ALASKA

August 2, 2009

Kenai Fjord sea excursion

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Kenai Fjords National Park

Sunday, August 2, 2009. Kenai Fjords Tours This excursion produced hundreds of photos from which the best are shown here. Keep in mind that these were taken without benefit of a tripod or terra firma. The captain of the Tanaina had an open deck policy, so it was easy to get into position for photos. If you are ever in Seward, Alaska don’t miss this trip!


Docking and disembarkation from the Veendam

Docking and disembarkation from the Veendam

Our mode of conveyance for the next six hours.

Our mode of conveyance for the next six hours.

We leave the Veendam behind and head out to sea.

We leave the Veendam behind and head out to sea.

Seward, Alaska in the background as we leave.

Seward, Alaska in the background as we leave.

Jeannie and Annie seen from the outer walkway.

Jeannie and Annie seen from the outer walkway.

The Tanaina and its Captain

The Tanaina and its Captain

First Stop = Sea Otters

Sea Otters

Up close and personal!

Sea Otters up close and personal!

This is definitely glacier territory.

Bear Glacier near Calisto Head

Murres Afloat

Murres Afloat

A few Stellar sea lions.

A few Stellar sea lions.

An eagle on fishing patrol.

An eagle on fishing patrol.

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A humpback whale with a mouth full of fish.

A humpback whale with a mouth full of fish.

Over she goes!

Over she goes!

Down...

Down...

and out!

and out!

A sister tour boat, Kenai Fjords Tours

Another tour boat, The Orca Voyager

A rocky cove with a view.

Three Hole Point with a view.

And what a view it is!

And what a view it is!

The captain gave us great narratives!

The captain gave us great narratives!

The Holgate Glacier past Holgate Head

The Holgate Glacier past Holgate Head

Great scenery!

Great scenery! Might be Pederson Glacier

This will be our closest glacier encounter yet.

Aialik Glacier (will be our closest approach)

Close enough?

Close enough?

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These little tufted puffins are fast!

Pictures of Puffins by the hundred.

Pictures of Tufted Puffins by the hundred.

Steller Sea Lions at the Chiswell Islands.

Steller Sea Lions at the Chiswell Islands.

Stellar Sea Lions close up.

Stellar Sea Lions close up.

Diving Sea Birds

Deep Diving Murre (Alcid family)

Along the rocky cliff.

Along the rocky cliff.

A non-tufted Puffin

Horned Puffin

Time to head back after a long day of fun.

Time to head back after a long day of fun.

Approaching Seward

Approaching Seward

Kenai Fjords Tour Map

Kenai Fjords Tour Map

The Veendam ready for the Southbounders

The Veendam being made ready for the Southbounders


Click for Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska Forecast

We had an Orca pod sighting, but it was extremely brief and they never surfaced again to our view. Time to move on and grab a bus to Anchorage.

Kenai Fjords National Park is located just outside the town of Seward in South-central Alaska, 126 miles south of Anchorage. Seward is accessible year round via the Seward Highway, a National Scenic Byway with stunning views of Turnagain Arm, Kenai Lake, glaciers, wetlands, and rugged mountains.

A bus ride from Seward to Anchorage

A bus ride from Seward to Anchorage

Roadway north to Anchorage

Roadway north to Anchorage


Next Page: Stop over at Anchorage.

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