Join us on a 12 day photographic excursion to three of Alaska's wonderlands, Kenai Fjords, Katmai and Denali National Parks travelled by train, boat and plane, explored with photographer Stephen Johnson.
Katmai National Park and Preserve
air transportation and dorm-style lodging at Brooks Camp included
Katmai National Park and Preserve encompasses 4.7 million acres of pristine wilderness on the Alaska Peninsula, across from Kodiak Island in Southwestern Alaska. Wild rivers and streams, rugged coastlines, broad green glacial hewn valleys, active glaciers, volcanoes and brown bears characterize Katmai. Katmai contains Alagnak Wild River; Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve, a 30-square-mile volcanic caldera; and a very large population of brown bears.
Katmai National Park and Preserve is an area rich with history and wildlife. It is the site of the Brooks River National Historic Landmark, with North America's highest concentration of prehistoric human dwellings. The park is also home to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, the result of a volcanic eruption in 1912 which buried more than 40-square-miles of wilderness under as much as 700 feet of ash. The name was derived from the thousands of small holes and cracks in the ash deposits that gave off gas and steam from heated ground water. Fourteen active volcanoes lie within the park today and the Alaska Volcano Observatory operates 19 monitoring stations there.
Kenai Fjords National Park
lodging and all day boat tour included
Kenai Fjords National Park is comprised of 669,983 acres on the southeast coast of the Kenai Peninsula, near the town of Seward in Southcentral Alaska. Kenai Fjords includes three main areas - Exit Glacier, Harding Icefield and the coast. Exit Glacier, a half-mile wide river of ice, is the easiest section of the park to access. The 700-square-mile Harding Icefield is one of only four remaining icefields in the U.S. It is also the largest icefield entirely within U.S. borders. The park's rugged coastline includes beautiful tidewater glaciers and abundant marine wildlife.
Snow and ice cover 60 percent of the park. As the ice recedes, it uncovers glacially carved valleys that fill with seawater to form the stunning fjords. House-sized ice masses crash from tidewater glaciers into the sea. Glacier and wildlife cruises are a popular way to experience the tidewater glaciers within the park. Seward, located on Resurrection Bay, is one of Alaska's most popular towns for scenery, wildlife and fishing. With a nice selection of restaurants and lodging, visitors can choose from a wide variety of options.
Denali National Park and Preserve
lodging and all day drive-in and photo work on 90-mile Denali Park Road
Denali National Park and Preserve is the well-known home of Mount McKinley, also known as Denali, which stands at 20,320 feet and is North America's tallest mountain. The Alaska Range also includes countless other spectacular mountains and many large glaciers.
Covering more than six million acres in Interior Alaska, Denali boasts 750 species of flowering plants, 39 mammal species, 165 bird species and 10 species of fish. Creatures commonly spotted are grizzly bears, caribou, moose, Dall sheep and fox.