Thinking about Alaska doesn't necessarily come along with swimming, beaches and bikinis. Usually you think about glaciers, snow and ice cold water. Well, you are not wrong thinking about ice and cold water, bu you can combine both: jumping in ice cold water and doing a polar plunge on a sunny day! Alaska in summer can have temperatures up to 80 Fahrenheit / 27 Celsius...
Maybe start with a mountain lake on a sunny day for a couple of laps, then jump into a glacially fed river to finish off with a polar plunge into a crystal clear pool on a glacier: This is Alaska!
Sometimes you are lucky... and you see a coastal brown bear fishing for salmon without going on a flight to Katmai or Lake Clark. There is no guarantee, but sometimes we are lucky. We had a perfect day hiking around Valdez and decided to go back to the fish hatchery where the Salmon was running since a few days. It was the second evening in a row and we were about to give up as we had been waiting already for a few hours...
You want to run up a 3022 feet (921 m) mountain and make it back down in about 40 minutes? Well, then you should definitely join the race which is taking place in Seward every summer in July.
If you are not that sporty and don’t want to break your neck on the way downhill, I have a few other suggestions for you what to do in Seward which is a small town located on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska.
Camping along the Kenai Fjord
Wake up in a tent at the seaside and enjoy the fresh morning air and stunning view at the Kenai Fjord. The public campground is conveniently located at the shore just right next to town and costs only 10$ a night. Either small downtown or the harbor is around 10 minutes walking distance.
A visit to Seward would not be complete without hiking alongside the picturesque Exit Glacier with a high probability seeing a few of the local black bear feeding on some berries. The 8.2-mile round trip up to the Harding Icefield is a spectacular day hike. Starting on the valley floor, the trail winds through cottonwood and alder forests, passes though heather filled meadows and ultimately climbs well above tree line to a breath-taking view of the Harding Icefield. The top of the trail is a window to past ice ages - a horizon of ice and snow that stretches as far as the eye can see! If you don’t feel prepared to do the full 8.2-mile roundtrip, there are shorter options with equally breathtaking views available.
This season we were extremely spoiled with seeing wildlife. Alaska is not only a home for bears and moose, but also to different kinds of whales and slighly smaller sea-life like otters for example! Whether you see an Orca on our wildlife cruise in Seward or watch a family of sea otters chatting to each other while sea kayaking at our Adventure Camp – it is always a special experience. Check out our short video on Belugas, Orcas and other swimming creatures!
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