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Alaska Kenai & Denali Adventure Tour

Alaska Kenai & Denali Adventure

"Every part of this tour was incredible. It's impossible to choose a favorite, as each stop offered such a different amazing experience." Amanda, traveled in August 2022

Alaska Denali Expedition - 12 Days Tour

Active Camping Wildlife

Alaska Denali Expedition - 12 Days

"If you are prepared for simple but delicious food, this will be the most memorable trip you ever take!" Dana, traveled in June 2022
  • 10% deposit on some dates

Alaska Adventure - 20 Days Tour

Overland Truck Active Mountain Hikes Wildlife Hiking & Trekking +3

Alaska Adventure - 20 Days

"The most efficient and cost effective way to see the great highlights of Alaska." Henry, traveled in June 2022

Majestic Alaska (10 Days) Tour

Active Family Explorer Sailing Historical +2

Majestic Alaska (10 Days)

"This was an excellent experience." Lee, traveled in May 2022
  • €100 deposit on some dates

Nature\'s Best: Alaska Tour

In-depth Cultural Family Wildlife Explorer +2

Nature's Best: Alaska

"Very professional driver and guide! The tour was a wonderful experience." Rich, traveled in September 2023

Journeys: Discover Alaska National Geographic Journeys Tour

Wildlife Explorer

Journeys: Discover Alaska National Geographic Journeys

"Good time with lots of riding in the van going to interesting places." Michael, traveled in July 2023

Alaska: Ocean Wildlife to Interior Wilderness Adventure - 9 Days Tour

Active Ice Trekking Boat Wildlife Kayak & Canoe Sightseeing +3

Alaska: Ocean Wildlife to Interior Wilderness Adventure - 9 Days

"We were able to see parts of Alaska that few get the opportunity to see. The excursion started with us being picked up at the Anchorage Airport." Michael, traveled in July 2019

Jewels of Alaska (Classic, 7 Days) Tour

In-depth Cultural Family Explorer +1

Jewels of Alaska (Classic, 7 Days)

"We had a fabulous adventure! Trip ran like clockwork." Barry, traveled in June 2022

4 day Alaska Seward Camping Adventure from Anchorage Tour

4 day Alaska Seward Camping Adventure from Anchorage

"This tour is short - but it really includes a lot - and you see a lot. The scenic boat tour was great - we saw whales, glaciers, puffins (my fave) and had a ""glacierita""." Ben, traveled in March 2024
  • 5% deposit on some dates

Best of Alaska Tour

Wildlife Family Explorer

Best of Alaska

"Stayed in really cool places. Really recommend it." Ela, traveled in September 2023

Hike Alaska: Valdez and Wrangell St Elias Tour

Hiking & Trekking Explorer

Hike Alaska: Valdez and Wrangell St Elias

"It was the best way to gain an understanding of the scale of Alaska and the nature of the territory, with many exceptional waypoints." Avery, traveled in June 2022

Jewels of Alaska (Small Groups, 7 Days) Tour

Explorer Family Coach / Bus Historical +1

Jewels of Alaska (Small Groups, 7 Days)

Hiking in Denali National Park Tour

Hiking & Trekking Active Explorer +1

Hiking in Denali National Park

"Great experience, great local guide." Erick, traveled in September 2023

Nature\'s Best: Alaska with Alaska Cruise Tour

Ocean Cruise Family Wildlife Explorer Coach / Bus +2

Nature's Best: Alaska with Alaska Cruise

"Well organized and worry free." Edward, traveled in September 2023

Grand Alaskan Adventure Tour

Explorer Family Wildlife

Grand Alaskan Adventure

"Very fast paced but also very worth it." Kaelyn, traveled in June 2023

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Jump on the bus with Infinite Adventures for a magnificent Alaskan expedition! Dave and Tory are excellent guides and will keep you informed about the areas you visit and give expert advice. I found this to be a truly joyful experience!
I highly recommend Infinite Adventures in general and this trip particularly. If you want to see the best of Alaska you have to join the team and their bus, In 20 days I have seen more from Alaska than I would ever have expected. Dave and Tory are amazing and I would travel with them any time. 5 stars all the way!!!

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"It was my first group trip and also my first camping trip. I have to say it was one of the best trips I've been on. It was an adventure! We were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights at Remote Camp. Tory and Dave took care of everything and made sure everyone had a great time. No matter what problem you had, they always helped each other! Dave cooked delicious food, we had marshmallows by the fire in the evening and it felt like family. It's a great tour and I can only recommend it to anyone! It certainly wasn't my last tour with Infinite Adventure! Many thanks to Tory, Dave and Natalie (who you could ask any question you wanted to know beforehand) for this unforgettable time! :)

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The vast majority of our guests travel on "self-guided" itineraries. Guests travel independently, not necessarily with the same group of fellow travelers, and without a dedicated tour guide or leader that stays with them for their entire trip. Nearly all activities and most transportation services feature guides for that particular excursion. Self-guided trips give you the ultimate flexibility to choose where to go, how long to stay, how to get around, and what things to do in each destination.

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Alaska is the perfect destination for your next multi-generational family vacation or friend trip. Every year small groups look to us to arrange custom trips to Alaska tailored to their specific interests, schedule, and budget. We have family-friendly activities , 12 or 15 passenger van rentals , expert advice , and everything you need for your Alaska group of 6 or 60. See our family vacations and small groups web pages for additional ideas, including suggested itineraries.

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Get Up Close and Personal on an Alaska Small Ship Cruise

Get Up Close and Personal on an Alaska Small Ship Cruise

See Alaska's Inside Passage on a small ship cruise.

Not Too Close! Wild Alaskan Bears, Whales and Moose

Not Too Close! Wild Alaskan Bears, Whales and Moose

Combine incredible views with jaw-dropping wildlife.

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See the best of Alaska by Land, No Cruise Necessary

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Paddleboarder going past hole melted in iceberg on Bear Lake in Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Staggering peaks, glacier-fed fjords and epic valleys. In Alaska, the wild still rules. 

Every year a select group of adventurers answers the call of the wild. Our Alaska tours will have you exploring Denali National Park in search of caribou, grizzly bears and wolves. You can also kayak upriver to the far-flung Maclaren Glacier. Spot humpback whales in Resurrection Bay. Hike through the old-growth forest of Wrangell-St Elias National Park while wildflower-munching moose look on. In this vast and remote land, a small group tour allows you to immerse yourself without sacrificing safety. Go on, take a walk on the wild side. 

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Culture and customs.

