Alaskan Adventure

STYLE Overland
DURATION 20 Days
BETWEEN Anchorage and Anchorage
COUNTRIES VISITED – 1 USA
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE 16
TRAVEL DATES
Contact Diesel for all departure dates and latest pricing
WHATS INCLUDED
All tour transportation All Accommodation
All entrance fees as listed All meals as listed in itinerary
Professional Tour Leader
WHATS NOT INCLUDED
International Flights Airport Transfers
Visas Travel Insurance

Trip Overview

Alaska, often called “The Last Frontier” has been the crown jewel for adventure travelers in North America. There are many misconceptions of unbearable and impassable weather conditions. This couldn’t be further from the truth. During the summers in Alaska, you’ve got 18-20 hours of sunlight and average daytime temperatures between 58-77 F (14-25 C). Combining the Kenai and Denali Adventures, the Alaskan Adventure is focused on the highlights of Alaska with optional activities of halibut/salmon fishing, sea kayaking, ice climbing, glacier walks, rafting and scenic flights. View glaciers and icebergs from near or from afar, trail blaze through the wilds and maybe even come face-to-face with a grizzly! This is the adventure your adrenaline has been waiting for you to do.


Alaska Adventure

Alaska, often called “The Last Frontier” has been the crown jewel for adventure travelers in North America. There are many misconceptions of unbearable and impassable weather conditions. This couldn’t be further from the truth. During the summers in Alaska, you’ve got 18-20 hours of sunlight and average daytime temperatures between 58-77 F (14-25 C). Combining the Kenai and Denali Adventures, the Alaska Salmon Run Adventure is focused on the highlights of Alaska with optional activities of halibut/salmon fishing, sea kayaking, ice climbing, glacier walks, rafting and scenic flights. View glaciers and icebergs from near or from afar, trail blaze through the wilds and maybe even come face-to-face with a grizzly! This is the adventure your adrenaline has been waiting for you to do.


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Day 1: Anchorage

Arrive for Group Meeting and Dinner (H)

Anchorage

Welcome to the largest city of Alaska, most often thought of as the state’s capital. Start off flying into stunning scenery overlooking the Chugach, Alaskan, Kenai, and Talkeetna mountain ranges. Although Mt. McKinley is only visible 20% of the year, there’s a chance you could even catch a glimpse. Anchorage is Alaska’s most populated area yet it’s shared with the likes of bears, moose, and wolves. After your flight into this urban wilderness, make your way to our accommodations for the 6 pm pre-departure meeting followed by a group meal. Take this evening to get to know your fellow travelers and guides.

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Day 2-4: Seward

Cruise along orcas, humpbacks and sea lions. See calving glaciers and hike Exit Glacier, part of the Harding Icefield (C)

Seward

Located on the east side of the Kenai Peninsula and Resurrection Bay, Seward is known as the “Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park.” Seward is about half day drive from Anchorage. In the afternoon you will have some free time to explore the scenic waterfront of Seward. The following morning we will experience the national park by boat, cruising among the glaciers and wildlife. After hopefully spotting as much wildlife as possible we will be seeing a calving glacier! On this six hour wildlife cruise lunch will be served on the boat. A visit to Seward would not be complete without hiking alongside the picturesque Exit Glacier with a high probability seeing a few of the local black bear feeding on some berries. The 8.2-mile round trip up to the Harding Icefield is a spectacular day hike. Starting on the valley floor, the trail winds through cottonwood and alder forests, passes though heather filled meadows and ultimately climbs well above tree line to a breath-taking view of the Harding Icefield. The top of the trail is a window to past ice ages – a horizon of ice and snow that stretches as far as the eye can see! If you don’t feel prepared to do the full 8.2-mile roundtrip, there are shorter options with equally breathtaking views available.

