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8 days Ultimate Alaska Adventure
Ultimate Alaska Adventure is an action-packed 8 days that pairs backcountry adventure and wild Alaska in comfort and style. You'll be greeted by authentic lodging and fantastic hospitality, and exhilarated by outdoor adventure.

Sea kayak in Kenai Fjords National Park, fly in a helicopter for a landing on glacial snowpack, take an Alaskan dogsled ride, saddle up and explore the
Chugach National Forest on horseback, raft the turquoise class II+ waters of the Kenai River, take a truly Alaskan mode of transportation - a floatplane - to a remote mountain lake for a wilderness hike and more! With only 8 total guests on this adventure, you experience authentic, wild Alaska with a small footprint and personalized attention. read more Ultimate Alaska Adventure is an action-packed 8 days that pairs backcountry adventure and wild Alaska in comfort and style. You'll be greeted by authentic lodging and fantastic hospitality, and exhilarated by outdoor adventure.

Sea kayak in Kenai Fjords National Park, fly in a helicopter for a landing on glacial snowpack, take an Alaskan dogsled ride, saddle up and explore the Chugach National Forest on horseback, raft the turquoise class II+ waters of the Kenai River, take a truly Alaskan mode of transportation - a floatplane - to a remote mountain lake for a wilderness hike and more! With only 8 total guests on this adventure, you experience authentic, wild Alaska with a small footprint and personalized attention.
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Day 1 - Anchorage & Glacier Helicopter Excursion

Day 2 - Chugach National Forest on Horseback

Day 3 - Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Rafting

Day 4 - Kenai National Wildlife Exploration

Day 5 - Float Plane Adventure

Day 6 - Seward & Kenai Fjords National Park

Day 7 - Kenai Fjords National Park

Day 8 - Seward, Alaska Railroad to Anchorage


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Day 1 - Anchorage & Glacier Helicopter Excursion

Meet your trip leader and fellow travelers at 8:00 a.m. in the in the hotel lobby (hotel to be determined at time of reservation). Travel from Anchorage along the scenic Turnagain Arm to the small mountain community of Girdwood. Today's adventure is a helicopter excursion to one of the surrounding glaciers to try your hand at the famous Alaskan sport of dog mushing. High on the snow-pack, drive the sled yourself or, if you prefer, ride in the sled as you enjoy the dramatic scenery. Afterward, bundle yourself up in actual Iditarod racing gear - including an original bib-number - for a once in a lifetime photo opportunity. Late afternoon, continue south to Kenai Riverside Lodge, located along the banks of the Kenai River. Settle into your cabin, and enjoy appetizers and dinner in the main lodge.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Kenai Riverside Lodge
MEALS:
lunch and dinner

Day 2 - Chugach National Forest on Horseback

After breakfast, saddle up and hit the trail for a day of horseback riding. Today's adventure takes you into the backcountry of Chugach National Forest, home to moose, Dall sheep and eagles. The terrain allows an easygoing, scenic horseback ride perfect for the novice to experienced rider.

Enjoy a picnic lunch and some time to explore nature before meandering back down the trail. After dinner relax in the wood-fired sauna, on the riverside deck or in the main lodge.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Kenai Riverside Lodge
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Rafting

Gear up for a scenic raft trip into the heart of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Along the way, watch for moose, bald eagles and other bird species and salmon. The Kenai River is famous for its salmon, and depending on the time of your visit, you may witness their incredible spawning runs. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch along the river or on the shore of Skilak Lake. Arrive at Kenai Backcountry Lodge in the late afternoon and settle into your accommodations.

You can opt instead for a day of fishing on the Upper Kenai River for an additional charge.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Kenai Backcountry Lodge
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Kenai National Wildlife Exploration

Spend a full day exploring the remote wilderness of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Hike a secluded trail and travel through several fascinating ecological communities. At the top of the trail, explore the tundra and enjoy splendid views of the lake and surrounding wilderness. Or explore the lakeshore by boat, stopping for scenic views and short walks. Return to the lodge in the afternoon and enjoy the wood-fired sauna or simply relax at the lodge. Depending on the weather, options for the evening may include an exploration of the lake by sturdy touring kayak or a fireside natural history presentation by one of the lodge's guides.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Kenai Backcountry Lodge
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - Float Plane Adventure

Today's agenda features a truly Alaskan mode of transportation - float plane! Float planes await you along the beach at Kenai Backcountry Lodge for a marvelous flight to a nearby lake. From here, a casual hike leads back to civilization. The flight provides views of stunning mountain scenery and a distant glacier. Your afternoon hike is a gentle forest trail that winds along a lake and stream through a mixed temperate rainforest. Enjoy a picnic lunch en route, and return to the Kenai Riverside Lodge for dinner.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Kenai Riverside Lodge
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - Seward & Kenai Fjords National Park

Following breakfast, bid farewell to Cooper Landing and the Kenai Riverside Lodge, as you travel through the Chugach National Forest to the picturesque seacoast town of Seward, situated at the head of Resurrection Bay. Board a custom catamaran bound for Kenai Fjords National Park, home to an array of glaciers and marine wildlife such as whales, Stellar sea lions, sea otters and puffins. A four-hour cruise allows time to explore the dramatic coastlines. Enjoy lunch in front of a tidewater glacier before arriving at your exclusive lodge destination, Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge.

