Alaska Photo Journey
United States, 8 Days From $ 5,195 per person Themes
Learn the art of capturing Alaska's most magnificent scenery at a pace as active or relaxed as you choose; visit unique wilderness lodges along the way; and experience the best of Alaska including Kenai Fjords National Park, Denali National Park and all the highlights in between.
This eight day trip is open to photographers of all skill levels - novice to advanced - and is limited to 10 guests. This trip is led by expert photography guide, Wayde Carroll.
Explore Alaska at a relaxed pace ~ take in the natural beauty, search for Alaska's famed wildlife and learn the stories behind the sights as you travel through some of the state's most stunning wilderness: Chugach National Forest, Kenai Fjords National Park, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and Denali National Park.
Learn how to best capture Alaska's magnificent scenery with a seasoned professional Alaskan photographer who will share the best techniques for the most memorable pictures ~ capture wildflowers, unusual trees, flora, fauna, inspiring landscapes and seek out that awe-inspiring wildlife moment, all on film. Spend a day exploring Kenai Fjords National Park via small boat on a marine wildlife and glacier cruise. Enjoy ample time for capturing great shots of glaciers, whales, otters and birdlife and time and personalized attention discovering the wonders of this stunning coastal area and how to capture the moment. Keep an eye out for harbor seals, sea and river otters, mountain goats, black bears and a myriad of birdlife who call Kenai Fjords National Park home. Travel deep into the interior of Denali National park, home to grizzly bears, moose, Dall sheep and wolves.
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Hiking & Trekking
Why Authentic Ecotourism?
Trips have a primary focus on visiting remote and relatively unaltered natural environments.Our style of travel maintains a low impact on the natural environment. Use is sustainable over time without altering the resource or negatively affecting the experience.There is an educational emphasis and purposeful desire for travelers to learn about the natural and cultural history of the places they visit.
Tours provide direct benefit to the local economy and inhabitants, thereby providing an incentive for community support and preservation of wild areas and wildlife habitat.The travel provides economic growth while protecting the natural environment -- any development must willingly be subjected to limits.We also recognize that at some point, a group becomes too large to be "ecotourism." That's why we believe that smaller groups mean a bigger experience.
Arrival: Plan to arrive in Alaska at least the day before your trip begins and overnight in Anchorage.
Day 1: Meet your Trip Leader and fellow travelers at 6:30 a.m. in the hotel lobby (meeting location confirmed with reservation). Enjoy a scenic drive south along Turnagain Arm and through the Chugach National Forest to the stunning seacoast town of Seward, where we’ll board a small boat bound for Kenai Fjords National Park – home to an array of glaciers and marine wildlife including whales, Steller sea lions, sea otters, puffins and more! A half-day marine wildlife cruise will allow us to explore the rugged coastlines and capture amazing photographs along the way. Enjoy lunch in front of a tidewater glacier before arriving at an exclusive lodge destination.
Nestled in a protected tidal lagoon area, the lodge offers miles of pristine beachfront for combing and views of the stunning Pederson Glacier. This afternoon, meet your guides for a tour of the lodge and property and settle into your private cabins. Enjoy dinner and evening presentations. (L,D)
Day 2: Today, explore the wild delights of Kenai Fjords National Park. After breakfast in the main lodge, choose from a wide array of activities best suited to your energy level and interest. Guided options include naturalist walks, sea kayaking, group canoe paddles and more.
In the spirit of adventure and to take advantage of tidal and weather patterns, guides will discuss specific nature outings and options with our group this morning. All activities are suitable for beginners and require no previous experience.
For those seeking a more relaxed approach, the main lodge offers ideal comfort with direct views of nature. Curious sea otters and seals frequent the lagoon, just steps from the main lodge deck. In a nearby meadow, we can sometimes glimpse bears and other wildlife from a safe distance. Our natural history library offers amazing resources and interesting reads - cozy up with a good book and let your worries drift out with the tide!
Upon return to the main lodge, share stories from your day's adventure with other guests and join an evening natural history presentation, given by local expert guides or guest speakers. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Savor another morning in the wilds of Kenai Fjords National Park. A morning outing allows an opportunity to kayak, canoe, hike or beach comb for a half-day before boarding our boat for the return wildlife cruise to Seward.
Tonight’s destination is Seward and the lodge, which is located in a spectacular glacier river valley. After dinner, stroll nearby trails or relax in our comfortable accommodations. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Begin the journey north through the scenic Chugach State Park to Talkeetna, gateway to the Alaska Range. With its scenic beauty and river access, Talkeetna is a popular destination for both travelers and resident Alaskans alike.
Once in Talkeetna, you’ll have the freedom to choose from several activities, including a guest favorite - flightseeing. Take to the skies on an optional flightseeing tour of Denali and its adjacent glacial canyons. Another casual activity to enjoy this afternoon is wandering through "downtown" Talkeetna. Tour the small-town museum, where artifacts and exhibits showcase native peoples, aviators, gold seekers and trappers from Talkeetna’s past and present. Tonight, you have the flexibility to dine with the other members of your group or enjoy a great meal on your own. (B, L, D)
Day 5: This morning, we make our way north to the Denali Park entrance area. Bid farewell to the crowds and journey to our home for the next three nights – the renowned Camp Denali. A delicious picnic-style dinner will be enjoyed during the wildlife drive. This evening, arrive at Camp Denali. Family owned and operated for more than 30 years, Camp Denali lies in the heart of Denali National Park, just twenty-nine air miles from Mt. McKinley. Cozy guest cabins are carefully situated along a ridgeline to capture superlative mountain views. Make sure to have your cameras ready to take advantage of amazing vistas from the comfort of your private cabin. (B, L, D)
Days 6 & 7: Enjoy exploration and hiking in the Kantishna region of Denali National Park for the next two days. In keeping with its mission, Camp Denali provides daily, guided outings and hikes. Naturalist guides assist guests in first hand exploration of the park’s landscape, searching for wildlife, nesting birds and wildflowers. For those seeking a bird’s eye perspective of the park, you may sign up for optional flightseeing tours that depart the Kantishna airstrip daily (weather dependent, no advance reservations required). Return to the main lodge for dinner, conversation and relaxing. (B, L, D)
Day 8: Following an early breakfast, embark on a return scenic drive and watch for wildlife while heading for the entrance of the park. Say goodbye to your Trip Leader as you board the Alaska Railroad for passage on a memorable 365-mile route of scenic unspoiled backcountry en route to Anchorage. Lunch, dinner and transfers not included. Lunch and dinner are available for purchase on the train.
Arrive at the Anchorage Rail Depot (located at 411 West 1st Avenue) at approximately 8:30 p.m. Taxis are located directly outside the rail terminal and are easy to access. Although transfers to the airport or local hotels are not included, some hotels included courtesy shuttle service from the rail depot to their property. (B)
Departure: Plan to arrive at the Anchorage train station by approximately 8:30 p.m. on the last day of your journey. If you choose to fly home this night, we suggest you book a flight that departs after 11:30 p.m., in case of possible transportation delays.