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Bears of Brooks Falls: A Photo Pro Expedition

A Photography Extravaganza with Alaska's Biggest Bears...& No Crowds!
6 - 7 Days
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From $9995 (+internal air)

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Photograph Alaska's giant brown bears in Katmai National Park after Brooks Camp closes for the season and tourist crowds have disappeared. But dozens of bears still congregate, indulging in a final round of gluttony before settling in for a long winter’s sleep. Get extraordinary close-ups of tawny bears against a rich autumn palette as we fly each day by private floatplane from our deluxe wilderness lodge to the Brooks Falls area. Along the Naknek and Brooks rivers, capture exhilarating images as hefty bears devour the remaining bounty from summer salmon runs. Earthy fall tones and a low-slung sun cast a golden light upon the scene—a late-season mingling of cubs, healthy females, giant males and subadults. The bears are sated and relaxed, creating thrilling subjects for an epic photo expedition you won’t find anywhere else.

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Trip Highlights

  • In-Depth Bear PhotographySpend four days photographing huge Alaskan brown bears as they gorge on the last of the annual salmon run during the changing seasons
  • Supreme Access in the Off-SeasonGet intimate bear shots when tourists are scarce, gaining access via our chartered floatplane with wilderness flightseeing en route
  • Shoot Alongside Top GuidesOur Expedition Leader is not only a talented wildlife photographer but a career naturalist, too, with years of experience among the bears

A Different View on the Bears of Brooks Falls...Only with Nat Hab! 

Nothing evokes Alaska like bears and salmon. And the brown bears of Brooks Falls, devouring the last salmon before winter sets in, are among the planet’s most iconic wildlife photography subjects. While you won't see them fishing in the falls this time of year, they're still all over the area fattening up for winter on the salmon that remain—and this exclusive bear-focused photography expedition puts you right in the midst of them, after standard tourist facilities are closed for the season. 

  1. More Bears, Few People—a Rare Off-Season Opportunity
    We take you to the heart of the action near Brooks Lodge, but we arrive after public facilities have closed. We're likely to encounter very few other visitors, even though the bear population remains substantial, as they continue to frequent the river to feast on abundant salmon after Brooks Lodge closes for the season. Though it could be cold and rainy, we might also get low-angle autumn sunlight, lingering fall colors and potential snow dustings. With the bears at their heaviest weight, it's a photographer's dream.
  2. An Exclusive Photo-Focused Itinerary
    Our itinerary is focused on bear photography from start to finish. On this six-day trip, we spend four days in the field observing Alaskan brown bears (the world's largest coastal grizzlies), with a private chartered floatplane on call to make sure we get close-up views of bears daily, wherever they may be. Even unpredictable late-season weather makes this a coveted adventure, since the prospect of frost or snow can provide a beautiful backdrop. 
  3. Our Chartered Floatplane Ensures Proximity to the Bears
    The special appeal of this trip is that if the bears are not hanging out directly around Brooks Falls on any given day, our chartered floatplane will deliver us to exactly where they are. It's like a private "air taxi" that gets us wherever we want to go, maximizing time with the bears, plus photo opportunities from the air on our daily round-trips to Katmai National Park.
  4. Stay at an Exclusive Fly-In Wilderness Lodge
    While conditions in the field are rugged, bush-style luxury awaits as we return to Alaska's Gold Creek Lodge each night. A remote retreat near the fly-in hamlet of King Salmon on the edge of Katmai National Park, this warm, well-appointed family-run lodge provides gourmet meals, a roaring fire, and deluxe private cabins that restore you for another day in the backcountry. It's the perfect respite after a day of bushwhacking in the elements as we go in search of bears to photograph. 
  5. Outstanding Naturalist Guides Who Are Photography Pros
    Our Expedition Leaders are outstanding photographers pros and bear experts—the combination you need to get coveted shots. Among Alaska's top naturalist guides, they are highly accomplished wildlife photographers who are gifted at sharing tips with photographer peers. We take pride in employing the most qualified, dedicated and passionate natural history guides, who also receive additional training and resources from WWF scientists. Our Expedition Leaders regale guests with their in-depth knowledge while ensuring safety and comfort in every respect. See Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
  6. Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Outstanding Alaska Bear Encounter
    Natural Habitat Adventures offers an exclusive guarantee, which clearly states that we will meet the lofty expectations established in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 planet's leading environmental conservation organization—has named Natural Habitat Adventures as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!

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