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Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge
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Long Beach, California
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“One of the best vacation experiences we've ever had”
Reviewed 11 July 2012

Every part of our visit was wonderful. We saw whales, sea otters,seals, puffins and bald eagles on the boat ride in. The lodge is warm and inviting, the cabins have two comfortable queen beds and our cabin had a nice view of the lagoon and Pederson Glacier. The guides are enthusiastic and helpful and the outing experiences were lots of fun. We canoed and hiked to the Pederson Glacier, hiked to the top of the nearby ridge, kayaked to the Aialik Glacier, went on a nature hike of the area and a boat ride to the Aialik Glacier. The food was quite good and they prepared special vegetarian entrées for my wife as well as accommodated my food allergies. They even made a special dessert for my wife’s birthday! (Special note for wine connoisseurs: There is no corkage fee at the lodge. We brought in three bottles of wine, one for each night.
We had an amazing time, even though it rained or sprinkled our entire visit. (We never saw the sun or blue sky during our trip.) The lodge has wet weather clothing and a drying room for your gear if it gets wet.
Best advice I can give you is spend three night at the lodge. This will give you plenty of time to take advantage of everything this special place has to offer. Yes, it is a bit pricey, but the trip was well worth it.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Kapolei, Hawaii
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Reviewed 18 March 2012

We were hesitant at first to pull the trigger and stay here, but it was such a nice place and so much value. We loved everything! We saw a superpod of killer whales and dolphins on the boat ride to the place, then sea otters, black bears, Aialik glacier was dropping ice shelves, bald eages...one of the best places in the world! The staff was so helpful too, you could tell they loved their jobs and they really made it an enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Strasbourg, France
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Reviewed 19 January 2012

If you love the outdoors with the comfort of a beautifully built lodge and cabins this is the place to go. All cabins have 2 queen beds, private baths and stunning views of Pedersen lagoon and glacier just outside the window. The meals are good but not outstanding, this is the wilderness and you don't come here for your 'haute cuisine' experience!
Activities are mostly on the water - kayaking and canoeing. Staff is very friendly, helpful and knowledgable. One thing you can't do here is hiking, even though it's advertised in the brochure. A 1 hour stroll along the beach, on the nature trail or to Pedersen Glacier - that's simply not hiking for me. There are virtually no trails and you can't hike anywhere on your own.
Anyway, the setting is simply breathtaking, wildlife and flowers are plentiful - and this is ecotourism at its best.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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AK
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Reviewed 26 September 2011

One of the most beautiful places I have EVER been!!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge is an experience we will never forget. Accessible only by boat from Seward, Alaska, the lodge and 16 individual cabins are located on a serene lagoon across from Pederson Glacier. No phones, TV, Internet or other distractions - just nature at its finest. The facilities were pristine and the activities were perfect. We hiked, canoed and kayaked to a glacier that calved almost on cue. We met so many interesting people at the family-style meals in the main lodge. The staff were friendly, helpful and extremely knowledgeable about the flora and fauna. They clearly love their jobs. We would go back in a flash!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Syracuse, New York
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Reviewed 28 August 2011

My husband and I spent 3 nights at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge as part of a Road Scholar tour. We could not have been more happy with our decision to book this trip. Lodge has incredible views across Pedersen Lagoon to Pedersen Glacier, with the occasional sighting of a black bear nibbling away at the edge of the lagoon, and a mountain goat swimming out to the island. Delicious nightly appetizers before dinner, inviting gathering and drinks in the Great Room/bar area. Excellent food served family style, conducive to getting to know your fellow-travelers. Comfortable cabin with screened view through the trees across the lagoon to the glacier, with on-demand hot water and indoor plumbing (a bonus after the previous lodge). But what made this a truly extraordinary experience was the quality of the day trips and the excellence of the guides. I can't say enough about their knowledge of the terrain, flora, fauna and their ability to support of their guests to do more than they think they can. We did the all-day kayak trip and experienced some huge calving at Aialik Glacier, even though I didn't think I would be able to manage an all-day kayak. Our guide, Leigh, made it possible. Also did the half day canoe & hike to Pedersen Glacier, followed in the afternoon by a canoe trip floating up with the tide to Upper Pedersen Lagoon to see the glacier up close and float among the icebergs. We were on the new boat on the trip to the Lodge, and saw humpbacks, minkes, orcas, Stellar sea lions, harbor seals, bald eagles, otters, puffins, and lots of sea birds. If you love active vacations and want to see unspoiled Alaska, this is the place for you. My only regret is that we didn't stay an extra day which would have allowed a little more relaxation and exploration outside the guided trips. If you're tied to your cell phone and the internet, go elsewhere -- they don't exist here!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Carlisle, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 24 August 2011

My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights and enjoyed every minute of the experience. The spot is absolutely beautiful and the staff very knowledgable and professional. We enjoyed hiking, kayaking and canoeing in this idyllic environment

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge
Address: Aialik Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park, AK 99664
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Region: United States > Alaska > Kenai Fjords National Park
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Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Kenai Fjords National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge is an all-inclusive wilderness lodge located within Kenai Fjords National Park. Nestled within a Native-owned wildlife sanctuary on the edge of a protected lagoon, Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge and guest cabins enjoy stunning views of Pedersen Glacier. The rugged beauty of Alaska's spectacular seacoast and abundant marine wildlife is balanced nicely with the creature comforts of private cabins, a cozy main Lodge and hearty meals with gourmet flair. ... more   less 
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