Seward – Alaska’s deep water sea port

Seward was founded in 1903 as the ocean terminus of the Alaska Railroad and is Alaska’s only deep water port with rail, highway and air transportation to the interior. It’s natural beauty surrounds the seaport with Mt Marathon and the Harding Ice fields as the gateway tonKenai Fjords National Park. Glaciers too numerous to mention wrap the cold bay in moving crystal castles through ancient mountains and valleys. It is a welcoming place with many RV campgrounds including one on the bay downtown. The Alaska Aquarium is here and helps celebrate the seaport culture. We planned an exciting side trip here – a helicopter ride over the glaciers with a stop on the glacier for a sled dog ride atop Godwin Glacier. First we visited the Aquarium and took a boat ride through Kenai Fjord National Park.


Kenai Fjords National Park via cruise boat for a close up view of glaciers and the remarkable animals who inhabit the waters of this park

Approaching a huge glacier in our cruise boat.

A glacier calving …. pieces breaking off into the bay as the leading edge melts.

Bull sea lion schooling a younger family member in sea lion protocol.

My first killer whale or Orca sighting! Magnificent animals.

One of the hundreds of cruise ships that you see along the coast during summer season.

Seward Helicopters and Turning Heads Kennels at Godwin Glacier.

A three person helicopter not including raw meat and kibble fir the sled dogs.

Tidal area that is dry during low tides – tides are 15 + ft up in Alaska coast.

Goodwin Glacier – photos from the Seward Helicopter

Turning Heads Kennel on Godwin Glacier – living with and training champions for the Iditarod and Yukon Quest races

The dog on the right is named “Lola” – couldn’t resist the name sake pic.

Nine week old puppies were adorable!

Our sled dog team! The ride with them was amazing and sort of scary – they run so fast and it’s on the slippery glacier ice. We saw a big bear paw print left when the kennel had a bear visitor the previous day.

The helicopter view returning from the glacier tour – heading back to Seward. Gorgeous bay view

Seward in the distance as we prepare to land in our tiny helicopter.

Author: kateamirault

Retired well traveled and Experienced woman

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