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Guided Backcountry Adventure Tours

Alaska’s backcountry – in the mountains, on the tundra, near a glacier, or along wild rivers or coastline – allows for a rare immersion into breathtaking surroundings, away from cities, roads, and crowds. You don’t even have to go far away from “civilization” to be surrounded by awe-inspiring views and nature’s sounds. Guided backcountry trips range from bare bones camping to upscale lodge retreats, and they all offer more of quintessential Alaska: more views, more quiet, more opportunities to see wildlife.

Why Choose a Backcountry Experience?

A sense of place. On a backcountry adventure, no matter where you look, there’s no doubt that you’re in Alaska. You’re constantly connecting with your surroundings, whether you’re floating down a river and then sleeping in a tent along the banks, or retiring to a private room at an upscale lodge surrounded by miles of wilderness.

Make lasting connections. All of these guided adventures have small group sizes. And, you’re generally with the same group for the duration of your trip. You’ll form connections, friendships, and will bond over mealtime, shared challenges and new vistas.

Get out of your comfort zone. Backcountry adventuring is an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and learn something new. Have you ever tried ice climbing before spending the night on a glacier? How about finding your way over wide-open tundra on a backpacking expedition? Even cooking riverside on a float trip teaches you how delicious a meal can be after a day on the water. Alaska offers challenges and discoveries for even the most experienced hikers/rafters/campers.

Leave the planning to the experts. No need to spend hours on logistics trying to match up transportation, accommodations and meals. These trips are planned out for you, and are typically all-inclusive.

What Types of Trips are There?

Backcountry trips range from rugged to luxurious, with a variety of activity levels so you can choose the experience that suits you best. They’re also available at a variety of price points. If you are surprised at first by a total cost, keep in mind that it likely includes transportation from a hub city to your destination, along with meals and activities throughout the trip.

This table gives typical cost tiers according to the type of trip:

Cost (per person)AccommodationsBathroomActivity LevelMeals
Outfitted Trip (no guide)Varies based on gear rented and chartered airfareTentOutdoorsHighBackcountry fare, often freeze-dried
Guided Camping$1940 - $3950, 9-20 daysTentVaries; vault toilets or campground facilities with flush toilets & showersLow - MidCampground fare!
Guided Backpacking$900 - $2750, 2-5 daysTentOutdoorsMid - HighBackcountry fare, often freeze-dried (prepared by guide)
Guided Float Trip$575 - $3150, 2-7 daysTentOutdoors / port-a-johnMid - HighBackcountry gourmet (prepared by guide)
Glamping$999+, overnightTent with prepared sleeping spaceVault / port-a-johnLow - MidPrepared or catered, gourmet
Backcountry Skiing & Winter Adventures$895+Lodge or tentVariesLow - High

Backountry fare to prepared

Photography Tours$5500+Lodge or tentVariesLow - Mid

Prepared / catered

Wilderness Lodge$350 / night - $5,000+ for multi-day packagesPrivate room at lodgeVaries; outdoor vault or composting toilet to private bath in roomLow - MidPrepared, gourmet
Small Ship Cruise / Sailboat & Yacht$3700 - $7150+, 3-11 daysPrivate roomPrivate or shared bath on shipLow - MidPrepared, groumet

Is Backcountry Exploring safe?

Absolutely! Exploring these wilderness areas safely takes common sense and knowledge of how to manage the risks - which can include everything from hypothermia to surprise encounters with wildlife. Guides will help you have an amazing time while showing you how to navigate Alaska’s land, ice and water safely. And even if you are already well versed in the mechanics of backcountry adventuring, a guide can help elevate your experience with insights into the specific geology, natural history, and flora and fauna around you.

Outfitted Trips

Season: May 15 to Oct 01 Call for rates

Fam­i­ly-owned and oper­at­ed, Des­ti­na­tion Alas­ka Adven­ture Com­pa­ny, has a pas­sion for show­ing peo­ple Alas­ka. Whether your must-see list includes nation­al parks, glac­i­ers, vol­ca­noes, great fish­ing, bear view­ing, or more, Homer is not only a great base for flight­see­ing but also a great home base for your trip. Browse avail­able tours, dream up an adven­ture of your own, or let the pros at Des­ti­na­tion Alas­ka help you cre­ate one!

Season: May 01 to Sep 10 $125+ per person 30 min - 3.5 hrs

You’ll take off from Anchor­age, and Alas­ka will open up for you as you appre­ci­ate its vast­ness from the air. Where will you go? That’s up to you! Choose from a vari­ety of tours. Take one of the clas­sics, like flight­see­ing to Denali, or opt to explore one of the state’s hid­den gems. You can also fly to see glac­i­ers, go bear view­ing in Lake Clark Nation­al Park, or work with the pros at Alas­ka Air Ser­vice to cre­ate your own cus­tom itinerary.

