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Glaciers, Mountains and Wildlife is what comes to mind when people think of Alaska. It is this and more! Travel up the Inside Passage to Alaska on a large cruise ship, or on a smaller ship. If cruising isn’t for you, then you can fly into the larger cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks and travel by rail, motorcoach, private vehicle or plane. The Alaska Railroad is a great way to see the scenery and stops off at Denali National Park. You’ll see a variety of wildlife deep within the park and the stunning Mt McKinley towering above. Fly up to the Arctic Circle and visit the small communities of Barrow and Nome, follow the Alaska pipeline down country to Valdez, known as the ‘Switzerland of Alaska’. Travel by bush plane to the small settlement of McCarthy (population 50 people), located in Wrangell/St Elias National Park, walk on a glacier, see the bears of Brook Falls or go salmon fishing. Alaska appeals to all!

• The Inside Passage
• Denali National Park
• Glacier Bay National Park
• Barrow – Top of the World!
• Kenai

The summer season and when the cruises operate, are from mid May to mid September. Whenever and wherever you travel in “The Great Land,” clothing is always a primary consideration. Emphasis should be based on comfort because the dress code is informal and casual. A layered technique is extremely good here. Temperatures in Alaska during the summer range from 15°C-26°C. Night time and early mornings are cooler, from 4 – 10°C. Late August and September departures could encounter cooler temperatures and slightly fewer hours of sunlight, as autumn/fall arrives early at these latitudes. The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) can be seen from Fairbanks, and north of Fairbanks from September to April.

I was lucky to experience travelling overland before cruising in Alaskas Inside Passage, and I feel this is the way to go. Yes Alaska is in America, but it is totally different from the lower 48 States, with a short season and long days, up to 22 hours of sunlight in Fairbanks. You can’t help but fall in love with Alaskas Interior. Skagway would have to be one of my favourite areas with its board walk and the Red Onion Saloon. It really gives you the feeling that you are living in the Klondike Gold Rush era. Another favourite was travelling on the Whitepass Yukon Railroad from Skagway to Fraser. You don’t have to be a train buff to appreciate this. Whitehorse to Beaver Creek and onto Fairbanks, as known by some people the pothole highway caused by the permafrost. Believe me this does not stop the convoy of motor homes travelling over these roads. Stopping at Beaver Creek, you really feel like you are in the middle of nowhere.

Fairbanks is a city that has a diverse range of things on offer, from the Pipeline through to Santas house. My favorite was the sternwheeler cruise, leisurely cruising down the Chena River was my favorite giving me a better understanding of the Athabascan culture. Fairbanks to Denali and onto Talkeetna is a must by rail. It you can travel by dome car, you wont regret this as you sit back and relax as you enjoy the scenery or alternatively you can go downstairs and enjoy a meal. Denali National Park: Even though you have the long day light hours, it is a must to have 2 nights. This will allow you a full day tour into the National Park and more chance of seeing the wildlife. Dont forget your binoculars!

Leaving Anchorage, head to either the port of Seward or Whittier for your cruise back down the inside passage to Vancouver. I loved Glacier Bay National Park, watching the calving of the Glaciers up close and seeing the occasional bear. Frederick Sound and Tracy Arm was amazing with the Whales so close to the ship. It was almost like they were playing with the boat. Misty Fiords National Monument lived up to its name, it was Misty most of the morning, but so peaceful. A day at sea relaxing and enjoying the ship before heading back into Vancouver or Seattle.
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Why we love it Wild, untamed, rugged and remote.  Alaska’s coastal fjords and inlets are ideal for exploring by cruise, its small towns are as ‘local’ as local can get, and its wilderness areas abound with grizzlies, moose, caribou and wolves – pretty exciting stuff! We highly recommend a cruise of the Inside Passage, getting up close to glaciers and icebergs, whale watching, spotting bears grazing on the shores, and stopping in at fascinating ports of call, some with a real Norwegian flavour. Alaska’s National Parks are fiercely protected and truly pristine. Our favourite is Denali National Park in Alaska’s Interior. Denali is the Athabascan name for Mt. McKinley, meaning “the high one.” The area offers activities including hiking, rock and ice climbing, photography, wildlife viewing, nature walks, horseback treks and river excursions. Private vehicles are not permitted within the National Park but the famous Alaska Railroad runs right along the edge of the Park through spectacular mountains, with the chance to take a tour into the Park in search of moose, caribou, bear and Dall sheep. If you can, it really is worth taking the time to head north into the Arctic Circle, one of the most unpopulated regions in the world where the rich culture of the Arctic Eskimo people is a real highlight. For the gourmands amongst us, Alaska means one thing – salmon, and lots of it! For a more visual feast, head to Fairbanks from late September through to early April and you’ll experience the most incredible spectacle of Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights. Another iconic Alaskan event is the annual Iditarod Dog Sled Race when teams of up to 16 dogs and their musher race over 1150 miles in 10 to 17 days from Anchorage to Nome. Jagged mountain ranges, frozen rivers, dense forest, desolate tundra and below-zero temperatures create an extraordinary race only possible in Alaska.

