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Go Stand Up Paddleboarding in Kenai Fjords National Park


Looking to really chill out on your stand up paddleboard? Head to Alaska! Here you can glide alongside icebergs and view glaciers from the comfort of your SUP. There is a whole world you’re missing if you’re not paddleboarding in Kenai Fjords National Park!

Bear Glacier is the largest in the Kenai Fjords, with a 12-mile ice tongue dipping into a saltwater lagoon. Within the lagoon, towering icebergs float against a stunning mountain backdrop. This area is protected from ocean waves, giving you a calm surface to paddle atop. Access is only available via helicopter or water taxi, preserving this serene setting. This is one place where crowds are never an issue.

The helicopter option, while a bit pricey for the more budget-conscious traveler, can add an amazing element to your trip. Flying over the Chugach mountains and Harding Ice Field could afford you a peek at local residents like bears, mountain goats, or even orca and humpback whales.

Given the chilly water temps here you’ll want to wear a drysuit for protection. This is also a destination geared towards the more experienced paddler rather than a first timer. A local guide will lead you upriver to the lagoon while you keep your eyes peeled for even more local wildlife like sea otters and puffins. Even with the temptation of charming marine life, tearing your eyes away from the spectacular icy blue glaciers and icebergs may be a challenge.

Kenjai is located in the southern portion of Alaska — south of Anchorage — on the Gulf of Alaska. Take a look at this awe-inspiring video to get a sample of what stand up paddleboarding in Kenai Fjords National Park is all about.

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