Alaska Kenai & Denali Adventure: scenery and Wildlife

Map of the route for Alaska Kenai & Denali Adventure

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Itinerary

Day 1Anchorage

Arrive at any time.

 

Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group

Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don’t forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

Accommodation

Below is an example of the hotel we may use in this city.

Ramada Inn Downtown Anchorage (or similar)
Hotel

Day 2Anchorage/Seward

Drive south through the Kenai Peninsula along one of US’s most scenic highways, the Seward Highway. Pass between cliffs and ocean and through the Chugach National Forest surrounded by mountains. Hike one of the trails of Kenai Fjords National Park to the Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield in the afternoon to witness the size of this natural phenomenon in person.

Leave Anchorage in the morning and arrive at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula where the ice age still lingers. Spend the day exploring this site to discover the fjords, their history, science and remote splendor.

Private Vehicle
Anchorage – Seward2h30m-3h200km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Hike to Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield
Exit Glacier – Seward5h-8h12km

Head out on an amazing hike to the Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield. The 11.9km (7.4 mi) round trip of the Harding Icefield Trail is a spectacular day hike through the Alaska backcountry. Starting on the valley floor, the trail winds through cottonwood and alder forests, passes though heather-filled meadows and ultimately climbs well above tree line to a breathtaking view of the icefield. The top of the trail is a window to past ice ages – a horizon of ice and snow that stretches as far as the eye can see, broken only by an occasional nunatak or lonely peak. There are various lookout points along the trail that serve as good turnaround points. Portions of the upper trail are covered by ice and snow part of the year. Easier, shorter hikes to the base of the glacier are also options that also afford beautiful views for those not looking for a strenuous hike.

Black bears are spotted frequently from the Harding Icefield Trail.

Accommodation

Murphy’s Alaskan Inn (or similar)
Motel

Meals included:

Lunch

Day 3Seward

Enjoy a free day for activities around Seward. Opt to take a scenic boat cruise through the Kenai fjords to get up close and personal with glaciers and marine life, hike through breathtaking scenery, or visit the Alaska SeaLife Center.

 

Free Time
Seward Full Day

Get out and explore this natural paradise!

Optional Activities – Day 3

Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise
Seward

150-175USD per person

Soak in the gorgeous coastline views from the comfort of a boat. Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of whales (orca, humpback, fin and minke) and marvel at the view of the glaciers.

Alaska SeaLife Center Visit
Seward1h-3h

20USD per person

The Alaska SeaLife Center is the only public aquarium in the state and also functions as an ocean wildlife rescue center. The facility focuses on research, rehabilitation, education, and exhibits.

Coastal Trail Hike
Seward2h-3h1-6km

Free

Enjoy an easier hike along the scenic Coastal Trail for about 2-3 hrs.

This 4.5 mile coastal trail in the Caines Head Recreation Area can be reached by boat or foot from Seward and offers up sweeping views of rolling alpine meadows and the North Pacific Ocean. Wander through ancient rainforest hanging with moss and then on to beach trails (some of which can only be accessed during low tide). From glaciers to bald eagles and vertical cliffs to WWII history this trail will certainly get you out into the wilds of beautiful Alaska.

Sea Kayaking Tour
Seward – Resurrection Bay8h-9h

Explore the stunning surroundings of Resurrection Bay from the water. Follow a naturalist guide along the scenic western shoreline of the bay and marvel at the snow-covered mountains and hanging glaciers. Learn about the bay’s history, highlights, and wildlife along the way. Sea otters, sea lions, harbor seals, bald eagles, seabirds, and jumping salmon are often seen. Occasionally, whales are also spotted. Continue along the Caines Head State Recreation Area and, depending on group speed, all the way to Tonsina Creek. During spawning season, if the tide is high it may be possible to paddle up the creek to see spawning salmon.

About halfway into the trip, make a shoreline stop to enjoy hot drinks and lunch with time to stretch your legs and explore.

Accommodation

Murphy’s Alaskan Inn (or similar)
Motel

Day 4Seward/Talkeetna

Travel north to quaint Talkeetna. Visit the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Museum and learn all about this historical event. Opt to take a scenic flight over the area, float by raft or go further afield by jet boat on the Talkeetna River to learn about local flora, fauna and early settlers to the area, or stay in town to shop or sample beer from the local microbrewery.

