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Setting sail from Seward
The tiny city of Seward, home to just 3,000 people, enjoys a spectacular setting on the edge of Resurrection Bay, on Alaska's southern coast. Surrounded by the mountains and forests of the Kenai Fjords National Park, it's a great base for exploring the Harding Ice Field and the stunning scenery of the Kenai Peninsula. It's also a hub for activities including sea kayaking, birding and whale watching, and has a pleasant downtown area with plenty of shops and good quality restaurants. If you have time, the excellent Alaska Sealife Centre is also well worth a visit.
Kenai Fjords National Park is Alaska in one bite – fantastic sea life, stunning natural beauty.
United States: Holgate Glacier
Holgate Glacier is one of the most spectacular sights in Kenai Fjords National Park, a blue-tinged river of ice that crackles and pops as it calves into the waters of Holgate Arm. As you approach you’ll see icebergs floating across the bay, and you may also spot harbour seals hunting for fish.
United States: Chiswell Islands
The craggy cliffs and sea caves of the uninhabited Chiswell Islands provide a home for millions of marine birds, including tufted puffins, black-legged kittiwakes and pelagic cormorants, as well as a small rookery of endangered Steller sea lions.
United States: Larsen Bay (Kodiak Island), Semidi, Chignik, Unga Island
United States: Dutch Harbor
Dutch Harbor is the port that serves the city of Unalaska, and is known for the hardy fishermen who brave the turbulent, icy seas off the Aleutian Islands. Points of interest include the remains of defensive fortifications built during the Second World War and the striking Russian Orthodox church.
United States: St Paul Island, St Matthew Island, Hall Island
Way out in Russia’s remote northeast sits the city of Anadyr, capital of the Chukotka autonomous region. The buildings here are painted in bright colours to keep spirits up during the harsh winter months, and there are some interesting exhibits in the Chukotka Museum, including carvings made from walrus ivory and mammoth tusk.
Russia: Cape Navarin
Russia: Anastasia Bay
This remote U-shaped bay on the Bering Sea is a great place to spot walruses and seals, along with birds including tufted puffins, pelagic cormorants, black-legged kittiwakes and whooper swans. You can also take a walk amongst the rugged volcanic scenery in search of Arctic voles and ground squirrels.
Russia: Peter Bay, Bogoslaf Island, Natalii Bay
Russia: Cape Kuyveveem, Proliv Senyavina Hot Springs
The island of Yttygran lies close to the coast of Chukotka, and is famous for its mysterious shrine known as Whale Bone Alley. This striking arrangement of bowhead whale skulls, jawbones and stones may have been used for initiation rituals or sporting contests, or may simply have been a centre for hunting and storing whale meat.
Arriving in Nome
Only accessible by air or sea, the remote Alaskan town of Nome sits overlooking the Bering Strait, surrounded by miles of largely featureless tundra. This was once a boomtown; the discovery of easily extractable gold in 1898 led to a gold rush, and you can still see the remnants of the mining industry which thrived here. The gold hasn't completely dried up, so many still come here to try and find their fortune, while other visitors are drawn to Nome by the varied bird life and intriguing Iñupiat culture.
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Where to stay in Seward
If you’re here, you’re probably not stopping long. You get a better choice of hotels in nearby Anchorage.
What to do around Seward
Go kayaking if you can – once you are away from the noise of engines and people, the peace is amazing.