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Alaska Into the Wild

Alaska Photo Tour

Alaska Into the Wild

CHF 13'900 per person
Only two spots available

Alaska Photo Tour

Over the course of two weeks, this tour takes you to see selected Alaskan highlights. Impressive mountain scenery, vast glaciers, cascading waterfalls, and idyllic valleys await. In addition to photographing Alaska’s impressive landscapes, you will also capture a diverse range of wildlife: bears, moose, eagles, whales, caribou and many more.

This exclusive photo tour of Alaska cannot be compared to other Alaskan photo tours. We take you to unique locations, far from the tourist crowds. You will get the chance to take photos from bush planes, helicopters and boats, amongst others. Your main photographic guide, professional photographer Jeff Schultz, has lived in Alaska for over 35 years and has been the official photographer of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race since 1982. A second photo guide will also be on hand.

Partners who are not engaged in photography, will also enjoy this unique natural experience and the possibility to observe bears in their natural environment.

6 – 21 August 2022 (only two spots available)

16 days / 15 nights from / to Anchorage

maximum 9 guests

Anchorage – Lake Clark NP – Prince William Sound – Matanuska Valley – Knik River Valley – Talkeetna – Denali NP - Anchorage

English- and German speaking photo guides

This Alaska Photo Tour offers extraordinary highlights!

  • Brown bears in the remote natural paradise of Lake Clark National Park
  • Four days in the heart of the Denali National Park, far from the hustle and bustle at the park’s entrance. Enjoy a unique experience in a small, remote lodge with unparalleled views.
  • The impressive nature and wildlife of the tundra: bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and many more. And with a bit of luck, by mid-August the tundra will show a first glimpse of autumn colors.
  • Exclusive boat tour (for our group only) in Prince William Sound with great photo opportunities: vast glaciers, picturesque mountain landscapes, bald eagles, whales, orcas, otters, seals, sea lions, puffins and many more
  • Exclusive helicopter flight and landing at remote glacier-fed lake
  • Helicopter and bush plane flights for spectacular aerial shots
  • Typical, rustic Alaskan lodges – some of which are very remote, and thus close to photographic highlights
  • Personal support and assistance from renowned Alaskan professional photographer: Jeff Schultz (Jeff will be supported by another photographic guide). Throughout the whole trip, we will be offering short, hands-on tutorials on relevant photographic topics.

Photo Guides

Portfolio Martin Mägli

Michael DeYoung

Local Photo Guide

Unsere-Fotografen-Thomas-Bruehlmann-square

Thomas Brühlmann

Amazing Views Photo Guide

Price

6 – 21 August 2022

CHF 13’900.- | Price per person sharing (double occupancy)

CHF 15’390.- | Price per person (single occupancy)*

*(Lake Clark und Lodge im Denali Nationalpark only in a double room)

Included in the Price

All aspects of the photography workshop-tour

Tutorials and feedback sessions

All 15 nights accommodations

All meals from the first night dinner, through the last day breakfast, except dinner on Day 9

Round trip ground transportation according to the itinerary

Flight to Lake Clark

Helicopter flight to Glacier

One-day boat excursion in Prince William Sound (private boat)

Activities in the heart of Denali National Park (4 nights)

Activities & bear viewing in Lake Clark National Park (3 nights)

Not included in the Price

Air transportation from your home to and from Anchorage, Alaska

Any personal gear. You must bring your own photography gear, clothing, toiletries and outerwear.

