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, Jeff Schultz, and a further guide from Amazing Views. Jeff 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.
Day 2: Onward journey to Lake Clark Nationalpark After breakfast, we take a quick shuttle to the Lake Hood seaplane base near the hotel. This is the busiest take-off and landing point for seaplanes in the world. A typical Alaskan bush plane takes us directly to our lodge in Lake Clark National Park.
After a flight of just under an hour, we land on the sandy beach next to the lodge where we will spend the next three nights. Each guest cabin and lodge room is unique, modern, spacious and very comfortable with a combination of queen and twin beds, full baths, sitting areas, individual heat sources, and electricity. The fully furnished cabins have one, two or three bedrooms and all have private decks with views of the tidal flats and Cook Inlet.
Upon arrival, we will head to look for bears, accompanied by two highly trained guides who are responsible for your safety. To allow us to move through the area rapidly, transport from one location to the next will make use of ATVs/quad bikes.
With any luck, we’ll capture our first images of the impressive bears. After a break for dinner, we will set out to look for bears again, taking the time to observe them and take photos as long as the light permits.
Day 3 - 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.
Day 5: From Lake Clark National Park to Whittier After breakfast, we have more time for bear watching and photography. Around noon, we are picked up by bush plane for the return journey to Anchorage.
Our own private minibus then takes us further to Whittier. We will travel along Turnagain Arm with many stops along the way for photography.
After arriving to our Bed & Breakfast you will have the afternoon free to do whatever you wish. We'll meet again in the early evening for some photography in the area, hopefully with beautiful evening light. After the dinner there is a possibility to do some more photography, to take part in a Jeff’s tutorial of landscape photography or just enjoy the evening.
Day 6: Prince William Sound Today you’ll enjoy a full-day boat trip, photographing tidewater glaciers, ice bergs, bald eagles and various species of birds and marine wildlife in Prince William Sound. We board a boat which is exclusively chartered for our group. We will spend the entire day on the water in Prince William Sound including one or two shore excursions. With some luck, we will get an opportunity to observe & photograph whales, sea otters, sea lions, seals and sea birds. The landscape and the giant glaciers will fascinate you. After spending the day on Prince William Sound we will head back to Anchorage for an overnight stay at a cozy Bed & Breakfast.
Day 7: On the way to Matanuska Valley After a delicious breakfast we will drive along the Glenn Highway to Sheep Mountain Lodge. We will have fantastic views along the way, and we will make plenty of stops for photography. One of the highlights is Matanuska Valley and its famous and imposing glacier. If the weather is clear, the region is ideal for star photography.
Day 8: Palmer Today your journey continues to Palmer. On the way you will stop at various scenic highlights.