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Ultimate Alaska Wildlife Photo Safari

A Small-Group Alaska Photography Adventure to the State’s Best Wildlife Spots!
Alaska tops many a wildlife photographer's bucket list. From glacier-clad peaks to giant bears, you'll capture incredible images on our Ultimate Alaska Wildlife Photo Safari. Unlike standard big-ship cruises and bus tours, we take you deep into the remote parts of Alaska far from the heavily touristed areas that dominate most itineraries. We position you and your camera at the rail of a private yacht in front of calving glaciers, before a panorama of Denali from a backcountry wilderness lodge, and at river’s edge to capture a salmon leaping from the water into the gaping jaws of a brown bear. Our photo safari reveals Alaska “less discovered”: bigger, wilder and more amazing than you ever imagined. 

Trip Highlights

  • Our exclusive itinerary includes close-up brown bear viewing at Brooks Falls—a rare opportunity to capture stunning images!
  • Cruise among icebergs and marine wildlife aboard our chartered yacht, and stay on a private island in Kenai Fjords, with flexibility for optimal photo opportunities
  • Spend three nights at a backcountry lodge deep within Denali National Park, far from crowds and close to wildlife and panoramas of Mount Denali—a rare opportunity!

On This Alaska Photo Adventure, You May Not Need Your Long Lens!
If you're a nature photography enthusiast, you likely have a good-sized telephoto or zoom lens, essential for those coveted wildlife shots. You’d probably bring that lens with you on all your nature trips… but wouldn't it be wonderful to visit Alaska and not really need it? On conventional Alaska trips, where you're shooting photos from the railing of a ship or the side of a highway, you're likely to require a pretty long lens to get your best wildlife images. However, when you travel on this small-group Alaska photo tour, you're immersed in the "real Alaska" up close and personal, where bears fish for salmon just feet away, orcas leap from icy waters off the bow of our private yacht, and Mount Denali is on view not with a gravel road and park shuttle buses in the foreground, but set behind open tundra and wild mountain lakes near our remote backcountry lodge located 90 miles inside the park. Sure, bring your zoom lens. But it’ll be nice not to need it! Here’s how we arrange for superior Alaska photography adventures:
  1. A Small Group for the Best Photography Experience
    With an average maximum of just 12 travelers on our trips, there's plenty of space on our vehicles to stow extra camera gear and move about. Guests also have the full attention of our professional photographer Expedition Leader, always by your side to offer tips and instruction to help you get the best shots. This level of personalized experience is simply not attainable on a large bus tour or on board cruise ships.
  2. The Optimal Alaska Wildlife Itinerary
    Our Alaska wildlife photo itinerary has been designed in concert with World Wildlife Fund for the best wildlife viewing and photography opportunities. We have been running this itinerary for more than two decades, and it has become the flagship Alaska wildlife adventure for our guides and our guests.
  3. Stay in the Heart of Denali National Park
    Rather than staying at the mass of tourist hotels at the park entrance, we travel by road 90 miles into the remote heart of Denali to a secluded first-class lodge that was grandfathered in when the park expanded in 1971. This isolated experience embodies our philosophy of getting our guests into the wild and away from crowds.
  4. Private Yacht in Kenai Fjords
    In spectacular Kenai Fjords, we cruise aboard a privately chartered yacht – rather than booking spaces for our guests on larger ships with hundreds of other travelers – this affords us a personalized experience with close-up views of glaciers, icebergs, whales, sea lions and myriad birdlife.
  5. Stay on a Private Island
    A unique component of our adventure is an overnight on private Fox Island on the edge of Kenai Fjords National Park. Since we are the only guests at this remote outpost, we get a rare experience of authentic wilderness and all the peace and quiet that accompanies it.
  6. Photograph the Famous Bears of Brooks Falls
    We fly by float plane into world-famous Brooks Lodge in Katmai National Park, where we stay on site within walking distance of Brooks Falls. Here we'll get incredible close-up photos of huge Alaskan brown bears fishing for salmon—one of nature’s most iconic images, and a highlight of any Alaskan wildlife photography adventure.
  7. The World's Finest Naturalist Guides
    Natural Habitat has a well-earned reputation for hiring the finest naturalist guides on the planet! Our Alaska Photo Expedition Leaders average more than 15 years’ guiding experience each, and receive additional training from top WWF scientists. Our photo tour leaders are also outstanding professional photographers who are passionate about sharing their vast knowledge with our guests. See Photo Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
  8. Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures a Superior Experience
    With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee, which clearly states that we will meet the lofty expectations set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
  9. Feel Good About the Way You Travel
    We care deeply about our planet, just as you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100-percent offset—Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company.
  10. Natural Habitat is WWF's Travel Partner
    Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our adventures. World Wildlife Fund—the world's leading environmental conservation organization—has named Natural Habitat as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
Reading List
Longitude Books has created a custom comprehensive listing of Alaska Photo Adventure travel books for this trip.

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Alaska's Grizzlies: Kodiak to Katmai Photo Tour

Nature puts on few displays as arresting as Alaskan brown bears feeding on late-summer’s bounty. The bears of Kodiak Island—the largest grizzlies in the world—gorge on spawning salmon as they swim up the rivers that pour onto these wild beaches. Our private chartered boat offers an exclusive opportunity to follow and photogragh the bears along the shoreline as they fish, dig for clams and lope along the beach. Ashore, as we walk with our experienced guide, we have an even closer vantage point as we watch from a careful distance. Here in Katmai National Park, experience this rarest of encounters with Ursus arctos in all its untamed majesty!

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