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Mountains & Bears of Alaska

Explore the dramatic scenery of Denali National Park and look for bears on Kodiak Island

13 days

from £6,995pp (excluding flights)

This Alaska holiday is perfect for those eager to witness the North American brown bears as well as exploring the mountainous scenery. This trip combines Denali and Kodiak Island, two fascinating regions of Alaska with easy access from Anchorage.

  • Travel by train to Denali National Park, a scenic route across the Alaskan wilderness
  • Take a scenic flight past glaciers and North Americas tallest peak - Mt McKinley.
  • Fly into Kodiak Island by float plane, home to over 2,200 brown bears
  • Stay at Kodiak Brown Bear Centre, one of the best and most exclusive bear viewing lodges

Denali National Park

Starting in Anchorage, head north on the train to Denali National Park, a superb region for both wildlife and impressive scenery. Find glaciers, subarctic tundra, forests and mountains including the impressive Mt McKinley. After a day of exploring, take a scenic flight out of the park with a chance to view Mt McKinley’s peak.

Kodiak Island

Fly onto Kodiak Island then take a scenic flight by float plane to Karluk Lake, one of the best places in the world for viewing bears. Here witness up close the brown bears in their natural habitat accompanied by fantastic and knowledgeable guides.

For the ultimate adventure, take a helicopter trip across Prince William Sound. View huge glaciers as well as wildlife such as seals, black bears and whales which are all found in this area. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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what is included

  • Accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Guided sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Reykjavik

Fly Reykjavik to Anchorage

Anchorage is the main gateway to Alaska and the state's largest city, surrounded on all sides by wilderness. With a stunning backdrop of the Chugach mountains and sitting on the edge of the Cook Inlet, almost half of Alaska's population live here.

You will be staying at Captain Cook Hotel, Room only

Day 2

Train from Anchorage to Denali

A scenic six and a half hour train journey from Anchorage to Denali, passing through birch forest, small towns, along rivers and with views of mountains. On a clear day Mt McKinley, Americas tallest peak, can be seen. A variety of wildlife can be seen along the way including moose, caribou, bears, beavers and wolves.

Denali National Park is a huge area of wilderness, covering six million acres, with just one road running through it. The National Park has glaciers, lakes, rivers and mountains, including Mount McKinley - North America's highest peak. Wildlife in this area is fantastic with the chance to see moose, bears, caribou and wolves.

You will be staying at McKinley Village Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Full Day Bus Tour into Denali National Park
A six hour bus journey deep into the Denali National Park. Private vehicles are not allowed into the park so sit back and enjoy the wildlife and scenery during this journey.

You will be staying at Denali Backcountry Lodge, Full board

Day 4

Day to explore the Denali National Park

You will be staying at Denali Backcountry Lodge, Full board

Day 5

Early morning bus journey back to the park entrance

Train from Denali to Talkeetna

A four hour scenic journey including crossing Hurricane Gulch, the longest bridge on the railway at almost 300 metres above Hurricane Creek. A variety of wildlife can be seen during the journey.

Founded a century ago as the district headquarters for the new railroad. This rustic town sits at the confluence of three rivers and has a striking panorama of Mt. McKinley and adjacent peaks. An outdoor recreation mecca, the town's economy today thrives on rafting, flightseeing, mountain biking, hiking, camping, fishing and hunting, and it is also the main base for climbing expeditions to Denali

You will be staying at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Train from Talkeetna to Anchorage

A three hour scenic journey, past the harbours where waterfowl can be seen as well as larger mammals like moose and bear, as well as through birch forests.

You will be staying at Captain Cook Hotel, Room only

Day 7

Day at Leisure
Spend the day exploring the city of Anchorage. The Anchorage Museum is a good place to learn about the history of Alaska, whilst the Alaska Native Heritage Centre explains through stories, songs and dance the rich Native culture.

Anchorage is also home to a wide variety of wildlife, including a resident moose population up to 1,000, for an easier viwing option head to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre.

Take in the scenery along the 11 mile Tony Knowles Coastal Trail which starts in downtown or fish for salmon at Ship Creek.

You will be staying at Captain Cook Hotel, Room only

Day 8

Fly Anchorage to Kodiak

Fly from Kodiak to Karluk Lake

A 45 minute scenic float plane flight to the lodge.

You will be staying at Kodiak Brown Bear Centre, Full board

Day 9

Activities at Kodiak Brown Bear Centre
Each day starts with a hearty breakfast, followed by a briefing from the guide about the day's planned bear viewing destination and activities. Departure times may fluctuate depending on the weather and available daylight. After the briefing board a specially designed boat for a safe and scenic ride to one of four bear viewing locations. Each location offers a unique glimpse into the life of these bears and highlights the grandeur of Kodiak Island. Upon arrival at the site, your immersion into the bear's habitat and environment is closely monitored and supervised by highly trained and experienced guides to that you will have a quality experience to observe study and acquire a deeper understanding and appreciation for these legendary bears. Each of the bear viewing locations has a different level of difficulty to access. Based upon your physical condition and abilities you will be ushered to one of three bear viewing locations.

To ensure that all of us, including the bears have a safe, enjoyable, and rewarding experience, we provide guests with an in-depth educational presentation and safety orientation prior to your bear viewing adventure. This will familiarize and assist in getting acclimated to the environment of Karluk Lake, bear behaviour and the KBBC bear viewing program and etiquette.

The Kodiak Brown Bear Centre bear viewing program embraces these same core values and represents the blending of thousands of years of traditional Alutiiq wisdom with the most modern scientific knowledge.

The KBBC program is guided by expert partners including the KUBS (Kodiak Unified Bear Subcommittee), USF&WS (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service), ADF&G (Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game), AWCC (Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center) and other entities that have documented studies of these bears for decades. Our supporters and our guests have the privilege of studies which steer our interpretive curriculum.

The Kodiak Brown Bear Center is committed to providing you with a bear viewing experience and adventure that is like none other.

You will be staying at Kodiak Brown Bear Centre, Full board

Day 10

You will be staying at Kodiak Brown Bear Centre, Full board

Day 11

Fly from Karluk Lake to Kodiak

Take a 45 minute float plane back to Kodiak.

You will be staying at Captain Cook Hotel, Room only

Day 12

Fly Anchorage to Reykjavik overnight

Day 13

Fly Reykjavik to London


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Kodiak Brown Bear Centre

Kodiak Brown Bear Centre

Set on the southwest side of Kodiak Island, the Kodiak Brown Bear Centre offers one of the best and most exclusive bear experiences....

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