Kenai Fjords. Copyright © Kimberly Vardeman. Image used under Creative Commons 2.0 License.

Kenai Fjords National Park was established in 1980 by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.  The park covers an area of approximately 1,760 square miles on the Kenai Peninsula in southcentral Alaska, near the town of Seward.  The park contains the Harding Icefield, one of the largest ice fields in the United States.  The park is named for the numerous fjords carved by glaciers moving down the mountains from the ice field.  The field is the source of at least 38 glaciers, the largest of which is Bear Glacier.  It is only one of three national parks in Alaska that can be reached by road, via the Exit Glacier Nature Center.  A network of trails from the Nature Center provide access to the glacier.  Cruise tours provide views of land and marine wildlife, particularly Steller sea lions, puffins, Dall’s porpoises, American black bear, Mountain goats, and humpback and orca whales, as well as natural sights such as the fjords and tidewater glaciers.  (Source: Wikipedia, Image: Kimberly Vardeman)

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