There are weight restrictions on gear for the flights (maximum of 50 lbs / 22 kg per person)

Personal expenses

Beverages

Dinner in Talkeetna on Day 9

Gratuities for guides and pilots

Optional transfers and excursions

Any visa and/or airport fee

Travel insurance/cancellation cover

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What our clients say

Alexander

Amazing Views is really worth of its name on this fantastic journey into the beauty and wilderness of Alaska! Starting with a variety of animals that we could observe, great landscapes and unique excursions...you went from one highlight to the next and when you thought: "More is not possible", the next highlight of the trip already came. Playing brown bear teenagers, who came a little bit closer, bald eagles in flight and very photogenic in the treetop, otters, seals, dolphins, whales, moose, foxes, caribous, black bears, beavers, puffins and much more we were allowed to admire and photograph in the animal kingdom. Among the landscapes, there were unique (early) morning moods, glaciers and lakes, foggy valleys and as a special gift, Mount Denali with all its splendour. And all this on land, on water and from the air. A memorable experience and a very special trip, with great people and the perfect organization and support by Thomas and Jeff! With Amazing Views anytime again. Thanks to the whole team!

Alaska Into the Wild, August 2019

Erwin & Pia

Alaska had been in the back of my mind for many years because of its vast photographic possibilities. Finally it worked out and we experienced such a unforgettable journey of superlatives. During our various trips to USA and also Canada we were constantly accompanied by warning signs for moss crossing, but never got to see one. Jeff and Thomas, especially Pia, were finally able to fulfil our wish and we experienced a wonderful morning in a moose area near Anchorage and were able to take pictures of the animals at close range. An unforgettable experience that we will never forget. To go into all the other highlights would go beyond the scope here. We are grateful that we were able to experience all this at our age.

Photo tour Alaska Into the Wild, August 2019

Urs

The Alaska Into the wild photo tour was fantastic. Bears, sea otters, moose, caribous and much more could be photographed at close range. The trip was not limited to wildlife and landscape photography was not neglected. Special thanks to Jeff Schultz. His knowledge, experience and helpfulness made the trip an unforgettable experience. I can only recommend this photo tour!

Into the Wild, August 2019

Cindi

WOW! It was sensory overload and I'm still processing everything that I saw and experienced. I just finished doing a first look at my photos (over 12,000) and am re-living the exceptional tour. Accommodations, food, leadership and the weather (most of the time) were the best possible. So many bears and so close. Seeing all of Denali for several days was a minor miracle. Flying up to it is beyond words. How can I describe the thrill of the helicopter ride to the glaciers, the boat trip on Prince William Sound with all the wildlife we saw and its gorgeous scenery, Lake Clark with its many bears and their crazy behavior, Denali Camp with its pristine beauty, gourmet food, much wildlife and the crazy road getting there? And the group I was with became instant friends of mine who I already miss. It was a trip I'll remember the rest of my life. Thank you, Amazing Views!

Alaska Into the Wild, August 2019

Silke

Alaska - Into the wild was an unforgettable journey for me, even though I don't photograph at all. Highlights after highlights, breath-taking landscapes alternated with incredible animal encounters. We saw bears, moose, sea otters, porpoises, humpback whales....., some of them from close range. In addition, the organisation both before and on site was excellent, the accommodations were great and with Jeff Schultz we had a photographer at our side who was not only familiar with the area and always friendly and helpful, but also made many experiences possible for us through his knowledge and experience. Although I was a bit sceptical in advance if this trip is really recommendable for non-photographers, I did not regret my participation in the trip for a minute and I firmly believe that this was not my last trip with Amazing Views.

Alaska Into the Wild, August 2019

Kristina & Kerstin

Alaska - Into the Wild was very much to our liking, it was a scenically and photographically varied trip. There is something for everyone, whether on land, from the air or on the water. Unbelievable landscapes, a fantastic sunrises and animal encounters (especially the bears) that you won't forget so quickly. Jeff Schultz is a wonderful photo travel companion; warm, calm, patient and always helpful. A really great person and perfect choice.

