Adventure out of Seward, Alaska

Top tips for traveling in Seward, Alaska in the Kenai Fjords National Park. See icebergs, glaciers, and more!

Seward, Alaska is located on the Kenai Peninsula between the Kenai Mountains and Fjords. Only 2.5 hours from Anchorage, Seward is a top choice as your hub to explore the surrounding area. There is so much to do in a Kenai Peninsula, but a lot of it is catered towards older adults and cruise ship tour-type activities. Here are two activities in Seward that we really enjoyed:

Hike the Harding Icefield Trail

Harding Icefield Trail

The 8.2 mile roundtrip Harding Icefield Trail takes you to Exit Glacier and the surrounding icefield. The hike is moderately strenuous and it climbs up through the mountain. The trail itself is pretty easy though because the climb is through switchbacks and not bouldering. Hiking poles are recommended here to help protect your knees. 

You will reach the Top of Cliff viewpoint at 2.4 miles that provides a beautiful overview. You can continue on to the top to see a 360 surrounding view of the icefield. A map of the area can be found here. The trailhead is only a few miles from Seward here.

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUPing) at Bear Glacier

Stand up paddle boarding in Bear Glacier

We went SUPing with Liquid Adventures at Bear Glacier and it was one of the coolest experiences! Icebergs consistently break off from the glacier and it makes for an incredible landscape that you can maneuver around. Liquid Adventures did a really good job of gearing us up in drysuits and keeping the group together. We even saw a whale on the boat ride out! The entire adventure is 6 hours.

Whale sighting in Resurrection Bay