Season: April – October $2,250 - $2,950 per person (unguided); $4,900 per person (guided) 5 - 10 days

Expe­ri­ence Alas­ka at its most beau­ti­ful­ly remote on a ful­ly out­fit­ted float trip with Ani­ak Air Guides. Whether your pas­sion is raft­ing, fish­ing, hunt­ing, back­pack­ing, wildlife and out­door pho­tog­ra­phy, or gold pan­ning, Ani­ak Air Guides can set you up with every­thing you need, then fly you to the per­fect loca­tion to DIY the trip of a lifetime.

Season: Year Round 1+ hours

Expe­ri­ence the thrill of flight­see­ing in areas that most tours can’t reach. Go with Gold­en Eagle Out­fit­ters and enjoy ful­ly cus­tomized flight­see­ing tours from Kotze­bue or Delta Junc­tion — or take advan­tage of their air-taxi drop-off and pick­up ser­vice to access some of the most beau­ti­ful and remote parts of Alaska.

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Guided Camping

Season: June–early September
$2440+
Land Package Type: Guided Backcountry Adventures

The unique trips offered by Infi­nite Adven­tures begin with trans­porta­tion in a con­vert­ed school bus that’s been trans­formed into a spa­cious, com­fort­able char­i­ot for 16 trav­el­ers. Accom­mo­da­tions are most­ly in tents, and itin­er­aries have been designed for camp­ing lovers (and those who would like to try it). Plus, the own­ers run most trips them­selves — a hus­band and wife who are pas­sion­ate about show­ing off Alaska!

Season: May 20–3rd week of September Exit Glacier Shuttle $15 | Guided Hikes & Glacier Treks $59+ 2.5 - 9 hrs

Tra­verse the majesty of Exit Glac­i­er by ice hik­ing or ice climb­ing, or opt for a nature hike in the gor­geous ter­rain around Seward, Alas­ka. Nev­er ice climbed or hiked on a glac­i­er? Not a prob­lem. All trips include instruc­tion to get you started.

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Guided Backpacking

Season: May 27 to Sep 11 $28+ per person 2 hrs - Multi-Day

St. Elias Alpine Guides have a long his­to­ry of shar­ing the wilder­ness with trav­el­ers — whether the activ­i­ty involves hik­ing a glac­i­er, back­pack­ing, raft­ing, ski­ing, or even doing some extreme moun­taineer­ing — there’s some­thing for every­one! You can also take advan­tage of the option to cus­tomize your trip.

Season: Year Round Custom pricing, contact for rates Full Day

Tra­verse Alas­ka can craft ful­ly-guid­ed cus­tom adven­tures, or set you up on a trip into the Alas­ka wilder­ness arm­ing you with some know-how — and pro­vid­ing you with the inde­pen­dence to freely explore. Excur­sions include pri­vate day hikes, raft­ing and pack­raft­ing, and mul­ti-day backpacking. 

Season: June 1 - Sept 15 $125+ Half-Day to Multi-Day Options

Set off with a small group and an expe­ri­enced guide for an unfor­get­table explo­ration of the Mat-Su Val­ley area on foot. Nes­tled between the Chugach Moun­tains to the south and the Tal­keet­na Moun­tains to the north, there are crag­gy, snow-capped peaks and rush­ing rivers every­where you turn: a clas­sic Alaskan set­ting that comes packed with a rich his­to­ry. Opt for a half-day or full day hike, or choose a hike & brew or a town tour to learn the  ...more

Season: Year Round $99+ 2 hrs - Multi-Day

Get out there on one or more of these super-acces­si­ble trips, which range from easy nature walks to stren­u­ous alpine mul­ti-day treks. You’ll not only get a healthy dose of scenery, you’ll also exer­cise your body, mind, and soul. In win­ter, mar­vel at frozen water­falls, snow­shoe treks and even heli-snowshoeing!

Season: Late June - Early September  $1,525+ all-inclusive packages Multi-Day Excursions

Explore the Alaskan wilder­ness while car­ry­ing your pack and camp­ing out — it’s a way to tru­ly get in touch with nature. Choose a 1‑night or 2‑night trek leav­ing from the town of Ken­ni­cott — your expe­di­tion will be led by expert guides, who will take you on hikes that can wind past gor­geous lakes and stun­ning water­falls. Work with your guide to per­son­al­ize your adven­ture — they know the must-see high­lights of this area and can fill you in on the human  ...more

Season: Year Round Custom pricing, contact for rates Full & Half Day Options

Explore Anchorage’s best kept secrets with a local guide. Tra­verse Alaska’s pri­vate, cus­tom adven­tures are designed to take vis­i­tors off the beat­en path and away from the crowds. Adven­tures can incor­po­rate a full day of hik­ing or a com­bi­na­tion of scenic dri­ving and out­door activ­i­ties. Each trip is cus­tom designed to meet your inter­ests and desired activ­i­ty level.

