One of the pitfalls of spending a lot of time in the Alaskan wilderness during the summer months is that you’ll get well-acquainted with our state bird: the mosquito. While this joke is often used in a tongue-in-cheek manner by locals, it’s true that you can expect to see (and feel) plenty of mosquitoes when you take to the trails. The mosquito population is going to be high in Alaska this year.

How many mosquitoes can I expect, exactly?

While it’s impossible to get a completely accurate count of the mosquito population in any given year, researchers estimate that Alaska is home to about 17.5 trillion mosquitoes during the summer. Yes—trillion, with a “t.” That’s 96 million pounds of mosquitoes. Those numbers are based on research by Derek Silkes, curator of insects for the University of Alaska Museum of the North.

He came to these numbers based on a paper written by a Swiss scientist who determined British spiders ate almost as many pounds of insects as the weight of all people combined in Great Britain. The purpose of the study was to show the astronomical number of insects that spiders will eat in a given year. Silkes investigated the numbers for Alaskan spiders, and discovered spiders in the state probably easily catch and eat more pounds of insects each year than the combined weight of Alaskan citizens, probably in the neighborhood of 6.79 billion pounds.

What can I do to protect myself?

An overabundance of mosquitoes can quickly turn a fun backcountry experience into days filled with swatting and scratching. Considering the mosquito population is going to be high in Alaska this year, what can you do to shield yourself from mosquitoes and discourage them from biting you?

First, you can definitely use bug spray with DEET to try to keep bugs away. Not all mosquitoes are going to be completely turned off by bug spray, but it’s at least a simple step you can take to protect yourself against some of them.

You can also wear long-sleeved, relatively loose-fitting clothes to protect your skin. While bugs are able to get through certain skin-tight clothing materials, they’ll have a harder time getting through thicker clothes that aren’t pressed right up against your skin. You’ll still have your hands and head to worry about, but that’s better than having completely bit-up legs and arms. Fortunately, we don’t get a ton of oppressively hot days during Alaskan summers.

At your campsites, you can keep a bonfire going, and if you wish, you can bring along citronella candles to burn around the site. Flames are a natural insect repellent—they don’t want to burn up in the fire themselves, so keeping the fire going will help you to keep the insects at bay.

These are just a few strategies you can follow to avoid having significant issues with mosquitoes and other bugs when you’re out in the Alaskan backcountry on your next tour. For more

People visiting Alaska for the first time are often surprised at just how wild the state truly is. The vast majority of Alaska’s sprawling land is wilderness, and when you head out into the backcountry, you’re right there with all of its inhabitants, including various bear species. Grizzly bears are quite common, and you’ll find black bears in the forests of Alaska. Even polar bears are occasional visitors to the extreme north and west.

Bears generally try to avoid people as much as possible, but they are both curious and intelligent, meaning you may occasionally come across them. Keep in mind that they are wild animals, and though they like to keep to themselves, they can be quite dangerous in certain circumstances.

To avoid issues, it’s best to understand how to avoid attracting bears to your campsite, and what you should do if you ever encounter a bear. Here are some tips for smart bear awareness in Alaska.

Don’t approach or surprise bears

Give the bear plenty of space—get too close and the bear will start to feel threatened and could get aggressive. This is especially true with female bears, and even more so when they have cubs nearby. This means you should use your zoom for photos rather than trying to get as close as possible.

Bears use trails just like people do, so make sure you avoid setting up your camp close to a trail they might try to use. In addition, avoid camping near areas where you see carcasses of animals like fish or other small critters, or where there are scavengers around—these are areas where bears are likely to be hanging out.

Never, ever surprise a bear. Make noise while you’re out on the trails so bears know you’re there. Talk loudly or sing—you don’t want to take a bear by surprise, because it will lash out. Groups are far easier for bears to detect. If possible, hike with the wind at your back to make it easier to smell you.

Never feed bears

Bears can occasionally be scavengers in campsites, so you should never leave food or garbage in places that are easy to access. Hang food out of reach, and store food in airtight containers. Always keep a clean camp and wash your dishes, and avoid making particularly greasy or smelly foods. Burn food waste in your fire, and pack out everything else with you.

