Alaska’s Wild Mountains and Coasts

Alaska’s Wild Mountains and Coasts


August 10, 2020 - August 20, 2020







August 10, 2020 - August 20, 2020





From the windswept tundra of Aleutian volcanoes to the glaciers and mountains of Wrangell St Elias and finally to the briney verdant coast, come explore the rich and incredibly varied wilderness of Alaska with us.

We start in the wilds of Southwest Alaska where salmon choke the streams, luring bears by the score.

Then to Alaska’s premier wilderness lodge for days of flying and evenings with views you’ll not soon forget.

No trip to Alaska would be complete without enjoying the rich waters of the North Pacific. Watch the tide rise and fall below towering coastal rainforests and paddle kayaks in protected coves.


If Alaska were cut into two states, Texas would still be the third largest state in the union. Alaska is known for parks bigger than some western states. It would be impossible to see it all in a lifetime but we want to show you a few of the gems and introduce you to the wondrous diversity of Alaska’s wild lands.

Southwest Alaska and the Alaska Peninsula is even wilder and more remote. The rivers in this part of the state support the world’s largest runs of salmon which feed enormous bears. Bering Sea beaches host walrus and the rugged Pacific coast provides a stunning landscape to watch bears fattening for winter. We will base out of Bear Trail Lodge and utilize their fleet of aircraft and boats to access our adventures. Possible excursions from the Lodge include:

Hiking in an active volcanic crater

The best bear viewing in the world

Visiting a walrus colony and bird rookery

Fly fishing for rainbow trout and salmon

Whitewater rafting

More bear watching




Next-up is Ultima Thule Lodge in the Wrangell Mountains; a perfect blend of luxury and adventure in a jaw dropping location right inside the countries largest National Park. They have a fleet of 3-person aircraft able to land in locations you never dreamed. Possibilities for fly-out adventures include:

Glacier landings

Exploring abandoned mines


Alpine hiking

A picnic on the Outer Coast

Alaska’s Pacific Coast is rich with wildlife and opportunities for adventure. Glaciers pour into the ocean and whale spouts shine silver against the green backdrop of ancient trees. We will base our activities from Tutka Bay Lodge. Activities on the coast could include:

Sea kayaking

Hiking in the rainforest

Whale watching

Deep-sea fishing

Cooking classes

Last updated: November 25, 2020


What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.

August 10

Arrive in the small community of King Salmon near the Bering Sea. We’ll settle into the lodge and ought to have time for a walk to see some bears or to cast a line for the first salmon of the trip.

August 11- 12

Two full days of adventure with float plane and boat access to the nearly endless wilderness. There will be plenty of expertise on hand to help you learn new skills and adventure where you never thought it was possible. Weather and tides will dictate much of the schedule. Fishing, bear viewing, and hiking will dominate the list of activities.

August 13

From the expanses of the Bering Sea to the grandeur of the Wrangell Mountains. After your jet lands in Glennallen you’ll transfer to a smaller aircraft for the trip deep into a kingdom of ice and rock. Welcome to Ultima Thule.

August 14 - 15

With bush-pilot and plane at your disposal you have the ultimate freedom to explore and enjoy the mountains. Whether your interest is in hiking the tundra in search of wild sheep, picnicing on a glacier beneath Mt St Elias, packrafting across a lake or beachcombing on the storm ravaged pacific coast, each day is tailored to your interests and the opportunities that the landscape presents.

August 16

A brief pass through civilization and a couple of flights brings us to Homer, Alaska. It is a fun little fishing town with a working harbor. From there we’ll catch a boat across Kachemak Bay to Tutka Bay Lodge in a quiet cove surrounded by mountains.

August 17 - 19

Three full days in Tutka Bay and on the water. We will spend days in the wind and amongst the exceptional creatures on the coast. Evenings in the comfort of the lodge and an opportunity to allow our lives to ebb and flow with the tide.

August 20

Goodbye to Alaska. Pack-up and head back across the water to Homer where you’ll meet your plane for the flight home.

I genuinely feel, having traveled in South America, Australia, and Africa to remote villages and lodges, huts etc. that Alaska was the most foreign I have ever felt. And I am glad to have experienced it.
One of my biggest impressions is that I am so so very glad we had Arctic Wild as our outfitters. Michael Wald and his team were terrific and well prepared. I can’t say enough about the attention to detail and the experience of them and especially our guide Nancy Pfeiffer. I talked with other guides and with other groups. After each conversation, (trust me, they were lengthy chats as we were on a gravel runway sitting on our packs…) I thought how lucky we were to be with Nancy and Arctic Wild.


- Linda, Washington, USA







Expect a mix of weather from sunshine and relative warmth to sideways rain. Extreme temperatures are unlikely. 10 degrees C is average on the coast at the end of the summer.



"The wilderness was spectacular, the leadership perfect."
"I am just finishing my tenth trip with you guys. As always, the trip was more than I expected and I had a great time. See you next year!"
"Of all outfitters with whom we have worked (and that is quite a number), you were by far the most organized and responsive."
"That feeling of wide open wonder, the possibilities for nearly limitless wandering, and the image of those proud caribou...that will stay with me a long time"
"Our guide was an encyclopedia on legs. He was always willing and ready to teach, to talk, to listen, to do another hike, or to lie low in camp if we were beat. He truly gave us the trip we wanted!"
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