The culture of Alaska is indelibly shaped by the environment. The harsh winter, connection to the Arctic Sea and permafrost means life in Alaska is not for the fainthearted. The remote and wild environment fosters both a spirit of independence and a strong community. When there are so few people in such a vast state, it makes sense to share resources and keep your friends close.

Nature-based hobbies like hiking, fishing and snow sports are all popular. The main city of Anchorage has a small but passionate arts scene including the well-curated Anchorage Museum and a number of Native arts and crafts galleries.

Around 18 per cent of Alaska’s population is indigenous, of either Alaskan Native or American Indian descent. Alaska’s Native people consist of dozens of nations and tribes including Aleut, Inupiat and Yupik people. While many indigenous Alaskans live in small rural communities, a growing number now live in urban areas like Anchorage. Climate change has proved particularly devastating for Alaska’s indigenous people and their traditional way of life. As rising temperatures change the landscape and affect animal migratory patterns, hunting and fishing have become more difficult.

History and government

It’s believed that humans first arrived in the area between 12,000 and 15,000 years ago after travelling from what is now known as Russian Siberia. This theory assumes that  Russia  and  North America  were once connected by a land bridge until rising sea levels caused the land between them to submerge and become the Bering Strait.


A detailed history of Alaska has been relatively difficult to uncover due to both the destructive nature of colonialism and the challenges the environment poses to researchers. It’s generally understood that most of the land’s inhabitants were somewhat nomadic until about 5000 years ago when evidence suggests some groups began to build permanent settlements.  


Russian colonisation of Alaska began in the early 18th century in pursuit of natural resources and to spread the gospel of Orthodox Christianity. Fur was of particular interest to Russia, and Alaskan Native people were often enslaved and forced to collect otter pelts for Russian companies. Brutal treatment, murder and disease killed an estimated 50 per cent of the pre-Russian population, despite the fact that very few Russians actually settled in the area permanently. 

Russia ‘sold’ Alaska to the  United States  in 1867. Indigenous Alaskans objected to the sale on the grounds that they had never given up the land to Russia in the first place, a fact that would become important in 20th-century legal stoushes. As part of the greater missionary goals of the United States, the systematic eradication of indigenous languages, culture and arts was practised in Alaska – now a US territory – from the 1860s until the early 20th century.

The late 19th century saw the discovery of gold in  Canada’s  nearby Yukon Territory, known as the Klondike Gold Rush, which brought a wave of prospectors to Alaska because of its transport links to the Yukon. Gold was later discovered in Alaska itself and new cities, such as Fairbanks, were built to support the rush.

Alaska officially became a US state in 1959. In the late 1960s, the discovery of valuable oil reserves became entangled with the Native title movement, as a proposed oil pipeline would run through land that belonged to First Nations Alaskans. Richard Nixon signed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act as a result of this tension, which granted over 44 million acres of Alaskan land to indigenous people, plus almost one billion dollars to be divided among numerous communities and groups. To this day, Alaska continues to be at the centre of a battle between the conservation and exploitation of natural resources.

Eating and drinking

In keeping with a way of life that still revolves around hunting, fishing and nature, Alaskan cuisine is big on game, seafood and small amounts of locally grown produce. While traditional Alaskan fare tends to be simple, you’ll find a diverse selection of restaurants in larger towns. Fusion has been particularly popular of late, with plenty of chefs experimenting by marrying fresh Alaskan seafood with  Asian  spice and flavours. 

The food may not be the reason you’re holidaying in Alaska, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing worth sniffing out. Here’s our list of must-try dishes in Alaska:

Salmon Alaska’s wild salmon are iconic. An important part of indigenous diets pre-colonisation, salmon today is both a vital part of the state’s economy and a source of pride and identity for locals. Of the five varieties – king, sockeye, coho, pink and keta – each person has their favourite and a preferred way of cooking it.

Reindeer hotdog These wieners aren’t just a novelty for tourists, they are plenty popular with locals too. Grab these strongly flavoured sausages – actually a mix of lean caribou meat and pork or beef to bind it together – from food carts in bigger towns like Anchorage, or from supermarkets state-wide for a very Alaskan camp barbecue.

Berries Cold weather and a pristine environment make Alaska a haven for berry production. Late summer is best for blueberries and strawberries, while crowberries taste sweeter after they’ve been ‘burned’ with a little winter frost. While wild berry picking is a popular pastime in Alaska, remember that there are plenty of poisonous and lethal berries that grow in the state too, so be cautious.

Red king crab The king crab more than lives up to its name. It has a body the size of a dinner plate and the males weigh an average of three kilograms (6.6 pounds). You’ll see their spiky legs – which some say is the tastiest part – adorning menus throughout the state, often served with just a little lemon so the soft white meat can speak for itself.

Plant-based options

Vegetarians and vegans have no shortage of options in Anchorage, Alaska’s progressive hub. Vegetarians won’t have to look too hard for options in smaller towns like Homer and Seward either, though vegans may have to make do with fries and a salad. If you’re going truly wild and hitting the backcountry, it’s a good idea to stock up on food at the supermarket before you go. Many small lodges will have a small restaurant attached, but the offerings will likely be whatever the owners managed to bag on their most recent hunting or fishing trip.

Travelling with a local makes this all a lot easier. If you do travel with Intrepid, let your leader know your dietary requirements at the start of the trip and they can make sure you don’t go hungry.

Geography and environment

Alaska is a massive state and its diverse and dramatic landscapes are a big draw for most tourists. It’s bordered by Canada to the south and a third of the state falls within the  Arctic  Circle.

There are rugged mountains throughout the state like the Brooks Range in the north, the highly volcanic Aleutian Range in the southwest, and the Alaska Range in the southcentral, which includes North America’s tallest peak in Denali (6190 metres/ 20,310 feet).

With over 10,000 kilometres of coastline and a number of islands and inlets, plus a spiderweb of rivers that flow through the state, Alaska is as much a state of water as it is of mountains.

Alaska is an outdoorsy state that’s big on experiences, so the best things to buy are activities. A glacier hike in Wrangell-St Elias or a marine safari on the  Kenai Peninsula  may not be cheap, but they’re sure worth saving for. If you do have some cash leftover, the best Alaskan gifts are still of the practical variety. Remember that it’s a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you can bring certain items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand have particularly strict quarantine laws.

Used by indigenous Alaskan women for thousands of years, this curved knife was perfect for tackling the many tasks associated with preparing freshly caught game and fish for dinner. Just remember to put it in your checked luggage.

Jams and preserves

Alaska’s famed berry harvest has led to a strong jam-making tradition. A jar of locally made preserve will travel well and makes a sweet gift in more ways than one.  

