If you’d like your 2021 plans to include visiting and photographing bears with Backcountry Journeys, you had better act now because our slate of bears focused itineraries are filling faster than ever!
This is not an overstatement – we mean literally ALL of them!
And these aren’t the Chicago Bears we’re talking about, either. Whether it be our Brown Bears of Alaska: Lake Clark trip, the extremely popular Brown Bears of Katmai (summer/fall/or Brooks Lodge), or our adventurous Polar Bears of the Alaskan Arctic, all of these trip departures are nearly full. For the entire year. Some, like our Polar Bears of the Alaskan Arctic, are already completely SOLD OUT for 2021!
The following is an updated roundup highlighting each trip with corresponding availability (keep in mind this availability can and will change quickly -inquire for details). Click on the tour you’d like to learn more about, or to book today, so as to ensure your spot in 2021!
Brown Bears of Alaska: Lake Clark
Our trip takes us to the shores of Lake Clark National Park where we will spend several days at a beautiful beach-front camp in the wilderness amongst the great bears. Lake Clark National Park is remote and about 150 air miles from Anchorage. There are no roads leading into the park and the only access is by bush-plane! On this trip, you can often photograph 30-40 bears in one area as they fish, play, and wrestle. Cubs of the year are still tiny this time of year and our Eco-Lodge is in a prime location to view and photograph mothers as they walk along the shoreline with up to three cubs.
June 11th – 15th, 2021 – 2 Spots Left
Brown Bears of Katmai: Brooks Lodge
On this tour, we will be immersed in grizzly bear photography from the beginning until the end. The bears congregate around Brooks Falls in September and July as they attempt to catch salmon leaping out of the river. On this trip, we stay in rustic cabins at the world-famous Brooks Lodge. Brooks Falls is the highlight of this trip where one can spot over a dozen bears at a time fishing for salmon. If you’ve ever seen a photograph of a bear catching a salmon from a waterfall it was most likely captured at Brooks Falls.
July 24th – 28th, 2021 – 2 Spots Left
Sept 3rd – 7th, 2021 – 4 Spots Left
Polar Bears of the Alaskan Arctic
This trip takes us to an isolated Inupiaq Eskimo village situated on the shores of the Beaufort Sea in the heart of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Each day we will head out in our privately chartered boat to photograph polar bears as they swim, play, wrestle and forage for food along the icy shores. Phenomenal close-up images are possible with focal-lengths of 300mm to 400mm as we will often get as close as 90 feet in our boats.
Sept 28th – Oct 3rd, 2021 – Sold Out
Oct 1st – 6th, 2021 – Sold Out
Oct 4th – 9th, 2021 – Sold Out
Brown Bears of Katmai in Summer
In July, the Katmai bears are congregated at Brooks Falls as they attempt to catch salmon leaping out of the river. July is the peak of the Sockeye Salmon run and is a great time to photograph bears fishing and fighting over their catch as they begin to fatten up. Brooks Falls is the highlight of this trip where one can spot over a dozen bears at a time fishing for salmon. If you’ve ever seen a photograph of a bear catching a salmon from a waterfall it was most likely captured at Brooks Falls.
July 10th – 14th, 2021 – Sold Out
Brown Bears of Katmai in the Fall
During fall, the bears in Katmai have a healthier, shinier coat as they have been gorging on Coho and Sockeye Salmon all summer. On this fantastic itinerary, we’ll spend three nights camping on the banks of beautiful Naknek Lake, just a stone’s throw from the famous Brooks Falls so as to maximize our photography during peak lighting conditions. Being right there gives us excellent access to the action!.
Sept 8th – 12th, 2021 – Sold Out
Sept 11th – 15th, 2021 – 2 Spots Left
Sept 16th – 20th, 2021 – 5 Spots Left
We are proud of our collection of ‘Bear-centric’ photography tour itineraries, and the fact that they are selling out so fast, and so far in advance, reflects what we believe to be true: that these are some of the finest photography tour itineraries anywhere! Claim your spot today, and join us in Alaska in 2021!
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.
Don’t miss the next session of BCJ Live!
Video for the Wildlife Photographer
with Russell Graves
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021
11 am – 12 pm Mountain Time