Trip Overview

Experience the awe and majesty of nature on this exciting eight-day bear viewing adventure in Alaska with whale watching, glacier hiking, float trips, and wildlife cruises through Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula in June 2019.

Leave civilization behind as you venture from Anchorage to Bear Camp, a remote area in Alaska on the shores of Lake Clark National Park. A bush plane ride – itself a quintessential Alaskan adventure – offers spectacular views of unspoiled forests below and snowy mountain peaks in the distance. You’ll bond with your travel companions over sightings of the majestic grizzlies living near the camp. Share stories and laugh together around the campfire in the twilight glow of a summer “nighttime” in this scenic part of South Central Alaska.

Head to Kenai Fjords National Park, a geological wonder formed by the gigantic glaciers of the Harding Ice Field. Hike to the face of the Exit Glacier, a magnificent remnant of our planet’s past. A wildlife cruise around Resurrection Bay offers chances to spot whales, dolphins, mountain goats, puffins, sea lions, and more. See everything while staying comfortable inside the cabin, or ask a new friend to brave the icy sea breezes on the observation deck with you. Visit a nearby glacier and witness it “calving” an ice floe into the sea.

A scenic float trip by raft down the Kenai River takes you past salmon spawning beds (a favorite spot for hungry bears and eagles). Keep your eyes peeled for elusive lynx and trumpeter swans in this cradle of the area’s animal life. A shoreside lunch gives you a chance to soak in the beauty of the scenery with the group.

End your journey aptly with a visit to Homer, nicknamed “The End of the Road.” Pass by early Russian churches and active volcanoes on your way to the famous boardwalk at Land’s End. Visit art galleries and museums, sample delicious seafood, and help your new friends find the perfect souvenir during this fun-filled day in one of Alaska’s most cherished locales. You’ll have one last chance to adventure with a morning kayaking trip or guided sport fishing expedition before heading back to Anchorage and your journey home.

Filled with wonder and wilderness, you’ll never forget this awe-inspiring bear viewing and wildlife adventure into the heart of Alaska, the nation’s final frontier!

Need more incentive? Check out our latest guest reviews of our 2017 Alaska womens trip with AdventureWomen!

And have you seen our video from our Alaska bear-viewing trip in 2016? 

And here’s what our guest Mary had to report about her experience traveling with us on that trip to Alaska:

Enjoy some more scenes from our Alaska Bear Viewing & Wildlife Safari adventures from 2014.

 

 

 

 

Main Attractions

  • Enjoy an insider’s glimpse into the Land of the Midnight Sun
  • Take a bush plane to Bear Camp to view grizzlies in their natural habitat
  • Experience a rafting float trip on the Kenai River
  • Take a wildlife cruise to see orcas, puffins, otters, and more!
  • Hike on a glacier

What You'll See and Do

  • Bear Viewing
  • Flightseeing
  • Hiking
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • Whitewater Raft/Float
  • Wildlife Cruise

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Saturday, June 8, 2019 – Arrive in Anchorage
Arrive in Anchorage and transfer by free hotel shuttle to the Comfort Inn Ship Creek in downtown Anchorage, where your AdventureWomen Associate is waiting.

Meet in the hotel lobby at 6:00pm for introductions and orientation. Dinner is on your own tonight.

You will want to pack the few things you need at Bear Camp in your day pack tonight. The rest of your belongings will stay in your main bag, which will be stored at the Adventure Lodge for the two nights that you are at Bear Camp. The packing list indicates what you will want to pack for Bear Camp in your day pack.
Meals on your own

Overnight: Comfort Inn, Ship Creek

Day 2

Sunday, June 9, 2019 – Anchorage to Bear Camp
You will be picked up by vehicle and transferred to the Great Alaska Adventure Lodge, where you will make a brief stop for any last-minute gear organizing, trip orientation, and a delicious lunch.

Travel to the airstrip where you will board bush planes for a spectacular flight to Bear Camp, a truly remote experience in every sense of the word. Perched on the edge of Lake Clark National Park and on the shores of Cook Inlet, with towering mountains behind and rugged coastline ahead, you know as soon as you land on the beach that this is a very special place. Bear Camp is accessible only by bush plane—a quintessential Alaskan adventure in itself. You will land on a beach surrounded by endless vistas of snowy peaks with not even a cabin or highway in sight. The flight confirms why Alaska is called “The Last Frontier.”

Meet your guides on the beach. Have an orientation about bear country safety. You can walk unattended around Bear Camp itself, but only during the day.

Forays beyond camp perimeter only take place as a group, and only when accompanied by a guide carrying a shotgun, loaded with buckshot.

Note: About the shotguns carried by the guides — they are for your safety. The bears are so focused on foraging for food that the guns, in our experience, have not been de-slung from the guides’ shoulders.

