Treasures of the Southeast Photo Expedition

Join us to the heart of the Tongass National Forest to photograph glaciers and coastal landscapes, black bears and whales on this Southeast photo expedition. There are two itinerary options that can be booked at any time in July through August. Based in Wrangell, Alaska, we will proceed daily to explore different photo opportunities using the itinerary options below.

Three Tour Options

LaConte Glacier

After breakfast, we join up with our guides at the public boat dock and head out to explore either the LeConte Glacier. We head out for 8-9 hours, cruising across the delta of the Stikine River to watch for birds and enjoy the coastal landscape. We will then enter the fjord were the LeConte Glacier is located, enjoying the majesty of the glacier and looking for resting harbor seals. After the glacier, we will explore the small coastal town of Petersburg, known as Alaska’s “Little Norway.” We enjoy a group dinner in the evening and engage in a group photo review session.

Anan Creek

After breakfast, we join our boat guide and head around the back side of Wrangell Island to spend the day at the Anan Creek and the Anan Wildlife Observatory Site in the Tongass National Forest.  We take a short hike from our boat landing site through dense temperate rainforest to arrive at the observatory where we will spend the day photographing black bears, brown bears, eagles, and ravens that all gather to feed on the abundant salmon in the creek. Time will be spent between the open elevated platform and the covered blind down at creek level. We enjoy a group dinner in the evening and engage in a group photo review session.

Whale Watching

After breakfast, we join our boat guide and head out for a day on the water. Our primary mission is to look for pods of humpback whales in an area where they are known to engage in the behavior referred to as bubble net feeding. We will also look for other marine wildlife and marine birds throughout the day. Lunch is on the boat. We enjoy a group dinner in the evening and engage in a group photo review session.

Itinerary Options

No matter which itinerary you select, you should arrive in Wrangell, Alaska, by the afternoon. Let us know what flight and when you arrive, and we will provide for transportation to our lodging. We will meet for dinner in the evening and discuss the itinerary and photo opportunities for the days ahead in this Southeast photo expedition. After dinner, we take a brief tour of Wrangell. Which day we do the selected tour activities will depend on the schedule of our guide. (The specific schedule for your trip will be provided upon confirmation of your booking.)

At the end of the trip, we will enjoy a group breakfast, and then transportation is provided back to the airport for your departure flight.

Three Nights, Two Days
$2,775 per person (2 minimum)

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With this option, lodging will be provided at the Stikine Inn for three nights. During the day, you will have the option of choosing two of the following tours: Anan Creek, LeConte Glacier, or Whale Watching. During your booking, you will select which two of the three tours you would like to enjoy. All meals are included.

Four Nights, Three Days
$3,750 per person (2 minimum)

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With this option, lodging will be provided at the Stikine Inn for four nights nights. During the day, we will enjoy all three of the tour options: Anan Creek, LeConte Glacier, or Whale Watching. All meals are included.

Whenever possible we endeavor to follow our itineraries as written. However, trips will occasionally deviate from the written itinerary due to weather conditions, group preference, specific safety considerations, or unforeseeable circumstances (collectively what some have called “The Alaska Factor.”) Therefore, we suggest that you approach any Alaska trip with an open mind and an adventurous spirit.

Black bears on southeast photo expedition

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What’s Included

  • Transportation around Wrangell
  • Lodging in Wrangell
  • All meals and snacks in Wrangell
  • Guiding and instruction
  • All applicable taxes and permits
  • Price based on double occupancy

Recommended Photography Gear

  • Camera with manual settings
  • Wide angle lens, with ranges recommended between 24-70mm
  • Zoom lens, recommended 70-200mm
  • Telephoto lens, recommended in the range of 200-500mm
  • Charged batteries and charger
  • Multiple memory cards
  • Sturdy Tripod and a Monopod
  • Remote shutter release

Conditions

The Treasures of the Southeast photo expedition involves moderate activity that involves walking short distances on uneven terrain. Weather conditions may include rain, wind, and sun, and temperatures from 50°F (10°C) to 75°F (24°C).

Clothing and Personal Gear

  • Comfortable walking or hiking shoes with good traction and water resistance
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Fleece jacket
  • Water/windproof outer shell with insulation
  • Rain gear
  • Warm hat and gloves