Qiviut items

Made from the underwool of musk oxen, qiviut is warmer and softer than wool and can be used to make everything from hats to sweaters. While some qiviut is produced on dedicated farms, it is possible to find collectives and cooperatives of indigenous craftspeople who still do things the old-fashioned way by picking the naturally shed wool from bushes in the spring and knitting it by hand.

Using weaving techniques perfected over thousands of years, craftspeople from the many different indigenous groups create baskets by hand. The Alutiiq people, for example, produce finely woven baskets (and all kinds of useful things) from the seagrass that grows in their ancestral homeland along the southcentral coast.

Festivals and events

The Alaskans may live, and thrive, in some pretty harsh conditions but that doesn't mean they don't know how to let their hair down.

Fur Rendezvous Festival

Affectionately called the ‘Rondy’, the Fur Rendezvous is a winter festival and celebration of all things Alaska. It takes place in Anchorage annually and the irreverent celebrations – which include dog sledding and a fur auction – began in 1935, when one local hero decided that surviving the winter would take one giant party. This 12-day festival is still one of the biggest events in Alaska, drawing folks from all over the state as well as the lower 48.

Healthy and safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

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Alaskan wildlife

Part of the allure of an Alaskan adventure is the chance to see the diverse wildlife that roams the land and fills the waterways. With huge chunks of truly untamed wilderness, Alaska often has more in common with a safari than a walk through a nature reserve. You may just be lucky enough to see some of these:

A modern emblem of freedom in the US, the bald eagle has also traditionally been revered among numerous Native American groups. What’s so special about the bird? It’s a combination of size, speed and style. With females sporting a wingspan that can reach 240 centimetres (eight feet), a dive speed of up to 160 kilometres (99 miles) per hour and an iconic look, the baldie is bad to the bone.

See them:  Look up for a chance to see them in Denali National Park, Resurrection Bay and Anchorage, year-round.

Easily distinguished by their orange beaks, puffins in Alaska come in two varieties – tufted and horned. The tufted kind is all black with yellow feathers on either side of their head, while the horned ones have white bellies.

See them: Around Valdez, Homer and the waterways of Kenai Fjord National Park in summer. 

Grizzly   bears

These creatures are located throughout Alaska though they do tend to spread out, so spotting them is a rare treat. That being said, their impressive size makes them easy to see, even from a distance. Females can weigh up to 360 kilograms (800 pounds), but males really take the salmon-cake with top weights of 770 kilograms (1700 pounds).

See them: It’s possible to see grizzlies from March to September, depending on the area, but the peak time for viewing is generally June to July. The best spots are Kenai Fjords National Park, Denali National Park and Wrangell-St Elias National Park.

Black bears

It’s the face shape and nail length, rather than coat colour, that will help you tell black bears from brown bears (like grizzlies). While they can be any colour from black to brown, their longer, straighter face (some have called it Romanesque) and short claws make it relatively easy to tell the difference.

See them: Black bears, like grizzlies, hibernate during winter. The best times for spotting them are the warmer months from March to September when they hunt for fish in Kenai Fjords National Park and live in the forests of Denali National Park and Wrangell-St Elias National Park.

It’s the males that have the antlers, which they grow a fresh set of every year, giving new meaning to the phrase ‘grow a pair’. Male moose begin shedding the velvet coating on their antlers around September in preparation for dropping them in the winter months, a very gnarly process that is a real treat, albeit a gross one, to see in real life.    

See them :  Pretty much everywhere throughout the year, though the best spots are in Denali NP, Wrangell-St Elias NP and Anchorage.

You may know caribou by their more whimsical name – reindeer. Santa’s hoofed helpers have natural snowshoes and gorgeous, multi-pronged antlers adorn both males and females.

See them: There’s a fairly large herd that lives inside Denali National Park, and your best chance for catching these active animals is during the summer months.

Dall   sheep

These white sheep sport a wise expression and curved horns, though the males undeniably have a more impressive set. They have the distinct honour of being the northernmost wild sheep in the world and they will eat almost anything to survive, from grass and moss to soil.

See them: As they tend to live in rocky, mountainous areas, your best bet is near rugged environments. Be particularly alert on some of the hiking trails in Denali NP, like the Savage River Loop and the trails around Igloo Mountain.

Sea   otters

With a face that looks adorably stunned at all times, these beautiful weasels are playful and dextrous. Their amazing coats meant they were hunted to the brink of extinction by the 20th century and while numbers are improving, they remain a threatened species in Alaska.

See them: In the waterways around Valdez, Homer and Seward. 

Humpback whales

Humpbacks are big enough to be spotted from land, but there’s nothing quite like seeing one from the water by boat or kayak. Even the runts grow to around 12-metres (40-feet) long and a 10,000-strong pod heads to Alaska every summer.

See them: Resurrection Bay is a reliably great spot for whale watching in the summer months. You can also spot them in Prince William Sound and off the coast of Homer.

The ‘killer whale’ is technically part of the dolphin family. With their glossy black back and striking white bellies, there is little chance of missing these mammals if they are close by, and luckily for you, they tend to travel to Alaska’s waters in large pods.

Further reading

For inspiring stories to prepare you for your Alaska adventure, check out these books:

The Snow Child  – Eowyn Ivey

Ordinary Wolves  – Seth Kantner

Into the Wild  – Jon Krakauer

Ada Blackjack  – Jennifer Niven

Tao of Raven: An Alaskan Native Memoir  – Ernestine Hayes

Coming into the Country  – John McPhee

Two Old Women  – Velma Wallis

ALASKA: a novel  – James A Michener

Alaska travel FAQs

Do i need a covid-19 vaccine to join an intrepid trip.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

When is the best time to visit Alaska?

Stuck in a chilly latitude between 50 and 70 degrees north of the equator, Alaska is dark for a lot of the year. Really dark. The exception is from May to late June when the sun shines all day and most of the night. Peak season for Alaska tours is from mid-June to mid-August, when the daytime temperatures are a relatively warm 15–25°C (60–80°F) and there’s plenty of daylight for exploring.

Shoulder seasons (April, May and September) are a good time to travel if you prefer to share the wild with fewer people, and May comes with very little rain. It’s generally best to holiday in Alaska with an open mind about the weather: Alaskans have learned that if they don’t like it, they need only wait five minutes.

How do I get to Alaska?

