Alaska wildlife holidays
Description of Alaska wildlife holidays
This amazing Alaska adventure won’t just have you anchored down in Anchorage. From floating light aircraft and tracking grizzly bears to whale watching in Resurrection Bay and walking on glaciers in Kenai Fjords National Park, this tour is about as wonderfully wild as you could ever hope to imagine.
Alaska arguably boasts some of the most intrinsically beautiful and untouched landscapes in North America, and this two week small group holiday intends to take travellers way beyond just the tip of the iceberg.
Some of the hiking trails are just so unique that you’ll be hard pushed to find anywhere else on earth quite as exciting, especially if you’re into wildlife watching and just revelling in naturally abundant peace and quiet.
Spending a couple of days in Denali and Wrangell-St Elias national parks provides ample opportunities to experience Alaska’s frozen fjords and glistening glaciers. Hiking in the foothills of Mt Denali really does take some beating. These sorts of locations have long formed the natural habitat for indigenous Alaskan animals. Caribou, dall sheep, moose, bears and wolves are all known to inhabit the area and hiking with a guide provides an educational and entertaining commentary to accompany stunning scenery and possible animal encounters.
Alaska really is one of the last remaining wilderness regions on the planet. This two week tour provides an unforgettable chance to explore way beyond the tourist trail as well as observing an inordinate amount of wildlife in a naturally wild and untamed environment.
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PlanetWe are committed to offering low impact tours that benefit both the places and communities we visit as well as our travellers. It is important for us all to be aware of the delicate balance that exists in the variety of natural wonders you will visit. National Parks and monuments, archaeological sites and other sensitive areas should and must be treated with respect.
We have created a 'Travellers' Code of Conduct' to help prepare and inform our groups of the various positive or negative effects they could have on a destination. The code includes tips on everything from handling wildlife encounters to how you can help to conserve precious natural resources. Our tour leaders will explain this code of conduct during the first night’s orientation talk and encourage you to follow it throughout the tour.
This code includes following the ‘Leave No Trace’ ethic, this is an international campaign that is designed to help us minimise the impact on the National Parks and other wilderness areas that we visit. Some key guidelines we follow include keeping to existing trails, staying in official campgrounds and disposing of all waste responsibly and recycling whatever we can.
As this is a camping tour we use only government regulated and approved campsites where recycling is of the utmost importance, and all camping and cooking rubbish is disposed on in a thoughtful and responsible manner.
PeopleWe are proud supporters of Bay Area Wilderness Training (www.bawt.org) a charity based in Oakland California which works to connect disadvantaged children in the local urban area with the great outdoors. Their work helps to provide these young people with life changing experiences which they can
apply to everyday life. Everyone booking with Grand American Adventures has the option to donate £1/$1/€1 to support this well-deserved charity and we will match this donation.
Whenever possible, we use local accommodation and activity providers. We also shop locally for groceries, eat in small family-run restaurants and visit local shops whenever possible. This all brings economic benefit to the local communities that we visit.
In Denali National Park, travellers are encouraged to leave the trails, one of the few parks in America where this happens. We meet with the ranger guides for details on how to best react with wildlife if encountered, how to avoid encounters, and how to make minimal impact on the trails.
Given the short tourism season in Alaska, we aim to provide as much money into the hands of local people, using only smaller locally based service providers, many of which include stopping at small diners to try Reindeer Sausage and cinnamon rolls.
Being a wildlife focussed trip we have tight regulations on how to make minimal impact on animals and mammals in their natural environment so as not to upset the balance of nature. This is especially prevalent during the bear viewing activity in the wilderness where we watch from the safety of a boat with no bathroom facilities so as not to pollute the area. The whale and mammal spotting cruise uses a smaller locally owned boat and meals provided are sourced locally.