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Alaska by Land - Adventure Two 5/9 - 10/9
Second half this amazing tour finds us in the heart of the Denali National Park staying in Skyline Lodge with direct access to the Kantishna Air Taxi with glacier landings and aerial photography
for 4 nights.
Skyline Lodge is the operations base for Kantishna Air Taxi and its crew. Located deep within Denali National Park in Kantishna (Mile 92 of the Park road), Skyline Lodge is the closest you can get by road to Denali’s high peak. We are only 20 miles away from the towering North Face of Denali. This solar-powered lodge can accommodate up to 10 guests in five comfortable rooms. As the only small lodge in Denali National Park, we’ve been able to create a genuine experience away from the crowds, making Skyline one of the most unique lodges in Alaska. Skyline Lodge is the ideal base for independent travelers who want to explore Denali’s rich history, geography, flora and fauna.
We are the only company that can begin our flights from the closest airport (Kantishna) to the highest mountain in North America. Denali Park is the Crown Jewel of the North with unparalleled beauty and grandeur. Unless you set off on a month-long climbing expedition in Denali Park there is no other way to experience the amazing landscapes that are hidden from the view from the Denali Park road or Highway. Views from the train or bus can be awe inspiring but these sights only scratch the surface of what one can see from the air. Denali National Park and Preserve encompasses roughly half of the 300 plus mile Alaska range. The tectonic plates uplift over 20,000 feet of granite rock from the neighboring tundra valleys creating the most dramatic view of any mountain on the planet.
ALASKA SEA TO SUMMIT
Over the course of two full weeks, this adventure takes you from sea to summit of Alaskan highlights.
Alaska by Sea - Adventure One 28/8 - 4/9
Unlike many of the other vessels in Alaska our itinerary is kept purposely flexible in order to allow for the unexpected events that are often the highlights of traveling. Our days are spent watching whales, hiking, bear viewing, fishing, kayaking, cruising and sightseeing.
As a passenger on one of these Alaska Cruises through the Inside Passage we'll cruise from Ketchikan to Juneau via Eastern Passage, Wrangell Narrows and Stephens Passage (on the east side of Admiralty Island). Along the way will visit Anan Creek Bear Observatory to see and photograph bears. Because of its mainland location it is common to see both Black Bears and Brown Bears feeding and foraging for salmon.
We will visit Petersburg and Wrangell, both genuine Alaska Frontier Towns. Petersburg settled by Scandinavian Fisherman, and Wrangell with a prominent native influence. We will also cruise the summer feeding grounds of the Humpback Whale where we sometimes encounter as many as 300 of these gentle giants. We will Explore Tracy Arm with it's two tidewater glaciers, considered one of the most phenomenal fjords on the planet, rivaling any found in Norway. And we will pay a visit to a Stellar Sea Lion Colony to watch these giants frolic and play.
Each evening we'll anchor in a secluded harbor or town. The long Northern evenings always allow ample time for kayaking, fishing and exploring.
DISCOVERY SPECIFICATIONSLength: 87 ft (26.5 meters)Cruising speed: 8-12 KnotsRange: 1200 miles MAIN DECKMahogany dining roomMain salonForward salonBathroomEnclosed fantail loungeSpacious, covered teak side decks are ideal for wildlife photography WATER SPORTSTenders : 2 13 foot Boston Whalers with outboards.4 very stable, one-person/single kayaks.
Alaska by Sea - Adventure One 28/8 - 4/9
Day 1: Into The Wild
A world of natural beauty unfolds as we leave civilization behind and cruise south in Stephens Passage to our first anchorage in a secluded bay in the Alaskan wilderness. Once anchored there is time for guests to kayak or explore by skiff and keen fishermen can drop in a line for Halibut or help the crew set crab pots . The atmosphere is one of excited anticipation as you become familiar with life onboard the classic yacht. Discovery's open bow is usually the place of choice to relax and linger until dinner is served in the mahogany dining salon where guests join the Captain each evening for a delicious 3 course meal and lively conversation. We'll cruise south down Gastineau Channel into Stephens Passage, past the silty confluence of the Taku River watershed who's distant peaks rise above the massive Juneau icefield. Our destination for the evening is a pretty little cove at the edge of the Tracy Arm Fords Terror Wilderness area.
Day 2: Fjords, Glaciers & Icebergs
Then its time to get your boots on and we'll take the skiff to shore for a hike in the rainforest and to search for brown bear.