Know how to deal with a bear encounter

If you do come across a bear while out in the wilderness, make sure to avoid it and allow it to avoid you. If the bear does not appear to have seen you, move away quietly, keeping your eyes on the bear to track its behavior. If the bear does notice you, face the bear, stand your ground and speak calmly so the bear knows you’re a human. Use a normal voice. It may help to stand with others in your group and wave your arms above your head slowly. You can try to back away slowly, but if the bear follows, stop and hold your ground. If the bear stands up, it is more likely

Spend any amount of time along coastal Alaskan trails at low tide, and you’ll see a landscape covered with a dark gray mud. These are the Alaskan mudflats—the remnants of mountains that were brought down to the earth by glaciers tens of thousands of years ago. The rivers that feed into the Inlet bring massive amounts of sediment—tens of millions of tons per year.

There is no doubt that these mudflats are gorgeous, but they’re also quite unsafe. Here’s some information you should know before your visit to the dangerous mudflats in Alaska.

Safety Around the Mudflats

It’s very tempting when you see the miles and miles of mudflats that appear at low tide to spend some time walking along them, enjoying the isolation and solitude of the Alaskan shore. This is an especially common temptation near Anchorage’s Kincaid Beach, a large sandy beach where people often have bonfires and picnics. The beach is located right next to miles’ worth of smooth mudflats.

However, you should avoid this temptation at all costs. These mudflats are highly dangerous, and have claimed many lives. Mudflats essentially act as quicksand—there are many stories of people being caught in the mud, unable to save themselves when the ice-cold tides come rushing back into the area.

Yes, there are some people who cross the mudflats safely. People like to hunt on the mud or walk along the mud to Fire Island in the Cook Inlet. There are some people who will cross at low tide and still come back safely. Any excursion involving the mud flats, however, should be extremely well planned with the tide schedule, and should not deviate at all from that plan.

How to Handle Dangerous Mudflats

The biggest problem with the mudflats is that most people are thoroughly unprepared for how to handle themselves if they get stuck. As with quicksand, the natural reaction is to scramble to try to free yourself. Also as with quicksand, the more you move around, the deeper you’re going to sink in.

The issue only becomes worse when you consider the fog that frequently engulfs the area, as well as the potential for icy tide waters to come rushing back in.

Local rescuers are prepared near the mudflats with a water pump, but every second counts when someone is stuck in the mudflats, so these rescues can turn into a race against the clock.

When the tide does come in, the waves can be up to 10 feet tall, depending on the winds and the moon cycle. People love to sit from a safe distance and watch the tide come in, but it’s not a particularly welcome sight if you’re still out on the mudflats. If you are stuck when the tides arrive, you have an extremely small chance of survival.
If you want to see the mudflats, it’s important you speak with an experienced guide about doing so rather than attempting to venture off yourself. For more information about the dangerous mudflats in Alaska, we encourage you to contact us today.

Female Traveling Alaska Solo
Traveling is a gift, and everyone goes on adventures in different ways. At Alaska Wild Guides, we’ve met them all: large tour groups, couples, groups of childhood friends and even solo travelers. Of all the people we’ve met throughout our journey as a company, some of the most fascinating and inspirational are solo female travelers.

Solo female travelers are not always as common as other travelers in Alaska, but when we do encounter them, we find them to be interesting, driven individuals. Solo female travelers represent the strong pioneer women who helped shape the region. They represent what’s great about traveling as a whole, and are true inspirations.

We love encountering solo female travelers in Alaska because they embody the spirit of bravery, wildness and happiness. It’s not that other types of travelers don’t also embody these things, but the experience of traveling as a female alone in the wild is certainly one to be admired and learned from.

Here are some of the top reasons you should consider traversing Alaska solo.

Do whatever you want

Sharing travel experiences with friends and partners can be fun, but one of the best things about traveling alone is that you can do whatever you want, whenever you want. There are no compromises, no arguments over which path to take, no turning back early because one person is tired.

Traveling solo means following all of your dreams and desires and not letting anyone get in the way of that. This is a gift we all need to give ourselves once in a while.

Push yourself out of your comfort zone

Sometimes, when you travel with people you’re comfortable with, you have a harder time straying from your “norm.” It can be tough pushing yourself past your boundaries and straying from the familiar, even when you’re in a new place.

Traveling alone can be a new experience in and of itself. Many female travelers are scared to go it alone, whether due to safety or the unknown, but return from their trips with newfound self-confidence and a desire to push the limits a little more.

Get in tune with your body and brain

When you’re traveling alone, you have a lot of time to spend with you and only you. This can be a great time for introspection and learning more about yourself. Dig deep to understand your strengths and weaknesses, think through situations causing you stress and take the time to learn something new about yourself along the way. You may find things that surprise you!

Meet new people

Finally, traveling Alaska solo gives you the amazing opportunity to meet new people and potentially create lifelong friendships. Traveling with friends is great, but you tend to socialize with those familiar to you instead of branching out.

