“This trip is exactly what it’s called. My wife and I took this Ultimate Alaska Wildlife Safari with a small group of 12 in early July, when the daylight is an average of 18 hours.

Denali National Park in Alaska

Our group size allowed us to get to know each other and travel in the comfort of a small vehicle. The drive started with clear skies, affording good views of Denali, and as the day progressed, low clouds moved in and rain began. The day of departure, we awoke to clear skies, which allowed those who wanted to take air flights around the mountain. Those of us who rode back had great photo shots and saw wildlife such as beaver, moose, bear and even caribou.

Talkeetna is a cute town with views of the back side of Denali. On another day, we took the Alaska Railroad again to Spencer Glacier to get within a safe distance of the glacier and to float on rafts in and around blue icebergs. Then we continued the float down Placer River, surrounded by beautiful mountains.

Bear catching salmon at Brooks Falls, Alaska

The stay at Kenai Fjords is beautiful, and you can kayak in glacier-green water with evergreen hills and waterfalls around you. Even with a light rain, the private yacht was comfortable and provided shelter. Three orcas approached and passed under the rear of the boat, and porpoises swam along the bow in the wake just under where we stood. There were humpback whales and along the shore were seals, puffins and other birds that the guides knew the names of and were happy to point out.

Bald eagle in Alaska

Last of all (and the best for me) were the floatplane flights in and out of Brooks Falls, and the photo opportunities of the bears feeding. Catching salmon midair as they jumped to get up the falls was exciting and people would cheer when the bear would succeed.

We are very happy that we took this trip.”

Bear eating salmon at Brooks Falls, Alaska

— Larry and Sue Pals | Ultimate Alaska Wildlife Safari | July 2018

All photos © Larry and Sue Pals.