Grizzlies, Glaciers, Road Adventures

Grizzlies, Glaciers, Road Adventures

An Epic Tour in the Yukon & Alaska

The tour places its focus on wildlife, landscape and the vast nature of the Yukon & Alaska. To a high degree of probability, you will encounter many different animal species inhabiting the North. In any case, you will meet the vast, awe-inspiring nature of the North, drawing you in with spectacular, breath-taking sceneries.

Itinerary "Grizzlies, Glaciers, Road Adventures"

Day 1

Arrival in Whitehorse

Welcome to Whitehorse, the True North of Canada. Welcome to the capital of Yukon. Your travel guide will meet you at the airport and bring you to your hotel.

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After checking into your hotel and receiving a refreshment, your travel guide will meet up with you again to review the experiences of the next seven days.

Overnight stay in Whitehorse.

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Day 2

City Tour, Wildlife Preserve, Haines Junction

On the first day in Northern Canada, we will explore Whitehorse on a city tour. Among other sights, we will visit the historic paddle steamer “SS Klondike” and Miles Canyon, a part of the Yukon River.

After learning some intriguing facts about Yukon, we will visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve, situated approx. 25 kilometres outside the city.

The game reserve accommodates all known animal species of the North in a near-natural environment, except for bears. During a hike, we can marvel at the animals, view them in their habitat and take photos.

Apart from elks and deer, it is possible to spot bison, thinhorn sheep, mountain goats, polar foxes, caribou and many other species.

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n the afternoon, we will take the Alaska Highway westwards while keeping our eyes open not to miss any wildlife crossing our path. We will marvel at the ever-growing mountains as we come closer to Kluane National Park.

The park, home to 17 of Canada’s 20 highest mountain peaks and the world’s largest non-polar ice fields, is part of one of the most significant UNESCO World Heritage sites. Together with three other parks in British Columbia and Alaska, Kluane National Park is the largest protected area in the world.

We strongly recommend you also take the optional sightseeing flight, which covers this national park and the ice fields. The flight-seeing is available in the evening or the following morning if the weather permits.

Overnight stay in Haines Junction.

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Day 3

Kluane National Park, Haines (AK)

This morning we will pay a visit to the Haines Junction Visitor Information Centre and the attached Da Ku Cultural Centre, which will provide us with information about the park, its flora and fauna, the glaciers, and the countless animal species living there and it will introduce us to the culture and traditions of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations people.

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Once the afternoon arrives, we will travel towards Haines, Alaska, and the afternoon will be devoted to one of the world’s most beautiful panoramic roads, the magnificent Haines Road.

One of the highlights of our trip, Haines Road, connects Haines Junction and Haines (Alaska). Because of the beautiful landscape, we will make many stops on our route.

At one point, we will stop and take a few steps to reach Million Dollar Falls, a small, former gold-digging camp that has turned into a lovely public camping ground.

Take more stunning photos of the thundering water and the waterfalls here.

Haines road is ornamented with countless glaciers. You will not be able to turn your eyes away.

Once in Haines, we will check into our hotel, prepare our cameras, charge our batteries and look forward to our first attempt to spot grizzlies fishing for salmon.

Overnight stay in Haines.

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Day 4

Haines (AK)

We will rise and shine early to ensure the best chances of spotting grizzlies enjoying their breakfast. After all, the early bird gets the worm.

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We will spend most of the day on and around various observation points wherever there is a good chance of spotting bears or bald eagles.

Bring enough patience, battery life, a high-quality telephoto lens, and your dream of catching a great moment of wildlife action.

During the day, we explore Haines and its surroundings and try to catch as many wildlife and nature impressions as possible.

Overnight stay in Haines.

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Day 5

Haines (AK), Juneau (optional)

We will devote another day to watching bears and wildlife.

If desired, there is also the option to go on a day trip to Juneau, the capital of Alaska.

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We will then take a small passenger ferry to Juneau using the Inside Passage. Juneau is the only US capital not accessible by land route.

Keep your eyes open en route to Juneau and backward, as there is an excellent chance to spot whales, sea lions and other sea creatures.

We will spend about two hours exploring Juneau. Afterwards, we will visit the Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau’s local glacier, where we will see how quickly climate change can affect even the far North.

Recommendation: Should you be interested in visiting Juneau, please book this tour as soon as possible, as it is often sold out, and short-term bookings are impossible. (bookable as extra)

Overnight stay in Haines.

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Day 6

Whitehorse

Today, we will bid farewell to Haines and the Grizzlies and bald eagles of Alaska.

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We will travel back to Whitehorse, another beautiful ride on Haines Road and Alaska Highway.

Overnight stay in Whitehorse.

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Day 7

Skagway (AK)

Today we are on a day trip to Skagway, Alaska. On our way back to Yukon’s capital, we will pass by several highlights, such as White Pass, Carcross, Carcross Desert (also known as the world’s smallest desert), the famous turquoise Emerald Lake and more.

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Once again, we will keep a watchful eye on the road to not miss any wildlife that might cross our path.

A trip with the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway from Fraser, BC, to Skagway is optionally available.

Upon returning to Whitehorse, we will enjoy a tasty dinner, allowing us to talk about our adventure and share some of the great photos we took.

Overnight stay in Whitehorse.

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Day 8

Return flight / individual connecting program

On this day, you will bid farewell to Yukon or continue your journey at your discretion. You might even take another one of our optional tours. However you will proceed , you will leave with many unforgettable memories and pictures. Guaranteed!

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