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
Kodiak town was once the capital of Russian Alaska, but today it is know for one reason only: it is home to the largest grizzly bears in the world.
Lying in the Gulf of Alaska, Kodiak is the largest of the USA’s islands and is frequently called Alaska’s 'Emerald Isle'.
Kodiak town was once the capital of Russian Alaska and this heritage lives on in the Baranof Museum, Erskine House and the Holy Resurrection Church. Today, fishing is the dominant industry on the island, leaving the mountainous interior largely untouched.
Two thirds of the island is set aside as a wildlife refuge and it is home to as many as 3,000 of the largest grizzly bears in the world: weighing in at between 800 and 1,500 pounds they are known, respectfully, as Kodiak bears. The salmon here are so abundant that the bears only eat the most nutritious parts, the skin and the roe, and discard the rest.
Other animals frequently found are Sitka black-tailed deer, mountain goats, foxes, elk, otters and bald eagles.
No visit to Alaska is complete without seeing either a grizzly (brown) or black bear. Use this guide to find out a few facts about both types, plus the best places to go bear watching in Alaska.
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