Season: Jul 02 to Sep 10 $1,295 per person 4 days

Get a unique view of the Alaskan wilder­ness on a four- or sev­en-day back­pack­ing trip through the back­coun­try. You’ll be trekking on Kesu­gi Ridge in Denali State Park, with mag­nif­i­cent views of Mt. McKin­ley and of course plen­ty of wildlife to spot along the way. Your expe­ri­enced nat­u­ral­ist guide will be with you the whole way, cook­ing up great meals at your camp­sites. You should be fit enough to car­ry a pack up mod­er­ate hills, though you’ll  ...more

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Glamping

Season: Jul 01 to Aug 20 $1050+ per person 1 - 6 nights

See the bears of Lake Clark and Kat­mai Nation­al Park on their own turf at this bliss­ful­ly remote cab­in-based eco lodge. This is a glamp­ing expe­ri­ence with incred­i­ble views — both of the bears liv­ing in their own habi­tat, and of the nat­ur­al scenery that you get from your hosts, who also run Homer’s only heli­copter-based adven­ture safari company.

Season: May 24 to Aug 23 $4895+ per person 5 Days / 4 Nights

In the best way pos­si­ble. you’re out­num­bered by bears dur­ing your stay at this pri­vate fly-in wilder­ness camp. Fly by char­tered plane from Homer to Alas­ka Bear Camp on a 4‑night, 5‑day all-inclu­sive pack­age. This deluxe back­coun­try camp accom­mo­dates just 14 guests in some of the best bear habi­tat in the world. In con­trast to day trips cater­ing to dozens of vis­i­tors at a time, Bear Camp offers a rare and exclu­sive wilder­ness immersion.

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Guided Float & Sea Kayaking Trips

Guided Float & Sea Kayaking Trips
Season: May 1 – 3rd week of September $199+ 3-10 hrs

Take a bou­tique, small-group kayak­ing trip with expe­ri­enced guides at Liq­uid Adven­tures and get close to glac­i­ers in kayaks or pad­dle­boards while look­ing for whales and oth­er marine mam­mals. You can even com­bine your adven­ture with a jet­boat, heli­copter, or wildlife cruise. There’s noth­ing quite like it in all of Alaska!

Season: May 15 to Sep 15 $995+ per person 2 - 7 days

Sprawl­ing Wrangell-St. Elias Nation­al Park has huge moun­tains, North America’s largest con­cen­tra­tion of glac­i­ers, and thou­sands of rivers — but just two roads. That’s why tak­ing to the local rivers is such an excel­lent way to explore the park: this oper­a­tor out of McCarthy offers mul­ti-day adven­tures that embrace the rugged won­ders of the park, while keep­ing you com­fort­able enough so that you relax and enjoy it.

Season: About May 19 to Sep 07 $99+ 4 hrs - 7 days

Mem­bers of 1% For The Plan­et, Kayak Adven­tures World­wide strives to ful­fill their mis­sion to inspire an active stew­ard­ship of our nat­ur­al world. Through small group sea kayak tours in Res­ur­rec­tion Bay and Kenai Fjords Nation­al Park, they focus on safe­ty, edu­ca­tion, and con­nect­ing guests with the unique and frag­ile ecosys­tems you’ll visit.

Season: May - September $114+ 4 hrs - 8 days

Guid­ed sea kayak­ing in Alaska’s South­east opens up the mag­i­cal world of water-based tour­ing. Glide through a marine envi­ron­ment with gor­geous views in every direc­tion, and many oppor­tu­ni­ties to spot wildlife – from eagles and salmon to bears, whales and sea lions. Options include day tours for busy sched­ules and mul­ti-day immer­sions, all under the expert guid­ance of nat­u­ral­ists who help you under­stand the com­plex work­ings of a unique and amazing  ...more

Season: May 12 to Sep 12 $84+ 2 hr - Multi-Day

Tal­keet­na Riv­er Guides has offered expert­ly guid­ed raft­ing day trips for over 20 years. Float through the remote wilder­ness of Denali State Park, just a stone’s throw away from Denali Nation­al Park’s wild south side. Choose the two-hour Tal­keet­na Riv­er Nat­ur­al His­to­ry Float Trip, the four-hour Chulti­na Riv­er Raft Tour, or an overnight or mul­ti-day excursion.

