July 7-15, 2021
ALASKA, a land of majesty and grandeur. Thanks to its rugged wilderness, northern climate and small human population, Alaska boasts many mystifying landscapes and iconic wildlife. This is a land of towering peaks, vast forests, glaciers, bears, whales, moose, eagles and much more. Alaska is a place where one can seek solitude and re-connect with nature on a deeper level.
"To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world." --- John Muir
This summer photographic tour and wildlife workshop explores three of Alaska's wild and beautiful regions. Here our small and intimate group, led by a professional biologist will learn about some of Alaska's truly iconic and impressive creatures. There is nothing that can prepare one for close and safe encounters with powerful grizzly bears, graceful eagles, massive humpback whales and cheeky sea otters! We will photograph stunning landscapes, with calving glaciers, mystifying mountains, lush forests and pristine lakes, all with more than 17 hours of northern summer daylight.
July 7: Arrive in the scenic city of Anchorage. Here we will settle in, discuss the week ahead and explore some of the nature-rich regions nearby.
July 8: This morning we take a scenic flight to the massive and remote Lake Clark National Park, to our secluded lodgings right on the tidal estuaries of Cook Inlet. This will be our base for the next three nights to observe and photograph the mighty grizzly bear.
July 9-10: Morning and afternoon outings to find grizzly bears in their natural habitat, with the backdrop of 10,000 foot mountain peaks. Here we will find bears playing, nursing, feasting on sedges, clams and salmon, in a wild setting and at ground level for stunning photography. There are also opportunities to observe red fox, bald eagles, puffins and other sea birds.
July 11: After an early morning foray again into nature, we take a morning flight back to Anchorage and then head south to the pristine Prince William Sound. Along the way we make many stops to take in and marvel at Alaska's grandeur along this scenic drive. Overnight in picturesque Girdwood.
July 12: We will take a private boat charter to explore the majesty of Prince William Sound for the entire day. This is a realm of massive unstoppable glaciers, sea otters, sea lions and whales.
July 13: We will make our way from Girdwood toward the stunning and scenic Matanuska valley. En-route we will keep our eyes open for moose, fox, Dall's sheep, mountain goats and several raptor species. Overnight at a quaint and cozy private mountain lodge just for our group.
July 14: Throughout the day we will explore this lovely valley, with a hike to and exploration of a massive glacier. Overnight back at our private lodge.
July 15: A scenic route back to Anchorage where our adventure ends and onward flights home.
COSTS & INCLUSIONS:
$6,420 US per person (9 Days/8 Nights)
(Our returning guests will receive 10% off their tour price)
Includes; all accommodations, all meals during July 7-10, two scenic flights, private guide in Lake Clark, private boat charter, vehicle transfers and fuel, bears and marine mammal viewing trips, private lodge in the Matanuska valley, glacier tour, park fees, conservation donation, photographic instruction.
Not included; meals during July 11-15, guide gratuities, items of a personal nature, travel insurance, flights to/from Anchorage.
diversity of land and marine wildlife encounters
2 scenic flights
private boat charter
small and intimate group
comfortable and authentic lodgings
conservation focused and led by a wildlife biologist
private lodge for our group with access to a secluded lake.
For more information about this majestic wildlife tour, and to find out about a special wilderness extension, contact us.