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Glaciers, Mountains and Wildlife is what comes to mind when people think of Alaska. It is this and more! Travel up the Inside Passage to Alaska on a large cruise ship, or on a smaller ship. If cruising isn’t for you, then you can fly into the larger cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks and travel by rail, motorcoach, private vehicle or plane. The Alaska Railroad is a great way to see the scenery and stops off at Denali National Park. You’ll see a variety of wildlife deep within the park and the stunning Mt McKinley towering above. Fly up to the Arctic Circle and visit the small communities of Barrow and Nome, follow the Alaska pipeline down country to Valdez, known as the ‘Switzerland of Alaska’. Travel by bush plane to the small settlement of McCarthy (population 50 people), located in Wrangell/St Elias National Park, walk on a glacier, see the bears of Brook Falls or go salmon fishing. Alaska appeals to all!

The Inside Passage
Explore Alaska’s inside passage on a small or large ship cruise and marvel as the mind blowing scenery as mountains rise higher and the fjords get deeper. Keep an eye out for bird and wildlife from the comfort of your ship.

Glacier Bay National Park
Enjoy the tranquility of Alaska’s true Jewel! Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve commands a glacier-crowned, maritime wilderness, encircling a magnificent saltwater bay with 16 tidewater glaciers and 30 alpine glaciers! A mountain-guarded, maritime sanctuary, Glacier Bay National Park is the coastal flank of the largest internationally protected area on earth.

Kenai
Visit Seward, gateway to the magnificent Kenai Fjords National Park, for out-of-this-world views of pristine forests, mountains and lakes. Within the crystal green waters of the National Park, you can enjoy superb sea kayaking, birding and whale watching. Stay in some of the most remote and scenic lodges in Alaska offering luxury in the midst of a beautiful landscape.

Denali National Park
Venture into Denali National Park in search of moose, caribou, bear and Dall sheep, and perhaps catch a glimpse of Mt. Denali’s snowcapped majesty. Once in the park there are plenty of activities including guided tours, rafting, ATV and heli hiking.

Barrow – Top of the World!
Get a first hand glimpse of the lifestyle of Alaska’s Arctic Coastal people while walking the shores of the Arctic Ocean near the northernmost point in North America!

The summer season and when the cruises operate, are from mid May to mid September. Whenever and wherever you travel in “The Great Land,” clothing is always a primary consideration. Emphasis should be based on comfort because the dress code is informal and casual. A layered technique is extremely good here. Temperatures in Alaska during the summer range from 15°C-26°C. Night time and early mornings are cooler, from 4 – 10°C. Late August and September departures could encounter cooler temperatures and slightly fewer hours of sunlight, as autumn/fall arrives early at these latitudes. The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) can be seen from Fairbanks, and north of Fairbanks from September to April.

My memories of trips to Alaska are awash with colours, all distinctly beautiful and varying with the seasons. In the nearly endless daylight of summer’s midnight sun, everything seems to sparkle – from the impossibly bright blues of the glaciers to the gleaming white snow caps on the mountain peaks. I think of the Tongass, the old-growth temperate rainforest that covers most of Southeast Alaska. Shafts of hazy yellow light filter through the gaps between the lush cedar and Sitka spruce, illuminating the subtle shades of green on the forest floor carpeted with ferns, lichens and moss. Autumn comes early this far north, and the subarctic, low land tundra erupts into fiery shades of red, yellow and orange – often with a soft dusting of delicately white snow. The brief, dusky days of winter envelop the vast snowy wilderness in soft pastel shades of pink, blue and lavender. On crisp, clear nights, the darkness is interrupted by the magical Northern Lights. Above all, these are the colours that will remain etched in my mind forever. One night they were a soft green glow that gently waved on the horizon. On another, they were dynamic bands of light, coming to life as green, white and purple piano keys being played across the sky. No matter when you choose to go, you’ll find the seasonal colours of Alaska to be truly spellbinding!

