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8 days Photo Tour Alaska Wildlife

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Exclusive photo tour Alaska wildlife with renowned Alaska photographer Jeff Schultz


During this one-week trip you have the great opportunity to observe and photograph the bears in the world famous Katmai National park. You will spend three nights in a remote lodge, photographing bears. During a full-day boat trip, enjoy photographing eagles and whales in the Prince William Sound.

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. Your lead photo guide, professional photographer Jeff Schultz, has lived in Alaska for over 36 years and has been the official photographer of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race since 1982.

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

June 22 – 29, 2018 (fully booked)

8 days / 7 nights from / to Anchorage

Maximum 9 people

Anchorage – Whittier – Prince William Sound – Kodiak – Katmai NP - Anchorage

This Alaska photo tour offers an extraordinary number of photographic highlights!
  • Brown bears, in the world-famous Katmai National Park with fantastic beautiful coastal landscapes, during the ideal season for bear watching!
  • Alaska during early summer with beautiful wild flowers and exuberant green nature
  • 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
  • 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
  • Throughout the whole trip, we will be offering short, hands-on tutorials on relevant photographic topics.

Itenarary

Day 1 - Leisurely trip to Whittier
After meeting in Anchorage we are heading to Whittier. This day´s schedule will be arranged depending on the weather conditions, e.g. photographing along the Turnagain Arm.
Fotosafari Bären Alaska
Fotosafari Bären Alaska
Day 2: Discover Prince Williams Sound
Today you’ll enjoy a full-day boat trip, photographing eagles and whales in the Prince William Sound. We board a boat which is exclusively chartered for our group. We will spend the entire day at sea at the Prince William Sound. With some luck, we will get an opportunity to observe whales, sea otters, sea lions and sea birds. The landscape and the giant glaciers will fascinate you. We will return to idyllic Whittier for another overnight stay.
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Fotosafari Bären Alaska
Day 3: Flight to Kodiak
Today we will take a short trip to Anchorage airport for our flight to Kodiak, Alaska´s largest island. We will spend the afternoon in the surroundings of the small town of Kodiak. From 1792 to 1804, Kodiak was the capital of the former Russian colony. Nowadays, however, Kodiak is a busy fishing town. The Russian Orthodox Church and the Baranow Museum are reminiscent of the Russian period.
Day 4: From Kodiak to the Katmai National Park
Today, we will experience another great highlight of this photography tour. A seaplane will take you to our lodge in the Katmai National Park. The lodge is located on the coast and is close to the famous Hallo Bay. This is where you will spend three nights photographing the famous coastal bears and other wildlife, such as eagles, foxes and much more.
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Fotosafari Bären Alaska
Day 5 - 6: Katmai
After breakfast, we will take a boat to observe bears and other wildlife along the coast and in the coves. Depending on the weather conditions, we will arrange for a picnic during the tour.

In the evening, depending on your preferences, you can either schedule a discussion of the photographs, or you can simply enjoy the lodge´s facilities.

June is an excellent season for bear watching in this region. Following the long winter sleep on the banks of the Katmai coast, the bears gather to feed on the protein-rich mussels. Additionally, they also appreciate the fresh green grass, which, by the way, provides a great backdrop for photographs. The wild flowers should also begin to blossom, from mid-June onwards.

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Fotosafari Bären Alaska
Day 7: Return to Anchorage
In the morning, we resume our search for bears, before our return flight to Kodiak by seaplane. Later in the afternoon, we fly onwards to Anchorage.
Day 8: End of the Photography Tour
After breakfast, your photography tour will be concluded. You can either take your return flight home or begin your individual supplementary program.

Accomodation

Whittier: Charming Hotel
Comfortable and charming hotel directly at Whittier harbour. Spacious rooms. Free Wifi
Kodiak: Best Western Kodiak Inn or similar
This comfortable hotel is located in downtown Kodiak, on St. Paul's Harbour. Shops, the Native Alutiiq Museum and the Russian Baranow Museum, can be easily accessed from the hotel.

The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, souvenir shop, business centre, washing machines, fitness centre and a whirlpool. The rooms are fully equipped with all facilities, such as desk, private bathroom, TV and DVD player, radio, microwave oven, refrigerator, iron and ironing board and free Wi-Fi.
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Fotosafari Bären Alaska
Fotosafari Bären Alaska
Fotosafari Bären Alaska
Lodge in Katmai National Park
Our lodge is another highlight of this Alaskan photography tour and is located in the secluded wilderness in the centre of the Katmai National Park. This region is very rich in bears. The lodge offers a particularly individual and exclusive bear-watching experience. During our 3-night stay, we will go on daily bear-watching tours. A licensed captain will take you to the best sites in surrounding coves (depending on the time and tide). A boat specially designed for the lodge will take you to remote beaches.

