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wildlife & nature • 10 days, 9 nights

Grizzlies & Glaciers: The Wild Heart of Alaska

wildlife & nature • 10 days, 9 nights

Grizzlies & Glaciers: The Wild Heart of Alaska

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  • Group Size 14 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
  • Travel Style
    Outdoor Expedition
from $7,315 USD per person
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Trip Overview

With endless tundra, rugged taiga, and rivers quivering with salmon, it’s no surprise that Alaska is home to all three species of bears in North America.  Alongside an expert bear biologist, we’ll head deep into the heart of central and southern Alaska in search of two of them—the black bear and the brown bear—as well as all the other charismatic creatures that call this place home. We’ll keep an eye out for lynx in the shadow of Denali, the nation’s tallest mountain, and search the icy waters of Kenai Fjords National Park for the dorsal fin of a passing orca. We’ll hike through boreal forest, visit actively calving glaciers, and stand at the foot of tumbling waterfalls, all in the company of these giant but gentle foragers.

  • Wild grizzlies fishing in a salmon stream
  • Expert biologist guide
  • Whales, orcas, and sea lions
  • See a calving glacier up close
  • Hikes through the Alaskan wilderness


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Trip Leader

Wes Larson
Wes Larson is a wildlife biologist who’s worked with all three North American bear species for the past eight years. As a predator specialist, his work with wildlife has taken him all over the globe, from the freezing Arctic Ocean to the searing African desert and into the steamy jungles of India. Wes has an infectious enthusiasm and passion for wildlife, and enough stories to keep you entertained around a week’s worth of campfires.

Additional Info


The cost of this trip is $7315, based on double occupancy.

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

(1) Shared room: You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

(2) Private room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $925. When booking, please select the single room package option.

Arrival & Departure

We suggest you arrive in Anchorage by 3 p.m. on Day 1 and depart anytime in the evening on Day 10. If you'd like more time to explore Alaska, we recommend arriving a few days early. We'd be more than happy to help you arrange extra nights and suggest things to do on your own.

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable walking three to four miles over the course of each day, spending time in nature, remaining on their feet for long periods of time, and sometimes walking on uneven terrain. Note that this trip entails several charter flights and boat rides, so you should be comfortable in small planes and spending time on and around water. Since this is a wildlife trip, you should be prepared to spend time in the wilderness, accompanied by an experienced guide. Optional strenuous hikes and physical activities will be offered alongside less active options.

  • Accommodation throughout the trip at comfortable hotels.
  • All meals described in the itinerary.
  • Transportation throughout the trip. Travel within Alaska will be by private van, charter flight, optional boat, and train.
  • Experienced local guides to accompany you for the duration of the trip, as well as special guests throughout.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers, excited to explore all that Alaska has to offer!
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences.
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue.
  • Transportation to and from Anchorage.
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
  • Applying for a US visa, if applicable.
  • Optional one-hour scenic flight over Denali at an additional cost of $260. 
  • Optional half-day deep-sea fishing excursion in Kenai Fjords at an additional cost of $220.
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Summer in Alaska is warm and pleasant. Daytime temperatures range from 60°F to 80°F, with refreshingly cool nighttime lows in the 40s and 50s. You can expect some rain throughout the week.

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