Alaska Wildlife Viewing Tours Itinerary:
Your adventure begins in Anchorage, Alaska with a scenic flight across Cook Inlet, named for global explorer Captain James Cook. This flight will through both Lake Clark and Katmai National Parks with their towering peaks and glacier shrouded volcanoes, then along the Alaska Peninsula Wildlife Refuge to your final destination, Wildman Lodge.
Breath-taking vistas are yours, as we traverse our planet’s wildest wilderness region during the next two hours. Endless hidden valleys, enormous mountains, cascading and meandering glaciers and rivers, all untouched by the hand of man.
Have your camera ready for Dall Sheep, brown bear, moose and caribou. Scenery will include hundreds of scores of sprawling glaciers, several steaming volcanoes, hundreds of snow-capped mountain peaks and miles of black sand beaches the occasional group of seals or walrus. Wildman is one of Alaska’s most remote wilderness lodges, situated at the base of 8,000 foot glacier- shrouded Mt. Veniaminof, the largest active volcano on the remote Alaska Peninsula, accessible only by air. Wildman Lodge is the only facility in the area and sets among three crystal-clear artesian rivers, where during late July and early August, tens of thousands of spawning salmon attract scores of wild Alaska Brown Bear providing incredible photographic opportunities.
You will touch down on Wildman’s private runway where you will meet our entire crew, who will help you with your luggage, check you into you comfortable cabin and invite you to join them for a scrumptious lunch in the main lodge. After lunch and a short orientation, it will be off to explore the wonders of Ocean River, its pure artesian source and the site of a prehistoric Alutiq village. Be ready for anything, as more often than not you will spot brown bears right from the lodge and encounter them fishing along the river on this first afternoon excursion.
The next two days after a hearty breakfast, we have big plans. About 1/2 the folks will fly out with our experienced lodge pilots and guides, landing right on the black sand Bering Sea beaches of the Bering Sea to spend the day viewing huge Pacific Walrus, up close and personal. We will whisk the others down river by jet boat for an exciting day of Bear Viewing and “jet boat” birding. This all day outing will including beach combing along the Bering Sea coastline and a hearty salmon bake lunch, grilled over a driftwood campfire, while enjoying wildflowers, birds and wildlife on Bering Sea coastline. Everyone will get the opportunity to do each excursion.
The fourth day of our tour includes a Tundra Trudge. An opportunity to walk off your hearty breakfast, while taking a last look at the river full of spawning red salmon, enjoy your last taste of vine ripe wild berries, hopefully one more look at a few local bears. Enjoy you last morning stroll among the fragrant wildflowers and soak in Wildman’s true wilderness before your scenic flight back to reality.