Kenai Fjords & Denali Adventure

  • 8 Days
  • 18 People Max

    14 people max

  • Activity Level 3
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  • Trip Start: Anchorage, Alaska
  • Trip End: Anchorage, Alaska
NA Alaska Kenai Denali

Seek out epic scenery, thriving wildlife and untamed beauty on this true Alaskan adventure

An unforgettable adventure awaits you in Alaska – America’s last great frontier. From the crystal glacial waters of Kenai Fjords National Park to the epic expanse of Denali National Park and the wild wonders in between, this is the Alaskan adventure of your dreams! 

Begin your journey with a daylong narrated cruise of glacial waters of Kenai Fjords. Hike the Exit Glacier Overlook Trail for astounding views of the glacier, or challenge yourself to hike to the expansive Harding Icefield. Raft the Class II+ rapids of Kenai River Canyon with an expert guide at the helm. Hike Denali National Park to discover its enduring allure for yourself. 

Guided by seasoned experts who know the terrain, history and uniqueness of these lands, you’ll set off by land and sea (and air if you wish!) to discover the wildlife, untouched landscapes and untamed beauty of Alaska.

Kenai Fjords & Denali Adventure ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Anchorage, Alaska Trip End: Anchorage, Alaska
  • Day 1Meet group in Anchorage, Kenai Fjords Wilderness Cruise

  • Day 2Hike Exit Glacier Overlook Trail or Harding Icefield Trail

  • Day 3Kenai River Canyon Rafting Trip

  • Day 4Anchorage Exploration & Talkeetna

  • Day 5Hike Talkeetna Lake and Byers Lake, optional Denali Flightseeing

  • Day 6Denali Backcountry Adventure

  • Day 7Hike Triple Lakes Trail

  • Day 8Denali Front Country exploration, say your goodbyes!

  • Day 1

    Meet group in Anchorage, Kenai Fjords Wilderness Cruise

    The Alaska of your dreams comes to life today! You’ll drive about two hours south to the town of Seward – the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. Here, you’ll board a boat for a six-hour narrated cruise of the glacial waters of Resurrection Bay, the Gulf of Alaska and Aialik Bay. Keep your eyes peeled for puffins, whales, sea lions, harbor seals, eagles and the epic crashing of glacial calving as you sail along the wonders of Kenai Fjords National Park.
    Seward Windsong Lodge (Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 2

    Hike Exit Glacier Overlook Trail or Harding Icefield Trail

    A full day of exploring the land side of Kenai Fjords National Park is on tap today. Enjoy a moderate hike of the Exit Glacier Overlook Trail for stunning views of Exit Glacier and the valley it has ever so slowly carved. Or, if you’re up for a challenge, opt to hike the Harding Icefield Trail; where you’ll start at the valley floor and gain more than 3,000 feet in elevation as you hike among alders, cottonwood trees and picture-perfect meadows on your way to behold the park’s icy crown – the Harding Icefield. The trip may be challenging, but the views will be the thing leaving you breathless!
    Seward Windsong Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking Distance: Up to 13 kilometres (8 miles)
    Elevation Gain: Up to 1,036 metres (3,400 feet)

  • Day 3

    Kenai River Canyon Rafting Trip

    Today chill meets thrill as you spend a full day exploring the turquoise waters of Kenai River Canyion via raft. Expert guides navigate and handle the rowing for you, allowing you to relax and watch the wilderness unfold before you. Your trip begins with a scenic float, where you’ll search for wildlife like moose, eagles and salmon. Then, as the terrain shifts, you’ll get your blood pumping in Class II+ mild rapids, ending in the calm, cool waters of a glacier-carved lake. You’ll stop midway on your rafting excursion to enjoy a picnic lunch at the water's edge.
    The Lakefront Anchorage (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 4

    Anchorage Exploration & Talkeetna

    After a full three days of exploration around Kenai Fjords take the morning to relax or explore Anchorage on your own at the Anchorage Museum or perhaps a walk along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail with forested hills, coastal marshes, and resident wildlife including eagles and moose. After lunch in downtown Anchorage, we’ll head toward Talkeetna for a relaxing evening.
    Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 5

