2024 Alaska Brown Bear Viewing Tour
Our Alaska Brown Bear Viewing Tour takes you to some of the most amazing places in Alaska where you can experience wild Alaskan brown bears in their natural habitat. The areas we fly into are in the middle of the largest population concentration of brown bears in the world!
You will be watching brown bears on four consecutive days in four different locations in Katmai and in or near Lake Clark National Park. Each of these locations offers incredible opportunities to observe brown bears ranging in their natural environment. You will watch bears as they dig for clams, graze on sedge grasses, establish dominance, and fish for salmon and teach new cubs how to catch salmon themselves.
This brown bear viewing tour is a wilderness tour. You will walk along the same trails as the bears do, sit on the same riverbanks as they do or observe them from a skiff as they go about their day-to-day life. There are no barriers, fences or platforms separating you from bears and other wildlife.
Your flights depart from Homer (by wheel plane) and from Soldotna (by floatplane). You will fly across Cook Inlet and past glaciers and volcanoes along the rugged, wild coastlines of Katmai National Park and Lake Clark National Park.
Our Alaska brown bear viewing tour allows you to experience brown bear viewing in some of the most scenic areas of Alaska.
See brown bear sows as they teach their cubs.
Aerial view of the vast wilderness of Lake Clark National Park.
Mount Redoubt is an active volcano in the largely volcanic Aleutian Range.
You will be flying in to the Alaska wilderness by both floatplane, which will land on lakes, as well as by wheelplane, which will land on beaches.
Katmai National Park and Lake Clark National Park provide some of the beast brown bear viewing opportunities in the world.
On our Alaska brown bear viewing tour, you can see and photograph brown bears up close and personal in the natural habitat!
- Observe brown bears for four days in their natural habitat
- Fly by floatplane (2x) and wheel plane (2x)
- Explore Katmai National Park and Lake Clark National Park from the air, by boat and on foot
- Discover Homer and some of the beaches along Katchemak Bay
- 6 days/five nights accommodations with million dollar view of Homer
- Fully guided
- All expenses (accommodations, three meals a day, transportation & activities) included in tour price
- 6 daus (five nights) of lodging in Homer
- All meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
- All transportation during the tour
- All activities
- National Park Service fees
- Professional instruction on how to capture the best brown bear photos
Day 1 – Sunday, August 10: Homer (arrival)
Welcome to Homer! You will either arrive by scheduled flight from Anchorage or you are welcome to drive with us by van from Anchorage. Nestled at the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, Homer is a captivating gem that beckons adventure seekers, nature lovers, and anyone yearning for an authentic Alaskan experience. Known as the “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World” and adorned with breathtaking landscapes, Homer you a unique blend of outdoor adventures, cultural richness, and a laid-back charm. You will be staying in a comfortable Airbnb with sweeping views of Homer Spit, Katchemak Bay and the Kenai Mountains. This will be your home base for the next six days.
Day 2 – Monday, August 11: Near Mount Redoubt and Lake Clark National Park
Today, we drive to Soldotna to catch a floatplane that will take you across Cook Inlet and to the base of Mount Redoubt. The western shores of the Cook Inlet are the ultimate brown bear habitat. The creeks that run through the prairies are loaded with salmon, attracting resident brown bear populations to the areas all summer long. After a quick 30-minute flight, you will get into a skiff and start looking for brown bears. The bears are here to fish for sockeye and silver salmon and to teach their cubs how to eventually do their own fishing. You can get as close as 30 feet from these magnificent animals in the complete safety of the boat while the bears go about their business of fishing and relaxing. After about five hours of bear viewing and exploring some of the scenery, you will return to the floatplane base and fly back to Soldotna. You will explore the sights between Soldotna and Homer on our leisurely drive back.
Day 3 – Tuesday, August 12: Katmai National Park
Today we will fly into Halo Bay in Katmai National Park. After a short safety briefing, you’ll put on a pair of waterproof hip boots, and climb aboard a bush plane.
The one hour flight will take you over and around several volcanoes, glaciers, and rivers where you’ll land on long sandy beaches or one of many floatplane lakes or rivers. From there, you will walk along the shoreand observe bears in their natural habitat. You will watch bears they dig for clams, graze on sedge grasses, establish dominance, and teach new cubs how to catch salmon in the river. After spending the day in the heart of bear country, you will fly back to Homer in the afternoon.
Upon our return to Homer, we will explore its small-town charm. The streets are lined with quirky shops, local eateries, and friendly faces. The Homer Spit in particular exudes a quaint fishing village ambiance, offering a relaxing atmosphere to unwind and savor the simplicity of life in Homer.
Day 4 – Wednesday, August 13: Lake Clark National Park
This morning we drive back up to Soldotna for another floatplane trip, this time into Crescent Lake in Lake Clark National Park. The 45-minute flight in itself is a spectacular flightseeing tour; this scenic route takes you by Mount Redoubt, an active volcano, numerous salmon streams, glaciers, and other Alaskan sights. Your floatplane will land on the lake, and after disembarking your pilot will give you a brief bear orientation. We will take a trip upriver to look for bears, as they fish for salmon or meander along the shore. Afterwards, we will cruise along the shoreline of the lake and keep an eye out for bears. There’s a shallow estuary where bears often congregate to fish for salmon. Lake Clark National Park is beginning to be well known as the best bear viewing in Alaska, and for good reason. This area is home mostly to brown bears, but it is not uncommon to see a few black bears in the area as well. We will drive back to Homer in the late afternoon.
Day 5 – Thursday, August 14: Lake Clark National Park
Today you will fly into Chinita Bay. The nutrition-filled estuaries of Chinitna Bay attract brown bears from spring to fall. Much like in Halo Bay, brown bears munch on sedges (grass-like plants that are rich in protein) and other plants that grow along the salt marsh, extract clams from the tidal flats, and feast on running salmon. After a 45-minute flight you land effortlessly on the gently curving beach, you will have another bear safety briefing, before setting off on foot through grasses to reach a wooded area along the marsh. You will spend the next five hours in the company of brown bears, getting to know them and feeling connected to them in a way you never thought possible. After you fly back to Homer, you will enjoy a Farewell Dinner as well as a leisurely walk along one of Homer’s most scenic beaches.
Day 6 – Friday, August 15: Homer (departure)
This morning you will say farewell to your This morning you will bid farewell to Homer and your travel companions. You can either fly back to Anchorage on a a scheduled flight or ride back with us. You return home enchanted by an appreciation for Alaska’s brown bears. You will bring back memories that will last a lifetime.
This itinerary is fluid to adapt for changes in weather, wildlife and/or partnering subcontractor’s schedule changes. For instance, be flexible with possible flight delays due to poor aviation weather or mechanical issues that are out of our control.
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