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Winter Adventures

Season: Oct - April Custom, Call for Quote 3+ Days

Tra­verse Alas­ka cre­ates cus­tom tours in the Denali Nation­al Park area that allow trav­el­ers to enjoy the mag­ic of Alas­ka at their own pace. Win­ter itin­er­aries include icon­ic Alaskan cold-weath­er activ­i­ties in South­cen­tral and Inte­ri­or Alas­ka. After all, Alas­ka in win­ter is a very spe­cial time of year — qui­eter, full of snow-frost­ed trees, and frozen snow-cov­ered ground cre­ates an out­door play­ground in every direction.

Season: Year Round $80+ per person 30+ min - Multi-Day

Take part in the thrill of win­ter and fall dog sled­ding out of Fair­banks. You’ll expe­ri­ence the sport with one of Alaska’s longest-run­ning dog tour com­pa­nies. Go for a ride, attend mush­ing school, or go on a mul­ti-day adven­ture to the his­toric Tolo­vana Roadhouse.

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Multi-Day Photography Tours

Season: June -  September $5,598+ 7 nights

Immerse your­self in a mul­ti-day Alaskan adven­ture that promis­es incred­i­ble views and jaw-drop­ping bear view­ing in Kat­mai Nation­al Park, along with a warm cama­raderie that only a small group expe­di­tion can cre­ate. Explore from your home base on the Island C, a research ves­sel that gets you close to the action while pro­vid­ing com­fort­able lodg­ing and deli­cious meals.

Season: Year Round
$775+
Land Package Type: Photography Tours

Don’t just expe­ri­ence the beau­ty of Alas­ka — learn how best to cap­ture it on your cam­era. Trav­el with award-win­ning pho­tog­ra­ph­er Jeff Schultz and you’ll get per­son­al­ized, hands-on instruc­tion as you take in the state’s mag­nif­i­cent sights. Choose from cus­tom tours or small group tours with a max­i­mum of 6 par­tic­i­pants that depart through­out the year and include accom­mo­da­tions, trans­porta­tion, and meals.

Season: Sep. 14 - 21 and Sep. 24 - Oct. 1
$8,150+
8 Day / 7 Nights
Visits: Anchorage, Talkeetna, Palmer
Land Package Type: Photography Tours

This fall pho­tog­ra­phy trip offers some of the best pho­to oppor­tu­ni­ties in Alas­ka as the sea­sons change. Head to Lake Clark Nation­al Park for griz­zly bears, turquoise-col­ored lakes, snow­capped moun­tains and the bright gold col­ors of fall. You’ll also spend a half day pho­tograph­ing moose, and a heli­copter flight to an ice­berg-filled glacial lake only acces­si­ble by air. Fall can also be a won­der­ful time to pho­to­graph the auro­ra bore­alis, weather  ...more

Season: Year Round
Inqure for rates
Land Package Type: Photography Tours

Award-win­ning Alas­ka-based pho­tog­ra­ph­er Jeff Schultz can take you to stun­ning Alas­ka loca­tions to cre­ate your dream images of Alaskan land­scapes & wildlife. Whether you want to make pho­tos in clas­sic Alas­ka loca­tions or in places that the aver­age trav­el­er will nev­er see, based on decades of liv­ing, trav­el­ing and pho­tograph­ing all over Alas­ka, Jeff can cre­ate a cus­tom pho­to trip that will meet all your wants and desires.

Season: Jul 21 to Jul 26 $5,500 per person 5 nights / 6 days

On this six-day, all-inclu­sive sum­mer­time expe­di­tion, you’ll head to gor­geous Kodi­ak Island with Dan M Lee and Jes­si­cal Hay­dahl, two pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­phers spe­cial­iz­ing in Alas­ka. Your small group tour includes two brown bear view­ing fly-outs and a marine wildlife tour. You’ll come away not only with bet­ter tech­ni­cal skills, but you’ll also learn how to think out­side the box in order to cap­ture the sto­ry behind the image, and how to document  ...more

Season: June – October Custom, call or email to discuss your trip

Every­one from begin­ners to experts can book a cus­tom, mul­ti-day pho­tog­ra­phy trip in Alas­ka. As a long­time Alaskan, Michael knows the best spots to go. And he can care­ful­ly craft cus­tom trips to take you to the most mag­i­cal areas. His spe­cial­ty is land­scape, wildlife and adven­ture-trav­el based trips around South­cen­tral Alas­ka — places like Chugach and Denali State parks, and the region’s acces­si­ble glaciers.

Season: Mar 26 to Mar 31
Single: $3,995; Double*: $3,195 each
6 Days
Visits: Fairbanks, Delta Junction
Land Package Type: Photography Tours
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Sailing & Yacht Expeditions

Season: May - Sept 15 $7500+ per person 5+ Days

Fly from Anchor­age by sea­plane to the North­west Odyssey, anchored off the coast of Kat­mai Nation­al Park. This lux­u­ri­ous yacht will be your home base for spec­tac­u­lar bear view­ing and fish­ing in uncrowd­ed waters.

