Reasons to Visit
Alaska, the USA’s largest state, has to be some of the best bear watching territory anywhere in the world. Black and brown bears (sometimes known as grizzly bears) can be found, when they want to be, nearly everywhere in the state.
Alaska offers some truly spectacular cruising opportunities on a wide variety of ships. Some of the country’s most awe-inspiring scenery lies around its magnificent coastline; places such as Glacier Bay, Admiralty Island and Tracy Arm.
Famous for its salmon, fishing is a popular pastime in Alaska and there are many places in which to partake in the sport. If you are in Homer don’t miss the opportunity to land a prize-winning halibut in this self-proclaimed Halibut Fishing Capital of the World!
Along the coast of Alaska, some of North America’s highest mountains feed more than half the world’s glaciers, an epic sight as they carve icebergs into chill waters. Expedition cruises operate in these waters using zodiacs to discover breathtaking coastlines and a plethora of wildlife.
Home to magnificent glaciers, endless tundra and pristine fjords, as well as being the home of North America’s highest mountain, Mount Mckinley, Alaska’s scenery rivals that of New Zealand, except everything can be seen here on a larger scale.
In a state where moose outnumber humans, it’s no wonder Alaska is considered one of the world’s last true wildernesses. Here you can find entire ecosystems still intact and vast areas of land untouched by human hands.
One Alaskan animal you are likely to see a lot of are the delightful sea otters. These enchanting animals spend most of their lives floating on their backs, furry faces and paws in the air.
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Canada, Alaska & The Arctic
Close to North America’s most northerly point, and over 500 kilometres beyond the Arctic Circle, lies the Inuit settlement of Barrow. The ancient Inupiat culture thrives here.
Close to North America’s most northerly point, and over 500 kilometres beyond the Arctic Circle, lies the Inuit settlement of Barrow.
With about 4,000 residents, mostly the Inupiat people who have lived here for at least two millennia, the town is a paradoxical mix of old and new, resulting from it being the HQ of the corporation that manages the huge sums of money and land deeded to the Inuit by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement of 1971.
The ancient Inupiat culture thrives here, with skin whaling boats still used for the spring hunt, while modern aluminium vessels are used during the autumn hunt when whalers need to travel further from home. Traditional whaling secrets are passed down through the generations, more to preserve cultural tradition rather than for financial necessity.
Barrow is the only place in Alaska where you are likely to see polar bears from, although this is dependent on the time of the year.
Visitors to Barrow, best reached on a day trip by light aircraft from Fairbanks, will experience this fascinating culture as well as, between mid-may and early August, the midnight sun whilst standing at the continent’s final frontier.
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