One of Alaska's most accessible glaciers sparkles year-round.
Located in Kenai Fjords National Park, Exit Glacier is one of Alaska’s most accessible ice flows. Just 12 miles from the popular tourist town of Seward, Exit is among a handful of glaciers that visitors can step right up to; in summertime you reach it by walking about a mile from the road.
Because the road closes around mid-November and reopens in late May, a winter or springtime visit requires more creative transportation: You can rent a dogsled, snowshoes, or a snow coach in Seward. But the benefits this time of year are enormous.
Going off-season means smaller crowds in a serene winter wonderland. The monumental valley glacier—flowing down from a huge ice field and terminating on land—seems to glow a deep, vivid blue, with enormous crevasses sunk in every surface. Wildlife is more active at this time of year, so you might spot a moose, and the days are starting to get longer.
Want to stay the night? Contact the park to reserve the Willow Public Use Cabin, a remote, rustic spot with propane lights, heater, and stove. It’ll be just you, the park steward, and a whole lot of ice. (907) 422-0500, nps.gov/kefj.
This article was first published in Spring 2015. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.