Perhaps fitting with its end-of-the-earth aesthetic, Alaska does have a reputation for being difficult when it comes to finding flights. Anchorage is the state’s main gateway, with flights coming in from other   US   cities like Chicago, Denver, LA, Vegas and Portland year-round. You can also find direct flights in the summer from   Frankfurt ,   Reykjavik   (how’s that for an epic itinerary) or   Vancouver . You can, of course, visit Alaska from anywhere, it’s just a question of stopovers and stamina.

If world-class mountain vistas are your thing you may prefer to drive. The Alaska Highway used to be a bumpy dirt road, but these days it’s a paved vein that pumps adventurers in through the border of   British Columbia . When you touch down and start your Alaska tour, we’ll handle all the internal transfers (in a private vehicle with heating).

Do I need a visa to travel to United States?

It depends on where you’re from. Many countries now operate under the United States Visa Waiver Program, meaning a visa isn’t required for stays of up to 90 days for travel purposes. There are 40 participating countries, including the United Kingdom , Australia , New Zealand, Germany and Spain.

If you're eligible for the Visa Waiver Program, you must obtain a letter of authorisation before you travel to the States. This can be obtained by submitting an application through the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation ( ESTA ).

If you’re a national from a non-participating country of the Visa Waiver Program, you must apply for a non-immigrant visa. Please see the Department of State website for more information.

If you have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen or the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on or after 1 March 2011, you are ineligible and must apply for a non-immigrant visa instead.

People from a participating country who are also citizens of Cuba, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan must also apply for a non-immigrant visa.

Last updated: 6 March 2024 

Is tipping customary in the US?

Tipping is very much a part of the culture in the United States. Tips are expected at restaurants, cafes and diners, as well as by taxi drivers, valet attendants, porters and hotel maids.

People working in the service industry generally receive low wages and therefore rely upon tips as a major source of income.

In general, leave 15 to 20% of the bill at places serving food and a few dollars to bartenders and hotel staff who provide a personal service like carrying bags or cleaning your room.

What is the internet access like in Alaska?

Internet access in urban areas of Alaska is usually good but download speeds will be slower than you are used to.

Internet access may not be available in rural areas and national parks.

We suggest talking the chance to unplug and immerse yourself in the wilderness, but remember to give your friends and family realistic expectations of how often you will be able to communicate with them.   

Can I use my mobile phone in Alaska?

Mobile phone coverage in Alaska is improving but still patchy. Expect to be able to use your mobile phone in towns like Anchorage, Valdez and even in some parts of Denali National Park. Much of the state – including large parts of Wrangell-St Elias and the Kenai Peninsula – still has little or no coverage.

Global roaming can also be activated when travelling through Alaska, but be sure to check with your service provider to find out about any fees you may incur when using this option, as it can sometimes be expensive.

What are the toilets like in Alaska?

Western-style, flushable toilets are the norm in Alaska, though in remote areas and national parks there may be drop toilets outside the main building.

Can I drink the water in Alaska?

Drinking water from taps in Alaska is considered safe unless otherwise marked. For environmental reasons, try to use a refillable water bottle rather than buying bottled water.

What is the weather like in Alaska?

Weather in Alaska is highly variable depending on the region, so check out the guide below for the area/s you’re planning to travel in. Keep in mind that no matter your location or the time of year, the diverse environment and geography of Alaska means the weather can change very quickly.

Southcentral (Anchorage, Seward, Homer, Valdez)

A subarctic climate makes Alaska’s southcentral region cool to cold throughout the year. Even in high June, when the sun is out almost 19 hours a day, expect temperatures to top out at around 18°C (65°F) and drop to around 10°C (50°F) in the evening. August and September are the rainiest months of the year with an average of 14 days rainfall in both. In the winter months of December, January and February, expect temperatures to drop below freezing.

Interior (Fairbanks, Denali National Park)

The mountainous interior of Alaska is known for wild variations in temperature, though summers tend to feature average highs of about 21°C (70°F) and average lows of –17°C (1°F) in winter. May, June and July all experience over 18 hours a day of sunlight in Alaska’s interior. Summer (June, July and August) is the rainy season, experiencing between two and three inches a month on average.    

What should I wear in Alaska?

Don’t let the word ‘summer’ fool you into filling your suitcase with crop tops and short shorts. While Alaskan weather can be clear and beautiful in the warmer months, the nights still tend to be chilly and cool changes are known to come hard and fast.

The best way to dress for unpredictable weather is in layers. If you’re heading out for a day hike in Denali National Park, for example, think comfortable pants (preferably waterproof), a t-shirt and a lightweight waterproof jacket that can be tied around your shoulders and pulled on if it starts to rain, plus a bag packed with gloves and a beanie. 

Comfortable shoes are essential in Alaska. Most of the activities on our tours involve some level of physical activity, so we recommend worn-in hiking or walking shoes.

Check the ‘Packing’ section of the Essential Trip Information for the tour you’re interested in for a comprehensive packing list.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling?

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

What public holidays are celebrated in Alaska?

  • 1 Jan: New Year's Day

2 Jan: New Year's Day Holiday

Third Monday of January Martin Luther King Jr Day

Last Monday in March Seward’s Day

Last Monday of May Memorial Day

4 Jul: Independence Day

First Monday in September Labor Day

18 Oct: Alaska Day

11 Nov: Veterans Day

Fourth Thursday of November Thanksgiving Day

25 Dec: Christmas Day         

Seward’s Day and Alaska Day are the only two Alaska-specific public holidays. Please note, Alaska public holidays may vary.

Is Alaska a safe destination for LGBTQIA+ travellers?

Overall, Alaska is generally a safe destination for LBGTQIA+ travellers.

Same-sex relationships are legal, as is same-sex marriage. However, Alaska has no laws protecting LGBTQIA+ individuals from discrimination based on their gender identity or sexual orientation. While discrimination of employment and housing won’t affect LGBTQIA+ travellers, lack of legal protection can be indicative of higher levels of social bigotry.  

While Alaskans are known for being politically conservative, the majority of people follow a ‘live and let live’ philosophy with a heavy emphasis on freedom. Public attitudes towards LGBTQIA+ people are mixed.

If you identify as LGBTQIA+ and have any concerns about travelling in Alaska, we recommend contacting the   Alaska Pride Foundation , which is run by locals and provides support and information to LGBTQIA+ folks throughout the state.

In Anchorage you’ll find a handful of gay bars, including The Raven, which calls itself the northernmost gay bar in the USA. Outside of Alaska’s progressive capital, the LGBTQIA+ scene isn’t particularly visible. Of course, in a vast state of disparate communities and low-population density, that’s not exactly surprising.     

