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Resurrection Bay, Kenai Peninsula

Resurrection Bay lies atop the northern Gulf of Alaska at 60 degrees latitude. The bay is sandwiched between the Harding and Sargent Icefields and the Kenai and Chugach Mountains. The town of Seward occupies the head of Resurrection Bay and serves as the gateway into the Kenai Fjords.

Feeding female moose/

Feeding female moose

Glacier calves into sea near Seward/

Glacier calves into sea near Seward

Kenai River Valley Seward to Soldotna Drive/

Kenai River Valley Seward to Soldotna Drive


early morning mist Seward

Resurrection Bay is a bay on the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska and Seward is the principal town. It received its name from Alexander Baranov, who was forced to retreat into the bay during a bad storm in the Gulf of Alaska. When the storm settled it was Easter Sunday, so the bay and nearby Resurrection River were named in honour of it.

The Bay remains ice-free even in winter, making it easily navigable, and a port used by cruise liners in summer. Martins World Travel recommends Seward with its busy harbour for fishing trips for salmon and halibut (in season) together with sightseeing cruise boats that include whale watching and glacier viewing.

The rich waters of Resurrection Bay are home to sea otters and bald eagle, easy to spot when walking the shoreline. The town has a choice of restaurants specialising in fresh seafood and characterful bars. Seward can be reached via the scenic coastal highway and Alaska Rail route. The journey from Anchorage is around 2 hours. Visit Exit Glacier for a stunning scenic panorama, an easy drive and short walk. Look out for moose on the way. The opening of the film The Hunt for Red October was filmed in Resurrection Bay.

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