June is the ideal season for bear-watching on the coast of the Katmai National Park. The bears are often seen excavating mussels on the beaches, or you may well get the opportunity to watch them directly from the lodge terrace. Additionally, lush green meadows, wild flowers and the impressive mountain range of the Katmai coast offer a breath-taking backdrop for bear photographs.

The cabins of the lodge are built from cedar wood. All rooms have a fully-equipped bathroom. With some luck, you may be able to watch the bears directly from the terrace. The lodge offers a cosy lounge and a dining area.

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Fotosafari Bären Alaska
Fotosafari Bären Alaska
Fotosafari Bären Alaska
Anchorage - Lakefront Hotel or similar
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.
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Fotosafari Bären Unterkunft

Photo Guide

Take pictures like a pro with Jeff Schultz
Jeff Schultz takes responsibility for leading this scheduled photo tour, or if he is unwell/unavailable, another guide from our team will take over.

Jeff Schultz
Jeff is a passionate photographer whose enthusiasm is truly infectious. He has been living for more than 30 years in Alaska and has become one of the best known and respected professional photographers. He has many years of experience in various disciplines of photography. He has carried out assignments for prestigious companies and made a name for himself as a landscape, outdoor and adventure photographer. His pictures are regularly published in renowned publications such as ALASKA Magazine, Time Magazine, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated and many others.

Jeff has been the official photographer of the legendary Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race since 1982. In 2013 he published a widely acclaimed book on the event.

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What will I learn on this photo tour?
At each of the workshop classroom sessions, Jeff will discuss his methods for shooting stellar wildlife and landscape images as is appropriate for the group. During each days’ outings, Jeff will also talk through his methods for making the best image at the current location with the subject at hand. He is NOT there to photograph his own images, he is there to help you take your photography to the next level. Jeff will also cover the following:

  • 10 Tips to making better images no matter where you are
  • Composition: Do’s, Don’ts, and New Ideas
  • What makes a compelling image
  • Use of various types of filters
  • Combining shutter speeds and f-stops… and the effects of each
  • Equipment: What You Really Need, Would Like, & Don’t Need at All
Who is this photo tour suitable for?
This Alaskan photo tour is perfect for both beginners and advanced photographers. Due to the group’s reduced size your guide can give the individual needs of each participant proper attention.

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

Price

CHF 7’990.-

Photo Tour Alaska Wildlife

  • per person, based on double occupancy
  • from/to Anchorage
  • Single supplement CHF 490.- (without lodge in Katmai National Park)
The price includes
  • All aspects of the photography workshop-tour
  • Tutorials and feedback sessions
  • All 7 nights accommodations
  • All meals from the first night dinner, through the last day breakfast
  • Bear-watching in Katmai National Park (3 nights)
  • Round trip ground transportation according to the itinerary
  • Air transportation from Anchorage to Kodiak
  • Floatplane flight* Katmai National Park
  • One-day boat excursion in Prince William Sound
What’s not included
  • 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 per person)
  • Personal expenses
  • Beverages
  • Snacks
  • Gratuities for guides and pilots
  • Optional transfers and excursions
  • Any visa and/or airport fee
  • Travel insurance/cancellation cover

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Good to know
  • Clothing: During June, the climate is pleasant and the temperatures vary from 8 to 25 degrees centigrade, depending on the region. Now of the year, the wind, the sun and the rain can alternate at any time. We therefore recommend appropriate functional clothing, according to the layer principle.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
*) Single rooms: strictly limited and availability must be checked. Because of the limited number of cabins and short season at our lodge in Katmai National Park it is necessary for participants to share a cabin (twin beds / same gender)

*) 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

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

Deposit and Cancellation Policy
Due to the high demand for, and limited number of places on, the Alaskan photo tour, the following payment conditions apply:

Deposit
Upon receipt of the booking confirmation, a deposit of 30% of the total amount must be paid immediately. CHF 500 of this deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE.

Balance
The outstanding balance must be paid on or before 1 March, 2019.

Cancellation Conditions
For cancellations, modifications or rebookings later than 150 days before the departure date, the following cancellation fees apply:

Expressed as a percentage of the total package price
150 - 91 days before departure: 50%
90 – 0 Tage days before departure: 100%

Refunds for cancellations 90 days before departure are not guaranteed. If we can fill the space with another booking we will refund the payments (minus 15% for re-booking charges with our vendors).

Terms & Conditions
The Terms and Conditions of Amazing Views Photo & Adventure Tours apply, as well as all other conditions which are listed in the descriptions for the respective trips.