Sunset Photo Safari

For this Anchorage photo tour, we chase the best light of the day, which at this latitude can last several glorious hours before sunset. This is a year-round tour. On this Anchorage photo tour you’ll be transported to scenic locations around Cook Inlet, Turnagain Arm and Chugach State Park to shoot a variety of enchanting subjects. Sunset Photo Safari is photographic fun for everyone, from casual picture-takers using cell phone cameras to avid photographers with high-end gear. Departure times vary according to sunset and a flexible itinerary allows for spontaneous stops to photograph wildlife en route. Throughout the tour, you’ll be offered creative and technical support by your Alaska Photo Treks guide. It’s a great way to see the sights while honing your photography skills. Book it at the start of your Alaska trip and you’ll take home your best travel photos yet!

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Tour Updates: January 14, 2023

Tour Locations
Temperatures have been warmer (in the 20s F).  Tour locations have included Turnagain Arm, Campbell Creek Estuary Park, Glenn Alps, and Anchorage Downtown Viewpoint.

Recent Wildlife Sightings
Moose, various bird species including Bohemian Waxwings and Bald eagles, red fox, Dall sheep

Year-Round | Daily | 4 Hrs | From Downtown Log Cabin Visitor Information Center at 4th & F Street or your hotel

Departure Times

Duration is 4-hours, with departure 3-hours before sunset. Due to the constantly changing sunset times at this latitude, departures are adjusted in 15- and 30-minute increments.

Jan 1-11 – 1:15p
Jan 12-18 – 1:30p
Jan 19-25 – 1:45p
Jan 26-Feb 1 – 2:00p
Feb 2-8 – 2:30p
Feb 9-15 – 2:45p
Feb 16-22 – 3:00p
Feb 23-Mar 1 – 3:30p
Mar 2-9 – 3:45p
Mar 10-15 – 5:00p
Mar 16-22 – 5:15p
Mar 23-29 – 5:30p
Mar 30-31 – 5:45p
Apr 1-7 – 6:00p
Apr 8-13 – 6:15p
Apr 14-23 – 6:30p
Apr 24-30 – 6:45p
May 1-5:  7:00p
May 6-13: 7:15p
May 14-17:  7:30p
May 18-21:  8:00p
May 22-28:  8:15p
May 29-Jun 10:  8:30p
Jun 11-25:  8:45p
Jun 26-Jul 9:  8:30p
Jul 10-16:  8:15p
Jul 17-23:  8:00p
Jul 24-30:  7:45p
Jul 31-Aug 6:  7:30p
Aug 7-13:  7:00p
Aug 14-20:  6:45p
Aug 21-27:  6:15p
Aug 28-31:  6:00p
Sep 1-7 – 5:45p
Sep 8-14 – 5:30p
Sep 15-21 – 5:00p
Sep 22-28 – 4:45p
Sep 29-Oct 5 – 4:15p
Oct 6-12 – 4:00p
Oct 13-19 – 3:30p
Oct 20-26 – 3:15p
Oct 27-Nov 3 – 3:00p
Nov 4-9 – 1:45p
Nov 10-16 – 1:15p
Nov 17-30 – 1:00p
Dec 1-28 – 12:45p
Dec 29-Dec 31 – 1:00p


This is a moderate activity that involves walking short distances up and downhill, on stairs and uneven terrain. Weather conditions may range from rain, wind, and sun, and temperatures from 45°F [7 °C] to 80°F [27°C] in the summer, to sun, snow, and wind with temperatures -10°F [-23°C] to 30°F [-1°C]. This Anchorage photo tour departs in all weather [barring a weather advisory)]. Some of the best photo ops happen during rain, snow or fog, and wildlife tends to be more active in cool, wet weather.


  • Creative and technical photography instruction is offered by your professional, local guide.
  • Natural history narrative en route.
  • Tripods and a limited number of ND filters are available for loan.
  • Light snacks and water [we strive to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the environment, so fresh water from a jug along with refillable cups].


CAMERA GEAR [recommended, but point-and-shoot and smartphone cameras are also welcome!]

  • Camera with manual settings
  • Lens[es] ranging in focal length from at least 24mm to 200mm
  • Fully charged battery [preferably at least 2]
  • At least 16GB memory card
  • Sturdy Tripod [we have a limited number to loan]
  • Remote shutter release or cable shutter release [optional]

Photography equipment rental is available upon request.


  • Layers appropriate for the season and weather, including short sleeve shirt, thermal layers, fleece jacket, and wind/waterproof jacket
  • Hat and gloves for colder temperatures
  • Comfortable walking/hiking shoes with good tread

Booking Policies & Liability Waiver

Payment is confirmation your acceptance of Alaska Photo Treks Booking Policies and Liability Waiver. Please read carefully.

bull moose with big antlers standing on mountain in anchorage at sunset - anchorage photo tour