Alaska adventure holiday, salmon run

“A unique holiday on our site, this 20 day Alaskan adventure explores the national parks, local communities and wildlife, from the comforts of a converted US yellow school bus.”

Highlights

Anchorage | Denali NP | Wrangell St-Elias National Park | Valdez | Sea kayaking through icebergs| Glacier hiking | Salmon fishing | Whale watching

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03 Jun 2017
US $ 3300
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24 Jun 2017
US $ 3300
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15 Jul 2017
US $ 3390
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05 Aug 2017
US $ 3390
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Our top tip:
A top trip for families with older kids. Itís an adventure of a lifetime.
Trip type:
Small group holiday, 4-16 people.
Activity level:
Moderate.
Accomm:
Mix of camping, bush and glam, plus couple nights in hostels.
Included:
All transport, accommodation, all meals, sea kayaking, boat trip, national park fees, guides.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Surcharge for own tent.
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Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Alaska adventure holiday, salmon run

Environment

Alaska is one of the last places in this world with pristine and untouched wilderness. It goes without saying that we recycle to local possibilities and leave our campsites exactly as we found them. Being out in the wilderness also means teaching our guests how to interact with wildife safely. We make sure to not put wild animals in any danger through frequent interaction with humans. For bears this means for example to never leave any food or trash open or unlocked in our camps to make sure these beautiful wild animals don't get used to different food sources other than what mother nature provides them.

Our Overland Vehicle is running carbon neutral. As much as we believe that the only right way is to save ressources and find ways to reduce CO2 emmissions we also think running our vehicle carbon neutral is at least a start: It is a necessary second-best solution for us as a small company. We decided to go with atmosfair, which is a climate protection organisation with a focus on travel. They actively protect the climate by compensating greenhouse gases through the use of renewable energies, among other activities. This means we are calculating the fuel consumption for a whole year. 3 liters of fuel equals 3 kg of CO2. For the amount of CO2 emissions we will pay atmosfair to compensate and reinvest in green energy projects.

Community

We believe that traveling broadens your mind. Group travel allows you not only to encounter the culture of the places you are visiting it also allows you to interact with people from different countries learning about their living experiences. Being out in the nature and sleeping under the stars brings you freedom and may give you different perspectives and views on you life back home.

Being a small family run business, we pride ourselves on developing relationships with the locals, most notably the local suppliers. When we provide accommodations, or even when we go ice climbing, we do everything we can to work with small local businesses. Going shopping, we look for local farmersí markets to purchase local produce.
If we are providing accommodations, we work with people like Mary Jane and Tony Lustufka who have been running a local bed and breakfast for over 20 years. The activities we provide through third party suppliers are with locals like fishing with Jim Lavrakas or a small family run bear viewing company like Smokey Bay Air. This is supporting the local fishermen culture in Alaska which at the same time provides unique experiences for our clients.
Whenever possible we include local festivals/concerts of Alaskan bands into our itinerary.

Reviews of Alaska adventure holiday, salmon run

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 07 Sep 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


From start to finish, Alaska, and Dave and Natalie who managed the holiday, delivered.
There wasn't a day which isn't memorable for a variety of reasons! The excitement of camping in a variety of locations was always exciting - the journey to each site equally so. I suppose most people would choose Alaska for the scenery and the wildlife, and we were never disappointed in any respect. The people who made it though, were Dave and Natalie because they were so organised, thoughtful, considerate and hard-working.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


1) Take the best camera you can afford!
2) Plan to take warm clothes...and then put some more in your rucksack!
3) Take hand cream (and that includes men). Never had such dry cracked hands before!
4) Take everything as it comes and be prepared to change your plans if necessary.
5) Take pleasure in the little things - a bird or squirrel trying to steal your food.


3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, definitely. Dave and Natalie pay a carbon offset (which is good) and where possible (and this usually is) use trusted local suppliers for sites and activities.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This is the best holiday my partner and I have ever been lucky enough to have. We thoroughly enjoyed it and it exceeded our dreams. If anyone is thinking of seeing Alaska and considering camping, this would be the tour to choose. But let's not forget Dave and Natalie's converted school bus 'Atka'. This is a great way to travel. Comfortable, roomy and reliable. And Atka looks great in photos too!

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Difficult to pick one part as the whole trip was memorable. Alaska is such a scenic destination. Camping brings you closer to nature and the wild camping was in isolated, awe inspiring places. I particularly enjoyed the sea kayaking, around beautiful islands with sea otters everywhere. Natalie and Dave worked tirelessly to make it an exceptional experience.
The bus was comfortable and spacious and as it is high up there were always good views. Food was always excellent, plentiful and varied.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take a camera with a good zoom lens and plenty of storage for all the images. Be prepared to do as many of the optional activities as possible, as you will have experience that you can do in few other destinations and there is no point saying you wished you had done them when you are back home.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


While food, not surprisingly, came mainly from chain supermarkets, local shops, businesses and guides also benefited. Where possible recycling was carried out. The holiday providers website lists all the way the company tries to reduce environmental impact.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This was a wonderful holiday that I would thoroughly recommend. Alaska is an exceptional destination and the holiday provider an exceptional company.

Reviewed on 07 Sep 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It's difficult to pinpoint just one moment, as the whole stay in Alaska was wonderful from start to finish. Seeing all the wildlife, in Denali National Park (bears, caribous, wolves...),when on a boat in the Kenai fjords (orcas, sea lions, humpback whales...), but also just when travelling casually on a road, was fantastic: they're just part of everyday life in Alaska. Having the feeling that you are not in an overcrowded holiday spot was also a big "plus" to me, you are often in very quiet and peaceful places, and sometimes really have the impression that you can disconnect from the busy world you might be used to. I for example loved the part when we got to kayak on very beautiful Sunday morning, on very calm water, and the aim was not to reach a certain point or to be as fast as possible, but just to enjoy the wonderful scenery of this bay, kayak along the rocks and look at the sea stars and jelly fish, while encoutering sea otters swimming nearby and even spotting a whale at a relative distance.

The impression of peacefulness was stunning, and the landscape, well, I envy people who can see in on a daily basis. I would also have to list all the other exciting activities we got to do (ice climbing, flight above the glaciers, canoeing, kayaking among icebergs...), but would certainly need to mention that this amazing holiday was possible thanks to the wonderful organization of our guides Natalie and Dave: everything seemed so easy, and that was thanks to their careful planning. They were very helpful ahead of the trip in answering all the questions I had. During the trip, they of course know a lot about the region, are very relaxed, spontaneous and generous, and you can completely rely on them. It is obvious that they are passionate about what they do.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


I would just say don't hesitate! This is a company that is 200% reliable and the trip is so fun to do! Even is you're not an experienced camper, it doesn't matter, the guides will show you how it works! Just make sure you bring enough layers and a sleeping bag that is warm enough if you get cold quite easily. While it's 100% not a problem to camp in summer in Alaska, you need to be prepared as well as possible, as it can get chilly at night.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, the guides have a lot of contact with small local businesses with which they organize activities. They know them well, and carefully choose those which fit the best. The company is very aware of being ecologically responsible, and their website highlights the different ways in which they are active in order to preserve the environment and leaving the least impact possible.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was an exceptional holiday, on all levels. I would not hesitate to recommend this trip. It's a small local company (which for me was also a decisive argument), they really know their stuff, everything works out perfectly. What you get to see is really unique and unforgettable. You'll bring back wondeful pictures and mostly, great memories and funny stories to tell back home!

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