If you are travelling solo on an Intrepid group tour, you will share accommodation with a passenger of the same gender as per your passport information. If you don’t identify with the gender assigned on your passport, please let us know at time of booking and we’ll arrange the rooming configuration accordingly. A single supplement is available on some tours for travellers who do not wish to share a room.

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting   Equaldex  or the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association’s most recent   report on state sponsored homophobia  before you travel.

Does my trip to the United States support The Intrepid Foundation?

Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. In fact, we make a donation on behalf of every traveller. Trips to the United States directly support our foundation partners, C ultural Heritage Economic Alliance (CHEA) and t he Grand Canyon Conservancy .

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Discover the magic of Alaska in the summer, where endless daylight opens up a world of possibilities for things to do in Alaska in the summer. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the season and enjoy all Alaska has to offer, from soaking up the breathtaking sights to embarking on thrilling adventures across its spectacular landscapes. Our Alaska summer vacation experiences promise an extraordinary journey into the heart of the Last Frontier, offering a myriad of activities and unforgettable memories to last a lifetime.

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“Active Alaska” Rail Package

Duration: 8 days

Starting at: $2959 / pp

Experience Alaska’s must do outdoor activities: raft, hike, kayak, even take a zipline tour! You start your trip in Fairbanks and travel to Denali where you raft and hike. Then continue south to Seward via Anchorage for a... Browse itinerary

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Alaska by Rail Tour

Duration: 10 days

Starting at: $3449 / pp

Travel the entire Alaska Railroad in just nine days! Take the train from Anchorage to Seward, Talkeetna, Denali, and Fairbanks. Cruise to an active glacier, jet boat on the Talkeetna River, view wildlife in Denali National Park and... Browse itinerary

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Glaciers and Wildlife Tour

Starting at: $2289 / pp

Combining Anchorage, Seward, Talkeetna, and Denali, this tour provides wildlife viewing opportunities and scenic touring throughout. You travel by the Alaska Railroad to Seward and cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park, well known for glacier scenery and viewing... Browse itinerary

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All Alaska Classic Self Drive Tour

Duration: 15 days

Starting at: $3649 / pp

Explore three of Alaska's National Parks: Denali, Wrangell - St. Elias, and Kenai Fjords. Excellent wildlife viewing opportunities throughout. Travel on four designated National Scenic Byways showcasing Alaska's natural beauty with its jagged mountain peaks, lush alpine meadows,... Browse itinerary

Top summer activities

Discover the boundless adventure that Alaska’s summer offers with a myriad of outdoor activities. From exhilarating hikes through lush forests and kayaking past glaciers in crystal-clear waters to fishing in pristine lakes and flying over spectacular aerial views, Alaska is one big adventure. Our summer experiences promise a thrilling immersion into the heart of Alaska’s breathtaking landscapes.

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What is the weather like in Alaska in the summer?

With temperatures ranging from 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (10 to 21 degrees Celsius), packing layers, including a light jacket and rain gear, ensures you’re prepared for the ever-changing landscapes and unique weather patterns that characterize this breathtaking season. Embrace the beauty of extended daylight hours and mild temperatures, creating an ideal environment for outdoor activities in the stunning Alaskan wilderness.

Top summer destinations

Embark on an awe-inspiring journey through Alaska’s national parks, where untamed wilderness unfolds in breathtaking panoramas. From the towering peaks of Denali National Park to the coastal wonders of Glacier Bay, immerse yourself in the pristine landscapes, diverse wildlife, and unparalleled beauty that define these natural treasures.

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Explore under the midnight sun.

Midnight sun is a unique phenomenon where the sun stays above the horizon for extended periods during the summer months. Immerse yourself in 24-hour daylight, offering endless opportunities for exploration and adventure under the Alaskan skies. Discover the magic of the land of the midnight sun and create unforgettable memories in a landscape bathed in perpetual daylight.

Witness bears, whales, eagles and more in their natural habitats. Explore the rich tapestry of Alaskan cultures through immersive experiences. From lodge stays that offer a blend of luxury and wilderness to cruise experiences through fjords and coastal landscapes, there is something for everyone this summer. Dream it, discover it, do it.

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Frequently asked questions

Is summer the best time to visit alaska.

Alaska is amazing any time of year, but most travelers prefer to visit during the warm and bright summer months. Summer time is when you can visit Alaska’s National Parks, when the scenery is amazing and when you can enjoy a wide range of activities such as hiking and kayaking.

When is summer in Alaska?

Alaska’s summer travel season starts in the middle of May and goes through the middle of September. June and July typically are the best summer weather months. Starting the middle of August, Alaska’s fall season starts.

What is the Alaska weather like in summer months?

Summer time comes with sun, heat, rain and even snow in high elevations. End of May through middle of July, we have the most sunlight (nearly 24 hours), the warmest temperatures (between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit), and the best weather (mostly sunny, very little rain). Starting the middle of August, our fall season starts which often comes with more rain and cooler temperatures.

What should I pack for summer in Alaska?

As an “outdoor” destination, you should be packing casual clothing and active outdoor wear.  Layers are important in Alaska as it can be hot, cool and rainy all in one outdoor adventure day. For day boat cruises that take you out on open water, you want extra and warm layers, including a scarf, hat, and gloves, as it can be chilly on the boats. For foot wear, pack comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots. Bring sun lotion and insect repellent. Don’t forget to pack your camera and binoculars, if you have them. For more detailed information and more Alaska packing tips – read more here…

What is the best way to travel around Alaska in the summer?

Our Alaska vacation packages come with rental car, scheduled bus transportation or train travel on the Alaska Railroad. The best way to get around depends on your personal preference and the places you want to visit. Train travel gives you a relaxing way to travel. Having a rental car gives your most flexibility and access to more great Alaska highlights. We offer a variety of packages with the Alaska Railroad, with a rental car or a combination of the two.

Are there any local events or cultural experiences in Alaska during the summer?

There are many events in Alaska’s communities from local festivals to running races. If you are looking to learn and explore the traditional and contemporary ways of Alaska’s Indigenous cultures, the Alaska Native Heritage Center is a great place to visit.

Are there family-friendly activities in Alaska during the summer?

Alaska offers many activities for family fun. While it is not the best destination with very small kids, school age kids and teenagers enjoy the variety of experiences including fishing, hiking, paddling and flightseeing!

Why should I book my summer getaway with Alaska Tours?

We offer a wide range of Alaska vacation packages, activities and experiences. We pride ourselves on personalized travel planning assistance and offer 24-hour travel support on your Alaska summer trip. We are a team of Alaskans, have 30 plus years of Alaska travel planning experience and know Alaska inside out. We are proud of our excellent reputation for quality service, and history of serving satisfied clients.

