, The Lakefront Anchorage or similar

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Seward

This morning travel along the Alaska coast to Seward by motorcoach, departing the Egan Center at 7:00am for a roughly 3-hour ride. Upon arrival check in to the Seward Windsong Lodge for your overnight stay. The remaining day is yours to enjoy at leisure or to partake in one of the many exciting activities the lodge has to offer at additional cost, including a Resurrection Bay dinner cruise; a fishing charter; a helicopter tour; walking and hiking tours, including the nearby Exit Glacier; a visit to the Alaska Sea Life Center or Iditarod sled dog demos.

Accommodations

Seward Windsong Lodge

Meals

n/a

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Day 3
Kenai Fjords National Park

This morning an included transfer brings you to the pier to embark on a 4- to 5-hour wildlife and tidewater glacier journey of Kenai Fjords National Park by boat. Upon arriving at the shores of your remote wilderness destination, take an easy 20 minute walk from the outer coast along a maintained trail to the lodge and guest cabins; motorized travel is provided if desired. Orientation, optional afternoon activity, dinner and an evening program await.

Accommodations

Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge

Enjoy two full days of exploration at the lodge and choose from an array of activities to match your interest and energy level. Guided options include interpretive nature walks, sea kayaking amid glacial ice, canoeing in the lagoon and coastal explorations. Or relax at the lodge by the wood stove, peruse the natural history library or take a leisurely stroll along the beachfront. Take a pack lunch during extended activities or join an in-camp lunch for shorter ones. There’s time to relax if you wish. Dinner and evening programs await you after each day’s adventures.

Accommodations

Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge

Spend your second full day exploring the wonders surrounding Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, the only accommodations located within the National Park. At the lodge, wildlife opportunities abound. Keep a keen eye for harbor seals, sea and river otters, mountain goats, black bears, bald eagles and a multitude of birds.

Accommodations

Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Kenai Fjords to Anchorage

Choose a short morning activity to suit your interest. After an in-camp lunch, board the boat for a coastal wildlife and scenic tour of Kenai Fjords National Park as you return to Seward. Arrive early evening and board the Alaska Railroad, which departs at 6:00pm and arrives back in Anchorage around 10:15pm. Dinner is available for purchase on the train. An included transfer brings you from the train depot to your Anchorage hotel for your overnight stay.

Accommodations

Hilton Downtown Anchorage, The Lakefront Anchorage or similar

Meals

breakfast, lunch

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Day 7
Depart Anchorage, Alaska

Say your farewells and transfer to the airport for flights home or extend your trip to another destination.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

n/a

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All transportation transfers to/from airport, hotels and railroad, most meals, accommodations in a mix of hotels and rustic lodges, entrance fees, leadership, crew, local guides, rafting, kayaking, hiking activities.

Exclusions

2021 taxes are $150 per person for double occupancy, $135 per person for triple occupancy, $130 per person for quad occupancy and $200 for single occupancy. Airfare to and from Alaska, airport taxes, excess baggage charges; any additional hotel nights in Anchorage; some meals, items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1200 is required per person at the time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – 10% of total trip cost
120 to 91 days – 20% of total trip cost
90 to 46 days – 50% of total trip cost
45 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations’ Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Kenai Fjords Backcountry Explorer adventure begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska (ANC). Plan flights to arrive to Anchorage anytime on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Anchorage anytime on day 7. Transfers will be provided both upon arrival on day 1 from Anchorage International Airport and on day 7 for your return flight home.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the guides can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include sea kayaking, canoeing, interpretive nature walks, trail side picnics, swimming, hiking, coastal explorations, wildlife viewing and a train ride.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy room may do so at a 25% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select rooms upon availability. Single travelers interested in sharing accommodations with another guest of the same gender, will be charged the 25% single supplement then refunded this amount once a share is found. If a share is not found then the 25% single supplement will apply. Triple and quad rates with applicable taxes subject to availability, please inquire about discounts. Upgrades may be available, contact us for details.

Families & Children

Minimum age is 7 years old. Children between the ages of 7-18 will receive a discount of $200.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the guides’ discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of adventure travel unique. Note that in rare circumstances, due to high winds, weather fronts or ocean conditions, we are unable to access the Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge at scheduled times. Alternative activities and accommodations have been planned for this uncommon occurrence, but please be prepared for a possible change in schedule.

Rates & Dates

Trip Rates & Details

From early June through late September. Contact us for current rates and availability.

Accommodations

Learn About the Lodges & Hotels on Your Itinerary

Lodge
Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge

The wilderness eco lodge Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge is completely surrounded by Kenai Fjords National Park and is the only lodge located within the park.

Hotel
The Lakefront Anchorage

This lodge-style hotel is known for its hospitality and upscale yet comfortable amenities. Set on the shore of Lake Spenard, The Lakefront Anchorage offers modern décor accented with classical hints of Alaska. Daily flightseeing and fishing pickups from the hotel dock offer specialized opportunities for Alaska-based adventures.

Lodge
Seward Windsong Lodge

Nestled in a spectacular glacier river valley, Seward Windsong Lodge is an exceptional wilderness retreat located at the entrance to the Kenai Fjords National Park. The 180 guest rooms located nearby to the main lodge, are set back in a wooded setting, surrounded by spruce trees and wildflowers.

Hotel
Hilton Downtown Anchorage

Located in the heart of downtown Anchorage, this hotel is walking distance to popular attractions and a 10-minute drive to the International airport.

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