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Viewing Bears in Alaska
Viewing Alaska bears in their native habitat is one of the quintessential wildlife viewing experiences in the world, and our Bear Viewing Camp is a one of a kind way to include it in your Alaska experience.
In the early spring, female Alaska Brown Bears (Ursos Arctos) leave their dens with young in tow, to feed on the succulent grasses found around our camp. This allows us the opportunity to view and photograph these magnificent animals from the safety and comfort of a permanent camp. Our permanent camp also allows the bears to understand our movements, as we are in the same locations day in and day out. This is a far more sustainable approach for the bears, and a unique and special experience for our guests.
Great Alaska Bear Camp is available as a stand - alone trip to add
to your own independent travel or as the perfect add on to a cruise, it
is also included in some of our most popular itineraries:
Ultimate Combination - Our #1 fishing and wildlife viewing experience. 3 big days of guided fishing plus Bear Viewing, Glacier and Wildlife cruising and Bald Eagle Floating.
National Park Safari - The trip that started it all for us. 10 big days, covering the amazing Kenai Peninsula, plus Denali National Park. Glaciers cruising, remote Alaska bear viewing at BearCamp, moderate wilderness hiking plus cultural touring and much more. All from your rivefront cabin at our renowned riverside Main lodge.
Family Adventure Safari - Our most popular family experience, it is an affordable, fantastic trip that features bear viewing, scenic rafting, hiking, calm water paddling and 50% off kids 15 and under! (restrictions apply)
SafariCamp® Ultimate Camping Adventure - a great camping experience based out of our riverside Kenai Wildlife Tent Camp. Bear viewing, scenic rafting, hiking and three big days of guided fishing make for a unique, fun and affordable experience.
National Park Photo Safari
- An incredible photo-centric version of our 10 day trip that focuses on the incredible photography
opportunities of the Kenai Peninsula and Denali National Park. Led by
renowned Alaskan wildlife photographer Cathy Hart, this trip is very limited with only 12 spaces per year.
Our Alaska Bear viewing Camp itself sits in a copse of trees between the mountains and the shoreline. Custom “Weather-Port” cabin/tents are on built on raised platforms and sleep two, with wooden floors, solid doors, propane heat and light and twin beads. Meals are family-style, featuring fresh seafood, meats, pasta and wine flown in from our main
lodge and finished by your attentive staff. (Special dietary needs can be handled with advance notice). While the proximity to the bears prohibit the menu somewhat, the meals are healthy and delicious, the staff is fun, attentive and safe.
You will fly from the Soldotna airfield in group of 4 - 6, landing on the shoreline right in front of the camp. During the flight you will pass over towering mountains and rugged glaciers, often spotting bear, moose and other wildlife along the way. Plan on having some great photo opportunities – it is a fantastic flight-seeing trip that includes a fly-by of Mount Iliamna and Kalgin Island.
One-Day Trips (with transfers) depart from Anchorage at 7:45am. A salmon lunch is provided at the lodge, then a quick transfer to the Soldotna airfield for the 40-50 minute flight to Bear Camp. Day trips will spend approximately 1½ hours on the ground before flying back for an air return to Anchorage (van transfer available at no charge). Clients who drive in will meet at our main lodge at 11:00am for check-in and instructions. Secure Vehicle parking is available for bear camp clients. RV parking overnights or camping are not available at Great Alaska Adventure Lodge.
Overnight Trips begin the same as the day trip, with all day spent viewing the bears and exploring the area around the camp, followed by dinner and overnight at the camp. After breakfast, more quality time spent watching and photographing the great bears and other wildlife, followed by a flight back to Soldotna some time after noon (depending upon tides, weather and variety of other factors). Those who have chosen round trip transfers from Anchorage will return to Anchorage in the late afternoon, arriving approximately 7:00 - 9:00 pm at your hotel. Those with rental cars will be on their own upon arrival to Soldotna. Overnight experiences are recommended.
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