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Kayaking in Alaska

By on April 17, 2018
Kayaking in Alaska

If you want to explore Alaska in a whole new way then climb into a sea kayak and see the beautiful scenery along the coast.  You can paddle through the water next to a rookery of puffins or a say hello to some sea otters along the way.  Sea kayaking may be little different than what you are used to but you’ll get the hang of it in no time flat.  Here are some things you should know about kayaking in Alaska.

Take as Long as You Would Like

You can take a short trip of just half a day and it will include the basics on how to paddle and safety on your trip.  Many trips will also include some time hiking as well as a pit stop for lunch along the shore.  You can also opt to go for an entire day or choose to camp overnight, this is geared more towards avid hikers and campers who can handle the demands of a longer trip.

Sea kayaking isn’t as strenuous as you probably think, guides take out people of almost every fitness level.   You will get some basic safety guidelines for the trip and you  can use a more stable two seater kayak allowing you to share the work load.  Most tours only have half a dozen paddlers along with the guide so you will have ample opportunity to see all the sights on the trip.

Marine Life Up Close and Personal

Kayaking in Alaska is much different than kayaking across a lake somewhere in the continental US, wildlife is much more prevalent here and you will see them up close.  There will be sea otters, sea lions, seals and you may even come across a whale or two.  You will want to stay pretty close to the shore where you may also sea moose, bears or even goats.  Bring a really good waterproof camera to capture the scenery.  Here is a closer look.

Booking the Trip

Sea kayaking tours aren’t that expensive you can book a half day trip for as little as $65 if you leave from one of the more commonly used ports.  If you want to experience the Alaskan frontier at its rawest then you can be flown in to a remote location to start your trip and that will run you around $400.  If you consider yourself an adventurer then it is well worth the price.

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Whale Watching in Alaska

By on March 9, 2018
Whale watching in Alaska

There is something to be said about traveling to Alaska. It’s one of the last great frontiers in the United States, let alone the entire world. From hiking glaciers to touring the local fare, you can’t go wrong on any excursion on the Alaskan frontier. However, one excursion should be on the top of your list should you find yourself in Alaska – and that’s whale watching in Alaska.

Whale watching anywhere is, well, a total treat. However, there is something about seeing them in their natural habitat of Alaska that really helps you connect more with the animal – and the environment.  Here is a look at what you can expect.

Whale Watching in Alaska

Before booking your trip to go what watching in Alaska, it’s important you do your research on the best providers and what to bring on these particular excursions. Obvious needs are warm clothes because, well, it’s Alaska. Devices that allow you to see and capture moments better – whether those be DSLR cameras, binoculars, video cameras, or anything else that will help you remember your trip. Once you have a better idea of all of those things you want to bring, you should begin to look into what companies are offering and if they align with your travel plans, as well as your budget.

Cost of Whale Watching

Whale watching in Alaska can run anywhere from $700 to $7000 per person, and that’s depending on all your travel package includes. That may include most anything you can think of in terms of the $7,000 package, or it may simply be transportation or lodging in terms of the less expensive routes. Whichever you choose, having a ball-park budget idea on what to expect to spend is an important step to take before booking your trip. But, lets back up one minute. Before you book your trip, you should also get a lay of the land in terms of what to expect weather-wise.

Do some research at home and take a look at what you can expect when it comes to weather. What the general temperatures are during the time you’ll be traveling, if there is any snow accumulation, those types of things.

Regardless of what your travel itinerary for Alaska might look like, it needs to include whale watching. There are so few places in the entire world that will provide you the experience that Alaskan whale watching will give you. Be sure to pack a camera, a water or weather-proof jacket, and some binoculars. You’re not going to want to miss a moment of action on your trip while whale watching in Alaska.

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Best Time to Travel to Alaska

By on March 4, 2018
Best Time to Travel to Alaska

Have you ever been to Alaska? This is one of the best places you will ever visit and you will love your holiday season there. It is an awesome place and everyone must visit Alaska at least once in their lifetime. If you are thinking of going to Alaska, plan your journey wisely so that you can enjoy most of your stay. So, what are the best seasons to visit this place?

Don’t make the mistake of visiting Alaska in the wrong season as this region is covered in snow most of the time and you won’t get to enjoy everything you can do there. I personally prefer going there in between May and September. I personally don’t prefer package tours operated by travel agencies as I can’t enjoy much as all the things will be pre-planned. If you are looking for some package tours to Alaska, several operators plan tours in between June and August. Plan and book early so that you can avail some extra discounts.

Daylight: Experience 16-22 hours of continuous daylight by travelling to Alaska in summer. You can observe 19, 22 and 16 hours of daylight in Anchorage, Fairbanks and the Southeast respectively on the summer solstice i.e. June 21. You may need some time to get used to Alaska’s daylight but you will surely love this new experience a lot.

Rain: Be prepared to get wet as rainfall is very common during summer also. In May, average rainfall is less compared to other months but in May also; you can enjoy rainfall once in every four days on average. By the end of August, you can experience rainfall on alternate days and it is better to end your holiday trip by the end of August.

Temperature: Northern Alaska is covered with snow most of the time and temperatures can go as low as -30˚C during winters. During summer, temperature variations will be very high and based on the region you are travelling to, mercury levels can go up to 25˚C. Anchorage, Fairbanks, Fort Yukon are some places where highest temperatures can be recorded during summers but never expect more than 30˚C temperature in Alaska.

Other important dates: The Iditarod trail sled dog race, World Ice Art championships, the Blueberry Festival are some of the popular events held in Alaska and if you want to mingle with locals and enjoy local flavors, plan your travel during these events.

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