Dorothy Chambers – Travel Designer

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Why we love it Wild, untamed, rugged and remote.  Alaska’s coastal fjords and inlets are ideal for exploring by cruise, its small towns are as ‘local’ as local can get, and its wilderness areas abound with grizzlies, moose, caribou and wolves – pretty exciting stuff! We highly recommend a cruise of the Inside Passage, getting up close to glaciers and icebergs, whale watching, spotting bears grazing on the shores, and stopping in at fascinating ports of call, some with a real Norwegian flavour. Alaska’s National Parks are fiercely protected and truly pristine. Our favourite is Denali National Park in Alaska’s Interior. Denali is the Athabascan name for Mt. McKinley, meaning “the high one.” The area offers activities including hiking, rock and ice climbing, photography, wildlife viewing, nature walks, horseback treks and river excursions. Private vehicles are not permitted within the National Park but the famous Alaska Railroad runs right along the edge of the Park through spectacular mountains, with the chance to take a tour into the Park in search of moose, caribou, bear and Dall sheep. If you can, it really is worth taking the time to head north into the Arctic Circle, one of the most unpopulated regions in the world where the rich culture of the Arctic Eskimo people is a real highlight. For the gourmands amongst us, Alaska means one thing – salmon, and lots of it! For a more visual feast, head to Fairbanks from late September through to early April and you’ll experience the most incredible spectacle of Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights. Another iconic Alaskan event is the annual Iditarod Dog Sled Race when teams of up to 16 dogs and their musher race over 1150 miles in 10 to 17 days from Anchorage to Nome. Jagged mountain ranges, frozen rivers, dense forest, desolate tundra and below-zero temperatures create an extraordinary race only possible in Alaska.

Weather Temperatures in Alaska during the summer (June to August) range from 15 degrees C – 25 degrees C. Evenings and early mornings are cooler. Late August and September brings cooler temperatures and slightly fewer hours of sunlight, as autumn arrives early at these latitudes. Whatever the time of year, when packing your clothes think comfort because the dress code in Alaska is informal and casual.

Social customs & quirks Alaska – where the odds are good, but the goods are odd! Alaska is known for its abundance of single men. Gold miners, oil workers, hunters, trappers and fishermen move there in droves to live out the fantasy of a rugged, prosperous life on the frontier, a fantasy not often shared by women. On a more cultural note, Alaska’s unique Native culture can be experienced through many avenues including totem carving, Native dancing, the blanket toss, traditional music, crafts and festivals.

Festivals & events Summer brings many festivals and State Fairs including the Anchorage festival of music, Gold Rush Days in Juneau, and Spirits Day – a celebration of Alaska’s Native heritage, all held in June. The uniquely Alaskan Moose Dropping Festival takes place in Talkeetna in July – a raucous party which includes the Mountain Mother contest, a parade, the moose nugget (moose poop) toss game and a moose nugget dropping contest. And in winter its got to be the Iditarod Dog Sled Race which normally takes place in March.

Travel to Alaska from Australia may require a visa – to check current requirements go to https://visalink.com.au/visa-quick-check

Health* One word – mosquitoes! Take plenty of insect repellent. Other than that, take local advice on avoiding run-ins with bears, and dress for the somewhat unpredictable weather.

Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.

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Silversea World Cruise 2024
Price from$88,000 SELECT

Asia,Australasia,Canada & USA,Europe 133 Days / 132 Nights 15 January 2024
Luxury Far East-West Cruise

This 132-night voyage explores our planet's most extraordinary destinations, weaving a story of grand Pacific heritage as it unfolds. Exclusively designed to combine the...

Alaska Fjords & Glaciers
Price fromUSD$2,295 SELECT

Canada & USA 8 Days / 7 Nights
Small ship cruising with UnCruise Adventures

Wind through canals and explore the Tongass backcountry on foot and by kayak on this fascinating UnCruise Adventures itinerary. Visit Kiksetti Totem Park and...

Winterlake Lodge

Canada & USA 5 Days / 4 Nights

Winterlake Lodge offers seclusion, relaxation, luxury and spectacular scenery. Located along Alaska's historic Iditarod Trial, this Alaska wilderness lodge features amazing cuisine, culinary classes...

Alaska's Glacier Country UnCruise Adventures
Price fromUSD$2,995 SELECT

Canada & USA 8 Days / 7 Nights
Small ship cruising with UnCruise Adventures

Get up close and personal with UnCruise Adventures on a small ship cruise in Glacier Bay National Park. Explore the Tongass National Forest, and...

Alaska's Scenic National Parks Self-Drive

Canada & USA 16 Days / 15 Nights

From mountain peaks and glaciers to magnificent coastlines and abundant wildlife, this self-drive tour is an ideal mix of unforgettable Alaskan highlights. Starting in...

Arctic Circle Aurora Overnight Adventure

Arctic,Canada & USA 3 Days / 2 Nights

The Arctic Circle Aurora Adventure departs from Fairbanks and offers optional aurora viewing, dog sledding and Brooks Mountain Range excursions from your base camp...