After more bear viewing, retire to your Weather Port accompanied by the sounds of gulls circling the bay.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Bear Camp

Day 3

Monday, June 10, 2019 – Bear Camp
Wake up to the smell of hot coffee and then spend the morning with the royalty of Alaska Wildlife—the incredible brown bear.

If the weather is nice, you may have yoga on the beach. No roads or trails access this area, so you get a glimpse of the “homesteader experience” and a true Alaskan wilderness as you feel your internal clock reset to a different pace.

This evening may include a fire on the beach as the sun “almost” sets.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Bear Camp

Day 4

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 – Bear Camp to the Adventure Lodge
Indulge in more photographing and viewing bears from the viewing stations situated throughout the area. Stand witness as bald eagles circle the heavens and bears lumber through the channels, splashing in the rivulets, and devouring the delectable grass.

After lunch the bush planes arrive and you fly back to “civilization” and the Adventure Lodge, with all its creature comforts.

Transfer back to the lodge, settle in, and enjoy Happy Hour and dinner, ending another exciting day.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Adventure Lodge

Day 5

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 – Adventure Lodge
Depart the Adventure Lodge for a beautiful drive to Seward, called the “gateway to Alaska.”

Stop to stretch your legs and take a hike to the face of Exit Glacier, a retreating glacier, almost close enough to touch.

Once in Seward, board a large cruise boat for an extensive wildlife cruise through Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park on the Kenai Peninsula’s western shore. This is the beginning of Prince William Sound, made famous by the tanker “Exxon Valdez.” Whales, dolphins, mountain goats, puffins, sea lions, seals, otters, and sea birds join the glaciers, mountains, and fjords on this beautiful adventure near the Harding Icefield.

While cruising, the captain offers a thorough narration of your surroundings. The boat is designed so that you can experience and photograph the sights comfortably from inside the cabin, or outside on the observation deck. Visit a glacier, one of the many tidewater glaciers that are fed by the massive Harding Icefield. Spend time listening and watching for icebergs to “calve” into the sea. As you continue to cruise, the Captain shares facts about local geology as you photograph bald eagles, harbor seals, cormorants, sea otters, and maybe humpbacks and orcas as they play and feed.

Enjoy dinner at the Lodge.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Adventure Lodge

Day 6

Thursday, June 13, 2019 – Adventure Lodge
Leave the Adventure Lodge and travel to the Upper Kenai River for a scenic float trip through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and Kenai Canyon.

Your rafts take you through spectacular Kenai Canyon, a remarkable area teeming with moose, black bear, and salmon. At times you will actually float over spawning beds of salmon, watching them jostle for position! In turn, you can view bald eagles and bears as they maneuver for the best fishing spots. The prodigious spawning salmon feed native trout populations, bald eagles, and grizzlies. This important ecosystem is generally considered the “cradle” of the area’s animal life.

You will want rain gear and warm clothes today. Rubber boots will be provided.

Lunch will be served shoreside.

Happy Hour and hors d’oeuvres await you back at the Adventure Lodge before dinner.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Adventure Lodge

Day 7

Friday, June 14, 2019 – Adventure Lodge
No trip to Alaska is complete without a visit to the charming, historic, and scenic “End of the Road” town of Homer and Kachemak Bay. On the way you will pass early Russian churches, active volcanoes, and most likely view baby moose with their mothers. It is a truly unforgettable and fun-filled day of exploring the art and uniqueness of the famous boardwalk at “Land’s End.”

The Kenai Mountains loom behind every building, and the town is a nature lover’s nirvana where common sights can include moose grazing, a black bear crossing the road, or porpoises playing in the surf.

In downtown Homer you can sample delicious seafood and visit art galleries, museums, and shops that sell locally made crafts. Nearby is Halibut Cove, a unique fishing and artists’ enclave where the roads are made of water.

Return to the Adventure Lodge on the banks of the Kenai River, surrounded by Alaska’s stunning wilderness this afternoon.

After nightly Happy Hour, enjoy your last dinner and evening together, reminiscing about bears, whales, and all the amazing activities you’ve shared throughout the week.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Adventure Lodge

Day 8

Saturday, June 15, 2019 – Depart the Adventure Lodge
This morning, choose between two options. You can paddle in sea kayaks on the Swan Lakes Wilderness Trail, to watch for moose, swans, eagles, and countless ducks. Alternatively, enjoy a morning of guided sport fishing with one of the lodge’s expert guides (additional fee required).

Depart for the Kenai Airport, stopping to view wildlife along the way. Fly from Kenai to Anchorage, arriving at approximately 4:45pm. You may choose to take a plane out this evening, or stay another night in Anchorage on your own.
Breakfast, Lunch

 

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Traveling to Alaska



Arrive: Arrive in Anchorage (ANC) on June 8, 2019 before 5:00pm.