Nestled in a protected tidal lagoon area, the Glacier Lodge offers miles of pristine beachfront for combing and views of the stunning Pedersen Glacier. This afternoon, meet your lodge guides for a tour of the lodge and property and settle into your private cabins. Enjoy dinner and evening presentations.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - Kenai Fjords National Park

After breakfast in the main lodge, experience a day-long paddle (weather permitting) to the outer bay and wander your kayak along the stunning coastline, keeping an eye out for seals and otters. This is also an excellent opportunity for bird watching; each year, more than 50,000 seabirds flock to the Kenai Fjords, including horned and tufted puffins, common murres and black-legged kittiwakes. Midday, land on a pebbled beach in full view of Aialik Glacier - the perfect venue to enjoy a picnic lunch and watch for dramatic glacial calving.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - Seward, Alaska Railroad to Anchorage

This morning allows another opportunity to canoe, kayak or explore the area in the morning before bidding farewell to Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. Midday, embark on a return coastal wildlife cruise back to Seward. From there, board the historic Alaska Railroad for a scenic backcountry rail tour back to Anchorage. Dinner and hotel/airport transfers are not included, but meals are available for purchase on the train. Arrive at the Anchorage train station by 10:15pm and transfer to your hotel or the airport.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast and lunch

Itinerary Notes

We may occasionally alter itineraries slightly for safety, or to take advantage of weather, wildlife and unplanned discoveries. Our ability to be spontaneous makes this style of adventure travel unique.

Arrival & Departure

The Ultimate Alaska Adventure begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska. Meet your expedition leader at 8:00am on Day 1 at the designated Anchorage hotel. The trip ends when your Alaska Railroad train arrives at the Anchorage station on Day 8 at about 10:15pm. Most travelers plan to arrive at the Anchorage airport (ANC) one day before and depart one day after the trip. If you choose to fly home on the night of Day 8, we suggest you book a flight that departs after 1:00am, in case of possible transportation delays.

Weather Delay Policy

In rare circumstances, due to high winds, weather fronts or ocean conditions, we are unable to access our Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge at scheduled times. Alternative activities and accommodations have been planned for this uncommon occurrence, but please be prepared for a possible change in schedule.
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Included

Meals as indicated on itinerary, accommodations in a mix of hotels and rustic lodges, entrance fees, leadership, crew, local guides, kayaking, hiking activities, Alaska Railroad return to Anchorage.

Exclusions

Airfare to and from Alaska, airport taxes, excess baggage charges; return transfer from railroad to airport or hotel; any additional hotel nights in Anchorage; some meals; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages; and insurance of any kind.

Room Configuration

Single rooms are available for a 25% supplement. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will charge the 25% single supplement, then refund this amount once a share is found. If a share is not found the 25% single supplement will apply. Upgrades available at Kenai Backcountry Lodge: $50 log cabin, $100 private bath.

Families & Children

Minimum age is 7 years old. Triple/quadruple occupancy subject to availability; inquire for discounts.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1000 per person is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. A second deposit of 50% of the trip total, less the original deposit, is due 120 days prior to departure. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
$300 or 10% of total - 121 days
$600 or 20% of total - 91-120 days
50% of total - 46-90 days prior
100% of total cost - 0-45 days

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

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Trip Reviews

OVERALL: 5 stars ACCOMMODATIONS: 5 stars MEALS: 4 stars

Overall Trip Review

The destination(s) was great, but our guide -- Lena Sessions -- added the most, I think.  She was professional when plans had to change because of uncooperative weather, thoughtful in presenting us with certificates at the end, extremely knowledgeable about the local culture, natural history, geography, etc.   And she dealt with the oddballs in our group much better than I could have. Horseback riding was possibly the most adventurous day, though the helicopter ride to the dogsleds was a close second.

Accommodations Review

I wish we'd had more time to hang out in our cabins, and do self-guided adventures from them.  Particularly desirable: for a couple to take out a kayak or canoe and paddle around without need for a lifeguard.

Meals Review

Almost every meal was very, very good.  We had one night of tough salmon and dry rice.

Crew & Guides Review

Lena Sessions: A++  Lena is complete.  No skill or talent missing. More than anything else, she made this vacation.

Traveler Advise

Bring a waterproof cover for your camera. Do a few 5 mile hikes before the trip.

D. Stang - Potpmac, MD
OVERALL: 5 stars ACCOMMODATIONS: 5 stars MEALS: 5 stars

Overall Trip Review

Ultimate Alaska Adventure with Alaska Wildland Adventures was beyond expectations! All the lodges and activities were outstanding

Accommodations Review

The 3 Kenai Lodges (Riverside, Backcountry and Glacier) were incredible!

Meals Review

The food was delicious and plentiful!

Crew & Guides Review

Todd Wells was our primary guide and was very knowledgeable, fun, and personable. He really made the trip! All the other people were wonderful and a couple of standouts were Johnny, Patrick and Devon.

AdventureSmith Explorations Review

Aaron Gaines was wonderful, organized and always answered questions quickly and professionally!  Very helpful!

E. Block - Centerville, OH