Aurora Rail Adventure & Bettles Lodge

Canada & USA 8 Days / 7 Nights

From Anchorage, travel through to the charming town of Talkeetna, where you'll enjoy a guided sled dog tour with an Iditarod champion. Continue your...

Bear Track Inn - Glacier Bay

Canada & USA 3 Days / 2 Nights

Visit Alaska's true jewel. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve commands a glacier-crowned, maritime wilderness, encircling a magnificent saltwater bay with 16 tidewater glaciers...

Eastern Fjords & Glacier Bay Cruise - Ultimate Expedition

Canada & USA 15 Days / 14 Nights
Small ship cruising with UnCruise Adventures

The ultimate UnCruise Adventures Alaska itinerary! Spend two days in Glacier Bay National Park, explore the Tongass National Forest, and learn about Native cultures.

Fishing Alaska's Inside Passage

Canada & USA 11 Days / 10 Nights

Embark on an unforgettable wilderness fishing adventure, staying at two remote lodges in the sheltered waters of Alaska's Inside Passage. Life here is shaped...

Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise

Canada & USA 8 Days / 7 Nights
Small ship cruising with UnCruise Adventures

This UnCruise Adventures itinerary includes two days in Glacier Bay National Park where guests can get up close to glaciers, old-growth forests, and sea...

Highlights of Kenai Fjords and Denali Backcountry Lodge Delights

Canada & USA 8 Days / 7 Nights

Cruise into the heart of Kenai Fjords and visit the magnificent Northwestern Fjord. The park boasts abundant wildlife, stunning alpine and tidewater glaciers, and...

Inside Passage and Glacier Bay Wilderness Cruise

Canada & USA 13 Days / 12 Nights
Small ship cruising with UnCruise Adventures

This thirteen day UnCruise Adventures itinerary takes you through the inside passage and Glacier Bay National Park plus remote wilderness areas while learning about...

Kamchatka & Chukotka
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Arctic,Asia,Europe 16 Days / 15 Nights
with Aurora Expeditions

Highlights include: Enjoy meeting Koryaks of Tymlat village to nomadic Chukchi reindeer herders of the north as they welcome you with song, dance and...

Kenai River Drifter's Lodge

Canada & USA 4 Days / 3 Nights

Drifter's Lodge is built in the heart of Cooper Landing, Alaska right on the banks of the world-famous Kenai River. The small hamlet of...

Kodiak Brown Bear Center
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Canada & USA 4 Days / 3 Nights

The Kodiak Brown Bear Centre is situated on a 58 acre site known as Camp Island on the Karluk Lake. Over 48 kilometres of...

Northern Passages and Glacier Bay
Price fromUSD$6,295 SELECT

Canada & USA 8 Days / 7 Nights
Small ship cruising with UnCruise Adventures

Skiff, kayak, and paddle board through fjords and inlets as wildlife greets you from land and sea. Explore Tongass and Glacier Bay National Parks...

Redoubt Bay Lodge Bear Viewing

Canada & USA 4 Day / 3 Nights

The small main lodge is a hand-hewn historic log cabin that houses the dining facilities and the kitchen, where all lodge meals are prepared.

Remote Lodges: Sheldon & Tutka Bay Lodge

Canada & USA 9 Days / 8 Nights

Whether you are an intrepid backcountry traveler or more of an armchair adventurer, Tutka Bay Lodge will share the wonders of this pristine location.

Sheldon Chalet Northern Lights

Canada & USA 6 Days / 5 Nights

Perfectly situated at high elevation with a latitude of 62 degrees north that allows for clear nights, the aurora viewing here is remarkable. The...

Ultima Thule Lodge
Price from$17,550 SELECT

Canada & USA 5 Days / 4 Nights

Immerse yourself in the vast, raw wilderness of Wrangell-St Elias National Park on this escape to the land beyond. After daily curated experiences by...

Wild, Wooly and Wow
Price fromUSD$4,495 SELECT

Canada & USA 8 Days / 7 Nights
Small ship cruising with UnCruise Adventures

Join fellow adventurers on the most active back country itinerary that UnCruise Adventures has to offer. See areas that no other boats visit, and...

Wonders of Alaska Self-Drive

Canada & USA 10 Days / 9 Nights

Experience the wonders of Alaska both by road and rail. Begin your journey by travelling north on the classic Alaska Railroad to the incredible...