Depart: Depart Anchorage (ANC) on June 15, 2019 after 6:00pm.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us at:

(800) 804-8686 or (617) 544-9393
email: info@adventurewomen.com

If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Activity Level

We rate this trip as Active. Our Active adventures get you on your feet! You should be in good physical condition where you are comfortable walking on uneven surfaces, such as cobblestone streets, biking manicured nature trails, or kayaking calm waters.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more here.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Money

Suggested Gratuities: per person, for Alaska trip guides and staff (Approximately $220-250 total for the week):

  • $80-100 for your main guide, cook, and other guides at Bear Camp
  • $70-80 for your Adventure Lodge guide (who meets you at the beginning of the trip and takes you on all the activities throughout the week, until you are dropped at the airport at trip’s end)
  • $15 for scenic raft/float guides (three)
  • $30 for the Adventure Lodge Staff (cook, servers, housekeeping)

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Forms and Final Payment

Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Supplemental Rafting Release
  • Copy of Flight Information

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer) on or before March 10, 2019.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations based on double occupancy
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary
  • All transportation throughout the trip
  • All activities as listed in the itinerary
  • Happy Hour (includes complimentary wine and beer) and hors d’oeuvres each evening
  • One AdventureWomen Ambassador

Not Included

  • Airfare to and from Alaska
  • Internal airfare
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages other than happy hour
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

Comfort Inn, Ship Creek
On the banks of Ship Creek, this waterfront hotel is 18 miles from Downtown Anchorage and 5 miles from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. All rooms and suites include free WiFi and have en suite bathrooms with showers, as well as flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers.

Bear Camp
The camp is, well, “cushy.” Accommodations are in what the Alaskans call Weather Ports, which are Quonset-hut-like structures made of high- tech fabric stretched over ribs. Your comfortable Weather-Port cabin/tents are on raised platforms with small decks out front and twin beds in each cabin. They feature wooden floors, solid doors, propane heat, and light.

Adventure Lodge
The Lodge sits on 25 acres at the confluence of the Kenai and Moose Rivers. Its huge deck overlooks the Kenai and Chugach Mountains as they bisect the massive Harding Icefield. The Lodge is the terminus for the Swan Lake Wilderness Canoe Trail, and its back door swings open to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The unique and special location of the Adventure Lodge allows unlimited access for wilderness recreation.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What to Bring

As you get ready to pack for your adventure, have a look at The AdventureWomen Store at www.theadventurewomenstore.com - we have picked out our favorite travel clothes and outdoor gear to help make packing easy for you. You can also see our recommendations for this trip on the AdventureWomen Pinterest page.

Packing Considerations: Since weather in Alaska is always unpredictable, it is imperative that you come prepared on your Alaska adventure vacation with the proper clothing and outdoor gear to be safe and comfortable. Bring warm layers, even if you aren’t sure you will need them. You can always stash them in your daypack.

Clothing and Gear

  • Duffel bag or  small suitcase
  • Daypack
  • Small duffel to pack for Bear Camp (if you don’t want to use your daypack)
  • Rain cover for daypack
  • Medium-weight, waterproof hiking boots (make sure they are broken in!)
  • Comfortable shoes that you don’t mind getting wet
  • Gore-Tex jacket
  • Gore-Tex pants
  • 4-5 pairs hiking socks
  • 2-3 short sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended) -
  • 2-3 long sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended)
  • 1 medium weight fleece sweater/jacket
  • 1 wool cap
  • 1 pair gloves
  • 1-2 pairs of pants
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 bathing suit
  • Hat for sun protection
  • 5-7 pairs underwear
  • 2-3 sports bras
  • Sleepwear

AdventureWomen Essentials

  • Travel documents (identification documents, airline tickets, money)
  • Write down/print out travel insurance number
  • Locks for your suitcase/duffel bag
  • Travel alarm clock with spare batteries
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries
  • Binoculars (8x40/42 models are excellent choices; center focus models are easiest)
  • Digital camera, memory cards, battery charger
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lenses, cleaner, saline, etc.
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Your AdventureWomen insulated bottle (good for hot or cold drinks!)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Small packet of tissues
  • Tampons and panty liners (avoid plastic applicators)
  • Earplugs: We recommend Mack’s Pillow Soft White Moldable Silicone Snore Proof Earplugs. Available at most drugstores or at www.earplugstore.com
  • Assortment of stuff sacks and Ziploc bags
  • 1-2 bandanas/Buff
  • Reading material/journal and pens

Personal First Aid Kit

  • Prescription medicine you usually take
  • Personal epi pen (if you need one, don’t forget to pack it!)
  • Bandages, Gauze, Ace bandage, blister prevention
  • Antiseptic wipes/spray
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cotton-tipped applicators
  • Oral rehydration tablets/packets
  • Antidiarrheal medication
  • Mild laxative
  • Antacid
  • Cold remedies
  • Ibuprofen/acetaminophen
  • Eye drops
  • Tweezers, scissors (travel size), safety pins

If you prefer to buy a complete kit, we recommend the Smart Travel first aid kit.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686