Season: Year Round
Day Trip, $500 per per hour | Multi-Day, $2800 per day (whole boat, up to 6 pax)
Cruise Ship Type: Small Ship Cruises
Ship Name: S/V Arcturus

This South­east Alas­ka-based tour oper­a­tor will leave you with a new def­i­n­i­tion of what it means to have a once-in-a-life­time Alas­ka cruise: You sail on an inti­mate ves­sel — often get­ting to steer your­self, under the super­vi­sion of an expe­ri­enced licensed cap­tain — while explor­ing away from the crowds, and get­ting a won­der­ful­ly up-close view of the wildlife and scenery. Sail­ings from Juneau and Sitka. 

Season: April - Sept
$4,000 Day-trip | $8,000+ Multi-day
Cruise Ship Type: Small Ship Cruises
Ship Name: M/V Caroline

Spend the after­noon, or a few days explor­ing the waters of Res­ur­rec­tion Bay and Prince William Sound aboard the M/V Car­o­line, a beau­ti­ful cus­tom-built yacht set for adven­ture! It’s the per­fect set­ting for a fam­i­ly or small group vaca­tion. Fill your days loung­ing on the fly­bridge, fish­ing, kayak­ing, strolling beach­es and cruis­ing to your next fan­tas­tic destination.

Season: Early May - Sept
$2,500+ per day
3 days / 2 nights +
Cruise Ship Type: Small Ship Cruises
Ship Name: Darby

Explore Alaska’s Res­ur­rec­tion Bay and Kenai Fjords Nation­al Park ful­ly with a three-day/t­wo-night cus­tom adven­ture per­fect for fam­i­lies or cou­ples. Alas­ka Fjord Char­ters guides you to the best mix of kayak­ing, glac­i­er view­ing, whale watch­ing, and fish­ing, all in one leisure­ly tour. 

Season: May - September
$5,690+ (Inside Passage starting at $1,650)
5 days / 4 nights
Cruise Ship Type: Small Ship Cruises
Ship Name: M/V Sea Star

Set sail for 5 days and 4 nights with the crew of the M/V Sea Star for small ship adven­ture cruis­ing in Prince William Sound, Kenai Penin­su­la or along the Inside Pas­sage. The well-appoint­ed yacht accom­mo­dates just 12 guests, allow­ing for a per­son­al­ized expe­ri­ence where you are the explor­er! Unplug from day-to-day life and soak up the won­ders of Alaska’s amaz­ing coast­line. All meals pre­pared by an on-board chef and fea­tur­ing fresh local  ...more

Season: June -  September $5,598+ 7 nights

Immerse your­self in a mul­ti-day Alaskan adven­ture that promis­es incred­i­ble views and jaw-drop­ping bear view­ing in Kat­mai Nation­al Park, along with a warm cama­raderie that only a small group expe­di­tion can cre­ate. Explore from your home base on the Island C, a research ves­sel that gets you close to the action while pro­vid­ing com­fort­able lodg­ing and deli­cious meals.

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Small Ship Cruises

Season: May - September
$5,690+ (Inside Passage starting at $1,650)
5 days / 4 nights
Cruise Ship Type: Small Ship Cruises
Ship Name: M/V Sea Star

Set sail for 5 days and 4 nights with the crew of the M/V Sea Star for small ship adven­ture cruis­ing in Prince William Sound, Kenai Penin­su­la or along the Inside Pas­sage. The well-appoint­ed yacht accom­mo­dates just 12 guests, allow­ing for a per­son­al­ized expe­ri­ence where you are the explor­er! Unplug from day-to-day life and soak up the won­ders of Alaska’s amaz­ing coast­line. All meals pre­pared by an on-board chef and fea­tur­ing fresh local  ...more

Season: Jun 05 to Sep 20
From $2,900
3 Days
Ports of Call: Anchorage, Whittier
Cruise Ship Type: Small Ship Cruises
Ship Name: Discovery

Explore the nat­ur­al won­ders of north­west­ern Prince William Sound Alas­ka in this 3‑day ver­sion of our Clas­sic Dis­cov­ery Voy­age. This is the per­fect cruise for those who don’t have time to do the whole Inside Pas­sage or wish to com­bine their Alas­ka cruise with more shore-based activities. 