Traveling alone forces you to interact with strangers, ask for help and strike up conversations that could grow into lasting personal relationships.
Find your adventure in Alaska

Whether you’re a solo female traveler or any other individual heading to Alaska for a dream vacation, don’t forget to push yourself to the limits, enjoy your time and, of course, have fun. If you need help on where to turn, seek the advice of Alaska Wild Guides, a local wilderness adventure tour company.

When you come up to Alaska for an adventure, chances are good that you’re going to at least get close to the water, if not on it. Chances are also good that water’s going to be pretty cold—it’s Alaska after all! If you come from an area where you don’t have to deal with extremely cold water, it’s important you understand cold water safety in Alaska and how you can make your trip a safe experience.

Information About Cold Water Safety

About 20 percent of people who fall into cold water die in the first minute of immersion because of cold water shock. Even strong swimmers can lose muscle control in about 10 minutes. This is because body heat gets lost 25 times faster in cold water than in cold air. You have a much better chance of survival if you’re wearing a life jacket, but it is still highly dangerous.

With cold water, you should keep in mind the 1-10-1 principle. This being you have one minute to control your breathing, 10 minutes of muscle control and one hour until hypothermia sets in. This means time is of the essence. Most cold-water deaths will occur long before hypothermia sets in—for the most part, only people wearing a life jacket survive longer than 10 minutes in water that close to freezing.

It’s also important to keep in mind that just because air temperatures are getting warmer does not mean water temperatures are as well. It takes much longer for water to warm up for the season than it does air. Therefore, when the water is still cold, you should kayak, canoe, raft, paddleboard or boat at your own risk.

Safety Equipment

What can you do to prepare for time spend out on cold water? Aside from using common sense and being aware of your surroundings, the best approach to cold water safety in Alaska is having good gear on-hand:

  • Life jacket: Always wear a life jacket when out on water, especially when the water is so cold. Wearing a life jacket is the single-best way to increase your chances of survival if you fall into cold water.
  • Gear: Wear cold water protection gear that’s designed for the water temperature, not the air temperature. These include wet/dry suits, immersion suits, survival suits and exposure coveralls.
  • Radio: Carry an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) or other radio signaling device with you any time you go out onto the water when it’s still extremely cold. This is especially important in more remote areas, but a good idea no matter where you go.

Have a Plan and Know the Conditions

Plan out your trip in advance, and make sure other people know where you’re going to be and when you’re going to be hitting certain markers on your trip. Leave details about the boat, passengers, towing or trailer vehicles, communication equipment and emergency contacts.

Always check the weather conditions before you go out, and get a reading on the water temperature. Consider waiting until the water is warmer if possible. For more tips and information about cold water safety in Alaska, contact us today.

Alaska is a beautiful state filled with amazing things to see and experience. The scenery, wildlife and activities seem endless, and getting to do all the things you want to do is impossible without careful planning.

Aside from figuring out what to pack and where to go, one of the most important (and often forgotten) parts of planning an Alaskan vacation is identifying how to get around Alaska. You have a lot of options, such as a car, RV, plane, train, bus or boat. Depending on where you go, you may need to use a combination of methods to arrive quickly and safely!

Here are some of the top ways to get around Alaska:

  • Drive:

    If you want to see Alaska on your own schedule, renting a car and traveling around the state on its major highways is sure to result in some gorgeous views. Cars give you the freedom to go where you want, when you want, and you can even take them onto ferries if you need to get to more remote areas.

  • Tour via bus:

    If renting a car isn’t your speed, you can also see a lot of Alaska via bus tours. Touring companies offer guided excursions via coach bus that can bring you to some of the best spots while allowing you to relax, enjoy the ride and dedicate all your attention to the scenery.

  • Rent an RV:

    Renting an RV or motorhome allows you the freedom of driving without needing to stop at or pay for hotels. Motorhomes are an extremely popular way to travel across Alaska and in some cases may be cheaper then renting a car. Also factor in that you can cook meals on the go and things just got more affordable.

  • Travel by boat or ferry:

    Alaskan cruises are a popular tourist experience, but even short trips via boat and ferry can show you a lot of the beauty Alaska’s water has to offer, including its marine life, which you don’t get to see elsewhere. The Alaskan Marine Highway ferry system also offers a full system of boat travel to reach destinations in all major regions of the state.

