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This trip combines two prime locations for seeing grizzly bears, in an 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, 2-nights

    On arrival in Anchorage you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the next two nights.

    The following day is free for you to explore the Northernmost city of the United States. Look out for moose as you walk around the streets, as they are commonly seen here.

    Accommodation: Copper Whale Inn, 2-nights. Breakfast included

  2. Days 3-4 : Fly to King Salmon, then floatplane to Katmai National Park, 2-nights, Brooks Lodge. Bear viewing.

    Over the next two days you will have plenty of opportunities to see grizzly bears fishing for salmon in Katmai National Park, from the viewing platforms, with 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. Meals are not included (apart from lunch on Day 4) 

  3. Day 5: Floatplane to King Salmon, then fly to Anchorage, 1-night

  4. Days 6-9 : Fly to Kodiak Island, 4-nights. Bear sightseeing and 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. Full board basis. 

  5. Day 10: Fly to Anchorage, 1-night

  6. Day 11: Depart

  7. 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 £7,795 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 11 days from £6,695 pp
  • Single supplement: From £1,240
  • 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 Valley of 10,000 Smokes is 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