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Day 5: Homer

Camp on the Homer Spit with volcanic views and fish for giant halibut (optional) (C)

Homer

Located on the western side of the Kenai Peninsula and Kachemak Bay, Homer is the launching point for our two night Adventure Camp. But, don’t overlook this artist inspired town with its many galleries along the spit. We will be arriving quite early so that there is enough time to explore the picturesque town and it’s fishermen culture. For example, the Salty Dawg Saloon’s lighthouse is a great place to sit belly-up to the bar along with posting your dollar bill on the ceiling or wall so that your friend, who will be by later, will have a drink on you. On the way to Homer there will be enough time for some scenic photo stops and short hikes. Depending on the time of the year we might stop to watch the Salmon Running up Russian River or visit one of the orthodox churches overlooking the volcanoes on the other side of the bay.

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Day 6-7: Adventure Camp

Roughing it in style and guided sea kayaking (LC)

Adventure Camp

Take a boat ride from Homer to Seldovia, landing on this lovely and relatively untouched beach of the peninsula. Camping is done in canvas tents with beds and all the amenities you’ll need. There is a beautiful main house where meals, comfortable chairs, coffee and tea are always on tap. From there venture out into the pristine wilderness and explore the many coves and trails. The next day you’ll have a half day of sea kayaking around Seldovia Bay, frequently visited by sea otters and harbor seals and watched overhead by bald and golden eagles. One of the evenings the owner Tony will be serving their famous salmon dinner for us!

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Day 8: Hope

Explore Alaska’s first Goldrush Town (optional gold panning) and camp along Cook Inlet (BC)

Hope

In the morning you can either go on the optional flight to Katmai NP/Lake Clark to see the famous grizzlies or take the water taxi back to Homer to have a few hours in Homer before we head off to Hope. Hope is a quaint little town overlooking Cook Inlet/Turnagain Arm and is just a short drive from Anchorage yet; there is still plenty to do here from gold panning, hiking, and bird watching. In the summer during weekends there might be some life concerts going on in the local fishermen bar. (Bushcamp)

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Day 9: Anchorage

Visit Beluga Point and explore Anchorage by bike (optional) (H)

Anchorage

Today it’s only a short drive around the Turnagain Arm back to Anchorage. We will stop at the famous Beluga Point. Potentially you can see Beluga Whales or Dall Sheep. The afternoon you will have time to explore Anchorage downtown. Anchorage is a lively city that houses almost 50% of the state’s 730,000 people. (Commonly it is mistaken for the capital of Alaska, but that would be Juneau.) Throughout the summer there are multiple festivals and plenty of nightly live music. Keep in mind that this city is situated right in the heart of the wilderness, where over 1,000 moose, 250 black bears, and 100 grizzly bears also call it home.

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Day 10-12: Denali National Park

Explore the famous National Park by tour bus, spot bears and moose and trail blaze in the wilderness (C)

Denali National Park

In the morning we head off to the amazing Denali National Park. Whether it’s flora or fauna you came to see, this is the place to fulfill your hopes of seeing large and small wild animals living as they have for ages. We set up our campsite and the following two days you will have the opportunity to take a bus ride through the national park along its only road and hopefully spot bears, moose, caribou, or wolves. For those of you who are looking for a heart pounding and more strenuous adventure, you’ll have the opportunity for trailblazing throughout the park’s 6 million acres. No trip would be complete without adding the optional activity of flying over Denali National Park and around Mt. McKinley (20,320 ft/6194 m.) In the evenings we will sit around the campfire, listening to the sounds of the night and telling our adventures of the day.

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Day 13-14: Maclaren River Lodge

Camp next to Maclaren Glacier in the wilderness under Alaska’s stars, canoe Maclaren River and enjoy the rustic lodge the following day (C/BC)

Maclaren River Lodge

From Denali, we drive the lightly traveled Denali Highway. First opened in 1957, this dirt road was the first to access Denali National Park (then known as Mt. McKinley National Park.) Located in the Maclaren river valley, you traverse through high alpine country on the state’s second highest highway pass. Here lies the Maclaren River Lodge run by Alan and Susie, who are fantastic hosts that will take us on a boat ride up to “The Glacier Camp.” Now we’re out in the wilderness on our own, no mobile phone reception and no roads. Here we’ll stay overnight exploring and camping out underneath the stars. The next morning we’ll take a casual canoe trip back down the river for our next night at this beautifully situated lodge. While most of us will spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing, some might want to try their luck in fishing, catching our dinner? (one night bush camp)