Season: Apr 17 to Aug 14
$3,195+
7 Nights / 8 Days
Ports of Call: Juneau, Petersburg, Wrangell, Ketchikan
Cruise Ship Type: Small Ship Cruises
Ship Name: Wilderness Adventurer, Wilderness Explorer
Season: Jun 05 to Sep 20
From $4,500+
5 days/4 nights or 6 days/5 nights
Ports of Call: Anchorage, Whittier, Cordova, Valdez
Cruise Ship Type: Small Ship Cruises
Ship Name: Discovery

Per­fect for the adven­tur­ous trav­el­er, the Hike and Kayak voy­age sees all the same sites as on our Clas­sic voy­age, but with more excur­sions. Kayak among ice­bergs, hike through moun­tain mead­ows, and take in the scenery on this unique trip. Activ­i­ties can be cus­tomized to suit the inter­ests and activ­i­ty lev­el of those on board.

Season: May 21 to Sep 17
$6295+
8 Days / 7 Nights
Ports of Call: Juneau, Glacier Bay National Park, Hoonah / Icy Strait, Sitka
Cruise Ship Type: Small Ship Cruises
Ship Name: Safari Endeavour, Safari Explorer, Wilderness Adventurer

Start your wilder­ness jour­ney in Juneau, the state capi­tol of Alas­ka, and end in Sit­ka, the per­fect spot to view the meld­ing of Russ­ian and Alas­ka Native cul­tures. In between, vis­it Glac­i­er Bay Nation­al Park, go bird watch­ing on South Mar­ble Island, look for whales in Icy Strait, hike along inter­tidal zones, and when your cap­tain sets the course for adven­ture, slip into your kayak or skiff for a day of guid­ed explo­ration. (Itin­er­ary also  ...more

Season: Jun 05 to Sep 20
From $8550*
5 days / 4 nights
Ports of Call: Anchorage, Whittier, Prince William Sound, Lake Clark National Park & Preserve
Cruise Ship Type: Small Ship Cruises
Ship Name: Discovery

Explore a wildlife rich slice of Alas­ka, set in the scenic wilder­ness set­tings of Lake Clark Nation­al Park, and the Chugach Nation­al For­est Wilder­ness of Prince William Sound.

Season: Jun 05 to Sep 20
From $4,850+
5 to 7 Days
Ports of Call: Anchorage, Whittier, Valdez
Cruise Ship Type: Small Ship Cruises
Ship Name: Discovery

Our Clas­sic Dis­cov­ery Voy­age is the per­fect wilder­ness sam­pler. We take in the most spec­tac­tu­lar sights of Prince William Sound — moun­tains, fjords, glac­i­ers and wildlife — with the num­ber of dai­ly excur­sions (ashore or by kayak) tai­lored to the inter­ests and activ­i­ty lev­el of the group.

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Backcountry Wilderness Lodges

Backcountry Wilderness Lodges
Season: Jun 01 to Sep 05 $915+ all-inclusive packages

Locat­ed with­in a 1700 acre native-owned wildlife sanc­tu­ary in the heart of Kenai Fjords Nation­al Park, the cen­tral lodge and 16 guest cab­ins of Kenai Fjords Glac­i­er Lodge have full views of Ped­er­sen Glac­i­er and easy access to wildlife-view­ing adven­tures. The ele­gant­ly rus­tic lodge and seclud­ed guest cab­ins pair mod­ern com­fort and envi­ron­men­tal stewardship.

Season: May 22 to Sep 07 $260+

Out­side of pitch­ing a tent on a beach with the bears, you can’t stay any clos­er to the heart of Glac­i­er Bay Nation­al Park & Pre­serve. The Glac­i­er Bay Lodge, with its mas­sive tim­bers, huge stone fire­place, net­work of board­walks and rooms tucked into the trees, is the only lodg­ing avail­able with­in park bound­aries. Fab­u­lous views, a full-ser­vice restau­rant, trails through the rain­for­est, camp­ing and kayak drop-offs, moun­tain-bike and  ...more

Season: Jun 01 to Sep 01 $2050+ all-inclusive packages

Stay­ing at the remote Kenai Back­coun­try Lodge with­in the Kenai Nation­al Wildlife Refuge offers a real taste of the wilder­ness. The lodge, locat­ed on a five-acre, pri­vate in-hold­ing, began as a riv­er-accessed hunt­ing cab­in back in 1935. Years lat­er, the remod­eled and expand­ed prop­er­ty is still road-free, and guests raft into the lodge. Alas­ka Wild­land Adven­tures pride them­selves on a leave no trace’ style of eco-tourism. 

Season: Jun 03 to Sep 11 $1100/night all-inclusive packages 3+ nights

At Camp Denali, you’ll immerse your­self in a remote back­coun­try, but with a cozy bed to set­tle into each night. Take in the qui­et of the sur­round­ing wilder­ness and enjoy the sim­ple, sus­tain­able ameni­ties for around 38 guests. Here, the bal­ance of light touch on the land” and pro­vid­ing a com­fort­able stay is per­fect­ed. Refined rus­tic guest cab­ins, each of which claims a unique view of Denali, sleep from two to six people.

