Fly-In Bear Viewing, Wildlife Viewing, Sea Kayaking, Alaska Rairoad
Easy to Moderate
Good, Hotel Lodging, WeatherPORT Shelters (fabric cabins)
Seeing a Alaska brown bear up-close in Alaska's wilderness is considered the ultimate Alaska wildlife viewing and photography experience. Add seeing glaciers and icebergs you have the ultimate Alaska experience. We call this our Bear Viewing and Giant Icebergs tour, a combination of our 3 day fly-in bear viewing trip in Lake Clark National Park and our 3 day Bear Glacier Wilderness Retreat Sea Kayaking adventure in Kenai Fjords National Park. Then we add to that a ride on the Alaska Railroad. making this one of the best Alaska adventure tours available.
- Fly into Anchorage International Airport. Plan to arrive at least one day before your trip departure date. Anchorage offers many fine hotel and bed and breakfast lodging options. We can provide you a list of recommended lodging options or include hotel lodging in Anchorage with your tour package. If you would like us to include hotel lodging in Anchorage with your tour package just let us know.
- We start picking guests up at hotels around 7:00 a.m. and leave Anchorage shortly after. We travel out of Anchorage driving south along the scenic Seward Highway and then on to the Sterling Highway.
The Seward Highway holds triple designations: USDA Forest Service Scenic Byway, Alaska Scenic Byway, and All-American Road. The first 50 miles is along the Turnagain Arm. With tides that can vary over 40 feet, it has the second highest tides in North America. We often see Beluga whales and Dall sheep along this section. Leaving Turnagain Arm we head up into the mountains through Turnagain Pass. Keep your eyes open for the occasional moose along the highway and to see the hanging glaciers as we travel towards Sterling. We arrive in Sterling around 11:30 and stop at the Great Alaska Adventure Lodge for a salmon lunch.
After lunch we transfer to the Soldotna airport for a spectacular 40-50 minute flight to the private bear viewing camp. You will fly-in on a six passenger Cessna 207, landing on the shoreline right in front of the camp. During the flight you will pass over towering mountains, active volcanoes and huge glaciers. We often spot bears and moose from the air along the way.
You're in for an action packed afternoon viewing and photographing brown bears. Your experienced guides will take you to several spectacular bear viewing points that will give you the best opportunities to get that perfect bear photograph.
After a scrumptious family style dinner you might choose to return to the viewing platform to photograph and watch the bears into the evening hours or just hang around camp and relax. During the summer months Alaska has almost 24 hours of daylight so you will have almost unlimited time for viewing bears.
- After breakfast we head out again with the guides to see if we can find some playful bears to watch and photograph. After lunch enjoy more bear viewing time. After a hardy dinner go back out for a short hike to see if there are any bears nearby that want to pose for a photograph.
- After breakfast more bear viewing time, lunch then an afternoon flight back to Soldotna and a shuttle to Tern Lake Rest Area meeting the shuttle to Seward.
Overnight in Seward. Hotel lodging in Seward is included. Meals while in Seward are not included.
- In Seward breakfast on your own. Meet the water taxi boat for a scenic boat ride to Bear Glacier Wilderness Retreat.
Arriving at Bear Glacier our guides will outfit you with a dry suit life and jacket. We will also provide a dry bag for your camera if needed to help keep your camera dry between shots. After a short kayaking instructions from our guides we will head out to explore Bear Glacier icebergs.
After a family style dinner you can choose to go out for another short paddle or just hang around camp and relax.
- Full day sea kayaking. Today we paddle up to the face of Bear Glacier and stop for a shore-side lunch on the glacier moraine and short walk to explore the moraine. We'll explore the maze of icebergs on way back. We'll keep and eye open for seals laying on the ice as we paddle. After dinner, take an evening hike, or go paddling go beachcombing.
- After breakfast take the water taxi back to Seward. Overnight in Seward, hotel lodging included.
- Free day in Seward. Or optional add on Whale Watching Day Cruise departing at 11:30 AM. Seward activities you may want to consider include a walking tour of Seward to visit the many shops, a harbor and sea wall wall, Guided Ice Climbing Adventure, or visit the Seward museum. Ask our travel host about making arrangements for these special side excursions. Seward has many coffee houses and restaurants to choose from for lunch (on your own).
You can also visit the Alaska SeaLife Center
. The Alaska SeaLife Center is a non-profit marine science facility. The center's research facilities and naturalistic exhibits immerse visitors in the dynamic marine ecosystems of Alaska and provide opportunities to watch animals in naturalistic habitats as well as research settings.
Seward is a small community and everything is within walking distance. From your Seward hotel you can easily walk to the small boat harbor, downtown and the SeaLife Center.
At 6:00 PM board the Alaska Railroad Train. Riding first class on the Gold Star dome car you'll have a spectacular scenic train ride back to Anchorage. You'll arrive back in Anchorage around 10:15 PM.