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Trip 6. Seabirds and Glaciers in Kenai Fjords National Park (Seward by Train)
Date: Saturday, 29 June
Start and end times: 5:45 am–10:15 pm
Cost: AOS registration fee is $360 per adult, $170 per child (ages 2–11). This covers the cost of RT train fare (Anchorage–Seward) and boat tour fare, including lunch on boat.
Maximum participants: 20+, limited only by train and boat capacity
Meals: Participants should bring breakfast or purchase it on the train. Lunch is included on the boat—a chicken or hummus wrap, Alaska chips, fruit, granola bar, and cookie; those wanting the vegetarian option need to let trip leaders know ahead of the trip; those with other dietary restrictions should plan to bring their own lunch. Dinner will be available for purchase on the train.
Trip Leader(s): TBA
Trip Description: Check in at the Anchorage train station at 5:45 am, departing at 6:45 am. We will ride along the beautiful Turnagain Arm and through the gorgeous backcountry wilderness of the Chugach Mountains—this route is deemed one of the top ten train rides in North America by National Geographic Traveler. The train arrives at 11:05 am and you’ll get on the Kenai Fjords Tours shuttle to the boat, which departs at 11:30 am. This very scenic, popular 6-hour wildlife and glacier cruise explores coastal rainforests, tidewater glaciers, and remote Alaskan islands in Resurrection Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park, and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. As we venture to Aialik Bay and the Chiswell Islands, we are likely to see whales, seals, sea lions, sea otters, porpoises, and many species of seabirds. After the boat returns at 5:30 pm, you’ll take the shuttle back to the train to ride back to Anchorage in the evening sun, arriving at 10:15 pm.
Likely species: Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Pacific Loon, Black Oystercatcher, Horned Puffin, Tufted Puffin, Common Murre, Thick-billed Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, Marbled Murrelet, Kittlitz’s Murrelet, Ancient Murrelet, Parakeet Auklet, Rhinoceros Auklet, Black-legged Kittiwake, Arctic Tern, Pelagic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Red-faced Cormorant, Bald Eagle, Northwestern Crow.
Recommended Gear and Cautions: The boat operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately; layers are recommended. For watching birds from the deck of the ship, be dressed in wind-proof and waterproof layers with light gloves and hat. Sunglasses, sunscreen, binoculars and camera are recommended.
Additional Information: This trip is on a large, fast boat and should provide a fairly stable ride, but it will go out into some more exposed waters to get to the spectacular glaciers and seabird colonies. If you are prone to motion sickness, please use medication in advance.