Alaska Into the Wild, August 2018
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Trip report Alaska

  • Destination
  • Departure
    06.08.2022
  • Return Time
    21.08.2022
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Day 1 – Arrival in Anchorage

Independent travel to Ted Stevens International Airport (ANC) in Anchorage. You should arrive in Anchorage no later than 3 pm. From the airport, the hotel’s free shuttle service will deliver you to your accommodation with the minimum of fuss.
Later in the afternoon, you will meet the other tour participants, your photography guide, Michael DeYoung, and a further guide from Amazing Views. Michael will give you an introduction to wildlife and landscape photography and the details on your upcoming trip. Then we all head off for dinner together. To help you get over the jetlag, it is advisable to arrive a day early. We will be happy to help you with hotel bookings in Anchorage.
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Day 2 – Flight to Lake Clark National Park

After breakfast, drive to Lake Hood Seaplane Base. This is the take-off and landing place for seaplanes, with the most movements in the world. A typical bush plane (with wheels) takes us directly into Lake Clark National Park..
After just under an hour of flying, you land on the sandy beach near the lodge where you will spend the next three nights. Upon arrival, you soon set off in search of the bears together with well-trained guides who are responsible for their safety. To enable us to move quickly around the area, you will be transported from one location to the next on ATVs / quad bikes.
With a bit of luck, we can already capture the first pictures of the impressive bears. After dinner, you will set off again in search of the bears and have time to observe them in peace and take pictures as long as the light allows.
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Day 3 to 4 – Lake Clark Nationalpark

We spend two whole days in the Lake Clark National Park, following bear tracks, and with plenty of time to observe and take photos. In this region, it is common to see bears digging up mussels on the beach or catching salmon in the rivers and streams that flow to the sea. We will return to the lodge for lunch and breaks.
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Day 5 – From Lake Clark National Park to Gridwood

After breakfast we again have time for bear watching and photography. Around noon we are picked up again by the bush plane and fly back to Anchorage.
We continue with our minibus to Girdwood. Along the way there are always opportunities to capture beautiful photo opportunities along the Turnagain Arms. After arrival at our Bed & Breakfast you will have time at leisure. We meet again towards evening, when the light is hopefully particularly beautiful, and photograph the charming landscape in the surrounding area.
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Day 6 – Prince William Sound

Today you will spend the day on a boat chartered exclusively for our group. You will stay on the boat all day and explore Prince William Sound. With a bit of luck you will see whales, sea otters, sea lions and seabirds. You will also be amazed by the landscape with its huge glaciers. You will spend the night in a nice Bed & Breakfast in Anchorage.
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Day 7 and 8 – Palmer and its surrounding area

You start the day with a delicious breakfast. Afterwards we drive to the surroundings of Anchorage where we go in search of moose. Later, the journey continues to Palmer.  In the afternoon and the following day we explore the photogenic surroundings. Depending on the weather, you will photograph rushing streams, idyllic landscapes and, with a bit of luck, wildlife.
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Day 9 – Flight with the helicopter

In the morning, another highlight of the photo tour is on the programme: you fly by helicopter directly over a glacier to the shore of a picturesque glacial lake, far away from civilisation. The lake, the ice floes, the glacier and the mountain range in the background provide a unique scenery. You will be able to photograph the landscape optimally from a bird's eye view. After landing, the helicopters will take off and you will be able to explore and photograph the glaciers, lake, icebergs, wildflowers and much more with Michael and an Amazing Views guide.
In the late afternoon you will drive to Talkeetna. Weather permitting, you will have the opportunity to take an optional flight over Denali National Park later in the afternoon.
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Day 10 – Denali Nationalpark

Denali National Park is one of the absolute highlights of North America and offers ideal conditions for landscape and wildlife photography. Shortly after noon we start with the bus from our lodge for a 6-hour drive into the middle of the National Park. The route is incredibly scenic and with a bit of luck you will see wildlife such as bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and many more. We will stop at particularly beautiful viewpoints and have the opportunity to capture the panorama with the camera.
Essential information about our accommodations in Denali National Park
Visiting the park is highly regulated. Only the first kilometres of the park road may be driven by private traffic. After that, only the park's official vehicles or those with special permits are allowed to drive through the park. The vast majority of visitors have to leave the park in the evening. This means that only a few get the opportunity to photograph inside the park at the best time, in the best place and in the best light.
On this tour you will stay in one of the few lodges in the heart of the National Park. It is in a fantastic location and offers a direct view of Mount Denali. With the lodge's own bus, we have the opportunity to explore the park individually and take photographs in the heart of the national park. A unique and unforgettable experience!
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Day 11 to 13 – Denali Nationalpark

