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In a world where the treasures of wildlife and wild places dwindle, Alaska remains a wilderness jewel. More than any place in North America, its wild character and ecological integrity make a visit here a must. We explore in June to take advantage of endless daylight, active birds, breeding wildlife, and very few biting insects.

In Nome, Seward, Anchorage, and Barrow, we visit signature landscapes — from the coast to boreal forests. We explore the Arctic tundra and search for nesting shorebirds, seek out moose and a variety of birds in thick spruce forests, circumnavigate seabird nesting islands amid the narrow fjords of Kenai, and explore in Barrow.

This is spring in Alaska, a wonderful time for bird activity as they nest in the almost 24-hour daylight at Nome. Mammals have their young and snow can still linger on the landscape. It’s fresh and vibrant and one of the most wildlife-rich trips in our repertoire.

Tour Highlights

  • Discover Nome’s wild tundra landscape while searching close to the Arctic Circle for Asian vagrants and nesting waterbirds
  • Stand on the finish line of the Iditarod
  • Explore vibrant downtown Anchorage
  • Cruise the Gulf of Alaska while viewing a diversity of marine mammals and nesting seabirds
  • Experience the sights and sounds of an actively calving glacier in Kenai Fjord NP
  • Fly to the top of the world—spend three nights in Barrow
  • Visit the northernmost point of the United States looking for marine mammals, possible Polar Bears, and brightly-plumaged breeding birds
  • Take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to photograph Alaska’s birds, mammals, wildflowers, and scenery
  • Tufted Puffin, Alaska, Alaska Nature Tour, Alaska Birding Tour, Alaska Wildlife Tour, Naturalist Journeys

    Tufted Puffin by Greg Smith

  • Wild Rose, Alaska, Alaska Nature Tour, Alaska Birding Tour, Alaska Wildlife Tour, Naturalist Journeys

    Wild Rose by Peg Abbott

  • Arctic Tern, Alaska, Alaska Nature Tour, Alaska Birding Tour, Alaska Wildlife Tour, Naturalist Journeys

    Arctic Tern by Janice Petko

  • Caribou, Alaska, Alaska Nature Tour, Alaska Birding Tour, Alaska Wildlife Tour, Naturalist Journeys

    Caribou by Greg Smith

  • Bull Moose, Alaska, Alaska Nature Tour, Alaska Birding Tour, Alaska Wildlife Tour, Naturalist Journeys

    Bull Moose by Greg Smith

  • Eagle River, Alaska, Alaska Nature Tour, Alaska Birding Tour, Alaska Wildlife Tour, Naturalist Journeys

    Eagle River by Greg Smith

  • Gray Wolf, Alaska, Alaska Nature Tour, Alaska Birding Tour, Alaska Wildlife Tour, Naturalist Journeys

    Gray Wolf by Greg Smith

  • Oldsquaw, Alaska, Alaska Nature Tour, Alaska Birding Tour, Alaska Wildlife Tour, Naturalist Journeys

    Oldsquaw by Greg Smith.

Items of Note

Maximum of 12, minimum of six. Please make sure your tour is fully confirmed prior to booking air.

Browse below for trip reports and species lists from past versions of this and other tours from this destination.

Alaska

Southeast Alaska Cruise

  • Dan Donaldson

    Dan Donaldson is an accomplished naturalist-birder based in Northeastern Ohio and has been guiding for Naturalist Journeys for nearly 20 years. Dan has developed his skills while working as a naturalist for a local park district for 25 years as well as with his full-time job as director of the local soil and water conservation district. Acustomed to varied audiences from novices to experts, Dan incorporates much more than just identification in his tours and programs. Dan has led tours for The Nature Conservancy, National Parks Conservation, and other tour companies. While now an international guide, his specialization in birding locales ranges from the Great Lakes to coastal destinations ranging from the Maritime Provinces of Canada and Maine, to the Florida Keys.

    Other trips with Dan Donaldson


Photo credits: Banners: Moose by Sandy Sorkin; Common Murres by Peg Abbott; Grizzly Bear in Denali by Greg Smith; Musk Ox by Greg Smith; Horned Puffins by Greg Smith; Muskox with Young, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Dall Sheep by Greg Smith; Horned Puffin by Greg Smith; Seward Boat Harbor, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Denali, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Orca, Peg Abbott; Aleutian Terns, Greg Smith; Nome Scenic, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Musk Ox, Greg Smith; Train to Anchorage, Peg Abbott; Caribou, Peg Abbott; Bald Eagle, Greg Smith; Sea Otter, Peg Abbott; Moose Cow, Peg Abbott; Polychrome Pass, Greg Smith; Grizzly in Denali, Greg Smith; Canoeing in Denali, Greg Smith; Last Train to Nowhere, Greg Smith; Short-eared Owl, Tom Dove; Rock Ptarmigan, Greg Smith; Bristle-thighed Curlew, Greg Smith; Humpback Whale Fluke, Peg Abbott; Harlequin Duck, Peg Abbott; Harbor Seals with Pup, Peg Abbott; Chiswell Islands, Peg Abbott; Glacier, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Common Murres, Peg Abbott; Tufted Puffin, Greg Smith; Wild Rose, Peg Abbott; Arctic Tern, Janice Petko; Caribou, Greg Smith; Bull Moose, Greg Smith; Eagle River, Greg Smith; Gray Wolf, Greg Smith; Oldsquaw, Greg Smith. Last Train to Nowhere, GS; Short-eared Owl, Tom Dove; Rock Ptarmigan, GS; Bristle-thighed Curlew, GS; Birding Cape Nome, PA; Peg and Greg, Ken Copenhaver (KC); Musk Ox, KC; Group near Seward, PA; Common Murres, PA; Glacier Viewing, PA; Humpback Whale Fluke, PA; Harlequin Duck, PA; Harbor Seals with Pup, PA; Group in Denali with Guide, PA; Caribou, PA; Pika, PA; Red Fox, PA; Moose Cow, PA; Denali and Wonder Lake, PA; Grizzly GS; Willow Ptarmigan, PA; Train Views x3, PA;

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