Weather Temperatures in Alaska during the summer (June to August) range from 15 degrees C – 25 degrees C. Evenings and early mornings are cooler. Late August and September brings cooler temperatures and slightly fewer hours of sunlight, as autumn arrives early at these latitudes. Whatever the time of year, when packing your clothes think comfort because the dress code in Alaska is informal and casual.

Social customs & quirks Alaska – where the odds are good, but the goods are odd! Alaska is known for its abundance of single men. Gold miners, oil workers, hunters, trappers and fishermen move there in droves to live out the fantasy of a rugged, prosperous life on the frontier, a fantasy not often shared by women. On a more cultural note, Alaska’s unique Native culture can be experienced through many avenues including totem carving, Native dancing, the blanket toss, traditional music, crafts and festivals.

Festivals & events Summer brings many festivals and State Fairs including the Anchorage festival of music, Gold Rush Days in Juneau, and Spirits Day – a celebration of Alaska’s Native heritage, all held in June. The uniquely Alaskan Moose Dropping Festival takes place in Talkeetna in July – a raucous party which includes the Mountain Mother contest, a parade, the moose nugget (moose poop) toss game and a moose nugget dropping contest. And in winter its got to be the Iditarod Dog Sled Race which normally takes place in March.

Health* One word – mosquitoes! Take plenty of insect repellent. Other than that, take local advice on avoiding run-ins with bears, and dress for the somewhat unpredictable weather.

Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.

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Denali National Park

Alaska, Canada 21 Days / 20 Nights Roundtrip Calgary
Locally Escorted Tour - Classic Touring - Maximum 28 passengers

Silent icebergs and living glaciers; gliding whales and soaring eagles; mountains crashing into seas. Experience the Magic, live the adventure!

Alaska Explorer
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Alaska 7 Days/6 Nights Fairbanks to Anchorage
Locally escorted tour

Experience a memorable escorted journey from Fairbanks into Alaska's spectacular mountains and enjoy the best opportunities for viewing wildlife. Venture into Denali National...

Inner Reaches Eastern Cove

Alaska Fjords & Glaciers

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Alaska 8 Days / 7 Nights Juneau to Ketchikan or vice versa
Small ship cruising with UnCruise Adventures

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The waterfall, tucked into a zig-zagging cleft in the rock, drums the saltwater in a never-ending rhythm. On this small ship cruise with UnCruise...

Alaska National Parks Explorer

Alaska 13 Days/12 Nights Rountrip Anchorage
Tailor-Made Self Drive Journey

Alaska's classic route features most of the highlights and scenic wonders in the central Alaska region - Kenai Fjords, Denali and Wrangell / St.

Winterlake Lodge

Alaska, USA 5 Days / 4 Nights Roundtrip Anchorage
Interior, Seaside & Bear Viewing

Renowned for their remote setting amid Alaska's immense wilderness, this combination of two Alaskan wilderness lodges offer intimate hospitality, great food, comfortable rooms and...

