Wilderness with a workout
One of our favorite trips... a great Alaska multi-sport trip that combines 2 days at BearCamp with 5 days of adventure, based out of the renowned Riverfront Adventure Lodge. Whitewater rafting, Alaska Mountain biking, Glacier cruising, Wilderness Hiking, and Sea Kayaking - all in one big week. For those who enjoy combining their wilderness with a workout, here is your perfect blend of wilderness, exercise and Alaska Adventure!
This all-inclusive Alaska multisport trip includes stays at our Kenai River main lodge and fly-in BearCamp. Our renowned Kenai River Adventure Lodge features incredible river and Kenai Mountain views, world-class hospitality and service, and our "nearly world-famous" nightly happy hour. Evening activities like salmon fishing and calm water kayaking or paddling boarding on the Moose River end the day.
Our incredible fly-in BearCamp is sustainable, leave no trace, glamping-style tent camp featuring twin or King beds with linens, solid doors, and floors plus gas heat and light. A touch of luxury in the wilderness with hot showers, cutting-edge composting toilets, and solar power.
All trips based are on double occupancy - single rooms sometimes available for an additional fee. Odd numbered groiups are not a problem.
Hotel Pickup & Fly to BearCamp©
Courtesy van Pickup in Anchorage at your hotel, followed by a beautiful sightseeing trip down the Kenai Peninsula to Great Alaska Adventure Lodge. Orientation and lunch at the main lodge and then on to the airport for the spectacular bush plane flight to our Bear Camp. The balance of your day is spent viewing bears. Unlimited time on the platform and ground-level viewing stations- no more than 12 guests at any time ensure a remarkable experience for you. Overnight in comfortable “Weather Port” tent cabins with twin beds, and propane heat.
Wild Bear Viewing
One more final morning with the bears and true wilderness. By now you may have names for some of the more visible members of the local bear population! After lunch, your return bush flight will bring you back to our main lodge on the Kenai River. Settle into your riverside cabin with a private bath, and fireplace, overlooking the confluence of the Kenai and Moose rivers. Welcome back to our version of civilization.
Today we'll travel to the "end of the road" and board a water taxi into Kachemak Bay, and spend a few hours paddling in an incredible marine environment full of sea life, sea birds, and glaciated peaks. We'll also explore the quaint town of Homer with its artist's shops and more. Eagles, Moose, and incredibly scenic views will follow us all day. We'll return to the lodge just in time for Happy hour, and Dinner!
Chugach Nat. Forest Hiking
Lace up those hiking shoes, and explore the Chugach National Forest on a day of guided hiking. Choose a moderate walk ending at a waterfall with salmon leaping up a racing waterfall, or bust a move through incredible terrain and top out overlooking the Harding Icefield. They're all an awesome way to connect with the earth. Return to the lodge for happy hour, dinner and overnight.
Whitewater Rafting on the 6-mile creek
The adventure continues with a whitewater raft trip on the famous class IV river known only as “the 6 Mile”. From your initial swimming test to the invigorating canyon runs, this is real whitewater, so we use only the finest, most experienced local operator and guides in the area to explore the thrill that is whitewater rafting. This trip will keep your adrenaline pumping until the final pullout. We’ll end the day energized and return to the lodge for happy hour and dinner. ITINERARY NOTE: Those who choose the 5-day option substitute day seven here
Mountain biking in the Chugach! The trail today leads uphill in the Kenai Mountains of the Chugach National Forest. The route is beautiful as it crosses cold crystal clear streams before reaching our destination at the mountaintop. Here, you will be able to watch salmon working their way upstream, over waterfalls, to reach their spawning grounds. More energetic riders will continue up to upper Russian lake. This is the heart of the Sockeye annual migration, and Eagles and Brown Bear will be in the area as well to enjoy their own active Alaska trip to their wilderness salmon buffet. Overnight at lodge.
Paddle Kenai Wildlife Refuge
On his final morning of your active Alaska trip, we'll enjoy a flat-water paddle into the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. We'll depart the lodge and work our way upstream to the border of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. We'll have lunch at a great spot just outside the refuge. As we quietly paddle along, we'll hope to spot some of the Moose, Lynx, Swans, Beaver, Sandhill Cranes or even Bear and Wolves that call the refuge home. Return to the main lodge at noon, check out, and depart by commuter air or Charter Floatplane (not included) arriving at Anchorage airport approximately 4:30 pm. activity, transfer to Kenai airport for your return to Anchorage. (transfer price not included in package rate).
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 (about 30 liters or less) packed and ready to go, as your BearCamp® experience will typically be scheduled for the first portion of your trip (though not always). Tides, weather and a few other variables all factor in. Maximum traveling gear for flights is about 15 pounds per person - don't forget that water bottle! We'll hold your main luggage back at the lodge while you are at BearCamp and it will be waiting for you in your riverfront room when you return to the Adventure lodge. For you enthusiastic planners, please check out our Pre-trip information for more packing and planning tips!
Your active Alaska 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. After lunch at our main lodge on the banks of the Kenai River in Sterling, we adjust your luggage to meet requirements for your Bush Plane flight to Alaska BearCamp, then we transfer to Soldotna Airport for your hour-long flight seeing trip over Cook Inlet past volcanoes and glaciers to BearCamp. Your return flight from BearCamp, we will return you to our main lodge in Soldotna, or you may take a connecting flight to Anchorage.
You may also choose to drive in yourself via rental car (free parking while you are at the lodge) or catch a commuter air flight (additional fee).
Your Alaska multi-sport trip includes 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, plus of course our legendary evening activities like "by the fire" salmon fishing and Moose River wildlife kayaking/paddleboarding. Finally, all necessary equipment for your daily adventures is included in your package along with lodge concierge service. (note- overnight at BearCamp will typically be 1st, 2nd, or 3rd night of final itinerary. Balance of activities revolves around that.)
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 of your Alaska multi sport trip.
A Sustainable Destination
In addition to sharing the amazing Kenai with our guests, protection of our environment and all of it's unique and amazing wildlife is at the core of all adventure travel and wilderness fishing experiences, and since 2010, Great Alaska Adventures is proud to be certified as a sustainable Travel Destination from Adventure Green Alaska - Alaska's recognized tourism certification program.