Get out into the wilderness and see the best of Alaska on this 20 day overlanding adventure in a converted school bus.
Join a small group of adventure travellers to experience the regions’s top highlights, amazing views and encounters with an abundance of wildlife, glaciers and volcanoes. Enjoy the ride and take pictures out of our big windows, play cards or games on the tables and join in the group adventure preparing dinner with us around the campfire.
This Alaska Salmon Run overland adventure takes in some of the state’s top sights and combines them with optional activities of halibut or salmon fishing, sea kayaking, ice climbing, glacier walks, rafting and scenic flights. View glaciers and icebergs from near or from afar, trail blaze through the wilds and maybe even spot a grizzly!
- Explore the wilderness of Alaska, traveling by remodeled school bus
- Enjoy a range of outdoor activities from glacier hikes to ice kayaking
- Camp and cook under the stars and listen to the sounds of nature
- Drive along the only road in the Denali National Park looking for bears, moose, caribou, and wolves
- Canoe the Mclaren River
- Try your hand at fishing for salmon
- Kayak around Seldovia Bay
Why We Love This Adventure
- Try and find bears or sealions catching salmon in Valdez
- Explore the famous Denali National Park with a chance to spot bears and moose
- Camp near Maclaren Glacier in the wilderness under Alaska’s stars
Travel Alaska from the stunning coastline to the highest mountain in North America: Mount Denali. The trip features the highlights of Alaska: the Kenai Peninsula, Denali National Park, Wrangell St Elias Nationalpark and stunning remote places along the way.
Experience the wilderness of Alaska on a 20-day overlanding trip in a converted school bus and enjoy a host of outdoor activities, from hiking to sea kayaking to ice climbing. Camp in the shadow of volcanoes, glaciers, and rivers full of salmon.
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. 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 you 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 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.
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: Katchemak Bay
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 you 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. 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.
Day 10-12: Denali National Park
In the morning you will head off to the amazing Denali National Park. Whether it's flora or fauna you came to see, this is the place to fulfill your hopes of seeing large and small wild animals living as they have for ages. We set up our campsite and the following two days you will have the opportunity to take a bus ride through the national park along
its only road and hopefully spot bears, moose, caribou, or wolves. For those of you who are looking for a heart pounding and more strenuous adventure, you’ll have the opportunity for trailblazing throughout the park’s 6 million acres.
Day 13-14: Maclaren River
From Denali, we drive the lightly traveled Denali Highway. First opened in 1957, this dirt road was the first to access Denali National Park (then known as Mt. McKinley National Park.) Located in the Maclaren river valley, you traverse through high alpine country on the state’s second highest highway pass. Here lies the Maclaren River Lodge run by Alan and Susie, who are fantastic hosts that will take us on a jet boat ride up to "The Remote Glacier Camp." Now we’re out in the wilderness on our own, no mobile phone reception and no roads. Here you will stay overnight exploring and camping out in the wilderness. The next day we'll take a canoe trip back down the river for our next night at this beautifully situated lodge. (one night bush camp/one night lodge)
Day 15-17: Wrangell St Elias Nationalpark
Here we’ll visit the largest National Park in the United States and camp at the "End-of-the-Road” campground. Literally at the end of the McCarthy Road, these 60 miles of gravel road were built along the old Copper River and Northwestern railways. Most remnants left of this once thriving area were a part of the copper mines, but most people forget this was where the last great gold rush happened in Alaska. There are many optional activities like hiking, ice climbing, glacier walks, guided mill tours, rafting, and scenic flights around 16,000-foot peaks, 25-mile long glaciers and massive icefalls. So, days 16 and 17 are left for you to decide what to do: Take the optional historical tour, hike on your own in the beautiful surroundings or try some crazy outdoor stuff like ice climbing, guided glacier hikes, or whitewater rafting. (bush camp)
Day 18-19: Valdez
Valdez is the terminus of the 800-mile trans-Alaskan pipeline that begins at Prudhoe Bay. Valdez is an important gateway to the interior of Alaska. Valdez was brought to the forefront of national media March 1989. The Exxon Valdez ran aground causing an 11-million gallon oil spill. For many years, flora and fauna were devastated by this environmental catastrophe. Thankfully, order has been mostly restored and the Chugach Mountains set a gorgeous backdrop to this quaint little town. The next day is focused on optional activities. Highly recommended is the Columbia Glacier Sea Kayaking or the Lulu Belle Wildlife Cruise for their beautiful scenery, mammoth icebergs and possibility of spotting all kinds of wildlife.
Day 20: Return to Anchorage
Unfortunately, we have to turn our back on you and leave you to your own devices. But not before we cross the Thompson Pass with stunning glacial valley views and the Worthington Glacier. Our lunch stop will be at Matanuska Glacier before returning to Anchorage in the late afternoon. (approx. 3 pm)
- 20-day tour in overland vehicle
- Accommodations outlined for nights in Hostel/Campsites
- All meals cooked off the truck (19xBreakfast, 18xLunch, 15xDinner)
- Denali National Park wildlife buses to Toklat River and Eielsen Visitor Center (2 days)
- Maclaren Lodge/Wilderness Glacier camp
- Boat and canoe trips Maclaren River
- Hiking Opportunities in Denali NP, Wrangell/St. Elias NP, Seward and Valdez
- Full Day Kenai Fjords National Park wildlife cruise and calving glacier – Resurrection Bay Tour
- Two-night stay at Adventure Luxury Camp – lodging and all meals including salmon dinner
- Half Day Sea Kayaking at the 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
- 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
- Flight to and from Anchorage
- Airport Transfer
- ESTA-Fee/Visa Fee for USA
- Snacks and Drinks
- Optional activities
Trip Duration20 days
Start LocationAnchorage, Alaska
End LocationAnchorage, Alaska
Average Group Size4-16
Mainly camping with hostels and a few logdes/glamping
All meals cooked on the campsite are included. We can cater to different dietary requirements. Please let us know.
You will comfortably ride in our converted school bus. Plenty of space, tables, individual overhead lockers for your day-pack, camera gear and jacket. The bus has a viewing platform on top.
This Trip is Suitable For
This trip is suitable for all outdoor enthusiasts and camping lovers. Travellers on the trip are between 18-75 years old.
Frequently Asked QuestionsDo I need to bring my own camping equipment?
The operator provides tents so you just need to bring your own sleeping bag and sleeping pad/mat.
Dates & Availability
- 09 Jun 2018 – 28 Jun 2018
- 30 Jun 2018 – 19 Jul 2018
- 21 Jul 2018 – 09 Aug 2018
- 11 Aug 2018 – 30 Aug 2018
- 08 Jun 2019 – 27 Jun 2019
- 29 Jun 2019 – 18 Jul 2019
- 20 Jul 2019 – 08 Aug 2019
- 10 Aug 2019 – 29 Aug 2019
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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