Yachters' Alaskan Frontier

Alaska 9 Days / 8 Nights Roundtrip Petersburg
Small ship cruising with UnCruise Adventures

Experience Alaska by yacht with UnCruise Adventures, enjoy days of relaxation and days of adventure, encounter Alaska's wonderful wildlife, amazing landscape and magic culture.

Alaska's Glacier Country

Alaska's Glacier Country

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Alaska 8 Days/7 Nights Roundtrip Juneau
Small ship cruising with UnCruise Adventures

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Enjoy a seven night small ship cruise with UnCruise Adventures, discovering Alaska's spectacular glaciers and wildlife.

Exploring Muir's Wilderness

Alaska's Glaciers & Whales

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Alaska 8 Days / 7 Nights Juneau to Sitka
Small ship cruising with UnCruise Adventures

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Enjoy a small ship glacier adventure with UnCruise Adventures, visiting LeConte, Baird, and Sawyer and South Sawyer glaciers. Look for wildlife - eagles, arctic...

Famed Passages of Discovery
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Alaska, USA 15 Days / 14 Nights Seattle to Juneau or vice versa
Small ship cruising with UnCruise Adventures

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Like the intrepid explorers before you, cruise Canada's and Alaska's Inside Passages for twelve nights on a small ship cruise with UnCruise Adventures. Glacial...

Arctic Circle Aurora Overnight Adventure

Alaska 3 Days/2 Nights Roundtrip Fairbanks
Locally Escorted Tour

The Arctic Circle Aurora Adventure departs from Fairbanks by land or air and offers optional aurora viewing, dog sledding, and Brooks Mountain Range excursions...

Arctic Ocean Adventure with Barrow

Alaska 3 Days / 2 Nights Roundtrip Fairbanks
Locally escorted: Visit Coldfoot, Prudhoe Bay and Barrow

The Dalton Highway is Alaska's lifeline to the Arctic. Your journey takes you north through the sub-arctic region, crossing the Arctic Circle and visiting...

Aurora Viewing at Bettles Lodge

Alaska 3 Days / 2 Nights Roundtrip Fairbanks
Tailor-Made Journey

Bettles is located in one of the best places to see the Aurora Borealis in all of Alaska. Bettles officially has the most clear...

Photo credit by Travis Knauss / Chena Hot Springs

Alaska 3 Day/2 Night Roundtrip Fairbanks
Tailor-Made Journey

Located 60 scenic miles from downtown Fairbanks, Chena Hot Springs Resort is an excellent place to view the aurora from late August until May.

Bear Track Inn - Glacier Bay

Alaska 3 Days/2 Nights Roundtrip Juneau
Remote lodge

Visit Alaska's true Jewel. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve commands a glacier-crowned, maritime wilderness, encircling a magnificent saltwater bay with 16 tidewater glaciers...

Bear Viewing at Brooks Lodge, Katmai National Park

Alaska 3 Day/2 Night Roundtrip Anchorage
Brooks Falls is world renowned for its large population of brown bears due to salmon migration through Brooks River.

One of the most exciting bear viewing tour programs offered anywhere in North America. Each year millions of salmon burst from the Bering Sea...

Bettles Lodge
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Alaska 3 Days / 2 Nights Roundtrip Fairbanks
Tailor-Made Journey

Bettles is an awesome destination or starting point for your Arctic and Brooks Range adventure. Built in 1952, the original Bettles Lodge became recognized...

Explore Glacier Bay & Denali National Park

Alaska 9 Days/8 Nights Juneau to Anchorage
Tailor-Made Journey

Visit two of Alaska's most famous parks - Glacier Bay National Park and Denali National Park! Begin your Alaska vacation tour in Juneau...

Ultimate Bays and Fjords
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Alaska 15 Days / 14 Nights Sitka to Ketchikan or vice versa
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Take the ultimate expedition into the fjords of Alaska with UnCruise Adventures. Enjoy two exclusive days in Glacier Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site...

Discoverers Glacier Country
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Alaska 8 days / 7 nights Roundtrip Juneau
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This small ship adventure cruise with UnCruise Adventures is the ideal cruise for those seeking more time in Glacier Bay.