Since this was our first trip to Alaska, we did not know enough to be able to easily put this trip together — but Alaska Tours had a prepackaged self-guided tour that had everything we wanted and needed.

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Explore Alaska on one of our Alaska adventure holidays and tours.

Alaska has a lot to offer. Lying in the far north west of the United States the state is famous primarily for it's vastness, wildlife and national parks. Alaska is home to Denali, the highest peak in the US and 17 of the countries 20 are also in Alaska.

The famous Yukon river also runs all the way through Alaska and into the Yukon region of Canada which boarders the eastern side of Alaska.

Alaska attracts tourists due to the epic scenery of mountains, lakes and the ecology supporting local wildlife. Boasting eight national parks the main attractions here include the Mendenhall glacier, whale watching, kayaking, many trekking routes in the parks and so much more. 

The vast majority of our adventures begin and most end in Anchorage, the main city - but no the capital - of the state. Most tours focus on the outdoors, the wildlife and experiencing the wilderness.

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Alaska is maybe most famous for its vast wilderness and the wildlife that the epic surroundings supports.

The most popular animal to see is of course the Bear. Brown and Black bears are common in parts of Alaska. They're closely related to the Polar Bear and can usually be found close to or near by rivers where they fish for Salmon primarily.

The rivers not only boast healthy populations of salmon and other fish but they also support the ecology of birds specifically the eagle population. The Bald Eagle is the most common and can be found on the coast lines and waterways inland.

Other popular animals to see, although rather more difficult, are wolves. There are various species of Wolf throughout the state and it will be a feather in your hat if you see one!

Finally of course is maybe the most iconic animal of all associated with Alaska the Moose! Many people say that Moose are much larger than they expected when seeing one for the first time. Here's hoping you see one on your travels!

Getting There

Getting to the Alaska is pretty straight forward. 

Daily flights are offered direct to most of the country’s major cities. There is also a huge availability of domestic flights, which means you can fly to a town nearest the start of your adventure tour. Some low-cost airlines like Norwegian Air for example have started flying direct to many of the bigger cities where you can find deals from the UK for as low as £260 (at the time of writing.) Try to book as far as you can in advance as ticket prices can rise significantly.

Solo Traveller In Alaska

If you're a solo traveller looking for a group to join you're in the right place. Almost all of our trips are small group experiences and guided. usually around half of those on any group are solo travellers with the other half made up of couples and friends. 

Solo travellers are paired within someone of the same gender to share a room but if you'd like your own room you can often pay a little extra.

If you'd like to find out who is going and already booked on any departure date please do make contact as we can find out.

When To Travel

Alaska's winter runs from October to April and the temperatures are very, very cold with short days. 

So, we recommend the best time to travel to Alaska is between mid to late to through to September. The days are longer, the weather more pleasant being around 18 Celsius  on average , good but not beach weather! During this period the abundant Alaskan wildlife is also visible making your holiday more memorable.

It is worth nothing though that the weather can change quickly particularity at any altitude so be prepared.

To enter the United States as a tourist you may not need a visa if you’re a UK or EU citizen and intend to stay for less than 90 days, however you do need to apply for the Visa Waiver Program. To find out more visit

You may also need to show your return ticket upon arrival and / or complete a landing card upon arrival. UK citizens if you’re staying longer than 90 days then you’ll need to apply for a visa before travelling. If you over stay you may be fined and / or detained so it’s not worth the risk!

As always we recommend checking the latest country entry requirements with your national foreign travel office, for UK citizens this is the Foreign Travel Advice section of, please click here to view to USA page.

The United States uses the U.S dollar as their currency. Cities are generally more expensive (food, accommodation, shopping) than smaller towns. 

Food and drinks are usually quite a bit cheaper than in the UK but it’s very important to remember that tipping is mandatory and not leaving a 15-20% tip in bars and restaurants can be seen as insulting. Other places where tips are expected are taxis, salons, hotels (porters), but if you’re unsure, check with your local guide. 

Another thing to remember while shopping is that sales tax is added afterwards. So the number on the price tag is not the final price you will have to pay. ATMs are very common and most places accept credit and debit cards.

Most of our trips are completely incident free, but of course there is crime taking place in this massive country, with most crimes reported taking place in the bigger cities. Just take your normal travel precautions and use common sense. If you’re unsure if an area you’d like to venture off to is more unsafe, it’s best to check with your local guide. 

Having noted this we should highlight that the vast majority of trips are incident free and you need not worry but it’s better to be aware and informed than not. 

The emergency number is 911.

Some vaccinations may be required pending where you are going, when and what you’re doing. Standard and correct advice is to check with your GP before travelling as they’ll have the up to date information.

Travel insurance is mandatory on all our trips so please ensure you take out a policy before travelling. 

Helpful Information

Our guided adventures will take you to places well off the beaten track and provide experiences that most people just won’t get, with that in mind we encourage you to check out our growing selection! We have a lot of trips and you may find something you like but if not, please do make contact and we can always tailor make a trip for you.

We recommend trying ALL THE FOOD you can!

We try to ensure we work with the BEST local companies but remember, if you’re on a trip and don’t feel like an activity or continuing, you can stop. You don’t need to do anything you don’t want to!

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Explore the best of Alaska with a captivating four-night cruise, rail journey, and iconic national parks. Begin with a flight into Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, and explore dramatic landscapes along Turnagain Arm. Travel to Wasilla and visit the Iditarod Trail Headquarters, then arrive at Denali National Park for an intriguing tour into one of Alaska’s most unspoiled regions. Pan for gold and glide along the Chena River on a classic sternwheeler in Fairbanks before taking a scenic journey along the Alaska Highway into the Yukon Territory. Ride the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railway for breathtaking views to Skagway, where our cruise ship awaits. For the next four nights, we cruise the Inside Passage in style with a day of getting up close to tidewater glaciers and wildlife in Glacier Bay National Park and a port of call in Ketchikan. All staterooms have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking private walk-out verandahs and all meals are included aboard the ship.

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Your holiday vacations experience includes:, all accommodations featuring.

