Enjoy Alaska's wild coastline on an action packed camping adventure in a converted old school bus: Whales, Glaciers and Sea Kayaking!
This 9-day trip focuses on Alaska’s coastline. Travel along the Turnagain Arm and possibly spot Beluga Whales, come with us on a wildlife cruise in the Kenai Fjord National Park, hike along Exit Glacier with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and relax in our luxury Adventure Camp on a remote beach next to Homer. Add a bearviewing trip to Katmai or Lake Clark to make your adventure complete!
Why We Love This Adventure
- A chance to see all kinds of amazing wildlife including bears and whales
- Beach camps, sea kayaking, old converted school bus and all the trimmings of an epic camping adventure
- Keep it local with fresh seafood dinners and camp story telling between action packed days hiking and exploring
The Kenai Peninsula is the prime location for spotting marine wildlife along with scenic mountain backdrops and glacier views. In addition you can fly to Katmai or Lake Clark to go on a bear viewing adventure!
On the Kenai trip you will be experiencing Alaskan's marine wildlife, you can go hiking along a glacier and go for beach strolls, kayak around the tempered rainforest and go on an optional bear viewing flight!
Day 1: Anchorage
Welcome to the largest city of Alaska, most often thought of as the state's capital. Start off your vacation flying into stunning scenery overlooking the Chugach, Alaskan, Kenai, and Talkeetna mountain ranges. Although Mt. Denali is only visible 20% of the year, there's a chance you could even catch a glimpse. Anchorage is Alaska's most populated area yet it's shared with the likes of bears, moose, and wolves. After your flight into this urban wilderness, make your way to our accommodations for the 6 pm pre-departure meeting followed by a group meal. Take this evening to get to know your fellow travelers and guides.
Day 2-4: Seward
Located on the east side of the Kenai Peninsula and Resurrection Bay, Seward is known as the "Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park." Seward is about half day drive from Anchorage. In the afternoon you will have some free time to explore the scenic waterfront of Seward.
The following morning we will experience the national park by boat, cruising among the glaciers and wildlife. After hopefully spotting as much wildlife as possible we will be seeing a calving glacier!
A visit to Seward would not be complete without hiking alongside the picturesque Exit Glacier with a probability seeing a few of the local black bear feeding on some berries. The 8.2-mile round trip up to the Harding Icefield is a spectacular yet strenuous day hike. Starting on the valley floor, the trail winds through cottonwood and alder forests, passes though heather filled meadows and ultimately climbs well above tree line to a breath-taking view of the Harding Icefield. The top of the trail is a window to past ice ages - a horizon of ice and snow that stretches as far as the eye can see! If you don’t feel prepared to do the full 8.2-mile roundtrip, there are shorter options with equally breathtaking views available.
Day 5: Homer
Located on the western side of the Kenai Peninsula and Kachemak Bay, Homer is the launching point for our two-night Adventure Camp. But, don't overlook this artist inspired town with its many galleries along the spit. You will have some time to explore the picturesque town and it's fishermen culture. For example, the Salty Dawg Saloon's lighthouse is a great place to sit belly-up to the bar along with posting your dollar bill on the ceiling or wall so that your friend, who will be by later, will have a drink on you.
On the way to Homer there will be enough time for some scenic photo stops and short walks. Depending on the time of the year we might stop to watch the Salmon Running up Russian River or visit one of the Russian orthodox churches overlooking the volcanoes on the other side of the bay.
Day 6-7: Adventure Camp
Take a boat ride from Homer to Kasitsna Bay, landing on this lovely and relatively untouched beach of the peninsula. Camping is done in canvas tents with beds and all the amenities you'll need. There is a beautiful main house where meals, comfortable chairs, coffee and tea are always on tap. From there venture out and comb the beaches for eagles and other aquatic wildlife or walk to find some hidden coves and viewpoints. The next day you'll have a half day of sea kayaking around Kasitsna Bay, frequently visited by sea otters and harbor seals and watched overhead by bald eagles.
One of the evenings the owner Tony will be serving their famous salmon dinner for us!
Day 8: Hope
In the morning we will take the water taxi back to Homer to make our way along the coastline to Hope. Hope is a quaint little town overlooking Cook Inlet/Turnagain Arm and is just a short drive from Anchorage. In the summer during weekends there might be some life concerts going on in the local fishermen bar. (Bushcamp)
Day 9: Anchorage
Today it’s only a short drive around the Turnagain Arm back to Anchorage. Potentially you can see Beluga Whales or Dall Sheep. We will stop at Potter Marsh to spot some of the migratory birds and wildlife that call it home. The afternoon you will have time to explore Anchorage downtown. Anchorage is a lively city that houses almost 50% of the state’s 730,000 people. (Commonly it is mistaken for the capital of Alaska, but that would be Juneau.) Throughout the summer there are multiple festivals, local markets and plenty of nightly live music. Keep in mind that this city is situated right in the heart of the wilderness, where over 1,000 moose, 250 black bears, and 100 grizzly bears also call it home.
- 9-day tour in overland vehicle
- Accommodations outlined for nights in Hostel/Campsites
- All meals cooked off the truck (8xBreakfast, 7xLunch, 6xDinner)
- Hiking Exit Glacier in Seward
- Kenai Fjords National Park wildlife cruise and calving glacier – Resurrection Bay Tour
- Two-night stay at Adventure Luxury Camp – lodging, all meals including salmon dinner
- Half-Day Kayaking Seldovia Bay at Adventure Camp
- Admission to National Parks and Monuments
- Pre-departure meeting to welcome and provide you with a good understanding of the trip ahead
- Services of two trained/commercially certified leaders/drivers
- Fully equipped Overland vehicle
- High quality four person tents (sleeping only two), camp chairs and cooking equipment
- Information regarding places to be visited, history, flora and fauna
What's Not included
Trip Duration9 days
Average Group Size6-16
Most of the meals are included. Twice we will venture out into town and get some good sea food.
Travel in a converted school bus
This Trip is Suitable For
suitable for anyone who loves camping and the outdoors.
Dates & Availability
- 08 Jun 2019 – 16 Jun 2019
- 29 Jun 2019 – 07 Jul 2019
- 20 Jul 2019 – 28 Jul 2019
- 10 Aug 2019 – 18 Aug 2019
- 06 Jun 2020 – 14 Jun 2020
- 27 Jun 2020 – 05 Jul 2020
- 18 Jul 2020 – 26 Jul 2020
- 08 Aug 2020 – 16 Aug 2020
As a small company the owners also lead all of the trips themselves, as they absolutely love everything about overlanding.
Throughout the summers they bring together a small group of adventure travellers to explore the wilderness of Alaska, Canada, and Western America in an old school bus they remodeled and got back on the road.
The owners are a really passionate pair who aren’t interested in ticking boxes and rushing from campsite to campsite. Their amazing overland vehicle gives the group flexibility. If they find a beautiful place during the day and the weather is great they might decide for an extended lunch break and go for a short hike or just relax in the sun. If it is pouring down with rain they know where to find the visitor centre, a great cafe to hang out or the hidden local history museum.
Overlanding-style trips offer the right mixture of meeting lots of like-minded people, but having the freedom to make your own choices and being involved in the adventure: You can get the camp fire started yourself if you like to but you can also rely on your tour leaders organising a bunch of stuff which you don’t want to deal with on your holidays.
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