• Credit Jackie Appleton

Alaska: Kenai Peninsula

Travel this region just south of Anchorage on this itinerary.

Summary

Alaska: Kenai Peninsula

Welcome to the Kenai Peninsula, in the south central region located just south of Anchorage and known as Alaska’s Playground. This short itinerary is suitable as an add on to your Winter Northern Lights experience.

Day 1: Anchorage
Day 3: Girdwood
Day 4: Seward
Day 6: Kenai/Soldotna
Day 8: Anchorage

Description

Description

Welcome to the Kenai Peninsula, in the south central region located just south of Anchorage and known as Alaska’s Playground. This short itinerary is suitable as an add on to your Winter Northern Lights experience.

Day 1: Anchorage
Fly to Anchorage, pick up a car on arrival and stay 2 nights in the State’s largest city.
Anchorage 2 nights

Day 3: Girdwood
Drive south for about 40 miles to the small mountain community of Girdwood – home to the biggest downhill ski resort in Alaska – for an overnight stay at the Alyeska Resort.
Alyeska 1 night

Day 4: Seward
Your next destination is the seaside village of Seward – one of Alaska’s oldest and most scenic communities, located on beautiful Resurrection Bay – for a two night stay.
Depending on your arrival time in Seward, you might like to join a 2½-hr winter glacier and wildlife cruise of Resurrection Bay. Enjoy a hot lunch while watching for marine wildlife, such as Steller sea lions, sea otters, mountain goats, bald eagles and even possibly a whale. You will also see Bear Glacier, a massive river of ice flowing from Harding Ice Field located in Kenai Fjords National Park. Free passes to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre are included – so you can see moose, bears, musk oxen, and other local wildlife up close.

Day 6: Kenai/Soldotna
Today’s drive takes you over to the Kenai Peninsula, where the Kenai River meets the Cook Inlet for a 2-night stay in Soldotna, the central hub of the Kenai Peninsula.

Activities here include:

  • Snow machining/mobiling and cross country skiing
  • The lakes near Soldotna provide excellent ice fishing and Cook Inlet is known for excellent winter king salmon fishing.
  • Clamming is also still an option on milder days.
  • Dog sled tours and rides and hockey/ice-skating are also local attractions.
    • In nearby Sterling, visit Iditarod musher Mitch Seavey’s winter kennel for a kennel tour and dog sled ride.

Day 8: Anchorage
Return to Anchorage today for an overnight stay before your flight home

Katchemak Bay - kayaking (1)

Credit Helen Wibley


Aialak Glacier - near Seward

Credit Helen Wibley

      

 

Little Gems

Little Gems

 ***If you have visited a musher’s kennels, think about returning to Alaska on the first weekend of March for the ceremonial and official starts of the 1100 mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race.  This truly is a test of man and beast against the elements on this gruelling race across the icy wastes of interior Alaska to Nome***

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