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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.

I was lucky to experience travelling overland before cruising in Alaskas Inside Passage, and I feel this is the way to go. Yes Alaska is in America, but it is totally different from the lower 48 States, with a short season and long days, up to 22 hours of sunlight in Fairbanks. You can’t help but fall in love with Alaskas Interior. Skagway would have to be one of my favourite areas with its board walk and the Red Onion Saloon. It really gives you the feeling that you are living in the Klondike Gold Rush era. Another favourite was travelling on the Whitepass Yukon Railroad from Skagway to Fraser. You don’t have to be a train buff to appreciate this. Whitehorse to Beaver Creek and onto Fairbanks, as known by some people the pothole highway caused by the permafrost. Believe me this does not stop the convoy of motor homes travelling over these roads. Stopping at Beaver Creek, you really feel like you are in the middle of nowhere.

Fairbanks is a city that has a diverse range of things on offer, from the Pipeline through to Santas house. My favorite was the sternwheeler cruise, leisurely cruising down the Chena River was my favorite giving me a better understanding of the Athabascan culture. Fairbanks to Denali and onto Talkeetna is a must by rail. It you can travel by dome car, you wont regret this as you sit back and relax as you enjoy the scenery or alternatively you can go downstairs and enjoy a meal. Denali National Park: Even though you have the long day light hours, it is a must to have 2 nights. This will allow you a full day tour into the National Park and more chance of seeing the wildlife. Dont forget your binoculars!

Leaving Anchorage, head to either the port of Seward or Whittier for your cruise back down the inside passage to Vancouver. I loved Glacier Bay National Park, watching the calving of the Glaciers up close and seeing the occasional bear. Frederick Sound and Tracy Arm was amazing with the Whales so close to the ship. It was almost like they were playing with the boat. Misty Fiords National Monument lived up to its name, it was Misty most of the morning, but so peaceful. A day at sea relaxing and enjoying the ship before heading back into Vancouver or Seattle.
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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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Alaska Explorer
Price from$2,528 SELECT

Canada & USA 6 Days/5 Nights Fairbanks to Anchorage
Group tour

Experience a memorable escorted journey from Fairbanks into Alaska's spectacular mountains and enjoy the best opportunities for viewing wildlife. Venture into Denali National...

Alaska Fjords & Glaciers
Price fromUSD$4,495 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 7-night UnCruise itinerary.

Highlights include • Dawes Glacier and ice-rich...

Winterlake Lodge

Canada & USA 5 Days / 4 Nights

Renowned for their remote setting amid Alaska's immense wilderness, this combination of two Alaskan wilderness lodges offer intimate hospitality, great food, comfortable rooms and...

Alaska's Glacier Country UnCruise Adventures
Price fromUSD$3,895 SELECT

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

Get up close and personal on a small ship cruise in Glacier Bay National Park, explore the wilderness of 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. Start with...

Alaskan Family Adventure

Canada & USA 9 Days / 8 Nights

This one way self drive is perfectly suited for the family travelling to Alaska, taking in the incredible wilderness!

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...

Photo credit by Travis Knauss / Chena Hot Springs

Canada & USA 3 Day/2 Night

World famous for its legendary healing mineral waters, beautiful Aurora Borealis displays in the winter, renewable energy projects and the Aurora Ice Museum-a year...

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...

Bettles Lodge
Price from$2,539 SELECT

Canada & USA 3 Days / 2 Nights

Summer Season Bettles is an awesome destination or starting point for your Arctic and Brooks Range adventure. Built in 1952, the original Bettles Lodge...

Eastern Fjords & Glacier Bay Cruise - Ultimate Expedition

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

The ultimate UnCruise Alaska itinerary! Spend two days in Glacier Bay National Park, skiff to glaciers, hike in the Tongass National Forest, and learn...

Explore Glacier Bay & Denali National Park

Canada & USA 9 Days / 8 Nights

Visit two of Alaska's most famous parks - Glacier Bay National Park and Denali National Park! Begin you Alaskan journey in Juneau with a...

Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise

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

This UnCruise itinerary offers guests two days in Glacier Bay National Park offering an up close look at glaciers, old-growth forests, and sea life.

Grand Alaska
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Canada & USA 8 Days/7 Nights
Group tour

A grand tour of Alaska including the cities of Fairbanks and Anchorage. Visit Alaska's Little Switzerland 'Valdez', nestled between the waterfront and mountains.

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...

Highlights of the Yukon Self Drive

Canada & USA 10 Days / 9 nights

Discover the captivating landscapes and rich gold rush history of the Yukon on this self-drive adventure. Drive from Whitehorse to the picturesque mountain village...

Historic Alaska & Yukon Milepost

Canada & USA 10 Days / 9 Nights

Explore the magic and the mystery of Alaska & Canada's Yukon Territory as you follow the historic Gold Rush Trail Mileposts. Visit magnificent Denali...

Inside Passage and Glacier Bay Wilderness Cruise

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

Whales and wildlife, kayaking and hiking. This thirteen day UnCruise Adventure takes you through the inside passage and Glacier Bay National Park plus...

Kenai Fjords Denali Explorer

Canada & USA 7 Days / 6 Nights

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...

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...

Knik River & Denali Explorer

Canada & USA 7 Days/6 Nights

Starting in Anchorage, travel north of Anchorage to the Knik Valley. Sheltered by the Chugach Mountains and surrounded by over ten glaciers including Knik...

Kodiak Brown Bear Center
Price from$10,126 SELECT

4 Days / 3 Nights

The Kodiak Brown Bear Centre is situated on a 58 acre site known as Camp Island situated on the Karluk Lake with over 30...

Northern Passages and Glacier Bay
Price fromUSD$3,295 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. See the Tongass and Glacier Bay National...

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

This remote nature lodge journey begins amongst the rugged coastlines, deep fjords, quiet beaches and old growth Sitka spruce forests that surround Tutka Bay...

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...

Tutka Bay Lodge

Canada & USA 3 Days / 2 Nights

The lodge features the ideal mix of adventure and relaxation. Adventure activities at Tutka Bay include deep sea fishing for salmon and halibut, freshwater...

Ultima Thule Lodge
Price from$15,960 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...

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...