  • Hop on a bush plane:

    A large portion of Alaska isn’t accessible by road, so many travelers opt to get around the region by taking small bush planes to more remote destinations. Air travel is a great way to get to otherwise inaccessible locations and can provide you with absolutely breathtaking scenery you won’t get on land. You can often catch a flight to get to a destination or hover in the air to sightsee on a tour.

  • Take the train:

    Train routes like the Alaska Railroad offer travelers beautiful views as they relax in cozy train cars and coast through the Alaskan scenery. Taking the train is a great way to get to destinations that are farther away.

bush plane
You’ll want to select the mode of transportation that best fits your goals for your trip. However, some of the best vacations actually use some or even all of these methods!

Part of the fun of planning your vacation will be figuring out how to get around Alaska. If you still have questions, contact a local expert from Alaska Wild Guides, a wilderness adventure tour company familiar with the area.

Of course, remember that planes, trains and automobiles aren’t the only ways you can get around and see all that Alaska has to offer. You can also take more exciting methods, like kayaks, jet skis and snowmobiles! Check out our day and multi-day adventure tours to take your trip to the next level.

Alaska is widely regarded as being one of the most beautiful places in the world. The state features all kinds of incredible sights and attractions, from Denali to Glacier Bay National Park. Beyond the scenic views and beautiful natural areas that you can find in Alaska, there’s also no shortage of fun-filled events and entertainment opportunities that you can enjoy when you visit the state. If you want to find out more about fun things to do in Alaska in February and March, you’ll want to look into the Fur Rendezvous Winter Festival.

The Fur Rendezvous Winter Festival

Just because it’s wintertime doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy some fun, excitement and entertainment in Alaska. The Fur Rendezvous Winter Festival, or “Fur Rondy,” is one of the most exciting things to do in Alaska in February and March. The Fur Rondy has been a tradition in Alaska since 1935. The event brings together entertainment, sports, great food and cultural activities to celebrate the history of Alaska and highlight the rich culture that the state has to offer. The Fur Rondy features so many interesting events and activities that a wide variety of people can enjoy the festivities, from families with small children to single adults and students. Here are some highlights

  • Snow sculpture contest: One of the most popular events at the Fur Rendezvous Winter Festival is the snow sculpture contest. Local artists each have the opportunity to create an incredible work of art from an 8’ x 8’ x 8’ block of ice, and spectators can cast their vote for their favorite piece.
  • Fireworks display: People flock to the Fur Rondy for incredible pyrotechnics displays every year. This fireworks display is the largest in the state and features some stunning pyrotechnics from local artists
  • Fur auction: The Alaska Trappers Association carries on the legacy from the very first Fur Rendezvous Festival and showcases some of the finest furs in the state. You can look at these furs up close and even place a bid to take your favorite home.
  • Poker tournament: Some of the best Texas Hold ‘Em players from Alaska participate in this exciting poker tournament at the Fur Rondy. Participants can qualify to compete at the Fur Rendezvous Winter Festival by playing at local tournaments in clubs throughout the state to get the opportunity to show off their skills and face off against other poker players.

How to visit Alaska

You can get started with an Alaskan adventure to experience the best that the state has to offer by reaching out to Alaska Wild Guides. For years, we have been proud to provide our clients with unforgettable experiences in some of the most beautiful sites in Alaska. We host a wide variety of tours so you can embark on the kind of adventure that you’re looking for. Learn more about all of the tours that we host and find out more about fun and exciting things to do in Alaska in February and March by giving us a call today!

A lot of people think that Alaska is desolate in the winter months, but the reality is that there are plenty of fun things to do and enjoy in the state throughout the year. One of the most popular winter events to take place in Alaska is the Iditarod Dog Sled Race. For decades, this annual event has attracted participants and spectators from around the world to Alaska. If you’re thinking about taking a trip and are looking for things to do in Alaska in February and March, read on to find out a little bit more about this race and how you can experience the tradition for yourself.

What is the Iditarod Dog Sled Race?

The Iditarod Dog Sled Race has been a tradition in Alaska since 1973. Since then, dozens of mushers and dog sled teams have participated in the race each year, racing hundreds of miles from the celebratory start in Anchorage in the southern part of the state to Nome in northwest Alaska. The main route of the Iditarod Trail is 930 miles in length, but the Iditarod Dog Sled Race follows only certain portions of the original trail.

