Alaska is a remote state with vast areas of stunning wilderness, some of the world's best whale and bear watching and extremely friendly locals who love to share their passion for this beautiful state. The Alaskan scenery is incredibly varied, offering everything from snow-capped mountains to remote beaches, turquoise lakes to clear rivers and dense forests to flat tundra. The terrain and location mean it is still relatively undiscovered, so it is easy to find an area that no one has set foot in before.
What to Expect on your Alaska Holiday
Eight national parks protect 42.1 million acres of this landscape. A diversity of wildlife and untouched pristine wilderness found ever less around the world, Alaska is an exception and a heaven for nature enthusiasts.
As most of Alaska’s national parks are only accessible by plane or boat, you should come expecting an adventurous trip. Float planes are the normal mode of transport in Alaska and are used like taxis to get around. Lodges are tucked away in hidden regions offering that longed for seclusion with some of the best nature opportunities on the doorstep. Denali National Park, however, is easier to reach, with a 92-mile park road making it one of the most accessible regions.
The Inside Passage, a vast wilderness of labyrinthine channels, dramatic scenery and untamed forest, offers unrivalled whale and bear watching. A small ship offers the freedom of a flexible itinerary and access to the quieter backwaters, a perfect way to get up close to its wildlife. In the summer months humpback whales congregate in vast numbers in Alaska’s rich waters, and it’s not uncommon to find your ship or zodiac surrounded by these magnificent beasts.
- Pick from a selection of small boats allowing for an intimate exploration of the Inside Passage away from the main tourist channels
- Get up close with the brown and coastal bears of Kodiak and Katmai and watch them dive for fish during the salmon run season.
- Observe whales and bears along with orca, sea otters, bald eagles and mountain goats
- Escape into the wilderness at a remote lodge and explore the glaciers, forests and rivers by air.
Our Alaska Holiday Experts
Roxy has been to all the southern regions of Alaska, travelling on foot, by car, float plane, train, helicopter, and small ship. She has visited remote wilderness lodges, simple camps, log cabins, city hotels and everything in between. She can use her unrivalled experience to put together your perfect Alaskan holiday.
Sue specialises in the small expeditionary boats that operate in the Inside Passage of south east Alaska. Between the team we have travelled onboard most of these boats so can offer first-hand advice to help you choose the Alaskan cruise that's best suited to your preferences.