Alaska is blessed with the most beautiful national parks in the US to photograph and the Kenai Fjords is among my favorite national parks in the US. There are a huge amount of tours and excursions that are worth considering if you are on a time press here. Exit Glacier is worth a visit and has a good chance of spotting bears and such but there are crowds here as you work your way up to the top of the overlook to see Exit Glacier. You may encounter some crappy weather towards the end of the season so cover up your camera with Outex if you are not using a tripod or use one of the Think Tank Photos Emergency Rain Covers.
There are a tonne of tours that all start in Seward which offer kayaking around the various glaciers on the Fjords and I would highly recommend doing so. You’re more than likely to see whales, sea otters, seals and much more. Large boat groups are available too but do the kayaking if you can, again take your Outex and cover up your camera.
Turning Head Kennels offer some great tours of their racing dogs up on the glacier which includes a 20 mins helicopter ride over bald eagles, mountain goats and other wildlife along the way to the glacier top. Well worth the trip.
From Seward you can catch the Alaska RailRoad which goes all the way to Fairbanks, it’s a fun ride however I would recommend driving instead. The drive between Seward and Fairbanks is stunning, lots of places to stop off and take pictures of where the mountains meet the water.
To explore the whole peninsula would take two weeks on its own as the place is so vast and interesting, if you do want to stay here for a long time, 5 – 7 days would get sucked up with places to visit easily. There are Upper Trail Lake Rest Area with its mountain views, Juneau Creek Falls and Russian River Falls all worth stopping off for a few hours at least.
Head to Homer and visit the spit, which is a long strip out to sea that has bars, boat marina and some old shops that make for great photography with the Kenai National Park as a backdrop, can’t get better than that !
Homer has some superb tour companies offering trips to Hallo Bay where the bear viewing is second to none,. It’s a short flight from Homer to Hallo Bay which is about an hour with a landing on the beach before you head out through creeks and water beds to see coastal brown bears looking for salmon. You can book with Alaska Bear Viewing or if you want something a bit more fancy you can stay with Alaska Photo Tours and tour the park for up to 5 days. Either way a brilliant experience of a lifetime. You can also find tours to McNeil River State Game Sanctuary which is amazing but it’s a long trip and expect to take plenty of gear with you.