 

Denali flightseeing is only available some days when weather conditions are appropriate for flying and good views.

Private Vehicle
Seward – Talkeetna5h-6h250km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Free Time
TalkeetnaAfternoon

Spend time exploring quirky Talkeetna.

Wasilla Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Museum
Talkeetna

The Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla is just one of the many interesting places to visit in the Mat-Su Valley. Filled with historical information and fascinating exhibits, this spot is sure to pique interest and draw you into the unique Alaskan culture. Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of “The Last Great Race”.

Today countless mushers and their loyal dogs traverse a diverse landscape in a race for over 1,000 miles from Anchorage to Nome. The museum’s exhibits and displays detail the past, present, and future of this iconic Alaskan event. In addition to these exhibits if you visit in the summer, you will even have an opportunity to go on a dog-led cart ride!

Optional Activities – Day 4

Shopping

Scour the local shops and stalls for unique wares to remind you of your travels to the region.

Wilderness Jet Boat Tour
Talkeetna

70USD per person

Travel by river jetboat 20 miles (32km) along the river system, learning about the local ecosystem from a naturalist guide. Stop off and go for a short nature walk to the Dena’ina Indian Encampment, home to the earliest native settlers in the area, then visit an old trapper’s cabin to learn about the trapper’s way of life.

Talkeetna River Natural History Float Trip
Talkeetna10km

79USD per person

Board a raft and float down the Talkeetna River on the lookout for bears, eagles, moose, beavers, foxes and native birds while learning about the local environment of the river and its banks. Loop onto to the Susitna River for the return journey, and if you’re lucky enough for it to be clear, you’ll see stunning Denali (formerly Mt McKinley) over the trees. This is a relaxing and educational float that gets you out in nature.

Denali Scenic Flight
Denali National Park and Preserve

220-420USD per person

Take to the skies for a bird’s eye view of the spectacular grandeur. Get a better view of the mountains, glaciers, and wilderness from a few thousand feet up.

Accommodation

Swiss Alaska Inn (or similar)
Hotel

Day 5Talkeetna/Denali National Park and Preserve

Head north and keep cameras at the ready for the stunning scenery on the way to Denali National Park. Enjoy a dog sledding demo, and opt to hike in the park.

Enjoy plenty of time to explore Denali NP. Opt to hike one of the countless trails in Denali and discover the dynamic glaciated landscape providing large rivers, countless lakes and ponds, and unique landforms that make up the foundation of the ecosystems that thrive in in this park.

If weather conditions aren’t great for flightseeing on Day 4, there is a possibility to try again this day before driving north to Denali.

Private Vehicle
Talkeetna – Denali National Park and Preserve3h-3h30m250km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Denali National Park Visit
Denali National Park and Preserve – Denali

Spend the day exploring Denali National Park. The area is well-known for its diversity of wildlife and Denali, the highest peak in North America, formerly called Mt McKinley. There are 39 species of mammals, 167 species of birds, 10 species of fish, and one species of amphibian known in Denali. Summer is a time for raising the young and preparing for migration, hibernation, or survival during the winter and, with a little luck, we witness it all. Discover the dynamic glaciated landscape providing large rivers, countless lakes and ponds, and unique landforms which form the foundation of the ecosystems that thrive in Denali.

Denali Visitor Center & Dog Sled Demonstration
Denali National Park and Preserve – Denali

Learn about the flora and fauna throughout Denali NP at the visitor centre before a dog sledding talk and demonstration by the park rangers.

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Optional Activities – Day 5Hide

Denali Scenic Flight
Denali National Park and Preserve

220-420USD per person

Take to the skies for a bird’s eye view of the spectacular grandeur. Get a better view of the mountains, glaciers, and wilderness from a few thousand feet up.

Rafting on Nenana River
Denali National Park and Preserve

Hit the rapids on the Nenana River. Soak in the gorgeous scenery and get a rush of adrenaline in Denali National Park.

Accommodation

Denali Perch Resort (or similar)
Hotel

Day 6Denali National Park and Preserve

Hop on a Denali NP bus to Eielson Visitor Center on a full-day excursion to take in the beautiful flora, fauna, and mountains in the park. Keep an eye out for moose, bears, and caribou!

