Northern Exposures: Wind, Sea & Byways of Alaska

Some things, unless we’ve seen them with our own two eyes, are just too big for our brains to comprehend. The Ocean? Space? The Grand Canyon? Twenty-nine million Texans are shouting “TEXAS, BABY!!” 

Well, one of these ‘big’ things is a place found way up north. A place whose borders and vast expanse of inspiration are much larger than Texas or the Grand Canyon.

Alaska, the Last Frontier. This place is so big that two Texases can fit inside its borders. In fact, Alaska is bigger than Texas, California, and Montana combined! The variety of all that is inside its boundaries is vast. Alaska is a paradise for those dreamers and doers out there who want to ‘see it all.’

Yet all of this ‘big’ needs to be digestible. Where would one even begin to scratch the surface? Enter Backcountry Journeys’ and our Northern Exposures: Wind, Sea & Byways of Alaska photography tour. We know and love Alaska, and cannot wait to share a fantastic mix of this big place we call home in a single tour that is a complete Alaskan photography itinerary.

Iconic mountain landscapes, the Aurora Borealis, the backroads, the skies, glaciers, vintage Alaska villages, and the sea and its incredible variety of creatures. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of this 10 day/9-night photography adventure: 

Northern Lights
Almost no picture or words can accurately describe the feeling one receives when witnessing the Aurora Borealis for the first time. As the lights swoon across the big, cold, night sky of Alaska, chills run down spines, hairs on arms seemingly stand at attention almost as if they, too, are desirous of a quick look. Simply seeing this phenomenon can be life-changing.

The Aurora is typically at its best this time of year, and there are few locations in the world that are more prime from which to see and photograph the lights than Fairbanks. So, we kick off this exciting adventure by spending time learning the skills required to capture images of this unique night sky event and will have ample time to photograph the lights from carefully selected vantage points across the region. In a world that sometimes seems devoid of wonderment, the Aurora will make you believe again that magic does exist.

Alyeska/Denali/Talkeetna/Glaciers & More…
Following our time in Fairbanks with the lights, we’ll head south through the mountains. The distance and vastness of this next segment on the road will provide ample opportunity to focus our cameras upon big snowy mountain landscapes as we travel through the Kenai, Chugach & Alaska mountain ranges. This includes Denali, Talkeetna, and Alyeska.

Big Mountains present themselves just a bit more spectacularly during the peaceful light of morning and these moments will highlight our time spent in Alyeska. The photography along the Turnagain Arm is more incredible than words, including sights of Portage Glacier, legendary for its use by Alaska Natives and Gold Rush pioneers to “portage” between Prince William Sound and Turnagain Arm.  

As we navigate the byways of Alaska, we’ll always have decent chances for wildlife encounters. Our long lenses will be at the ready for Mountain goats, Caribou, Moose, and more.

While in Talkeetna we’ll take to the skies in classic Alaska fashion. Our pilots will navigate around puffy clouds, skirting near towering peaks prior to landing directly upon a glacier on the side of a mountain. For many, this may be the highlight among highlights!! 

Homer/Kachemak Bay/Seldovia
Reaching Homer, we’ll take to Kachemak Bay where we’ll find our long lenses as our focus turns to marine wildlife, like exceptionally loveable Sea otters, Harbor seals, Bald eagles, and more.

Kachemak Bay is full of sea otters and birdlife, and seeing them by boat is the perfect way to get the best encounters. We’ll cruise around the enchanting Kachemak Bay, on our privately chartered boat, and marvel at the mountains and glaciers that tower above.

Across Kachemak Bay from Homer lies the village of Seldovia. An old Russian trapping village established in the late 1700s, Seldovia is only accessible by boat or plane. The town is idyllic, with its signature boardwalks and colorful buildings and houses. It has retained a seaside charm, thanks to its boardwalks, a drowsy harbor, and streets that see more foot traffic than vehicles.

Much like Alaska itself, this itinerary is big, but what better way to experience all of this ‘big’ than by doing it in a fashion to match? Join Backcountry Journeys this March for Northern Exposures: Wind, Sea & Byways of Alaska and stop just dreaming about what might be up there in ‘big’ ol’ Alaska. After this trip, you’ll know.

Northern Exposures: Wind, Sea & Byways of Alaska
March 28th to April 6th, 2022
from $8,795 (double occupancy)
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Kenton Krueger








Kenton Krueger has spent the past several years guiding backpackers, hikers, and photographers into the wild places of the American West such as Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, Katmai, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands National Parks, as well as internationally in Costa Rica & Brazil. In addition to backpacking and camping, his adventures include rock climbing, exploring the slot canyons of southern Utah, mountain biking, and bagging 14ers in Colorado’s San Juan Mountain Mountain Range. Kenton is a trail runner, former pilot, and spent roughly five years writing and photographing for the award-winning Omaha World-Herald newspaper, out of his hometown, Omaha, Nebraska. Kenton looks forward to utilizing his years of trip leading and guiding experience, combined with his passion and experience behind the lens, to provide memorable and unforgettable experiences at the wild places we will visit together.

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