Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge
Set in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness, Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge is a remote property on Fox Island in the vast expanse of Resurrection Bay. The glacially-carved peaks, steep valleys and temperate rainforest of Kenai Fjords National Park surround the island, while dolphins, whales and sea otters play in the inky waters.
The lodge and its traditional wooden cabins sit on a spit of land between a pebble beach and a quiet, freshwater lagoon. The rustic cabins are simple but spacious and with a maximum of 18 overnight guests, the lodge offers an intimate experience. Meals are served in the main lodge where there is also a lounge area with comfortable sofas and a wood-burning stove.
Guests arrive by boat on a trip which offers sweeping views of the pristine wilderness that surrounds the lodge. Once settled you can walk to secluded beaches, hike mountain trails or take a guided sea kayaking tour.
Return transportation to and from the lodge is included with the return trip extended into a full-day cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park passing calving tidewater glaciers and, in the summer months, possibly orca and humpback whales, sea otters, Stellar sea lions, bald eagles and a wide variety of birds including puffins.
The rustic wooden cabins are built in traditional fashion with small outdoor decks and waterfront views. Inside, the decor is simple but comfortable with wood-lined walls, earthy tones in the carpets and bed clothes, and plain wooden furniture. There is a small seating area with a table and a simple en suite bathroom with a shower. In an effort to conserve energy and encourage guests to unwind, there are no TVs or electrical outlets in the cabins.
The hotel is set in an isolated position on Fox Island in Resurrection Bay - the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park - which is only accessible by boat. It is approximately 12 nautical miles (an hour boat transfer) from Seward, Alaska. Surrounded by temperate rainforest and Arctic waters you are in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness and may see humpback whales breach outside your window.
Food and Drink
The lodge prides itself on its food and has a menu that has a strong focus on local fish and seafood as well as ingredients foraged from the surrounding forest. Upon arrival on your first day, you will be served a grilled salmon lunch which may be shared with day visitors to the island. In the evening, the dining room is quieter with guests often mingling and chatting about their day. Special diets can be catered for with advance notice, and beer, wine and spirits are served.
Facilities and Activities
The surrounding wilderness is the main draw at the lodge. Exploring on foot on gentle strolls to secluded beaches or coves or taking a more strenuous guided hike into the mountains are popular activities. Glacier and wildlife tours are also available but the guided kayaking experience, which comes at an additional cost, is well worth the expense for the sweeping views and proximity to wildlife it offers.
Environmental and Social Responsibility
All the lodge's facilities run on solar and propane generator power, with carefully-managed private water and waste systems. Conservation of energy and resources are a key focus at the lodge.
Located just over an hour away from Seward, Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge presents a winning formula: an easy-to-access lodge, in a spectacular wilderness environment.
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