Season: May 25 to Sep 03 $4070+ all-inclusive packages

The McBride Fam­i­ly has per­fect­ed their all-inclu­sive world-class Alaskan expe­ri­ence. Their amaz­ing local Alaskan team and pro­fes­sion­al guides will per­son­al­ize and cus­tomize your stay based on your inter­ests, the tides, and the weath­er. Your days can be qui­et and relax­ing or filled with action-packed adven­tures includ­ing sea kayak­ing, hik­ing, casu­al beach fish­ing, tide pool­ing, marine and wildlife view­ing, boat excur­sions, beach camp­fires, bird  ...more

Season: May - September $1,000+ / night (all-inclusive) 3-night minimum

Enjoy the seren­i­ty of this inti­mate, all-inclu­sive lodge, which sits on a pri­vate beach just a 20-minute water taxi ride from Homer. Fam­i­ly-run and com­plete­ly ren­o­vat­ed in 2022, the Lodge at Otter Cove offers four cozy, rus­tic cab­ins, 3 deli­cious meals a day, and a vari­ety of activ­i­ties to choose from. 

Season: May 01 to Sep 30 $10,000 per person (based on double occupancy) | 4 nights + 4 days 3+ Nights

The Ulti­ma Thule Lodge offers you two extremes — though extremes of the best kind pos­si­ble. This unique and pri­vate lodge is one of the most lux­u­ri­ous places to stay in Alas­ka — they’ve host­ed both the rich and famous — but it’s also tucked inside the vast wilds of the nation’s largest, and most remote, nation­al park. Sec­ond gen­er­a­tion hosts, Paul and Don­na Claus (he an inter­na­tion­al­ly revered bush pilot, she a retired ski rac­er and first class chef)  ...more

Season: Jun 04 to Sep 12 $1050+ all-inclusive packages

Kan­tish­na is a his­toric gold­min­ing dis­trict in the back­coun­try of Denali Nation­al Park. Among the most remote areas of the park, you can stay in a cozy cab­in and spend your days play­ing, explor­ing and relax­ing in the wilder­ness. Kan­tish­na Road­house is the only lodge in the area with a full-ser­vice saloon.

Season: Jun 15 to Sep 15 $385 / day per person, double occupancy

Whether you’re look­ing to take your fam­i­ly off-grid for a bit of Alas­ka Adven­tur­ing, or for a great fish­ing spot with your bud­dies with incred­i­ble bear-view­ing — or if you’re even an artist look­ing for inspi­ra­tion — this lodge made up of new­ly ren­o­vat­ed log cab­ins offers a cus­tomized ide­al of bliss. It’s about 180 miles from the near­est road and offers an idyl­lic perch for explor­ing both the wilder­ness of Lake Clark Nation­al Park, as well as other  ...more

Season: May to September $850+ per cabin per night | 2+ Nights / $790+ per cabin per night

Expe­ri­ence com­plete immer­sion in the won­ders of wild coastal Alas­ka, and stay in spa­cious, bright yurts (cir­cu­lar, rein­forced tent-like struc­tures) on a pri­vate island in Humpy Cove. Inside, the yurts are warm and com­fy with fire­places, pri­vate bath­rooms and pri­vate decks over­look­ing the cove all con­nect­ed by exten­sive board­walks. They water taxis is includ­ed along with sea kayaks, pad­dle­boards, row­boats, and fish­ing gear. All of this is just a  ...more

Season: Jun 01 to Sep 15 $2100+ per person (private lodge, max six guests) 3 & 5 day all-inclusive packages

Your own idyl­lic log chalet —is sur­round­ed by more than a mil­lion acres of Kachemak Bay State Wilder­ness Park and Kenai Fjords Nation­al Mon­u­ment. Every day offers a first-class adven­ture. There are miles of love­ly hik­ing trails and trout fish­ing sup­plies are pro­vid­ed. You may ask the pilot to return and take you for a day of brown bear view­ing, or oth­er fly-out adven­ture! Immers­ing your­self in some of the best of Alas­ka involves just a  ...more

Season: May 24 to Aug 23 $4895+ per person 5 Days / 4 Nights

In the best way pos­si­ble. you’re out­num­bered by bears dur­ing your stay at this pri­vate fly-in wilder­ness camp. Fly by char­tered plane from Homer to Alas­ka Bear Camp on a 4‑night, 5‑day all-inclu­sive pack­age. This deluxe back­coun­try camp accom­mo­dates just 14 guests in some of the best bear habi­tat in the world. In con­trast to day trips cater­ing to dozens of vis­i­tors at a time, Bear Camp offers a rare and exclu­sive wilder­ness immersion.

