Trip Overview

A pristine wilderness wonderland, join AdventureWomen in Alaska for an unmatched “big-as-all-outdoors” adventure. During eight days at the peak of June’s midnight sun, experience awe-inspiring encounters with its iconic wildlife – highlighted by an unforgettable two-day Bear Camp experience. Whale watching, glacier hikes, flightseeing, and river floating offer the perfect backdrop for reclaiming your sense of wonder.

Point your compass north of the 49th parallel to Alaska’s towering mountains, glittering glaciers, and pine-rimmed waterways. Peak-summer’s gift – 19 hours of daylight – extends your chances for daily exploration and for witnessing incredible wildlife up close, especially new bear families just out of hibernation!

Meet your AdventureWomen travel companions in Anchorage for your introductory overnight, the perfect chance to get acquainted. Then, leave civilization behind as you board a bush plane – a quintessential Alaska experience – and soar above spectacular landscapes before landing on the beach at the edge of Lake Clark National Park. Welcome to Bear Camp, your wilderness home for the next two days!

With its non-intrusive, park-inspired design (and warm and comfortable tents called “weather ports”), Bear Camp’s crowning features are its raised viewing platforms, offering extraordinary opportunities to watch bears feeding on tasty sedge and digging for clams on the beach. Adorable cubs, investigating their world for the first time, engage in hilarious and endlessly photogenic tackling and tumbling antics! At the end of the day, gather for healthy Alaska-style dinners and convivial camaraderie around the campfire. Twilight’s lingering glow on the surrounding scenic majesty is nothing less than magical.

Throughout your adventure you are accompanied by a highly capable Alaska naturalist-guide as you explore the wild heart of “the Last Frontier.” You are also joined by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure, and cheering you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your own unique way!

From Bear Camp, fly to your lodge near Kenai Fjords National Park, the gateway to classic Alaska adventures. Hike up to massive Exit Glacier, then join a wildlife cruise through Resurrection Bay, a stunning haven for vast numbers of seabirds and marine life, including otters, puffins, whales, and sea lions. As you cruise toward tidewater glaciers, wait for the inimitable sight, and sound, of calving ice.

The following day, enter the dense fragrant forests lining the banks of the Kenai River and enjoy a leisurely river float adventure tracing driftwood-strewn shores – a prime habitat for moose, beavers, bears, and bald eagles. Enjoy a picnic lunch with your companions in this verdant wilderness.

The eccentric and beloved town of Homer, aptly nicknamed “End of the Road,” makes a fitting journey finale. Along the drive admire the onion-domed churches built by early Russian settlers and pass by active volcanoes—a reminder that the land here is still young. Enjoy exploring Homer’s art galleries, savoring more delicious Alaskan seafood, or helping each other shop for that perfect, locally made souvenir.

Before heading for the airport, choose a final adventure option if you wish: a kayak paddle in the Swan Lakes Wilderness, or a guided sport fishing expedition on Kachmak Bay… a wonderful way to seal new friendships with one more “only-in-Alaska” moment together.

Main Attractions

  • Observe and photograph the playful curiosity of Brown Bear cubs and their families just out of hibernation during two days at Bear Camp
  • Hike across glaciers, kayak, river-float, and flightsee over Alaska’s pristine landscapes, basking in the long hours of summer daylight
  • Cruise the Kenai Fjords in the company of whales, dolphins, puffins, and sea lions as bald eagles soar overhead
  • Discover the unique Alaska lifestyle, its Russian history, and its artistic Native American traditions in charming Homer

What You'll See and Do

  • Bear Viewing
  • Boat Cruising
  • Flightseeing
  • Hiking
  • Natural History
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking
  • Whitewater Raft/Float
  • Wildlife Viewing

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

The May 25th itinerary is in a slightly different order than the itinerary below. For details, click here

Arrive in Anchorage
Venture above the 49th parallel to America’s “Last Frontier” for 19 hours of sunlight and the best Alaska brown bear viewing you can find! Particularly adorable are those bear cubs seeing their first summer, frolicking in the grass and streams, while their mothers teach them survival skills. Hungry from their winter hibernation, brown bears are also busy fattening up on the rich fish, grass, nuts, and berries that burst forth in Alaska’s short summer season.

During your adventure, you’ll get to know your Alaska-based guides, who will help you discover this incredible wilderness area in Alaska. You are also accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure, and cheering you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your own unique way!

Arrive in Anchorage and transfer by free hotel shuttle to the Comfort Inn Ship Creek in downtown Anchorage, where your AdventureWomen Ambassador is waiting.

Meet in the hotel lobby at 6:00pm for introductions and orientation. Dinner is on your own tonight, but if you have the energy, you may want to go grab a bite to eat with some of your fellow travelers.

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. You only need a couple of days of clothing – most women just bring one outfit and a change of socks and underwear!
Meals on Your Own

Overnight: Comfort Inn, Ship Creek

Day 2

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. You will land on a beach surrounded by endless vistas of snowy peaks with not even a cabin or highway in sight.

Meet your guides on the beach for an orientation about bear country safety. You can walk unattended around Bear Camp itself, but only during the day. Forays beyond the camp perimeter only take place as a group, and only when accompanied by a guide carrying a shotgun.

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

Overnight: Bear Camp

Day 3

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 true Alaskan wilderness as you feel your internal clock reset to a different pace.

Spend time today observing the amazing bears that this area is known for. Whisper with your new AdventureWomen friends as you see the bears foraging and playing.

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

Overnight: Bear Camp

Day 4

Bear Camp to the Kenai River
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

Kenai River
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 happy hour and dinner at the lodge.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Adventure Lodge

Day 6

Kenai River
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 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. Enjoy lunch shoreside.

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

Overnight: Adventure Lodge

Day 7

Kenai River
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

Depart Alaska
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

Please note: AdventureWomen will attempt to adhere to the itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, and cultural) may necessitate changes in the itinerary. AdventureWomen reserves the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participants. 

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



Arrival and Departure Information

June 3rd Departure:

Arrive in Anchorage, Alaska (ANC) on June 3, 2021 before 5:00pm.

Depart Anchorage, Alaska (ANC) on June 10, 2021 after 6:00pm.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. 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 and be prepared to hike for up to five hours, multiple days in a row, on uneven surfaces with some steep ascents and descents. Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

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 on the FitForTrips website.

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

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!

Preparation and Packing

Once you register for your adventure, we will send you a comprehensive preparation guide including weather information, gratuity suggestions, and a packing list.

As a reference, AdventureWomen typically suggests $200-250 for gratuities on most trips. Detailed information will be provided to you prior to departure.

Forms and Final Payment

The deposit for this trip is $800, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

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

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer). A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

June 3rd Departure Final Payment Due Date: March 5, 2021

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 as per itinerary based on double occupancy
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation as listed in itinerary
  • Flights within Alaska as listed in the itinerary (priced separately from the main trip)
  • All activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional Alaska-based guide(s)
  • Happy hour (includes complimentary wine and beer) each evening

Not Included

  • Airfare to and from Alaska
  • Optional activities
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages (unless otherwise specified)
  • Fees for travel insurance
  • 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 1.8 miles from Downtown Anchorage and 7.5 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.

Amenities:
Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; Wifi

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.

Amenities:
Coming soon

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.

Amenities:
Coming soon

Please note that all amenities were current when written and are subject to change at any time.

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

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686