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Day 15-17: Wrangell/St. Elias National Park

Camp alongside river in largest National Park in North America. Explore the old mining town and get your adrenalin flowing with ice climbing, glacier hikes or rafting (optional) (BC)

Wrangell/St. Elias National Park

Here we’ll visit the largest national park in the United States and camp at the “End-of-the-road” campground. Literally at the end of the McCarthy Road, these 60 miles of gravel road were built along the old Copper River and Northwestern railways. Most remnants left of this once thriving area were a part of the copper mines, but most people forget this was where the last great gold rush happened in Alaska. There are many optional activities like hiking, ice climbing, glacier walks, guided mine tours, rafting, and scenic flights around 16,000-foot peaks, 25-mile long glaciers and massive icefalls. So, days 16 and 17 are left for you to decide what to do: Take the optional historical tour and get carried away by the gold rush, hike on your own in the beautiful surroundings or try some crazy outdoor stuff like ice climbing, guided glacier hikes, or whitewater rafting. (bush camp)

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Day 18-19: Valdez

Find bears catching salmon, enjoy the scenic waterfront and Sea Kayak through icebergs (optional) (C)

Valdez

Valdez is the terminus of the 800-mile trans-Alaskan pipeline that begins at Prudhoe Bay, Valdez is an important gateway to the interior of Alaska. Valdez was brought to the forefront of national media March 1989. The Exxon Valdez ran aground causing an 11-million gallon oil spill. For many years, flora and fauna were devastated by this environmental catastrophe. Thankfully, order has been restored and the Chugach Mountains set a gorgeous backdrop to this quaint little town. When we arrive in the afternoon you will find fantastic hiking opportunities just a short walk from town. If you are tired of hiking there is enough to explore in the history-filled little town. The next day is focused on optional activities. Highly recommended is the Columbia Glacier Sea Kayaking for it’s beautiful scenery, mammoth icebergs and possibility of spotting all kinds of wildlife. In the evenings we will venture out and see if we can find some bears feeding on salmon. Valdez is well known for bears to come to the local salmon fish hatchery and the surrounding creeks.

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Day 10: Anchorage

Return to Anchorage by late afternoon, approx. 3 pm (-)

Anchorage

Today it’s only a short drive around the Turnagain Arm back to Anchorage. We will stop at the famous Beluga Point. Potentially you can see Beluga Whales or Dall Sheep. The afternoon you will have time to explore Anchorage downtown. Anchorage is a lively city that houses almost 50% of the state’s 730,000 people. (Commonly it is mistaken for the capital of Alaska, but that would be Juneau.) Throughout the summer there are multiple festivals and plenty of nightly live music. Keep in mind that this city is situated right in the heart of the wilderness, where over 1,000 moose, 250 black bears, and 100 grizzly bears also call it home. The trip ends today in the afternoon.


Trip Highlights and Inclusions

  • Denali National Park wildlife buses to Toklat River and Eielsen Visitor Center (2 days)
  • Maclaren Lodge/Wilderness Glacier camp
  • Boat and canoe trips Maclaren River
  • Hiking in Denali NP, Wrangell/St. Elias NP, Seward and Valdez
  • Kenai Fjords National Park wildlife cruise and calving glacier – Resurrection Bay Tour including lunch on boat
  • Two-night stay at Adventure Luxury Camp – lodging and all meals including salmon dinner
  • Half Day Sea Kayaking at the Adventure Camp
  • Admission to National Parks and Monuments

H = Hotel stay C = Camping LC = Luxury Camping BC = Bush camping
*itinerary can change due to local circumstances*
*prices for optional activities are estimated costs and are subject to change*


There are more detailed trip notes specific to each departure date and trip direction available, contact us and we will be happy to send them to you.