Alaska, Seward History

Exit Glacier Area Local History Project

Harding Icefield excursion, circa 1982. Photo by Keith Knighten

Are you interested in finding out how the Exit Glacier area was used prior to it becoming part of Kenai Fjords National Park?


Join Kenai Fjords National Park staff on Friday, October 5 at 6:30pm in the Seward Community Library for an update on an oral history project that recorded the uses of the Exit Glacier area before 1980. Hunting, trapping, snowmachining, and guiding were just a few of the topics that were explored. These interviews, photos, and maps are now illustrated on Project Jukebox, a digital oral history program at the University of Fairbanks. We hope you can join us!

For more information please call Shannon Kovac at 422-0541.



  1. Thanks for posting, sounds interesting. Don’t forget to post this in the SCN calendar for Oct 5th!

  2. In summer of 1970 someone had the bright idea to fly people up to the Harding Ice Field. Once there, we found snow machines lined up alongside a temporary structure. Cost: $70. per person.

    You can only imagine what fun it was to roar around that vast expanse. Only thing to watch out for were the flags announcing crevasses that we were not supposed to drop into. We were on our own, once deposited, as planes returned to pick up more passengers. It was great fun.

    I’m not sure what happened to cause its demise, but I think some of the snow machines and maybe the warming hut sank into the snow and were unrecoverable, but I don’t know for sure. It is disappointing that the tour only lasted one season. I have photos.