  • 2 nights at Hilton Anchorage
  • 1 night near Denali National Park
  • 2 nights at Westmark Fairbanks Hotel
  • 1 night in Tok
  • 1 night in Whitehorse
  • 1 night at DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport

Attractions & Highlights

  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Alyeska's Aerial Tram
  • Iditarod Trail Headquarters
  • Alaska Veterans Memorial
  • Denali National Park guided tour
  • Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline
  • Gold Dredge 8 & gold panning
  • Riverboat  Discovery III cruise featuring float plane, sled dogs, and native lifestyle demonstrations
  • Museum of the North
  • Santa Claus House
  • Kluane National Park & Preserve
  • Included Shore Excursion: White Pass & Yukon Route Railway

26 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Welcome Lunch in Anchorage
  • Dinner at the Alaska Salmon Bake
  • All meals included aboard ship with As You Wish Dining

Exclusive Cruise Ship Benefits

  • 4 nights aboard the ms Koningsdam
  • Ports of Call:
  • Skagway, Alaska; Ketchikan, Alaska; Vancouver, British Columbia

Highest Elevation: 3,895 feet.

June 11th, 2024 - June 23rd, 2024

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Final Payment Date: 03/08/2024

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Final Payment Date: 04/12/2024

* Additional Date Added: Due to popular demand, new tour dates are now available. These additional departures will not have a media host and may utilize different departure options.

Day 1 : Fly to Anchorage

We begin our tour in Anchorage.

Day 2 : Alaskan Scenery

Our adventure starts with traveling along fjord-like Turnagain Arm, on one of the most beautiful stretches of highway in Alaska. Enjoy picturesque views as we head for the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s extraordinary wildlife. We take a scenic tram ride at Alyeska Resort for views of hanging glaciers and mountain peaks within the Chugach Mountains. On our way back to Anchorage, keep watch for eagles and moose. Following our welcome lunch, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 3 : The Iditarod Trail

A scenic morning drive takes us to Wasilla in the Matanuska Valley, an agricultural and supply center for Alaska’s remote interior. Here, we visit the Iditarod Trail Headquarters to learn about extraordinary sled dogs and the famous Anchorage-to-Nome race. We then enjoy a photo stop at the Alaska Veterans Memorial, dedicated to each branch of service. En route to our accommodations in the Denali area, we watch for views of soaring Mount Denali, the tallest mountain in North America.

Day 4 : Denali National Park and Preserve

We kick off our morning by joining a naturalist guide for a thrilling journey into the tundra of Denali National Park and Preserve. At six million acres, it is one of the largest unspoiled regions in the world. Watch for grizzly bear, moose, caribou, and Dall sheep. Later, we cross the Alaska Range, with sweeping vistas of untouched wilderness. Upon arrival in Fairbanks, we dine at the Alaska Salmon Bake, a true Alaskan experience with dinner prepared over a wood fire.

Day 5 : Fairbanks

Today we’re introduced to Fairbanks’ history as we trace its development from the gold rush to the discovery of "Black Gold." Gaze upon the famed Trans-Alaska Pipeline and learn to pan for gold at historic Gold Dredge 8, where we keep what we find! Enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat lunch at Steamboat Landing, then board the Riverboat Discovery lll sternwheeler. Relax during this narrated excursion on the Chena River, featuring a floatplane and sled dog demonstration, before we go ashore to a recreated Athabascan Native camp. The evening is at our leisure in Fairbanks.

Day 6 : The Alaska Highway

Following a delicious breakfast, browse amazing collections that preserve this region’s history at the Museum of the North. A short drive to North Pole, Alaska brings us to the Santa Claus House for a chance to relive childhood memories with the spirit of Christmas present year-round. We then travel the renowned Alaska Highway, originally built as a military supply road during World War II, linking Alaska to Canada.

Day 7 : Yukon Territory

Today we traverse the spectacular Yukon Territory, an untouched region of astounding beauty and the most remote part of our journey. We enjoy views of the crystal-clear waters of Kluane Lake and stop at Kluane National Park and Reserve Visitor Center to learn about this preserved area. Later, we arrive in Whitehorse, the Yukon’s capital, and settle into our comfortable accommodations.

Day 8 : Scenic Rail & ms Koningsdam

This morning we board the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway for awe-inspiring views of mountains, valleys, and waterfalls that can only be seen by train. This historic route follows the path of the legendary Klondike gold seekers. We arrive in Skagway and embark on the ms Koningsdam to begin our incredible four-night cruise. The ship stays docked in Skagway into the evening, allowing us to go ashore and explore this historic 1890s gold rush boomtown.

Day 9 : Glacier Bay Cruise

Today our ship provides front-row seats for one of nature‘s most breathtaking sights, Glacier Bay! We maneuver easily along these pristine shores for close views of glaciers, lush forests, and mountains. A National Park Ranger and an Alaskan Native provide insight into this wild and historically significant corner of Alaska with interesting commentary and special programming. In addition to watching for captivating wildlife, keep an eye out for tidewater glaciers calving, or breaking off, and crashing into the sea. Delightful shows, music, and dancing light up our evening.

Day 10 : Ketchikan

Our port of call today is Ketchikan, the Salmon Capital of the World, and we conveniently dock right in town. Enjoy time on your own to discover this charming port’s rich culture and history. Visit the carving shed, go salmon fishing, learn about Tongass National Forest at the Southeast Discovery Center, or explore the colorful houses and quaint shops along Creek Street in the old “red light district” of Ketchikan. You may also book an excursion offered by Holland America.

Day 11 : The Inside Passage

We traverse through the beautiful Inside Passage today, where protected passageways allow for a relaxing experience. Take in breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, lush forests, and hundreds of islands and coastal inlets as we make our way through the astonishing fjord-like waterway. We trace the southeastern hook of Alaska and Canada's Pacific Coast to witness firsthand how this vital ocean route still links communities today.

Day 12 : Vancouver to Seattle

Our cruise concludes today in Vancouver, British Columbia. We board our comfortable motorcoach for a scenic drive to Seattle, known as The Emerald City. Tonight, we toast our amazing journey at a Farewell Dinner.

Day 13 : Fly Home

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Tom Zalaski has been a fixture in northeastern Wisconsin living rooms for 46 years, the last 25 of which as the anchor of the 5, 6 and 10pm newscasts on WFRV-TV 5 in Green Bay.

Beside serving as news anchor, Tom hosts a weekly political interview show Newsmaker Sunday . Throughout his career Tom has reported on major events ranging from national political conventions to the Super Bowl. He can also be found emceeing events to include benefit fundraisers and veterans causes.

Tom is a sought-after speaker conducting seminars for corporations and organizations ranging from media relations to overcoming the fear of public speaking. He is also the author of seven books on public relations, fundraising, public speaking, and rock music.

Like many of our guests, Tom is a proud and doting grandpa who, when not on television is with the grandkids or on his 12-acre farm in the Town of Scott.