You will spend three full days in Denali National Park and have plenty of time for landscape and wildlife photography. We will travel by lodge bus to interesting locations and look for beautiful photo opportunities. You will also do short hikes every now and then to get to the best spots. One morning we will drive to Wonder Lake before sunrise and with a bit of luck we will be able to photograph Mount Denali reflected in the lake.
Due to the small group size and the accompaniment by two photo guides, there is enough time to respond to the individual needs and wishes of all participants. Our photo guide Jeff is available for individual coaching. As during the whole trip, we will also offer short, practice-oriented tutorials on relevant photography topics in between.
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Day 14 – Denali Highway

After the eventful days in the heart of Denali National Park, the bus transports us back to the park entrance. We drive to our next accommodation on the Denali Highway. With a bit of luck there will be more opportunities to photograph the fantastic landscapes.
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Day 15 – Back to Talkeetna

In the morning you will have another opportunity to take photographs along the Denali Highway. Afterwards you will drive back to Talkeetna with our minibus. Later in the afternoon you will have free time. In the evening we meet for the last dinner of this trip.
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Day 16 – Back to Anchorage

Today is the end of our fascinating Photo Alaska trip. After enjoying breakfast together, we will take a leisurely trip in our minibus back to Anchorage, in time for your international flight connection or follow-up itinerary.

Accommodation

Anchorage

The hotel enjoys a beautiful location on the scenic Lake Spenard, approx. 6 km from the city centre and less than 1 km from Ted Stevens International Airport and the Lake Hood seaplane landing site.
The hotel has a good restaurant with a terrace and great views, lobby with fireplace, bar and fitness centre. Rooms are equipped with bath/shower, toilet, hairdryer, TV, Internet, coffee machine and refrigerator.
Later in the trip you will stay in a comfortable Bed & Breakfast in Anchorage.

Lodge Lake Clark National Park

Our remote lodge can only be reached via a spectacular flight along the Cook Inlet. The flight take you past three active volcanoes, and several rivers and glaciers. The plane lands right on the sandy beach on the coast. Thanks to the open grassland along the coast, the area surrounding the lodge is ideal for bear watching.
This beautiful, family-run lodge is located within the Lake Clark National Park, and offers a lounge, dining room, and outdoor decking area with breath-taking views of the Cook Inlet. The lodge is well known for its delicious food.
The cabins and lodge rooms are spacious and lovingly decorated, and feature comfortable beds, bath/shower and heating.
Accompanied by our experienced guides, you will go bear watching by quad bike or on foot.

Whittier

Our hotel in Whittier offers all amenities and has its own restaurant. The rooms have their own bathroom, WLAN, TV and coffee machine.

Matanuska Valley

You will spend a night in a comfortable lodge on the Glenn Highway, not far from the Matanuska Glacier. The lodge features 11 cabins, restaurant, bar, whirlpool and sauna. The restaurant in the lodge is known for its excellent cuisine. All cabins have showers, WC and a private terrace.

Palmer

Very nice B&B between Palmer and Wasila with comfortably furnished rooms. All the cabins and rooms have refrigerators, coffee / tea makers, free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. The cabins have two rooms sharing a living area. From the accommodation we have wonderful views of the Chugach mountains.