Grand Alaska
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Alaska 10 Days / 9 Nights Roundtrip Anchorage
Locally escorted tour - Guaranteed Departures

A grand tour of Alaska including the cities of Fairbanks and Anchorage. Visit Alaska's Little Switzerland 'Valdez', nestled between the waterfront and mountains.

Grand Prospector, Alaska & Yukon

Alaska, Canada 17 Days/16 Nights Roundtrip Anchorage
Tailor-Made Self Drive Journey

Discover the magic and mystery of Alaska and Canada's Yukon Territory with a self-drive. Visit Anchorage, the magnificent Denali National Park, and cruise across...

Grand Rail Circle Tour with Post Alaska Cruise

Alaska, Canada 21 Days / 20 Nights Roundtrip Vancouver
With Rocky Mountaineer and Holland America Line

Receive $500 CAD per couple in added value

Rocky Mountaineer Rail touring through majestic Rockies, Holland America Inside Passage Cruising through Alaska. Marvel at the awe-inspiring glaciers of the Canadian Rockies onboard...

Grand Rail Circle Tour with Pre Tour Cruise ms Niew Amsterdam

Alaska, Canada 21 Days / 20 Nights Roundtrip Vancouver
With Rocky Mountaineer and Holland America Line

Receive $500 CAD per couple in added value

Cruise the Inside Passage with Holland America before travelling on the Rocky Mountaineer train touring through the majestic Rockies.

Historic Alaska & Yukon Milepost

Alaska, Canada 10 Days / 9 Nights Anchorage to Whitehorse
Tailor-made Self Drive Journey

Explore the magic and the mystery of Alaska & Canada's Yukon Territory as you follow the historic Gold Rush Trail Mileposts. Visit magnificent Denali...

Kenai Fjords Denali Explorer

Alaska 7 Days / 6 Nights Anchorage > Fairbanks
Tailor-made Journey

Visit Seward, gateway to the magnificent Kenai Fjords National Park, for out-of-this-world views of pristine forests, mountains and lakes. Within the crystal green waters...

Kenai River Drifter's Lodge

Alaska 4 Days/3 Nights Roundtrip Anchorage
Tailor-made Journey

Kenai River Drifters Lodge is a small, locally owned and operated fishing lodge, situated at the headwaters of the world-famous Kenai River in Cooper...

Knik River & Denali Explorer

Alaska 7 Days/6 Nights Roundtrip Anchorage
Tailor-made Journey

Starting in Anchorage, travel north of Anchorage to the Knik Valley. Sheltered by the Chugach Mountains and surrounded by over ten glaciers including Knik...

Kodiak Brown Bear Center
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Alaska 4 Day/3 Night Roundtrip Kodiak Island

The Kodiak Brown Bear Center is situated on a 58 acre site known as Camp Island situated on the Karluk Lake with over 30...

Nome and the Bearing Land  Bridge

Alaska 4 Days/3 Nights Roundtrip Anchorage
Tailor-Made Self Drive Journey

Nome, Alaska, situated near the Arctic Circle on the Bering Sea coastline in Alaska's Far North started life as a 'wild west' tent city...

Northern Passages and Glacier Bay

Northern Passages and Glacier Bay

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Alaska 8 Days / 7 Nights Juneau to Sitka or vice versa
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Discover miles and miles and miles of coastline with UnCruise Adventures - in a land where everything is great. Exploration along these passages is...

Redoubt Bay Lodge Bear Viewing

Alaska 4 Day / 3 Night Roundtrip Anchorage

Enjoy nature in the wild! Spend 3 nights at Redoubt Bay Lodge, a remote fly-in lodge that sits on the only privately owned land...

Tutka Bay Lodge
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Alaska 3 Days/2Nights Roundtrip Anchorage
Remote Lodge

Tutka Bay Lodge sits amidst rugged coastlines, deep fjords, dramatic mountains, quiet beaches, and old growth Sitka spruce forests. Situated on a ten acre...