Great Alaska Adventures made the difficult decision to operate for the 2020 season, due to our commitment to our guests and staff. We simply felt that there were too many Covid-19 variables at that time for us to confidently provide our unique, amazing trips. We know so much more now, and we excited to say that we are open for business for 2021!. That same commitment will guide our decisions and actions going forward as we plan for an excellent 2021 season.
We have been exploring the Alaskan wilderness with clients from around the globe at the same location for nearly 4 decades - so while we certainly wouldn't say we have "been there, done that" when it comes to Covid-19, what we WOULD say, is that our over 30 years of dealing with weather, tides, wildfires, wildlife migrations and fish runs has trained us well to navigate the rough waters of Covid-19...and we are looking forward to a very special 2021.
This page is will be a growing document, and always a work in progress. We'll be adding links, new info and more as it becomes available. This information will essentially become a part of our pre-trip planning info. As we develop new plans and strategies, we'll be adding information and new links. This page was designed to help folks traveling with us, (or those considering traveling with us), plan for the summer 2021 season.
You can count on us to be an excellent destination during this challenging time, and we look forward to a great 2021 season. If you are not ready to take the plunge this year, we certainly understand - and we'll see you next year (Don't wait too long, though...space is booking at a record pace for 2022!). Please scroll down for more information about our Covid-19 strategies.
Cleanliness has long been a focus at Great Alaska Adventures, and of course, that has only been reinforced with Covid-19. For the 2021 season, we've kicked it into high gear, and you'll see us using the latest hi-tech electrostatic cleaning tools to sterilize hard surfaces. Hand sanitization stations will be situated around the lodge and property, and we'll have gloves, hand sanitizer, and masks available in all vehicles.
We'll be cleaning vehicles and common areas while you are out on your daily adventures, so you can count on a vigorously clean resort to relax and enjoy the Alaskan beauty and wilderness.
Traveling in small groups is a perfect fit for traveling in a pandemic - even one that is hopefully on its way out! Fortunately, for the majority of the time, you'll be outdoors, traveling with just a few other folks. But even in our small groups, we travel in small planes and vehicles on these trips, and so during the travel time when we're restricted to inside the vehicle, we'll be asking our guests and staff to wear masks. We will not be requiring masks in the case of a single traveling group or family, but in the case of multiple groups we'll be masking up when we are on the vehicles or planes.
For anyone who hopes to wear minimize the time in a mask on your trip, recommend a rental car to avoid that. We've been offering our no charge sightseeing van pickups in Anchorage for over 30 years - but having fewer folks on the vans coming from Anchorage just makes good sense. Talk to your Adventure Expert about your options for transfers - we are here to help.
We've been traveling with the smallest groups in the industry for many years. Great Alaska Adventure itineraries are truly an independent style of group travel. There will be no huge groups watching out of a window- your adventures will be up close and personal. Many of the locations we visit are not well suited for larger groups, so we've always traveled that way! And now, it just happens to be a great way to travel during the summer of 2021.
It costs us more money to provide the trips this way, but it's how we've always done it. We've never canceled a trip because not enough guests booked the trip - (the first and only time we ever did was when we canceled the entirety of 2020 due to Covid-19!). Please plan on traveling with a few other guests on your daily adventures, some of whom will likely become friends.
Dinner is always a special time at Great Alaska - in addition to the amazing meal our Executive Chef Bobby creates, our "nearly world-famous" happy hour is the perfect time to meet your guide for the following day's activity, and share photos and stories of the day's adventures.
For 2021 we'll be expanding our dining area to provide more space between guests and create more private tables for our guests. Plate service will take the place of shared appetizers, and plastic shields will be in place in close contact areas. All happy hours will be outside in our covered gazebos with river views, couches, and fireplaces and overhead heaters.
In addition, we'll be creating a number of outdoor hangouts around the property, so there will be numerous couches and fireplaces to call your own, and lots of space to roam. Our main lodge sits on nearly 25 acres of the Kenai River's most beautiful waterfront acres, and you'll find numerous fireplaces and outdoor lounge areas to watch the river roll by as you relive the day's adventures.
Masks are not required for the vast majority of the time you will be outdoors at either BearCamp or Adventure Lodge, but we will have to pop one on at times when they are necessary. It is an inconvenience, but one that we all must "Bear" for a short time longer.
We'll have physical distancing reminders to help us maintain that critical distance, and lots of great areas to enjoy. Masks won't be required in your individual groups when outside - only when we are placed in a situation that we cannot maintain that physical distance (say when going into the lodge).
What better place can there be than Alaska to get back to the business of exploring our world? We believe it's the perfect place, and our lodge and BearCamp are both original homestead properties, with lots of room to roam. When you return to the lodge following your daily adventures, you'll find canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards available for paddling on the serpentine and shallow Moose river, just steps from your cabin.
Every night after dinner, we'll have a fire at the river's edge, where you can cast for salmon with spinning or fly rods or just enjoy 'smores and bask in the "midnight sun" as the incredible Kenai river rolls on by.
We know that travel at this time is different and challenging - but we are committed to an incredible experience for you and appreciate our patronage greatly.
Alaska Covid-19 current travel information - as of 3.11.2021 Alaska does not require a covid test prior to arrival into Alaska, nor any self-quarantine. They do, however, recommend a covid test (negative result) within 72 hours of arriving into the state - and we are currently taking our cues from state and local mandates, as well as the CDC and ask that you consider doing the same. Here is a location for more information: https://covid19.alaska.gov/health-order/
Great Alaska's decision to cancel the 2020 season: https://www.greatalaska.com/blog/great-alaska-trip...
Pre Trip Information: https://www.greatalaska.com/pre-trip-information
Outdoor Gear: https://www.rei.com/
Weather status at the lodge: https://www.wunderground.com/weather/us/ak/sterlin...
Receive a copy of our exciting 2021 Legendary Adventures brochure in the mail and we'll have our 40 page catalog in the sent to you right away. In the meantime, dive into the online version, and please let us know if you have any questions! Our office staff has a combined 100 years of Alaska and worldwide adventure travel experience, and we'd love to put that knowledge to work to assist your planning.