Antarctica & Arctic
Discover unspolit views of snow-capped mountains, sparkling rivers and emerald green glacial lakes, searching for whales, grizzly bears, moose amd caribou on the way.
Destinations > Alaska > Outdoor Alaska
13 nights accommodation, sightseeing, activities and transportation as specified, and services of an Explore! tour leader.
08 & 22 Jun; 13 & 27 Jul; 10 Aug '19
The Alaskan wilderness offers some of the most pristine and untouched landscapes in the world. The glaciers of the Kenai Fjords National Park and the spectacular views of Mt McKinley are just some of the highlights of this adventure into the great outdoors.
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Discover rich archaeological remains
Ferry across Prince William Sound
UNESCO World Heritage site of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
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Arrive in Anchorage to begin your Alaskan adventure.
Travel south along the coastline of Turnagain Arm, through the Chugach and Kenai Mountains. Take a guided hike taking in the dramatic scenery of the Byron Glacier Creek. Continue south to the town of Seward, a picturesque port surrounded by mountains and glaciers.
Drive to Exit Glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park. The park is the site of the immense Harding Icefield, a gigantic expanse of nearly 500sq km that feeds some 40 glaciers, making it the largest icefield within the territories of the United States.
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Visit the Portage Glacier Visitors Centre, then continue through the old mountain tunnel to Whittier to board the ferry for Valdez. Valdez is the terminus of the 800 mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline which begins in Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic Ocean.
Witness the spectacular scenery of forested hills and cascading rivers as you cross the Kuskulana River on a narrow railroad bridge. Arrive in the small town of McCarthy, which grew to serve the Copper mine at Kennicott.
Nestling amongst the wild landscapes of the Wrangell St. Elias National Park, McCarthy is the ideal base from which to explore this stunning setting. Wrangell St Elias contains the largest concentration of glaciers on the continent and some 13.2 million acres of the park system have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage area.
Today is free at leisure to explore the park, or take an optional hike along the Kennicott Glacier.
This morning head north towards Tangle Lakes, where you will walk in the alpine tundra, a haven for caribou, wolves and grizzlies. The area is home to the remnants of ancient nomadic peoples and archaeological remains.
Denali National Park contains over 6 million acres of tundra, glaciers and mountains that present a unique opportunity to observe the natural behaviour of wild animals. The park provides a haven for bears, caribou, Dall sheep, wolves, moose, red foxes, wolverine and over 160 species of birds.
Spend the day exploring Denali National Park.
Enjoy a demonstration of the park's sled dogs, which are used for patrolling in the winter season and have become part of the cultural traditions of the area. Continue for the town of Talkeetna, an old mining supply station and riverboat port. This afternoon you may try river rafting or scenic flightseeing trips.
Return to Anchorage via Hatcher's Pass, where a visit to the gold mine offers a fascinating glimpse into the pioneering heritage of this great wilderness.
The tour ends in Anchorage this morning.
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