Season: May - September $675+ fly-in fishing day trip, $1,296+ overnight all-inclusive 1 - 6+ Nights

Explor­ing Alaska’s back­coun­try lakes, forests and rivers is a phe­nom­e­nal expe­ri­ence. Wilder­ness Place Lodge — tucked away on a remote riv­er north­west of Anchor­age — offers excel­lent access to near­ly any fresh­wa­ter fish you came to Alas­ka for, along with a unique eco-trav­el expe­ri­ence that comes with a high lev­el of ser­vice, a vari­ety of non-fish­ing activ­i­ties and the mel­low free­dom to cre­ate an Alaskan expe­ri­ence that suits your own taste.

Season: Year Round Call for rates 1+ nights

Expe­ri­ence the best of remote Alas­ka with a stay at this rus­tic, fly-in lodge locat­ed south of Denali Nation­al Park, with end­less activities. 

Season: June – September $1500 / person, 3 night all-inclusive stay

Expe­ri­ence true remote Alas­ka at this fly-in wilder­ness lodge north­east of Denali Nation­al Park. There are 12 cab­ins, each with its own en suite bath­room and plen­ty of pri­va­cy from your neigh­bors. This slice of wilder­ness is yours to explore; hike, fat-tire bike, or wan­der down to the pond to watch for moose. Hearty meals are served fam­i­ly style in the main lodge.

Season: Jun 12 to Sep 11 $1650+ per person

For a lot of trav­el­ers, explor­ing deep into Denali Nation­al Park, far from the crowds, sounds like the ide­al way to expe­ri­ence the famous park. But not every­one wants to rough it out there — which is why this lodge is the per­fect bal­ance, a com­fort­able perch in seri­ous­ly remote wilderness.

Season: Winter: Feb - Mar | Summer: Jun - Sep $400+ Overnight | $370+ Fly-in Day Hike

This fly-in lodge on a pri­vate lake in the Tal­keet­na Moun­tains is a great place to unplug. It is also an ide­al des­ti­na­tion to escape the crowds as the lodge only accom­mo­dates small groups of 10 or less. Take guid­ed hikes to look for wildlife and enjoy nature, kayak, go fish­ing, pick wild berries, or just relax and enjoy the peace and bliss­ful views. 

Season: May 01 to Sep 30 $525 per person, per night + air transfer 3-night minimum

This fly-in-only lodge fea­tures two seclud­ed chalets set amid a stun­ning mix­ture of sea, for­est, and a glac­i­er-formed lake. Enjoy guid­ed walks, cus­tom zodi­ac tours on the lake, bon­fires on the beach, and relax­ation at your pri­vate chalet. The rate includes trans­porta­tion to and from the lodge, kayaks, and activ­i­ties. There’s a cen­tral cook­house for prepar­ing meals. 

Season: May - Sept $7,500+ per person 6+ nights

Stonewood Lodge is a high-end, year-round, all-inclu­sive get­away to wild Alas­ka locat­ed on the shores of 50-mile long Lake Clark. Sum­mer activ­i­ties include prime bear view­ing and tro­phy fish­ing as well as snow­mo­bil­ing, ski­ing and ice fish­ing in the winter.

Season: May to September $1100 per adult, per night 2+ nights

Alaska’s Ridge­wood Wilder­ness Lodge is a pre­mier, full-ser­vice des­ti­na­tion lodge in Hal­ibut Cove adja­cent to the Kachemak Bay State Park. Your hosts under­stand that expe­ri­enc­ing Alaska’s great out­doors is a pri­ma­ry goal for those active in mind and spir­it, so they have designed numer­ous guid­ed adven­tures to choose from, includ­ing hik­ing, glac­i­er kayak­ing & wildlife view­ing. You can also add-on a fish­ing char­ter or bear view­ing tour during  ...more

Season: Jun 20 to Sep 05 $7,625+ for 3 night, all-inclusive stay

Remote and exclu­sive, this fam­i­ly-owned lodge north of the Arc­tic Cir­cle offers inde­pen­dent trav­el­ers an expe­ri­ence far off the grid. The sum­mer high sea­son brings fab­u­lous hik­ing, fish­ing or float­ing under the Mid­night Sun — but you’ll still be able to relax in com­fort, and nev­er feel like you’re rough­ing it.

Season: Year Round $600 full day fishing, $1300+ all-inclusive multi-day packages 8 hrs - Multi-Days

The North­woods Lodge is a remote lodge where vis­i­tors can find them­selves in a 45 minute flight from Anchor­age. The lodge spe­cial­izes in guid­ed fish­ing, and guests can enjoy 8 to 10 hours of fish­ing a day if they choose. Guides help you spin or fly fish for tro­phy king salmon, sil­ver and sock­eye salmon, or res­i­dent rain­bow trout, arc­tic grayling and north­ern pike

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