Alaska: Pacific Ocean to the Arctic Ocean

GUIDED ALASKA Private

Alaska: Pacific Ocean to the Arctic Ocean

DATES

September 3, 2021 - September 10, 2021

REGION

Pacific to Arctic

TRIP COST

$$$

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DATES

September 3, 2021 - September 10, 2021
region

REGION

Pacific to Arctic
price

TRIP COST

$$$

Ready for full days of adventure and evenings filled with good food and wine? Visit two of our finest remote lodges and sample the great diversity of Alaska. Then finish your trip to Alaska with the world’s best polar bear viewing. Bears, whales, glaciers, helicopters, float planes, yoga, cooking classes, polar bears and of course, Alaska’s wilderness. This trip has a little of everything.

TRIP DETAILS

Last updated: November 22, 2021

Itinerary

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

September 2

Arrive in Anchorage on your own and spend the night at the Captain Cook Hotel. (Meals, transportation and activities on your own)

September 3

After breakfast a van will meet you (8:00 am) and drive you to the float-plane airport, where you meet your chartered plane for the flight south down the length of the Kenai Peninsula landing directly on the salt water of Tutka Bay. Once you settle into your cabins and make a massage appointment, your choice of activities is nearly endless. (L,D)

September 4

Enjoy Tutka Lodge’s exceptional breakfast before flying across Cook Inlet  on a trip to Katmai National Park to view its famed bears. This is a full day out in the wilds with some of the largest bears in the world. Or if you prefer you can spend the day on the water looking for marine mammals and visiting seabird colonies. Regardless of the activity you choose, you’ll be immersed in wildlife and wilderness. (B,L,D)

 

September 5

The flight from Tutka to Winterlake is breathtaking. After breakfast you board a plane heading up the spine of the Aleutian Range. When you land right at the lodge’s dock you will be met by an exceptional staff and introduced to your new home in the shadow of North America’s highest peak. (B,L,D)

September 6

The Lodge’s helicopter will take you on an adventure never to be forgotten, and return you for a dinner almost equal to the surroundings. You’ll be able to choose between heli-biking, glacier exploration, or fishing in the spectacular Alaska Range.(B,L,D)

September 7

After breakfast and packing, head to the dock for another float-plane ride. The views are spectacular all the way to Anchorage. Once in Anchorage around noon, you’ll transfer to the international airport for the one-hour flight from Anchorage to Fairbanks. You’ll have time to visit the University of Alaska Museum this afternoon and will have the opportunity to meet with your Polar Bear Tour guide to get outfitted and ready for your trip into the Arctic. (B and lodging at Springhill Suites, L, D on your own)

September 8

Mid-morning our charter departs Fairbanks for the Arctic Coast. We will fly from Fairbanks, over the mighty Yukon River, across the Arctic Circle, and over the Brooks Range before landing in Kaktovik on the Beaufort Sea Coast where we meet our hosts and settle into our hotel before heading onto the water to watch the bears. (B,L,D)

September 9

A full day in the Arctic and we will spend most of it on the water with our local guide. With a full day to explore we can travel a bit further and take time to watch the bears interacting with each other. We can also walk around town and learn a little about modern Inupiat life in Arctic Alaska. (B,L,D)

September 10

A final trip out on the water to see what the bears are up to. Changing light, temperatures, and weather make each trip on the water unique. We will have half of the day to watch loons, eiders, or polar bears, or do whatever suits your fancy. Weather permitting, we will fly back to Fairbanks in time for dinner and your final night at Springhill Suites before heading home the next day. (B,L, Lodging)

Such a joy to spend days where time was meaningless.  A wonderful adventure and I would like to return next year for a longer, more challenging trip.

You mentioned to me in an email that you have terrific guides - you do indeed.  Dave is a superb guide. He is personable, knowledgeable about the Arctic, and has excellent group management skills. I appreciated the time he spent teaching me to read the map, which is not easy without trails.   He allowed Adrian and me to hike at our own pace and he encouraged all of us to explore the area surrounding our campsites. I know the others would concur in my praise.

- Sandra, California, USA

DETAILS

WHAT'S INCLUDED

One night at Copper Whale Inn in Anchorage (9/2)

2 nights at Tutka Bay Lodge (9/3- 9/4)

2 nights at Winterlake Lodge (9/5 – 9/6)

Two nights at Pike’s Lodge in Fairbanks (9/7 and 9/10)

2 nights at Arctic Chalet (9/8 and 9/9)

All included lodge activities and meals including wine and beer at Tutka and Winterlake Lodges (Alcohol is strictly prohibited in Kaktovik)

Arctic Wild guide to accompany in Kaktovik (9/8 – 9/10)

Chartered flights to each lodge and to Kaktovik

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Transport the Hotel Captain Cook on 9/2

Activities and amenities not included in lodge package

Additional nights at Arctic Chalet should the charter flight be unable to fly on 9/10

Lodging beyond the duration of the scheduled trip

Meals in Fairbanks or Anchorage, or not specified above or beyond the planned duration of the trip

Warm clothing per our Equipment List

The following is included at Winterlake and Tutka Bay Lodges:

  • Transportation to Winterlake Lodge includes round trip float plane
  • Accommodations in private cabin
  • Three plated meals and appetizer hour
  • Customized guide service
  • One out-camp excursion every two days
  • One complimentary massage per person
  • Yoga
  • Hot tub and sauna
  • Cooking classes
  • Use of all adventure gear
  • House wine and beer
  • Gratuity

WEATHER & BUGS

Weather is Alaska is wildly variable and it is best to prepare for everything. Rain is assured but warmth is also possible. Most of the time it is warmer at Winterlake than it is at Tutka but bring plenty of layers and good rain gear regardless. Luggage restrictions apply on small planes so pack carefully. In the Arctic a variety of weather can also be expected including foggy periods and sunny conditions. Temperatures will be cold (20 to 50). Snow is likely. Bring a good parka, hat, and gloves. The upside is that mosquitoes will be nowhere in sight!

RECOMMENDED READING

Winterlake Lodge Cookbook, Kristen Dixon; Kachemak Bay Years, Else Pedersen: Sled Dog TrailsMary Shields; Climb DenaliLaurent Dick; Grizzly MazeNick Jans, Polar Bears, Ian Sterling, Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez. More Alaska reading is available at our bookstore.

"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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Eileen - Canning River