COVID UPDATE: Due to the fact that the CDC has lifted the mask mandate, some folks are still wearing masks, while the majority of our guests are not. You may expect to wear masks on the van from Anchorage, but most folks are not wearing them after that. Please be sure that works for you prior to your arrival, and feel free to call us if you have any questions. Proof of negative covid test is no longer required for arriving guests. We recommend that you are fully vaccinated
Great Alaska Adventures recommends our guests be 100% vaccinated prior to their trip (for everyone who safely can). We are still doing a bit of social distancing with outdoor happy hour (boy has THAT been a hit!) and a much more spread-out dining room, and our amazing trips all feature lots of outdoor space and room to spread out. That being said, the reality is that our trips ALSO still include daily van rides, small plane excursions, and enclosed cabin boat rides, so if you need to, please bring your mask and we'll have hand sanitizer galore. The report from the field is that our guests are here, and loving it.
UPDATE: Due to the CDC lifting the mask mandate, most guests are vaccinated and not wearing masks in our vehicles or planes. Be sure that works for you prior to your arrival, and please feel free to call us if you have any questions.
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.
For anyone who hopes to wear minimize the time in a mask on your trip, we have recommended a rental car to avoid that- but thanks to covid rental cars are difficult to come by and very expensive - so if you are being picked up in Anchorage by our courtesy van, please plan on wearing masks in the van to the lodge. It may be the last time you wear them.
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 like our indoor bar and concierge area. Happy hours will be outside in our covered gazebos with river views, couches, and fireplaces. You'll love it!
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 you may have to pop one on at times when they may be necessary. 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, now that the CDC has lifted the Mask mandate, but we do ask that you have them with you on your trip.
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.
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.