 

Scenic Shuttle to Eielson Visitor Center
Denali National Park and Preserve

Depart early to explore Denali National Park. Take the shuttle bus to the Eielson Visitor Center and back, getting deep into the heart of the park. The journey takes approximately 8 hours and shows off the stunning wilderness of Denali.

Denali National Park Visit
Denali National Park and Preserve – Denali

Spend the day exploring Denali National Park. The area is well-known for its diversity of wildlife and Denali, the highest peak in North America, formerly called Mt McKinley. There are 39 species of mammals, 167 species of birds, 10 species of fish, and one species of amphibian known in Denali. Summer is a time for raising the young and preparing for migration, hibernation, or survival during the winter and, with a little luck, we witness it all. Discover the dynamic glaciated landscape providing large rivers, countless lakes and ponds, and unique landforms which form the foundation of the ecosystems that thrive in Denali.

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Optional Activities – Day 6Hide

Denali Hiking
Denali National Park and Preserve1h-3h2-7km

Use any of the hiking trails around the park to enjoy the rugged beauty of Denali National Park. If the weather is clear, look up to see Denali (formerly named Mt McKinley) towering overhead. Some of the most popular trails are the Mount Healy overlook trail and Horseshoe Lake trail.

The Mount Healy trail allows hikers to travel part of the way up Mount Healy which overlooks the entrance area to the park. Even though it is one of the steepest trails in Denali the effort is well worth it. You will walk steadily through spruce forest before encountering the switchbacks that will have you above the tree-line in no time. The official trail ends at the overlook with great views to the south where you can choose to continue to the true peak of Mount Healy or you can turn back. Please note that this trail is not a loop.

The Horseshoe Lake trail is a rather popular loop hike that attracts quite a few people, so you certainly won’t be the only one out there. As you follow this well developed trail down to the lake you will pass the overlook which gives you a gorgeous panoramic view of the Nenana river often referred to as “Glitter Gulch” right outside the park. You will also be able to see the surrounding mountains towering in the distance. Once you arrive at the lake stay on the lookout for full-racked bull moose as this can be a popular spot for them to cool off during the summer months. This hike is truly a great starter trail in the area that will get you a bit more acquainted with the beauty of Denali National Park.

Accommodation

Denali Perch Resort (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 7Denali National Park and Preserve/Anchorage

Free morning for optional whitewater rafting or hiking, then say farewell to Denali NP and travel back to Anchorage. Opt to join the group for a farewell dinner.

 

Private Vehicle
Denali National Park and Preserve – Anchorage4h-5h370km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Free Time
Denali National Park and PreserveMorning

Go rafting or hiking on the last morning in Denali NP.

Optional Activities – Day 7Hide

Rafting on Nenana River
Denali National Park and Preserve

Hit the rapids on the Nenana River. Soak in the gorgeous scenery and get a rush of adrenaline in Denali National Park.

Denali Hiking
Denali National Park and Preserve1h-3h2-7km

Use any of the hiking trails around the park to enjoy the rugged beauty of Denali National Park. If the weather is clear, look up to see Denali (formerly named Mt McKinley) towering overhead. Some of the most popular trails are the Mount Healy overlook trail and Horseshoe Lake trail.

The Mount Healy trail allows hikers to travel part of the way up Mount Healy which overlooks the entrance area to the park. Even though it is one of the steepest trails in Denali the effort is well worth it. You will walk steadily through spruce forest before encountering the switchbacks that will have you above the tree-line in no time. The official trail ends at the overlook with great views to the south where you can choose to continue to the true peak of Mount Healy or you can turn back. Please note that this trail is not a loop.

The Horseshoe Lake trail is a rather popular loop hike that attracts quite a few people, so you certainly won’t be the only one out there. As you follow this well developed trail down to the lake you will pass the overlook which gives you a gorgeous panoramic view of the Nenana river often referred to as “Glitter Gulch” right outside the park. You will also be able to see the surrounding mountains towering in the distance. Once you arrive at the lake stay on the lookout for full-racked bull moose as this can be a popular spot for them to cool off during the summer months. This hike is truly a great starter trail in the area that will get you a bit more acquainted with the beauty of Denali National Park.

Farewell Dinner
Khŭjand

10-25USD per person

Enjoy a meal with your new found friends and reminisce about the fantastic adventure you’ve all had.

Accommodation

Ramada Inn Downtown Anchorage (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8Anchorage

Depart at any time.

 

Departure Day

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.