About Seward, Alaska
Located at the head of Resurrection Bay, just a scenic two-hour drive from Anchorage, Seward is truly an Alaskan adventurer's paradise. This vast maritime wilderness consists of many immense glaciers, scenic ice-carved bays, and rugged snow-capped mountains that plunge deep into the emerald-colored sea. Resurrection Bay, named by Captain James Cook, is a breath-taking sight on a clear day that you won’t soon forget. It was founded in 1903 as it was the northernmost ice-free winter port. It is the southern terminus of the Alaska Railroad and prospered early-on as the beginning of the gold-rush trail to Nome. Later, Seward was devastated by the massive earthquake on Good Friday 1964. Today Seward beckons visitors from all over the world for its spectacular scenery, great fishing, and friendly culture of adventure.
Located on the coast, Seward is considered to be an Alaskan rainforest, so it's best to plan for some precipitation. Seward does have a fairly lengthy summer with usually comfortable temperatures averaging around 60 degrees and an abundance of daylight. Depending on cloud cover, the June 21st Summer Solstice may only see a couple hours of dusky darkness, so be prepared to be outside and active at all hours of the day and night!
During winter the wind-chill can be a big factor for outdoor comfort. When the sky is clear the wind routinely blows hard from the north. The average winter day sees about eight hours of daylight. The shortest day (Dec. 21st) sees a 10am sunrise with a 4pm sunset - in stark contrast to the light filled summer days. See our Seward Weather page for current conditions and forecasts.
Resurrection Bay and the Gulf of Alaska are home to many varieties of marine wildlife, including humpback, orca, gray, and fin whales; Dall's Porpoise; Stellar Sea Lions; sea otters; bald eagles; puffins and countless other species of sea birds. Guests on our fishing charter trips routinely see some of these creatures on the way to and from the fishing grounds. If you want to get up close and personal with glaciers and wildlife, Seward is home to several wildlife and glacier tours of varying itineraries and durations. In addition, common land animals in the Seward area include moose, coyotes, black bears, brown bears, and porcupines.
Seward, a slow paced coastal community for much of the year becomes transformed during the summer months. Serving as both the northern turnaround for several major cruise lines sailing Alaska's Inside Passage and being the southern terminus of the historic Alaska Railroad, summer visitors arrive in Seward by the thousands. Located at the eastern edge of Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward offers a multitude of Alaskan activities for anglers and non-anglers alike.
Unique Seward area activities include:
- Sea-kayaking treks - Sunny Cove Sea Kayaking
- Kenai Fjords tours wildlife/glacier cruises - Kenai Fjord Tours or Major Marine Tours
- Ididaride summer sled-dog rides - Seavy's Ididaride
- Hikes of Mt. Marathon, Exit Glacier, and the historic Ididarod Trail - Exit Glacier Guides
- Alaska Sealife Center - marine rehabilitation and research center
- Shopping at local shops and art galaries
- Flight-seeing tours of the Harding Ice Field and Resurrection Bay - Scenic Mountain Air
- Scuba-diving in Resurrection Bay - Dive Alaska
- Horseback trail rides (Bardy's Trail Rides) - Bardy's Tail Rides
- and of course FISHING
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