Alaska – Kenai Fjords National Park

By Suzanne Elliott

Seward Glacier, o/c ~ Sue Elliott

One of the least visited National Parks must be Fjords National Park in  Alaska.  It is located on the tip of the Kenai Peninsula in South West Alaska.  To access this National Park you have to get there by sea.  The closest town  and access point is the port of Seward which is about 120 miles South of Anchorage…

We stayed in Seward to 3 nights at the Holiday Inn Express – our room had a balcony and was on the water front.  We had an amazing view of glaciers and rugged mountains right across the Sound from Seward.  We were also only a few minutes walk from the dock where we caught our boat for the 8 hour day trip to visit the Kenai Fjords National Park.

We lucked out and had perfect weather the morning of our trip.  The first sunny clear day in over 2 months according to those who live in Seward.

We saw a humpback whale feeding almost immediately.  Then pods of Orcas (killer whales) including one group with a young baby whale who kept leaping out of the water in play mode.  During the trip we also saw sea otters, sea lions, puffins and lesser murres and jelly fish.

Our boat stopped at the snout of a calving glacier for 30 minutes – we watched great chunks of shimmering colored ice break off and crash into the sea creating large waves.   I took a lot of photos with the intent of one day doing some iceberg paintings.  They are such surreal shapes and colors – very abstract and fun to paint I am sure.

There was so much to see and all of it so indescribably beautiful.  The immense scale of the landscape and ocean has  to be experienced in person.  The price of the 8 hour boat trip ($80 each)  included lunch, snacks and dinner!  We had dinner on Fox Island before going back to Seward.  Our dinner was wild salmon and Alaskan King Crab legs.  Super delicious!  And who could beat the view.    It was still full daylight when we got back to Seward – in August it’s light until at least 10pm.

I definitely recommend this trip if you go to the Kenai Peninsula. Read more at:

 www.pleinairmuse.com/plein-air-painting-Alaska.html

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One Response to Alaska – Kenai Fjords National Park

  1. karin says:

    Sue ~ thank you for sharing this fabulous story with us! You give a vivid glimpse into the magical and expansive world of Alaska. I can’t wait to visit Kenai Fjords National Park, and would love to paint Alaska’s shimmering beauty. Your painting captures the glowing light, lovely.

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