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Thanks to the lack of light pollution, the aurora borealis shines really bright here at Borealis Basecamp. This off-the-grid experiential hotel lies just 40 km (25 miles) from the city of Fairbanks, nestled within 100 acres of pristine boreal forest. The property has a remote wilderness feeling but is still easily accessible.

The property has a range of glass domed igloos and cubes that provide a comfortable base when exploring, and a unique stay with the opportunity to watch the northern lights from the comfort of your bed. A range of winter activities are on offer from the lodge including dogsledding and snowmobiling, and fresh, local meals are included daily.

This is one of the best locations to see the northern lights in Alaska and the igloos and domes provide a comfortable winter base.


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Borealis Basecamp, Fairbanks

The accommodation at Borealis Basecamp takes the form of spacious fiberglass domes with vast clear ceilings, stretching 5 m (16 ft) across. Spending the night here you can lie back on comfortable beds with luxurious linens and watch the northern lights dance in the sky above. The domes have European-style interiors with elegant furnishings, as well as smaller kitchenette domes with tea, coffee and hot chocolate making facilities. There are also en suite bathrooms with toiletries provided.

Just 40 km (25 miles) from the city of Fairbanks, the basecamp is nestled within 100 acres of pristine boreal forest. Although it has the feeling of being in the wilderness, it’s still easily accessible. The camp includes the 50-minute roundtrip transfers to and from Fairbanks in their packages.

Food and drink

The dining yurt serves up fresh, local produce with casual European touches. A complimentary breakfast is served every morning, consisting of fresh juice, meats, cheeses, local bread, cereals, and fruit. For lunch, Borealis guests can choose from four different daily soups served in a bread bowl, accompanied by a Caesar salad. The dinner menu is made up of Canadian classics, like king crab, ribs, and pasta. If you’re after some privacy, you can have dinner delivered to your dome if arranged before your stay.

Facilities and activities

The primary reason for visiting the camp is for the northern lights viewing opportunities. Winter guests of Borealis Basecamp can also make the most of the property’s arranged activities, which include dog mushing, photography classes and snowmobiling tours. A package with the camp includes one complimentary activity on the second day at the camp.

Tour ideas in Fairbanks

Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at Borealis Basecamp as part of your trip. Treat them simply as suggestions, because every aspect of the trip we create for you will be yours to define.

Aurora Borealis over Fairbanks, Alaska

Alaska's northern lights by train

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Mount Denali

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Humpback whale breaching near Seward

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Grizzly bear, Denali National Park

Alaska & Yukon explorer

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Location & places nearby

Places & hotels on the map, alternative places to stay nearby.

Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can't be bettered.

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Experiences while staying here.

The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area's inhabitants.

Arctic flightseeing

Barrow Community

Together with your fellow travellers you start the Barrow sightseeing tour where you witness ceremonies and traditions of the native culture as you tour the Inupiat Heritage Center, a National Park Service affiliated site.

Dried fish, riverboat discovery tour

Sternwheeler Riverboat Tour

This three hour tour on an authentic sternwheeler riverboat will take you into the heart of Alaska and the heart of a family who has made the rivers of Alaska a way of life for four generations.

Fairbanks and nearby places

Sandhill Cranes, Fairbanks, Alaska

  • Denali Park Entrance 107 miles away
  • Denali National Park 174 miles away
  • Tok 192 miles away
  • Talkeetna 204 miles away
  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve 263 miles away
  • Anchorage 276 miles away
  • Valdez 279 miles away
  • McCarthy & Kennicott 296 miles away
  • Prince William Sound 310 miles away
  • Cooper Landing 325 miles away

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Alaska Air (ALK) Rides on Rosy Air Travel Demand: Is It a Buy?

A n improvement in air-travel demand bodes well for Alaska Air Group ’s ALK top line. Driven by the upbeat demand, ALK exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate for first-quarter 2024 earnings by 15.6%. Sales beat estimates by 2.4%.

Strong Passenger Volumes Drive Upbeat Views

Anticipating air-travel demand to be rosier given the presence of the summer holiday period, ALK issued bullish earnings per share guidance for second-quarter 2024. ALK expects second-quarter earnings per share to be between $2.20 and $2.40. The Zacks Consensus Estimate is currently pegged at $2.37, well above the mid-point ($2.30) of the guided range.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for second-quarter revenues is currently pegged at $2.98 billion, suggesting an increase of 33.6% from first-quarter 2024 actuals. The consensus mark for June quarter revenues indicates 5.2% growth from the year-ago levels.

Adding to the bullishness, management lifted its 2024 earnings per share guidance. ALK now expects adjusted earnings per share in the $3.25-$5.25 band. The earlier guidance was in the band of $3-$5 per share.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the same is currently pegged at $4.69, well above the mid-point ($4.25) of the guided range. The guidance lift resulted in analysts revising their earnings estimates for ALK positively.

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Robust Price Performance

Driven by upbeat passenger volumes, ALK shares have gained 7.1% over the past three months against its industry’s 5.9% decline. ALK shares have also outperformed the broader Zacks Transportation sector, which has declined 11.2%.

ALK Expands Capacity to Meet Demand Growth

Alaska Air is expanding its network by introducing new routes as it offers the largest summer schedule in its history in anticipation of the busy summer season ahead.  The airline is also making other arrangements like increasing the number of daily flights in its network that fly to popular destinations.

During the peak summer months (June, July and August), ALK, currently carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), added almost one million seats to meet the demand swell. In fact, owing to the buoyant air-travel demand scenario, ALK carried in excess of 500,000 guests to their destinations over the recent Memorial Day weekend. The figure represents a 6% year-over-year increase. ALK expects that its busiest days in the summer season will be before and after Jul 4, where almost 160,000 passengers are expected to fly on ALK flights each day.

In view of the aforementioned bullishness, we believe investors should add ALK stock to their portfolios now for healthy returns. Its current Zacks Rank supports our thesis.

Other Airline Stocks to Consider

Investors interested in the airline industry may also consider some other top-ranked stocks like SkyWest SKYW and Copa Holdings CPA. Each stock presently sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

SkyWest's fleet modernization efforts are commendable. Upbeat air travel demand also supports the company. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for SKYW’s 2024 earnings has improved 5.9% in the past 60 days. The stock has risen 56% year to date.

SKYW has an expected earnings growth rate of more than 100% for 2024. The company delivered a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 128.09%, on average.

Latin American carrier Copa Holdings is being aided by upbeat air-travel demand. We are also encouraged by its initiatives to modernize its fleet.

Over the past 60 days, the stock has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2024 earnings being revised 3.2% upward. CPA surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings in each of the last four quarters by an average of 20.2%.

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