Walking gourmet tour in Alaska
Inspired by Wendy, a friend and superb Alaskan guide, we have introduced Alaska into our Walkabout Program. The vast beauty of this region is overwhelming with plenty of fresh and delicious food.
The first two days we stay at Sheep Mountain, which is very close to Wendy's home. From here we walk up to Lion's Head and venture out on Matanuska Glacier where we explore the wonders of this moving glacier. Together with Wendy, who is a certified glacier guide, we strap on our crampons and discover the incredible features of the glacier, including beautiful crevasses and startlingly blue ice. The glacier is constantly changing and moving, so our route is dependent on the conditions of the day. We end our walk with some great photos and a better knowledge of glaciers and how they are formed.
Deep in the Alaskan interior are over six million acres of preserved wilderness, which include massive expanses of forest, glacial lakes, frozen tundra, and towering mountains - including North America's tallest mountain, Denali. The name "Denali" means "The Great One" in the native Athabascan language. At 6,190 m above sea level, it is the highest peak in North America and surrounded by one of the world's most spectacular wildlife sanctuaries. Denali National Park is home to many types of wildlife including caribou, moose, wolves, Dall sheep, bald eagles, and the mighty grizzly bears. We shall learn a lot about wildlife, history and geology of this area on our walk and our wilderness safari, which will take us deep into the National Park.
Our next destination is Seward in the South. Here our highlight is an optional magical cruise on the Kenai Fjords with breathtaking scenery, massive tidewater glaciers and abundant wildlife like the cute otters, sea lions, plenty of whales and a variety of seals. We may even spot some black bears swimming. On our trail at the edge of Exit Glacier we witness how glaciers re-shape a landscape and learn how plant life reclaims the barren rocky land exposed by a glacier's retreat.
Our final 5 days we spend in Homer. It has long been known as the "Halibut Fishing Capital of the World" and described as "where the land ends and the sea begins.It has spectacular views of Kachemak Bay, the Kenai Mountains and several volcanic peaks across Cook Inlet including Mt. Augustine, Mt. Iliamna, and Mt. Redoubt. Our "Lands End" hotel is on the Homer Spit ("spit" is a geological landform), a narrow 7.2 km long gravel bar and the longest road into ocean waters in the world. It accommodates Homer's port facilities along with numerous shops and restaurants. We visit the enchanted artist community of Halibut Cove as well as Seldovia, "across the bay" from Homer.
On your free day you can try your luck and fish for the Kenai River King Salmon or join Eric from Alaska Ultimate Safaris on a bear watching safari. Flying slower than an airplane gives you plenty of time to take photos of the scenic surroundings through the big windows. The chopper experience allows access to remote areas that planes simply can't reach. Eric loves the outdoors and is very knowledgeable. The flight is about 45 minutes each way from Homer, along the way you can see Mt. Redoubt, volcanoes, and gorgeous mountain vistas. Sitting beside the riverbank and watching the bears fish, eat and teaching their cubs is certainly a mesmerising experience, so absolutely peaceful and will be a great finale to your visit of America's last frontier.
Our Hotels and Cuisine
We stay in "the best of both worlds" - the dramatic mountain scenery of Sheep Mountain and Denali NP and the charming coastal towns of Seward and Homer in the south.
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|Graeme, Thank you for sharing some fantastic walks (very memorable), thank you for your sense of humour, easygoing way and true blue Aussie spirit! A wonderful holiday.”
Peter & Denise, Sydney, NSW, Australia