Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula

If you want to talk about diversity in a single photo trip itinerary, this is it. Much of the beauty of Alaska is in the splendor of its mountains. This trip has mountain and glacial landscape opportunities galore as we see and photograph the Chugach and Kenai Mountains, as well as Iliamna Volcano all in the soft light of golden hour.

Don’t put away those long lenses, though, because you’ll need them for when we set afloat upon our privately chartered boats to see and photograph all the marine wildlife in and around Resurrection Bay at Kenai Fjords National Park – think seal, otter, puffin, and Orca. Another boat trip will have us in search of wildlife and towering glaciers in Kachemak Bay, near the port village of Homer.

Alaska is the best place anywhere to see and photograph bears, so that is what we’ll do after flying along the Katmai coast on Cook Inlet. Expect eye-level shots of Coastal brown bears as they play, eat, and spend their day.

The magic and majesty of the Alaskan landscape blend seamlessly with the wildlife that seemingly surrounds us at each turn while exploring the Kenai Peninsula on this outstanding sevenday tour with Backcountry Journeys. Experience Alaska in the most complete way possible.


Trip Extension: We offer an optional Northern Lights Extension immediately after Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula (September through April) if you are interested in spending additional time photographing the Aurora Borealis. Please click here for details

Highlights

  • Maximum of five photographers
  • Bush plane flight
  • Boat tours
  • Coastal Brown Bears
  • Exit Glacier
  • Portage Glacier
  • All-Inclusive Trip

Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula

7 Days

Trip Price: from $6695 double occupancy (includes bush plane, boat trip, meals, lodging).

+$895 single occupancy

Deposit: $2000

Fitness Level: 1 (Easy) Must be able to get into/out of small boats and aircraft. 

Meals: Most meals included (see itinerary)

Lodging: Six nights lodging

Start/End: Anchorage, Alaska

Hours: Mon-Fri 8am to 4pm Mountain Time


*trip difficulty ratings

Trip Extensions

Trip Extensions

We offer an optional Northern Lights Extension immediately after this trip (September through April). The extension can be reserved with the main trip while making your online reservation or it can be booked as a standalone trip.

Trip Extension #1: Northern Lights Extension

A post-trip excursion to Fairbanks, Alaska to photograph the Aurora Borealis

Learn More

Trip Details

Physical Requirements
Must be able to get into and out of aircraft and small boats on potential rough seas. Little to no hiking involved on this trip.

Group Size
This trip is limited to five participants.

Accommodation
We will be staying at carefully selected hotels & lodges throughout this tour.

Meals
Most meals are included during the trip dates. We’ll have a group dinner in Anchorage at one of our favorite local restaurants the first night and then be eating fantastic local meals at carefully selected locations.

Weather
Expect spring & winter weather – cool days and chilly nights. The weather can still be cold this time of year however it makes for breathtaking photos. Remember some of the best photographs are made before, during, and immediately after a storm cycle. There is no such thing as bad weather just poor layering and gear choices – please plan accordingly! For more info on what to bring please email or call us. Make sure you are prepared for rain, snow, wind & sun!

Price Includes
Most meals, ground transportation, charter flights, boat tours, accommodation during the trip dates, professional photography instruction, medically certified wilderness guide.

Price Does Not Include
Airfare to/from Anchorage, alcoholic beverages, accommodations before or after the trip dates, guide & staff gratuities.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Most meals included – (B,L,D) denotes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1 (Travel Day) (D)

Arrive in Anchorage, Alaska, in time for a 5 p.m. orientation meeting and welcome dinner.

Day 2 (B,L,D)

We’ll get our trip started with a bang, shooting sunrise from an idyllic location overlooking an incredible Alaskan mountain scene. We’ll be moving on towards Seward, Alaska, and will explore, by boat, the icy waters of Resurrection Bay, where we should encounter an assortment of marine wildlife, seemingly all eager to have their pictures taken! We’ll lodge and dine in Seward with excellent access to views of Resurrection Bay and possible sightings of sea otters, harbor seals, bald eagles, and even whales.

Day 3 (B,L,D)

We’ll be on the move again today, but not before photographing one of Kenai Fjords National Park’s major attractions: the nearly 8-mile long Exit Glacier! We’ll progress down the Kenai Peninsula ending up at our new lodge in beautiful Homer, Alaska. Our evening photo spot will take advantage of a breathtaking view of the Kenai Mountains from across Kachemak Bay on the Homer Spit. We’ll dine and stay at the famous Land’s End at the very tip of the Homer Spit, a four-and-a-half mile-long piece of land jutting out into Kachemak Bay.

Day 4 (B,L,D)

A “layover day” in Homer will be anything but “lazy,” as we’ll be up and at it as the sun crests the horizon, casting the soft morning light upon Kachemak Bay and the surrounding mountain landscape. Today’s adventure will take us on an adventure of a lifetime! We’ll board real Alaskan bush planes for a flight across Cook Inlet for a day of bear viewing and photography on the Katmai Coast! Images from above as we fly are certainly possible, but the main attraction will be shortly after landing where we’ll look to get eye-level shots of bears as they play, eat, and spend their day.

Day 5 (B,L,D)

It’s back to the icy waters as we take another marine boat tour, this time over to the small village of Seldovia. Here we’ll be treated to gorgeous views of majestic mountains sitting over sparkling waters, long stretches of sandy shores, and plentiful and towering spruce forests reaching from the tree line to the water’s edge. The food in Seldovia is top-notch, so we’ll sit down for a Halibut lunch (or whatever you choose to order). Seldovia is the sort of place where time seems to have stood still for the past few decades, while locals just keep living their lives the only way they know-how. Marine wildlife will be on tap for us on this outstanding day!

Day 6 (B,L,D)

Iliamna is a perfectly shaped volcano that soars to 10,016 feet from nearby Cook Inlet. This active stratovolcano is covered in glaciers and sits in the Chigmit Mountains within Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. Illiamna will start our day off right as the main subject on our sunrise shoot. Following, we’ll make our way north along the Kenai Peninsula on our way to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, located in Portage Valley. The Center is idyllic in its surroundings with the Chugach Mountain Range and the Turnagain Arm Inlet. Landscapes will again be on tap for the evening along Cook Inlet. We’ll be lodging at the gorgeous Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood.

Day 7 (B,L)

Our final morning together will begin with sunrise at Portage Glacier. Often considered a “crown jewel” by tourists, Portage Glacier is likely the most-visited glacier in all of Alaska. This spot will provide us amazing images alongside beautiful views and a peek into geologic history. All before breakfast! Following breakfast, we’ll pack our things and head back to Anchorage. Or, if you decided to extend your stay in Alaska by adding our Alaska Northern Lights Trip Extension, you’ll be transferring to Fairbanks for the start of that portion of your experience.

Please note that the exact sequence of the itineraries on all photography trips will be based on weather and lighting conditions. The goal of these trips is to make sure we are at the right place at the right time for the perfect light on our subjects. Also, itineraries can change for a variety of other circumstances including floods, forest fires, national park closures, road closures, and more. Due to the nature of wildlife and nature photography, we do not guarantee any specific sightings or specific compositions regarding wildlife or natural phenomena.


Trip Extension: Northern Lights

We offer an optional Northern Lights Extension immediately after this trip (September through April). If you are interested in spending additional time photographing the Aurora Borealis in Fairbanks, Alaska. Please click here for details.

“Such a great experience, I can’t wait for my next trip! It was all I hoped for and more. My guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. He made sure that we were taken care of daily and that we were comfortable with our activities. I learned new things with the camera and he took us to places I would not have found on my own.”

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