Interior Alaska, Denali & Prince William Sound

The rugged, wild, and mostly untouched landscape of interior Alaska will be front-and-center on this exciting photography tour.

Have you ever flown across the Alaskan sky, in a bush plane, landing directly upon a glacier? If you choose to travel with Backcountry Journeys for this itinerary, you’ll be able to say you have as we spend a day ‘flight-seeing prior to landing on an actual glacier!

Staying in Denali Village will have us perfectly located for the beauty of the National Park’s iconic mountain landscapes, the unreal amount of wildlife who call the Park home, as well as the Northern Lights in autumn and winter.

A boat-based tour of Prince William Sound will have us in front of marine wildlife such as eagles, whales, and puffin. Glaciers will tower over us as we float across the icy waters. Epic mountain and glacier scenery will be on tap, including perfectly timed shots of the Wrangell Mountains & Alaska Range.

If the rugged and wild of Alaska mesmerizes you, this trip will take you straight to it, and more. The images you’ll take home will tell the story of Alaska that most visitors will miss. There is a real Alaskan story in each scene we size up, within each momma bear we might see, and with each howl we might hear off in the distance, from a lone wolf under a moon-lit night. There really are no other photo tours of Alaska that offer a more complete way to see the ‘Last Frontier.’


Trip Extension: We offer an optional Northern Lights Extension immediately after Interior Alaska, Denali & Prince William Sound (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
  • Mountain scenery and wildlife galore
  • Includes Chartered Flights & Boat Tours
  • ‘Flight-seeing’ opportunity with a glacier landing
  • Spend time inside Denali National Park
  • Potential for Northern Lights
  • All-Inclusive Trip

Interior Alaska, Denali & Prince William Sound

9 Days

Trip Price: from $6895 double occupancy (includes chartered flight, boats, meals & lodging)

+$995 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: 8 Nights Lodging Included

Start/End: Fairbanks, 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 small aircraft, as well as small boats on potentially 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 the tour.

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

Weather
Weather in the Alaskan Arctic is unpredictable at best.  In past years we have had everything from beautiful, sunny fall days to overcast with blowing winds to foggy white-out conditions. Daytime temperatures are usually around between 25-30 degrees Fahrenheit and evenings are usually between 20-25 Fahrenheit. 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.

Price Includes
Most meals, park entry fees, ground transportation, charter flights, and boat trips, accommodation during the trip dates, professional photography instruction, medically certified wilderness guide.

Price Does Not Include
Airfare to/from Fairbanks, 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 Fairbanks, Alaska, in time for an orientation meeting and welcome dinner. During autumn and winter departure dates, we’ll spend the evening following our orientation photographing the Northern Lights!

Day 2 (B,L,D)

We’ll begin our quest by heading south on Parks Highway towards Denali National Park where we’ll board a Denali Bus wildlife excursion that will position us for outstanding wildlife encounters. Our trigger fingers might start to hurt following photo opportunities with bears, moose, caribou, and maybe even wolves! It’ll be all wildlife all the time as we work our way towards Kantishna. The village of Kantishna is the farthest point in Denali Park reachable by road, and it’s the closest one can get to the base of Denali without hiking or flying in.

Day 3 (B,L,D)

We’re on the move again today, this time headed towards the iconic and historic village of Talkeetna, nestled at the base of North America’s tallest peak, Denali. Talkeetna, quintessential Alaska, has outstanding panoramic views of the Alaska Range that can be enjoyed and photographed from several locations. Our day will conclude with a sunset shot with Denali as our central subject.

Day 4 (B,L,D)

One of our more adventurous days is highlighted by a “flight-seeing” trip, in a real Alaskan bush plane. We’ll fly around Denali, touching down on an actual glacier! The adventure is bound only by your imagination here. Enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime moment.

Day 5 (B,L,D)

Sunrise will focus on a carefully selected scene along the banks of the Susitna River near Talkeetna with Denali standing tall as if watching from above. Following breakfast, we’ll drive to the Palmer area where we’ll explore Matanuska Glacier. Flowing about one foot per day, Matanuska Glacier is 27 miles long by 4 miles wide and is the largest glacier accessible by car in the United States. Epic mountain scenery and glaciers are the name of the game for us on this day!

Day 6 (B,L,D)

Mountains upon mountains upon mountains might just be the unofficial theme as our trip continues on day six. We’ll move on towards Valdez today. Valdez is located on a wedge of flat land on the north shore of Port Valdez, a deepwater fjord. Its location in Prince William Sound makes it an outdoor paradise, all around are glaciers galore, stunning mountain scenery, an abundance of marine wildlife, and opportunities for outdoor adventure.

Day 7 (B,L,D)

Today we’ll revel in the breathtaking scenery of fjords, glaciers, waterfalls, and bays as we cruise through the calm waters of Prince William Sound on a boat tour specifically designed for marine wildlife photography. That’s right, all that beauty just described is just an “added extra” as we search the icy waters for critters ranging from whale, seal, sea lion, eagle, and even land-dwellers like bear and deer. In the evening, for sunset, we’ll switch gears again back to landscapes as we point towards stunningly beautiful Valdez.

Day 8 (B,L,D)

Heading north on the Richardson Highway, we’ll be traveling in the direction of Fairbanks. Incredible images of the Wrangell Mountains and the Alaska range will be available to us along the way. The Wrangell Mountains are almost entirely volcanic in origin, and they include the second and third highest volcanoes in the United States, Mount Blackburn, and Mount Sanford. We’ll find cozy Alaskan accommodations here, and in autumn and winter when the Northern Lights are available, we’ll certainly take advantage!

Day 9 (B,L)

Our final morning together will have us situated for the soft light of sunrise in front of the glorious Alaska Range. What better way to say ‘good-bye’ to Alaska than with this scene? Following our shoot, we’ll get packed up and headed back towards Fairbanks for lunch prior to saying good-bye. You can either fly home this evening or if you extended your stay by booking our Alaska Northern Lights Extension, you’ll be headed off to begin that adventure!

Please note: 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 following 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.

“I will continue to use Backcountry Journeys for my photography trips. Everyone you work with has an extensive background and they are extremely knowledgeable. The guides get you to the right locations at the right time to take incredible pictures. ”

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