A couple of hours in the crisp, fresh air is invigorating and guests can now relax as we cruise to the majestic fjords of the Tracy Arm Fords Terror wilderness area. The day begins with the smell of freshly brewed coffee and a stroll on deck before breakfast. Today we will cruise the length of one of the most spectacular fjords on the planet. The water is an iridescent shade of green, contrasting with sparkling blue icebergs set against a backdrop of imposing granite walls and cascading waterfalls. At the head of the fjord a tidewater glacier stretches across the bay and we'll sit quietly and listen to the crackle of moving ice and rumble as as the glacier calves. Watch for Bear, Mountain Goats, Bald Eagle, Harbor Seals with pups on icebergs and their nemesis the Orca (Killer) whale.
Day 3-4: Admiralty Island, Frederick Sound - Brown Bears & Humpback Whales
Our journey now takes us towards Admiralty Island. A National Monument and one of the worlds most pristine wilderness areas this island has the densest population of Brown Bear in the world and is a popular nesting site for Bald Eagle. The lush temperate rainforest forest has an allure all its own and we will spend time hiking along salmon streams to view and photograph brown bear in their natural habitat. The surrounding inside passage waterways of Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait are the Alaskan feeding grounds of Humpback Whales and their calves. We will observe these gentle giants on an almost daily basis and take the time to visit a Stellar Sea Lion rookery and search for Orca (Killer) Whales, Dalls Porpoise and Sea Otter that also inhabit the region.
We will stop now and then to fish for wild Alaska Salmon and Halibut drop the shrimp and crab pots in our secret places and enjoy fresh seafood prepared by Discovery's creative Chef. There are numerous beautiful inlets and secluded bays from which your Captain will select an anchorage each evening and guests can kayak (look out for curious Harbor Seals), fish, beachcomb or just relax on board. From the boat we often spot brown bear foraging along the shoreline and can mobilize quickly into skiffs and/or kayaks for a closer look.
Day 5: The Wrangell Narrows (Petersburg to Wrangell)
The bench seat in front of the wheelhouse is a popular vantage point as we cruise through the Wrangell Narrows. A winding, 22 mile long channel between Mitkof Island and Kupreanof Island. The passage has 65 navigational markers and is in places barely wide enough to accommodate the Alaska State Ferry.
The Alaskan fishing community of Petersburg is situated at the northern entrance of the infamous Wrangell Narrows. With a proud Scandinavian heritage, canneries and a commercial fishing fleet it is an interesting and convenient overnight destination. Alternatively, further south lies Wrangell another genuine Alaskan frontier town with a prominent native influence where you can see petroglyphs on the beach at low tide and visit Chief Shakes house and totem park.
Day 6: Anan Creek Bear Observatory
Today we will visit the limited entry Anan Creek Bear Observatory one of the real gems in Alaska. A short hike through the rainforest along Anan Lagoon leads to the viewing platform by the falls where predominately Black Bear congregate to feast on spawning salmon. Resident Brown bears, bald eagles, several species of gulls, and harbor seals are also attracted to this seasonal abundance. The evenings anchorage is not far away. Its a good Halibut spot so fishermen can drop in a line. Kayaks are available or guests can take some quiet time to download photos, read or relax before dinner.
Day 7: Clarence Strait to Behm Canal
Some good fishing spots along the way. Good opportunity for both Humpback and Orca Whale sightings. Our last anchorage is also a fabulous kayaking opportunity.
Day 8: Arrival in Ketchikan, Alaska
Depart Juneau for Anchorage and transfer to Skyline Lodge in the heart of the Denali National Park.
Alaska by Land - Adventure Two 5/9 - 11/9
We drive the length of the park to its peaceful backcountry area. Many photo opportunities for wildlife work present themselves along this stretch of road, as we hope to see grizzly bear, Dall sheep, caribou, moose and wolf. Between the Eielson Bluffs and Wonder Lake we approach within 30 miles of Denali—at 20,310 feet, the highest elevation on the North American continent.
In pursuit of the exceptional images of autumn in Denali National Park. The vast tundra landscape should be in blazing fall color. We venture out to photograph Wonder Lake, the animals in the area, and the mountain that dominates the skyline. We also have photographic access to many elevations on the alpine tundra and possibly up to the snow line. Some hiking is required.
We have an early departure to the park’s entrance. On the return drive to Anchorage, we stop along the way for fall color and other photographic opportunities.
About Skyline Lodge, located 90 miles inside the borders of Denali National Park. Just two miles from Wonder Lake. The lodge has a spacious public room with stone fireplace, dining room, patios and covered porches—all with incredible views of Denali and the Alaskan Range. Rooms have private baths and are decorated in the manner of a comfortable North Country guesthouse.
Itinerary, flights and glacier landings and all other activities during the tour depend strongly on weather conditions. Encounters with any mentioned wildlife cannot be guaranteed.
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