2024 Alaska Photo Tour: Bears, Glaciers and Marine Mammals
$500 Early Bird Discount per person for Alaska Photo Tour bookings made prior to February 29, 2024!
Join us on a journey to the heart of Southeast Alaska for a once-in-al-lifetime Alaska Photo Tour to photograph glaciers, coastal landscapes, black bears, and whales on this Southeast photo adventure. Through five nights and six days, you will be able to experience the incredible diversity of this place.
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes of the Tongass National Forest, LeConte Glacier, and the surrounding areas as you encounter black bears, witness the grandeur of glaciers, and marvel at the diverse marine life that calls these waters home.
This tour is based in the small Southeast Alaska community of Wrangell, from where you will venture out daily by boat to explore the natural wonders of this region. Wheather this is your first trip to Alaska or an irresistible return, this photo tour will be a trip of a lifetime.
This photo adventure is led by professional photographer and guide Laurent Dick. His knowledge and experience will enhance your journey,
providing valuable insights and guidance to help you capture stunning images. Also onboard is an experienced naturalist who will help you gain a better understanding of the terrestrial and marine ecosystems that you will explore on this unique journey.
- days and 5 nights stay in a quaint Alaska town
- Unique bear, glacier and marine mammal viewing opportunities
- Comfortable accommodations with modern amenities and wholesome meals
- Small group size: maximum eight tour participants
- Private boat trips every day
- Fully guided for safe, up-close viewing and photography of bears, glaciers and marine mammals
- 6 days (five nights) of lodging in Bed & Breakfast in Wrangell
- All meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
- All transportation during the tour
- All activities
- U.S. Forest Service fees
Day 1: Wrangell (Arrival)
You will arrive by Alaska Airlines jet (daily service to Wrangell from Seattle) and we will pick you up upon the arrival of your flight. Wrangell is a vibrant small fishing village with a population of around 2,100. It is one of the most historic communities in Alaska. It is the only town in the state to have been ruled by four nations: Tlingit, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. It has the reputation for being the friendliest little town in Southeast Alaska. We will meet for an orientation at 5 PM, with our Welcome Dinner afterwards.
Day 2: Bear Viewing
This morning, you will take a boat charter deep into the Tongass National Forest to the mouth of Anan Creek. All boat rides on this tour are in a comfortable,covered and heated jet boat. Once on shore, you take a short hike through the forest to Anan Falls and the bear viewing platform. Here, you will experience the cycle of life first-hand as Black (and sometimes Brown) Bears, and Bald Eagles come to prey on the wild salmon run. You will get intimate view of bears interacting with each other as they fish for salmon. This unique journey provides you with a world-class opportunity to view and photograph bears at close proximity in their natural habitat. You will return by mid-afternoon to the boat and take a scenic ride back to Wrangell. After dinner, you will go and explore Petroglyph Beach and look for ancient stone carvings. The rock carvings are at least 1,000 years old, but likely older, as humans have been present in Southeast Alaska for around 8,000 years.
Day 3: Glacier Cruise
Today, you will embark on a dream cruise to explore of the spectacular Leconte-Stikine Wilderness Area, including exciting up-close views of the dynamic Leconte Glacier, one of the most active tidewater glaciers in Alaska! The exceptional agility of our vessel will allow you to have an in-depth exploration of this amazing fjord, plus close views of the glacier. You will encounter hundreds of icebergs as we navigate through the seven-mile fjord through towering mountains on your way to the face of the Leconte Glacier.
The Captain will make many detours and stops, allowing you incredible opportunities to view and photograph cobalt-blue icebergs, spectacular cliffs, 1000-foot waterfalls and wildlife. On our way back to Wrangell, we will make a stop in the small fishing village of Petersburg, a colorful town with Norwegian roots. You will explore its waterfront and have lunch here.. We will then head back through the Wrangell Narrows back to Wrangell. After dinner, we will take a one-hour hike through the Tongass National Forest to a peak overlooking the town of Wrangell.
Day 4: Bear Viewing
You will return to Anan Creek for more bear viewing today. In our experience, every day provides new and unique view opportunities. It’s just such a unique place, where you can see black and brown bears, bald eagles and sometimes harbor seals, in such close proximity to each other. The different wildlife have little regard for the people watching them, and most fish within a few feet of the observation deck, allowing for priceless picture opportunities. A photo blind is located directly on Anan Creek below the observation deck, where you can take up-close, eye-level photos of the bears catching fish. Upon returning to Wrangell, you will enjoy a dinner of local seafoods, before exploring the town on foot.
Day 5: Marine Mammals
Today you will go on a boat ride through the waterways of the Tongass National Forest, where wild nature rules. Your expert captain and guide will decide on the best wildlife to see. We will search for native species, from sea otters and Steller sea lions to eagles and Humpback Whales or Orcas. Whether the humpback whales are feeding on sand lance and herring, or the Steller sea lions are fighting over the best sunning spots, you will have fantastic photo opportunities and gain a better understanding of the diversity of the marine environment and the wildlife that calls it home. After dinner, you will have one last opportunity to explore this charming little town.
Day 6: Wrangell (Departure)
This morning you will say farewell to your This morning you will bid farewell to Wrangell and your travel companions. You return home enchanted by an appreciation for the magic of Southeast Alaska that you have discovered on this tour. 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.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TRANSPORTATION Please arrive by 4:00 PM the day the tour starts. There are scheduled flights from Seattle to Wrangell via Ketchikan or Juneau. We will pick you up at the airport upon the arrival of your flight. We will meet for a group orientation at 5:00 PM, with the Welcome dinner thereafter to kick off the tour. Please note: Airfare to and from your departure city and Wrangell, as well as trip insurance, are not included in the trip fee. The tour is over on the last day of the tour after breakfast.
“It was really an unforgettable journey.”
Mandy Chan, Hong Kong
“I just want to say how much I totally enjoyed the trip, it really did exceed my expectations and I am so grateful I got a glimpse of the real Alaska, thank you for creating a tour that is off the beaten track and away from the typical tourist scene.”
Julie Williams, New Zeland
“It was a fantastic trip. Laurent is an awesome tour guide. He knows Alaska inside out.”
Vaibhav Joshi, Georgia
“I just wanted to say thanks again for being such an amazing guide! Every time i tell people about my trip I have a huge smile on my face!”
Erina Weissman, California
“Thanks a lot for your patience and willingness to show us Alaska. Every time that we talk about the trip, we have a big smile! You are a great host! Thank you again for everything – it was an amazing trip!”
Xóchitl Patron Hernandez, Mexico
**We only require a $500 deposit per person to hold your space.