    Hike Talkeetna Lake and Byers Lake, optional Denali Flightseeing

    Your morning, your choice! Lace up your hiking shoes and circuit Talkeetna Lake, an easy 4-mile trail full of wildlife, songbirds and blooming wildflowers. Or, if you’re up for an adventure, you can choose a flightseeing trip of Denali for an additional cost. Get a bird’s eye view of the Alaska Range, including the east and west faces of Denali and its sister peaks, Mt. Hunter and Mt. Foraker and several horizon-spanning glaciers. This overflight is extremely popular, so we offer advanced bookings with our flightseeing partner – links will be available to you shortly after booking. This afternoon, you’ll make your way north to Denali State Park for a short hike at Byers Lake. End your day at your new basecamp, just minutes from the expansive Denali National Park.
    Denali Cabins (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Talkeetna Lake Loop Hiking Distance: 6.4 kilometres (4 miles)
    Byers Lake Loop Hiking Distance: 7.7 kilometres (4.8 miles)

  • Day 6

    Denali Backcountry Adventure

    Fuel your day with a hearty breakfast before embarking on a backcountry adventure along the Denali Highway. This full-day adventure (8-9 hours) spans 65 miles of rugged territory as you keep your eyes peeled for Denali’s Big 5 – bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep, and wolves. You’ll make frequent stops along the way to take in the stunning scenery and snap photos of wildlife. Enjoy a relaxing lunch at Alpine Creek Lodge and an active adventure before your return trip through the backcountry. Tonight, enjoy an evening on your own.
    Denali Cabins (Breakfast, Lunch)

  • Day 7

    Hike Triple Lakes Trail

    The longest established trail in Denali National Park, Triple Lakes Trail is surprisingly secluded, offering you a true backcountry hike feel just minutes away from civilization. Today, you’ll hike the well-maintained trails (9 miles one way or 6 miles out and back), exploring the beauty of the forests and searching for wildlife like industrious beavers and stoic moose. This evening, look back on your Alaskan adventure with old and newfound friends at a lovely local restaurant.
    Denali Cabins (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking Distance: Up to 14.5 kilometres (9 miles)
    Hiking Elevation: Up to 304 metres (1,000 feet)

  • Day 8

    Denali Front Country exploration, say your goodbyes!

    Before you head to Anchorage for your return home, soak in one last opportunity to explore Denali’s front country. Discover the tranquility of Horseshoe Lake, the epic views from Mt. Healy Overlook or visit the Denali sled dog team. After a morning of exploration, enjoy lunch at the Denali Visitors Center before a few hours’ drive back to Anchorage for fond farewells. We hope the memories and friendships made on your Alaskan adventure last a lifetime!
    (Breakfast, Lunch)

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Our New Zealand trip fares are subject to Goods and Services Tax (GST 15%)

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What's the maximum group size on this trip?

This trip has a maximum of 22 guests, plus 2-3 experienced guides. We tend to average between 12-18 guests on this trip.

Where does the trip start?

On the first morning of the trip, our two pick-up locations are The Lakefront Anchorage at 7:45am or at the Anchorage Marriott Downtown at 8am. You are welcome to stay at any hotel in Anchorage for your pre-night, though you must make your own way to one of the two pick-up points at the pre-designated times.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Anchorage International Airport at 6pm in time for flights below or at a hotel of your choice in Anchorage around 6:30pm.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: We recommend arriving in Anchorage at least the day before your trip starts. Many guests like to arrive a day or two early to accommodate potential flight delays and/or explore the city prior to your trip start.
Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from Anchorage after 8pm. Earlier flight times will require a separate transfer booked at your own expense.

Will I have contact with my guides before the trip starts?

Your guides will call your cell phone the night before your trip begins to touch base on the first day’s plan. If they don’t get through to you, they will leave a voicemail on your cell phone with all the details you need to plan for your first morning.

What should I bring with me on the first day?

When you speak with your guides the night before your trip, they will give you a detailed description of what to bring with you on Day 1. Typically, this includes a day pack with your rain jacket, sunglasses, hat, camera, etc. Anything you want easy access to during the day should go in your day pack as the rest of your luggage will go in the locked cargo trailer pulled behind the van. Your guides will provide you with a water bottle on the first morning of your trip and will always have water available for refills. There will be snacks available at all times in the van. Your guides will also have bug spray and sunscreen accessible for you to use.

What are your recommended guide gratuity guidelines?

You will have 2-3 guides on your Austin Adventure (depending on group size). We recommend $15-25 per day, per guest, per guide. Typically, gratuities are offered by check or cash in local currency on the final morning of the trip and can either be given to each guide individually or to one guide to be equally distributed. Most of our guides these days also accept gratuities via Venmo (please note this app does not work in Canada). All dining, housekeeping and activity tips are included in your trip price.

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