Nearly Two Weeks on Alaska's Remote Bear Coast
You'll find no more in-depth experience for brown bear photography, with long days in the field to observe a multitude of giant coastal grizzlies in varied settings
Two Premier Bear Destinations on One Seamless Itinerary
Southwest Alaska's Katmai and Lake Clark national parks, renowned for their abundant brown bears, offer the world's best opportunities for close-up bear photography
Expert Guiding & Photography Workshops
Your naturalist Expedition Leader is both an expert bear naturalist and a wildlife photography pro, whose intensive experience will help you get the best possible shots
What Makes This the Ultimate Brown Bear Photo Expedition?
If it's world-class brown bear photos you're after, we've pulled out all the stops to help you get them. Discover the features that put this unique Alaska bear photo safari on top of other offerings:
- The most in-depth experience on offer for Alaska brown bear photography
You’ll spend 13 days in Alaska, with extended time in two prime locations for coastal brown bear activity—plus nearly 24-hour summer daylight to maximize your photography opportunities.
- Spend time in two premier national parks renowned for bear viewing
You needn’t choose! We take you to both Katmai and Lake Clark national parks, each lauded for their healthy brown bear populations and stunning wilderness backdrops. And you don’t have to hassle with the challenges of returning to Anchorage in between, which you would almost certainly have to do if you were attempting to make your own arrangements These are the coveted locations for bear photography, and you’ll hit both on one seamlessly integrated itinerary.
- Unparalleled privacy far from tourist crowds
Bear viewing is becoming more popular in Alaska—and that's good, as it benefits bear conservation by demonstrating their economic value. However, when you're in search of extraordinary bear images, you want to see them in a pristine setting, away from other humans, in silence where it's just you and your wild subjects. That's the exclusive advantage you get via our private chartered ship, the Natural Habitat Ursus—we aren't constrained by structures; we follow the bears along the coastline. And when you are at our Alaska Bear Camp base, you're on a private inholding inside Lake Clark National Park—for our guests alone! Once the day-trippers leave, it's just us...and the bears.
- Photograph bears during a time of prime summer activity
June is mating season for Alaska brown bears, and we’re sure to see some lively activity between males and females. We’re also likely to see mothers with cubs, including young babies born just a few months earlier, known as “spring cubs.” Expect to see bears grazing on sedges and digging clams from the beach as these omnivores devour plenty of protein to start the fattening-up process. (Please note that we will not witness bears fishing for salmon, as the salmon runs do not happen until later in the season.)
- Travel with a guide who knows bears – and bear photography – like none other
Our Expedition Leaders for this trip are top of the top when it comes to knowledge and experience among Alaska’s bears, and in capturing the images of them you covet. Their familiarity with the bears’ behavior, habits and movements means you’ll have the best access possible. And their facility with photographing them – from utilizing the right equipment, settings and camera placement – will help you get the best possible images.
- Intensive photography guidance and workshops
If you’re going on this trip, you are already an accomplished photographer, perhaps even a professional. Yet you can count on our Photo Expedition Leader to help you get your bear shots to the next level, offering instruction or tips as needed, and facilitating editing and post-production workshops. You’ll have access to a full slate of resources to enhance your Alaska bear photography.
- Wilderness accommodations that place you directly among the bears
Based at Nat Hab’s Alaska Bear Camp and aboard the Natural Habitat Ursus, you will live and sleep surrounded by bears (safely, of course!). Our fly-in camp and live-aboard expedition ship grant you access to the roadless wilderness that is the bears’ home in Lake Clark and Katmai national parks – without compromising your comfort! Enjoy a warm retreat after photography outings, cozy beds, hot showers, gourmet home-cooked food. There’s no way to get closer, in a more untouched setting, than these two bear bases offer.
- Chartered private flights maximize convenience and flexibility
No adhering to preset flight schedules, having to return to Anchorage between destinaitons, or waiting around for other travelers. We charter bush planes to take you directly to and from our bear photography destinations at times suited for our itinerary—and with the flexibility to pivot as needed for weather contingencies.
- Additional wildlife photography in Kodiak and Homer
In addition to intensive bear photography opportunities, you’ll also enjoy unhurried time in both Kodiak and Homer, including two private boat cruises offering a chance to capture marine wildlife shots – look for whales, seals, sea lions, sea otters, bald eagles, puffins and more, plus scenic landscapes.
- Expert Bear Naturalist Guides Add Immeasurably to Your Experience
Our Bear Camp Expedition Leaders are not only professional naturalists, they're bear experts. They have spent years observing and learning about Ursus arctos, and their wealth of knowledge adds immeasurably to your experience. They are also seasoned guides when it comes to understanding bear behavior and your safety, coaching us in proper etiquette for respectful viewing. See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
- Our Quality-Value Guarantee
With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee, stating clearly that we will meet the lofty expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. We think this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
- Feel Good About Your Carbon-Neutral Journey
We care deeply about our planet, as we know you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset—including your round-trip flights from home. Natural Habitat Adventures has been the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company since 2007.
- Natural Habitat Adventures 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 Adventures as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!