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This trip combines two of Alaska's prime wildlife locations for seeing grizzly bears - Kodiak Island and Katmai National Park, both areas of outstanding natural beauty.

On the mainland, at Katmai National Park, you’ll also see the tempestuous volcanoes of the Avenue of 1,000 Smokes – a fine natural spectacle!

Out in the Gulf of Alaska, Kodiak Island’s brown bears are among the largest carnivores on earth, but there is also a wealth of smaller wildlife to see too.

Suggested Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Fly to Anchorage

    On arrival in Anchorage, make your way to your hotel. . 

    Accommodation: Copper Whale Inn, 2-nights. 

  2. Day 2: Free day in Anchorage

    Today is free to explore Anchorage,  the northernmost city of the United States. Look out for moose as you walk around the streets, as they are commonly seen here.

  3. Days 3-4 : Fly to King Salmon; floatplane to Katmai National Park

    Over the next two days you will have plenty of opportunities to see grizzly bears fishing for salmon in Katmai National Park. Viewing platforms offer fantastic photography opportunities.

    You will also spend a full day on a guided tour of the Valley of 10,000 Smokes, known for its dramatic landscape, where the turbulent Ukak River and its tributaries cut deep gorges in the accumulated ash.

    Accommodation: Brooks Lodge, 2-nights. 

  4. Day 5: Fly back to Anchorage

    Today, you'll take a floatplane from the lodge to King Salmon, then fly back to Anchorage for an overnight stay.

    Accommodation: Copper Whale Inn, 1-night

  5. Days 6-9 : Fly to Kodiak Island; bear viewing & other wildlife observation

    Early morning, you board a scheduled flight from Anchorage to Kodiak island where you will spend the next four days. A scenic 40-minute flight in a small floatplane takes you over the island, followed by a cruise along the rugged coast to the bird rookeries.

    Guided activities are available during your stay such as hiking, wildlife observation, and an optional 'flightseeing' trip to Frazer Lake for bear viewing (extra cost).

    Accommodation: Zachar Bay Lodge, 4-nights.

  6. Day 10: Fly to Anchorage

    Return to Anchorage for your last night in Alaska.

    Accommodation: Copper Whale Inn, 1-night

  7. Day 11: Depart Anchorage

  8. Day 12: Arrive UK

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 12 days from £7,195 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 11 days from £5,694 pp
  • Single supplement: From £1,855
  • When to go: Jun-Sep
Featured locations:

Katmai National Park

Katmai has two spectacular attractions: brown bears and volcanoes. Bears can be seen in huge numbers during the Sockeye salmon run in July, late August and September, whilst in August they can be spotted feeding on the shorelines. The park is home to the impressive Valley of 10,000 Smokes, lined with active volcanoes.

  • Where: Alaska Peninsula
  • Ideal for viewing: brown bear, moose, caribou, pine marten, orca

Kodiak Island

The largest island in the Gulf of Alaska is rich in wildlife. The Kodiak bear has lived here for 12,000 years, and 3,000 live in Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, which is also an important staging post for seabirds and wintering wildfowl. Summer attracts migrant birds to nest and feed on the plentiful food supply.

  • Where: Southwest Alaska
  • Ideal for viewing: brown bear, humpback whale, orca, sea otter, bald eagle
  • Excellent for: Whale watching, Bear watching

Anchorage

This major port and rail terminus lies in the coastal lowland beside a fjord, but extends up the Chugach Mountains. Birdwatching, whale watching, wilderness adventures, panoramic mountain ranges, majestic glacier and over 200 kiometres of trails can be found within easy reach of the city.

  • Where: South-central Alaska
  • Excellent for: City stopover, Wildlife