Alaska’s Kenai National Park and Preserve

Jul 20, 2019 - National Geographic Orion

The final day of our epic voyage through Western Alaska ended with a spectacular visit into Kenai Fjords National Park. We sailed up Northwestern Fjord to the tidewater glacier that flows out from the Harden Ice Field: the largest icefield that exists entirely within the United States. Extended Zodiac cruises were punctuated with visits from hot-chocolate-bearing crew members and throaty calving events from the face of the glacier.

After lunch we sailed out of the fjord and into the sunshine. We spent the afternoon watching humpback and fin whales swim amongst the islets of Kenai accompanied with Steller sea lions and Dall’s porpoise. Sea otters made another appearance as they bobbed peacefully by, and even the elusive harbor porpoise showed itself to the select few who could catch a glimpse.

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James Hyde


James is your typical free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsy type. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he is most comfortable in slightly cold and damp weather. James joined the Lindblad team in July 2016 as a dive buddy and has been in love with expedition travel since. On his own he has traveled to Europe, Asia, and Australia, but with Lindblad he hopes to continue his adventures across the globe, searching out the beauties of the natural world. An avid scuba diver James can’t help being excited about whales, sharks, and pinnipeds, but he will also happily bend your ear about underwater slugs and invertebrates. It’s best just to humor him about these things.

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