A comprehensive 2-week itinerary to search for bears and wolves in some of Alaska’s best national parks, travelling by car, boat, plane, and the famous Alaska Railroad.
From the spectacular scenery of Kenai Fjords and Wrangell St. Elias National Parks, you cross the Arctic Circle to Gates of Arctic National Park to visit a Nunamiut village. The Alaska Railroad takes you to Denali National Park, where you stay at remote Kantishna area inside the park. Finally you fly into Katmai National Park to see grizzly bears at the famous Brooks Falls.
Day1: Fly to Anchorage
Day2: Explore Anchorage
Day3: Drive scenic highway to Seward
Day4: Boat into Kenai Fjords National Park
Day5: Drive Seward Highway to join the Glenn Highway
Day6: Drive to Chitina, then fly into Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
Day7: Visit Kennicot; optional glacier walk
Day8: Fly to Chitina, then drive Richardson Highway to Fairbanks
Day9: Excursion by road and plane to Gates of the Arctic National Park; Nunamiut village of Anaktuvuk Pass
Day10: Alaska Railroad to Denali National Park gate; bus to Kantishna
Day11: Optional activities in Denali National Park
Day12: Bus (or optional flight past Mt. McKinley) & train to Anchorage
Day13: Visit Katmai National Park or Crescent Lake
Day14: Depart Anchorage
Day15: Arrive UK
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Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 15 daysfrom £6,245 pp
Duration and price excluding international flights: 14 daysfrom £4,745 pp
Single supplement: From £2,115
When to go: Jun-Sep
Kenai Fjords offers excellent opportunities for whale watching, and the surrounding park has a variety of wildlife. Day cruises along depart from Seward, some 160 kilometres south of Anchorage. Towering glaciers drop into the sea and you can hear the constant cracks and rumblings of calving icebergs.
Alaska’s largest inland city is the gateway to Denali National Park. Its museums house interesting exhibits on Alaska’s cultural and natural history, as well as native crafts. In summer, daylight lasts forever. and in winter you can dog-sled and watch the spectacular Aurora Borealis.
Excellent for: Activity & adventure
One of the world’s greatest wildernesses, Denali lies around North America’s highest peak, Mount McKinley. Famed for its wildlife which includes 39 species of mammal and 167 birds, spring sees bears stirring from hibernation and birds returning, whilst late summer sees bears feasting on the salmon run.
Where: Alaska interior
Ideal for viewing: American black bear, brown bear, caribou, moose, wolf
Excellent for: Bear watching
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
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.