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.
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
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)
Floatplane to King Salmon, then fly to Anchorage, 1-night
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.
Fly to Anchorage, 1-night