Denali National Park

Located 90 miles within Denali National Park in the shadow of Denali, our lodge is a unique wilderness retreat for those seeking an in-depth experience in the sub-arctic. Founded in 1951, the lodge is Alaska’s original wilderness vacation lodge, which strives to help visitors gain knowledge and appreciation for the natural history of Denali National Park.
Lodging at this lodge is in individual cabins with handcrafted quilts, a wood burning stove and unparalleled views of Denali. There is an outdoor water spigot with cold running water. A short path leads to a private, meticulously maintained outhouse.
Delicious, wholesome meals made with fresh, local ingredients are featured in the dining room. Daily activities have a strong natural history focus including wildlife observations and hikes led by staff naturalists. Canoeing, fishing and biking are also available. Nightly programs focus on various aspects of Denali’s natural and cultural history, including birds, mammals, wildflowers, tundra ecology, geology, mountaineering, wilderness, and land management.
The dining hall, lodge, natural history resource collection and a modern bath and shower facility (hot water showers) are a three to seven-minute walk from your cabin. This style of lodge makes your visit to Denali Park a much more serene experience.
This remote lodge may not be for everyone, but if you desire an experience away from the fast pace of urban life and you enjoy the camaraderie of kindred spirits, you will not be disappointed.

Talkeetna

In our B&B outside Talkeetna you will feel at home. The house is located in the middle of nature and offers a spectacular view of Mount Denali and the Alaska Range on a clear day. The rooms have private bathrooms.

Participants

You will be on the trail with like-minded people who love photography and the great outdoors as well as expanding their knowledge of the art of taking pictures. The group may consist of international travellers.

Weather

In Alaska, the weather can be changeable. This means than in bad weather, certain activities and/or transfers (e.g. bush plane, helicopter) may be delayed, or unable to take place at all.

Flights

All flying is done “weather permitting”. Amazing Views Photo & Adventure Tours is not responsible for flights that are cancelled due to weather and/or weather delays

Clothing

In August, the weather in Alaska can already turn cool, perhaps even with frost overnight. You should be prepared for sun, wind, rain and even sometimes snow. We therefore recommend the appropriate functional clothing, applying the principle of layers.

Fitness level

Your physical condition should allow you to board small seaplanes via the steps, to hike up and down mountains via rough, rocky terrain as well as over very soft tundra to reach the photographic highlights.

Luggage

Please be aware that your luggage allowance for the seaplanes is limited to 22 kg per person (incl. hand luggage).

Single rooms

Strictly limited and availability must be checked. Because of the limited number of cabins and short season in Denali National Park and Lake Clark National Park, it is necessary for participants to share a cabin.

Double room

Single travellers can book half of a double room. If there is no other guest who wants to share the room, the single room surcharge will apply.

USA entry regulations

Your passport must be valid for a least 1 day longer than your return date. Upon entering the USA/Alaska, travellers must be able to prove their date of departure (onward or return flight). Please note that you can only enter the USA without a visa (for a stay of up to 90 days) if you have the new Swiss biometric passport (Passport 06). With all other passports, you require a visa. In addition, ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) approval under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is mandatory for all Swiss nationals and all other nationalities. The VWP allows a visa-free stay of up to 90 days in the USA/Alaska for tourism or business purposes. ESTA applications (fee as of November 2013 USD 14) can be submitted at any time prior to travel, and are valid for up to two years (with the same passport). Even if you are entering the USA/Alaska overland, the ESTA is mandatory. Questions must be answered in English. The US Department for Homeland Security requires that ESTA applications must be made at least 72 hours before the start of your trip. Register with the ESTA at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov We reserve the right to change prices (especially due to exchange rate fluctuations)

Insurance

We strongly advise you to purchase insurance for cancellation and return journey costs, which will be needed in the event of a secluded region being evacuated, a local hospital stay or return travel costs to Switzerland in an emergency. Visits to doctors and stays in hospital can be very expensive in the USA.

Travel information FDFA

The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA regularly publishes information on countries in which there may be security policy or other risks. The FDFA's travel advice is based on its own trustworthy sources of information. These travel tips can be found on the FDFA's website: www.eda.admin.ch

The Terms and Conditions

T&Cs of Amazing Views & Adventure Tours apply, as well as all other conditions which are listed in the descriptions for the respective trips.

Prices

We reserve the right to change prices (especially due to exchange rate fluctuations)

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Alaska Into the Wild

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