Northwestern Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park

Ron Niebrugge Alaska, Kenai Fjords, Photos, Travel 6 Comments

Northwestern Glacier

Northwestern Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Yesterday I took a boat tour into Kenai Fjords National Park and visited the amazing Northwestern Fjord.  It had been a few years since I had visited this part of the Park, and I was glad to see the ice hadn’t receded too much, nothing like what we have seen at Exit Glacier.  For comparison, the above photo is the right hand portion of the glacier that you see in this 6 year old photo of Northwestern Glacier (by the way, Alaska Magazine did a really nice double page spreed with this photo in this months issue!).

I am so lucky to live next to such amazing country!  The Travel Channel calls the coast of  Kenai Fjords National Park one of the top 10 natural wonders of the world – for good reason!

Special thanks to Cathy Gonzalez with Log Dreamin’ Bed and Breakfast for helping with my arrangements!

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    Thanks Ricard!

    It is a crazy place. This is something like a 1,000 foot high (maybe more) rock wall with a glacier flowing out of the Harding Icefield and down the face of the rock wall and into the ocean.

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  3. Ron — love your photos. My husband & I are planning a trip. We want to see big glaciers. We are doing the Phillips 26 Glacier tour and now are trying to decide between the Kenai Flords National Park or Northwestern Fjord Tour. To see the most-biggest glaciers, which would you recommed.

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    Hi Ruth,

    That is a tough one as both areas are beautiful. The tidewater glaciers that you visit on what they call the Kenai Fjords National Park Tour tend to be more active when it comes to calving, but this glacier in Northwestern is more dramatic as it drops down the front of a rock face.

    You can’t go wrong with either one really. Since you are doing the 26 Glacier Tour in PWS, you might do the NW tour in Kenai Fjords. The other tour takes you to Aialik Bay witch has a lot of similarities to the 26 Glacier Tour. The NW tour will look very different.

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