Located at the head of Resurrection Bay on the Kenai Peninsula, Seward is about 200 kilometres south of Anchorage. The gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park, this picturesque harbour town’s slogan is ‘Alaska Starts Here’ – and for good reason.
Seward is not just home to a vast array of marine mammals and wildlife, charming local towns and popular fishing tours, it’s also the starting point of the Alaska Railroad and the historic Iditarod sled dog race. In addition, it offers easy access to the magnificent glaciers and fjords Alaska is famous for, making it the perfect base from which to explore this stunning peninsula.
The main shopping district offers artwork, gold jewellery, jade carvings and Alaskan collectables. Close by, the quaint historic district is known for its galleries and handicraft boutiques. With its small-town atmosphere and long maritime history, Seward draws more than 100,000 tourists every year.
Welcoming around 50 ships per year, Seward is the second-largest port in the region and is well equipped to host a high volume of passengers. Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Silversea Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises all embark and disembark at Seward Port, which remains ice-free all year round.
- close to the Kenai Fjords tours
- easy access to shops, restaurants and cafes
- walking distance to tour operators and information outlets.
How to Get Around
A free shuttle bus runs from the port to the tour boat docks, the Alaska SeaLife Centre and the downtown precinct. It operates daily from 8am to 6pm.
Taxis gather near the port and can be flagged down in town. However, as Seward is a small town there are limited taxis in service. For those who prefer to drive, Hertz car rental is located on Port Avenue.
The 2 main tourist areas in Seward – the historic downtown precinct and the small boat harbour – are within walking distance of the port. Both feature charming souvenir shops and quaint cafés.If you want to take a trip to Anchorage, Alaska Tour and Travel has bus services that operate daily. The historic Alaska Railroad, which dates back to 1903, also travels to Anchorage. The Coastal Classic line offers views of the glaciers and mountains and takes 4.5 hours. Schedules vary according to the season.
- Currency - the currency in Alaska is the US dollar. Coins come in 1 cent (penny), 5 cent (nickel), 10 cent (dime), 25 cent (quarter), 50 cent (half-dollar) and $1 denominations. Notes come in $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 denominations.
- Time Zone - Seward uses Alaska Standard Time (AKST). AKST is 9 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Alaska Daylight Time (AKDT), used in the summer, is 8 hours behind UTC.
- Weather - average temperatures in Seward range from 0º Celsius in January and February to 17º Celsius in July and August. June and July are the driest months with an average rainfall of 60mm.
- Exit Glacier - Exit Glacier offers the chance to get up close to one of nature’s most magnificent phenomena. The paved and clearly marked main trail is easy to navigate, and free ranger tours are available. Changing weather conditions mean the glacier is receding every year, so be sure to check out the date markers. The weather on the day will determine how close you can get.
- Kenai Fjords National Park - this scenic park is made up of a series of picturesque islands, rocky outcrops, pristine coves and magnificent fjords and glaciers. On any of the local tours you’re likely to see seals, whales, puffins, bald eagles, sea otters, mountain goats and, if you’re lucky, bears.
- Alaska SeaLife Centre - opened in 1998, this state-of-the-art aquarium and marine life centre is home to a custom-built puffin habitat where you can see the birds ‘fly’ underwater. Another popular attraction is Woody, the 725-kilogram male sea lion that calls this place home. Behind-the-scenes tours are also available.
- Seavey's IdidaRide Sled Dog Tours - experience the history of Alaska with a family-friendly sled dog ride. Children will enjoy cuddling Husky puppies and riding in the wheeled sled, while adults will be captivated by the true stories of sledding in some of the world’s harshest conditions.