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With over 400 species of land and marine wildlife, Tongass National Forest provides unrivaled opportunities to see eagles, bears, spawning salmon and species that are endangered elsewhere in the United States, such as the brown bear and bald eagle.

The Tongass National Forest covers most of Southeast Alaska and the Inside Passage, and offers an astounding view of ‘wild’ Alaska; lush rainforests, magnificent glaciers and icefields, mountains, waterways and thousands of islands. Over eight million hectares in size, it is the earth’s largest remaining temperate rainforest.

The area offers a host of activities, from dog-sledding on a glacier, hiking through dense forest, alpine meadows or on boardwalk trails through peat bogs, to sailing, canoeing, kayaking or cruising salt water fjords and their myriad of waterways. Plus, of course, opportunities to watch bear, whales or birds in their natural settings. A visit to Tongass is a truly Alaskan experience.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: American black bear, brown bear, bald eagle, humpback whale, orca
  • Where: Southeast Alaska, Alaska

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Bears & Whales in South East Alaska

Take an unforgettable voyage along the coast of South East Alaska to witness brown bears gorging on salmon, a majestic glacier spawning icebergs, and humpback whales bubble-net feeding. Travelling on board a small yacht, a flexible itinerary makes the most of wildlife sightings.

  • When to go: Jul-Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,795 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
Recommended cruise vessel:

Snow Goose

This comfortable and roomy 20-metre steel-hulled motor-vessel is ideal for expedition cruising in Alaskan waters. Perfect for research and educational programmes, she sleeps 12 passengers in six private cabins, has an expert naturalist on board and carries a motorised inflatable and kayaks for island excursions.