A Small-Group Wilderness Photography Adventure to Alaska's Most Coveted Wildlife Locales
Alaska tops many a wildlife photographer's bucket list. From glacier-clad peaks to giant brown bears, you'll capture incredible images on our Ultimate Alaska Wildlife Photo Safari. Unlike standard big-ship cruises and bus tours, our exclusive wilderness adventure takes you deep into more remote parts of Alaska that stand in contrast to the most heavily touristed and commercialized 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. On our photo safari, you'll find an Alaska that's bigger, wilder and more amazing than you ever imagined!
- The Bears of Brooks FallsOur all-encompassing itinerary includes close-up brown bear photography at Brooks Falls—an exclusive chance to capture thrilling images of this iconic wildlife event
- A Private Glacier Cruise Sail among icebergs and marine life aboard our chartered yacht, and stay on a private island in Kenai Fjords, with flexibility for optimal photo opportunities
- Denali Wilderness ImmersionSpend three nights at a backcountry lodge deep inside Denali National Park, close to North America's tallest mountain and far from crowds—a rare opportunity!
On This Photo Adventure, You Might Not Even Need Your Long Lens
If you're a nature photographer, you likely have a good-sized telephoto lens, essential for those coveted wildlife shots. On conventional Alaska trips, where you're shooting from the railing of a huge ship or the side of a highway, you'll need that long lens to get your best images. On our small-group Alaska photo tour, however, you're immersed in the "real Alaska" at close range, where bears wade in streams just feet away, orcas leap from icy waters off the bow of our private chartered yacht, and Denali is on view without a gravel road and park shuttle buses in the foreground, since we stay at a backcountry lodge 90 miles inside the park. Do bring your zoom—but there will be plenty of times you won't need it! Here’s why our Alaska photo adventure tops other options:
- A Small Group for the Best Photography Experience
With a maximum of just 12 travelers, there's plenty of space aboard 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 big cruise ships.
- The Optimal Alaska Wildlife Itinerary
Our Alaska wildlife photo itinerary has been designed in tandem with World Wildlife Fund to provide the very best wildlife viewing and photography opportunities. We've been running this trip for more than two decades, enhancing it every season, to create the most diverse and comprehensive Alaska wildlife adventure for our guests who love photography.
- Stay Deep in the Heart of Denali National Park
Rather than spending the night at one of the masses of tourist hotels at the park entrance, we drive 90 miles into the remote interior of Denali to a secluded lodge that was grandfathered in when the park was expanded in 1971. This isolated experience embodies our philosophy of getting our guests into the wild and away from crowds.
- Cruise the Kenai Fjords by Private Yacht
In Kenai Fjords National Park, we charter a private yacht, rather than booking our guests aboard larger sightseeing boats with a hundred other travelers—this affords a personalized experience with close-up views of glaciers, icebergs, whales, sea lions and myriad birdlife.
- 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. At this secluded outpost accessible only by boat, we get a rare experience of authentic wilderness and all the peace and quiet that accompanies it.
- Photograph the Famous Bears of Brooks Falls—Retreat to Luxurious Gold Creek Lodge
From our remote luxurious base at Alaska's Gold Creek Lodge, take a scenic floatplane flight to world-famous Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park in pursuit of close-up shots of huge Alaskan brown bears. Depending on the exact time of your visit (i.e., when the salmon are running), we may see them fishing for salmon in the falls—one of nature’s most iconic images, and a highlight of any Alaskan wildlife photography adventure. But at any time, numerous bears in the area make for thrilling shots, and there are fewer guests on the premises in late August and September.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!