The Alaska National Park Photo Safari
This amazing Alaska National Park Photo trip traverses National Parks, Wildlife refuges, National forests, and our BearCamp to put you and your lenses in a position to take the shots of a lifetime. In addition to your guides, your Alaska photo trip leaders, Cathy Hart and Julie Jessen, are true Alaskans and world class nature photographers who have spent their lives recording the sights and wildlife that make this land so amazing. They'll help you to capture that shot of a lifetime. You'll stay at our riverside main lodge and our fly in Bear viewing camp, finally returning to Anchorage on day 7. You'll return home with a hard drive full of magical images, plus lifetime worth of memories that you don't have to remember to back up!
This Alaska photo trip features stays at our world famous BearCamp and renowned riverside main lodge. BearCamp is a "glamping" style base camp with beds and linens, gas heat and light, "en Suite" potties in the tents and composting toilets and showers in shared bathrooms. Main lodge features river and mountain view rooms complete with individual decks. On your National Park Photo Trip that includes a tour of Denali National Park, we'll be using some our favorite Inns and restaraunts, so there rooms will vary, however rooms will still be double occupancy. All trips based on double occupancy - single rooms sometimes available for an additional fee.
Anchorage pickup /transfer to lodge/ fly to BearCamp
Your driver will pick you up at your hotel at 7:30 on day one. The trip on Alaska’s most scenic highway crosses 2 mountain passes & brings you to our Riverside Main Lodge for lunch. Following orientation, drop your main bag and board a small plane for the flight to our private, remote Bear Camp, named “Best U.S. Bush Camp” by Outside Magazine. A truly one of a kind experience with outstanding staff. Excellent meals flown in daily and served with fine wines combine with comfortable accommodations (in comfortable, high tech heated tent-cabins) with uniquely knowledgeable guides make this a highlight of any Alaska experience.
Bush Plane Flight to BearCamp & Bear Viewing
Today we'll wake up to coffee to your door, then after breakfast enjoy a calm water paddle on the Moose River, targeting moose, beaver and waterfowl in a unique meandering river environment. Then we'll return to the lodge for lunch, and head to the airstrip for your spectacular flight to Bearcamp. After landing, you'll receive a thorough orientation with the BearCamp staff on living in Bear Country, and spend the day viewing the King of Alaskan wildlife - the Coastal Brown Bear. Overnight in Weather Weather-Port Tent-cabins with propane heat and light.
Full day at BearCamp
Revel in a full day with the bears and true wilderness. Spend enough time to get those great shots of the amazing bruins in their native habitat with majestic Mt. Illiamna in the background. We'll experience the bears on our exclusive raised platform overlooking the Mt. Illiamna meadow and creek. At times, we'll hike a short distance to some ground level viewing spots to get a different perspective. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in the main dining tent. Overnight in Tent-cabins.
Your Final Day With the Bears
Today you'll enjoy a final morning with the bruins of Lake Clark! Return from the camp via bush plane flight in time to check back into your riverfront cabin. After some down time to rest and organize your photos, we have a group critique to share your pics and learn new techniques in a positive and supportive way. Enjoy happy hour and dinner. Maybe try some fishing and S'mores at our private fishing hole staffed with a campfire-tending Beach Fishing Guide. Now that's an Alaskan photo safari!
Kenai Fjords Glacier & Wildlife Cruise
Today we embark on a scenic wildlife and glacier cruise in the incomparable Kenai Fjords National Park! The protected waters of Resurrection Bay and Aialik Bay are some of the most amazing regions on earth and are an absolute "must have" on your wildlife photo "life book.” Your intrepid leader is renowned for her Orca and whale shots and will be on hand to help you with getting quality shots from the deck of a 100 foot cruise boat. Along the short drive to Seward, we'll stretch our legs by walking to the face of a retreating Glacier and get close enough to nearly touch for a few "macro" shots of blue ice...then it's on to Seward to spend the rest of this day cruising and seeking calving Glaciers, Humpback whales and Orca, charming Sea Otters, peculiar puffins and endangered Stellar Sea Lions. Return to the lodge in time for happy hour, dinner and a healthy sleep after taking so many photos.
Bald Eagle Float Trip on Upper Kenai River
Today your Alaskan photo safari group will float through the aquamarine waters of the upper Kenai river, one of Alaska’s most prodigious salmon spawning grounds. This annual event brings Bear and Eagle in numbers to feast on salmon eggs and the carcasses of hundreds of thousands of dying salmon. This is one of Alaska’s classic and most impressive wildlife miracles. A shore side lunch with reindeer sausage, fun cheeses and a robust Merlot or sparking cider served by your River Guide will fuel the rest of your National Park photo trip through the beautiful Kenai Canyon under special permit through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Return to lodge for happy hour, dinner and overnight.
Turnagain Arm Tour
We'll check out after breakfast at the lodge, and head back to Anchorage...along the way traverse a mountain pass, cross .countless rivers and hopefully see some Alaska wildlife. We'll hike to a beautiful river canyon and then drop down to Turnagain Arm, an incredible fjord boasting the 2nd largest tidal swing in the world. Finally, we'll take a tram to the top of a rugged mountain to get some final "big picture" shots before arriving back in Anchorage around 3:00. You'll be dropped at the airport, or your downtown Anchroage hotel - your choice.
Recommended Gear List
However you choose to arrive, please be "dressed for adventure", as there may be a quick turnaround after lunch to get to the airstrip for your flight to bearcamp - flight times are affected by tides and each day is different time wise. If your trip includes an overnight at BearCamp, be ready to check in to the lodge with a smaller day pack (1500 cubic inches or less) packed and ready to go, as your BearCamp® experience will typically be scheduled for your first 2 days of your trip (though not always). Maximum traveling gear for flights is 25 pounds per person. We'll hold your larger bag back at the lodge while you are at bearcamp. Be sure to bring a water bottle! Please see our pre trip info for specific what to bring list for BearCamp
Our Alaska National Park Photo trip includes complimentary sightseeing van pickup in Anchorage (we pickup at 4 downtown, mid town and airport locations). Pickup is typically at 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. (time varies slightly each day based upon number and location of pickups). You'll arrive at the main lodge around 10:30 for check in and orientation. We pick up at the cruise dock in Seward or Whittier for an additional fee. On trips that include our Denali extension, return return to Anchorage is via the historic Alaska Railroad, arriving approximately 8:30 pm. Cabs will be available to take you to your hotel or the airport, whichever you need. (trip ends with return to Anchorage)
Complimentary van pickup in Anchorage on day one followed by sightseeing transfer to lodge. Trips include our signature meals "nearly world famous" nightly happy hour and appetizers, starting off with Lunch on Day 1 to Breakfast on Last Day. Plus of course our legendary evening activities like "by the fire" salmon fishing and Moose River wildlife kayaking/paddle boarding. Finally, all necessary equipment for your daily adventures is included in your package along with lodge concierge service.
What's Not Included
Gratuities, Alaska fishing license, resort fee, fish processing/shipping and return to Anchorage on your final day are not included in the package price.