Wild Alaska Explorer Full Itinerary
Day 1: Venture to a true Alaskan mountain town – Girdwood – home to seven glaciers and endless beauty. Try your hand at gold panning (finders keepers!), followed by a tram ride to the top of Mount Alyeska. Enjoy a gorgeous alpine hike downhill, and then continue travels to the seacoast town of Seward for an overnight stay.
Day 2: Whales and puffins and glaciers, oh my! Savor the sights, smells and sounds of Kenai Fjords National Park on a full-day marine wildlife and glacier viewing excursion. Scan for playful Dall’s porpoises which surf the wake of the boat and learn about the park’s amazing natural resources. Return to Seward for a delicious dinner and relaxing evening.
Day 3: Experience the thrill of the truly Alaskan sport of dogsledding, with a special visit to the multi-Iditarod-winning Seavey family’s dog kennels. Ride a sled pulled by dogs for an exciting 2-mile course, followed by ample time to meet the dogs and pups which will be future racing stars. Next, stand in the face of the awesome Exit Glacier and learn more about the geologic and climate forces at play on the Kenai Peninsula. You’ll retire this evening to a private cabin on the banks of the famed Kenai River, at Kenai Riverside Lodge, to position yourself for entry into the backcountry.
Day 4: Gear up for a spirited raft trip down the Kenai River, through the Kenai Canyon and into the glacially-carved Skilak Lake, where you’ll be whisked away to your backcountry paradise for the next two nights – Kenai Backcountry Lodge. This intimate lodge and is the ideal escape from the workaday world, where local loon songs are nature’s soundtrack. When the lake is calm, paddle a kayak into the sunset.
Day 5: World-class hiking through various ecosystems is on today’s itinerary and for those ambitious hikers who make it to the top, panoramic views of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will not disappoint. On clear days, peek some of the tallest peaks of the Alaska Range in the distance, including Denali!
Day 6: Bid farewell to your backcountry home, take a short boat ride across the lake and then explore a nearby trail for more opportunities to view the area’s wildlife, which – sometimes – includes moose, black bears and even lynx. This afternoon, return to Anchorage in time to catch connecting flights home.