Teams who race in the Iditarod are considered local celebrities in Alaska, and winners are rewarded with press, awards and cash prizes. Many participants have enjoyed multiple wins, and there is a lot of steep competition between participants who are vying for that first-place spot. The race is long and grueling, with most participants finishing in between eight and 20 days

Each dog sled team has 12 to 16 dogs, who are all specially trained to compete in endurance races like the Iditarod.​ ​The dogs that carry the sleds across the Iditarod Trail are bred for speed, endurance and agility. Originally, most sled dogs were Alaskan malamutes, but Siberian huskies soon became the most popular dog breed for races like the Iditarod beginning in the early 20​th century. Today, the dogs used to race are a special breed known as an Alaskan Husky. Many Iditarod spectators have the opportunity to interact with Siberian huskies who have participated in the race in events that take place during the Iditarod Dog Sled Race.

Even people who aren’t in Alaska during the Iditarod still like to keep up with the action through live social media updates, race photos and checkpoint feeds. All of these things allow people around the world to observe the race as it happens and follow their favorite teams from start to finish.

Get more ideas for things to do in Alaska in February and March

Whether you want to come to Alaska to experience the excitement of the Iditarod Dog Sled Race yourself or you just want to take in some scenic views, you can contact Alaska Wild Guides for reliable travel advice. For years, our team has been proud to provide clients with unforgettable tours in Alaska. February and March are ideal months for riding a snowmobile to the glacier or into Turnagain Pass. If you’re looking for more things to do in Alaska in February and March, simply give us a call to find out more about what we have to offer and remember it’s never too early to start planning for your summer vacation!

We get it—the summer seems awfully far off right now, especially here in Alaska while the days are still short and the mercury is bottoming out. But if you’re looking to come to Alaska this summer, it’s a good idea to start planning out your excursions as early as possible, as they can book up quite quickly during the tourist-heavy summer season.

One of our favorite tours we offer to our summer visitors is our jet ski tour in Alaska. On this tour you’ll depart directly from Whittier Harbor and cruise along nearly 70 miles of gorgeous Alaskan coastline, up into the Blackstone Bay. Along the way you’ll have the opportunity to get up-close looks at 10 glaciers, including a pair of tidewater glaciers that produce icebergs that are perfect homes for harbor seals. Many of our visitors have never seen seals in the wild before, so this is a great treat for them!

Blackstone Bay also features one of the largest kittiwake rookeries you’ll find in the world. Kittiwakes are birds that love to nest along steep cliffs and fish in the crisp Alaskan waters. They often come out in large numbers and are very impressive to watch as they dive to the water to scoop up fish.

About the jet skis

Some people who come on our jet ski tour in Alaska have never jet skied before, while others are major jet ski aficionados. We have top-of-the-line, high-performance jet skis that are capable of very nimble, easy maneuvering. Their high-tech braking systems allow for the ultimate in control while idling in front of glaciers so you can enjoy the view without having to worry about losing your balance.

There are plenty of other safety features, too, to ensure your comfort throughout the entire ride. There are upgraded stability features, as well as an extra-large cargo area. Even inexperienced riders will be able to easily control their jet ski and feel completely comfortable and safe along the entire journey. We also provide all jet ski riders with dry gear to keep them warm and safe.

We also offer two-passenger Sea-Doo GTI SEs, which have 30 percent better fuel efficiency than any other similar jet ski on the market. This is because we care greatly about protecting the Alaskan wilderness and the Prince William Sound while you’re out having a memorable adventure.

Our jet ski tour guides are looking forward to meeting you and giving you an adventure you’ll never forget. The cost for these tours starts at $340 per person, with a minimum of two clients per tour. The tour departs daily at 1 p.m. Again, be sure to call ahead and book your tour as soon as you know when you’ll be here this summer—we get a lot of visitors in the summer months and this is a very popular jet ski tour in Alaska, so it’s important to book your excursion well in advance to ensure you get a spot! All of us at Alaska Wild Guides look forward to seeing you!

Book your day tour!

Want to experience Alaska’s wilderness in its full winter glory? Then you have to try out one of our Alaskan Glacier Day Tours, which give you an opportunity to get out and see the glaciers up close and personal.

During your trip on one of our glacier snowmobile day tours, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see not just the glaciers themselves (and walk and snowmobile on them), but you’ll also have the opportunity to see some of the famous Alaskan wildlife, including moose, lynx, ptarmigan and wolves. While seeing wildlife is never a guarantee, there’s always a chance you’ll see something interesting and memorable when you’re out in the Alaskan wilderness!

An Unforgettable Alaskan Getaway to Spencer Glacier

Be sure to bring your camera along with you to document the adventure—this is an experience not many people will be able to get in their lifetimes! While you might not be new to winter weather, you almost certainly haven’t experienced an area as truly wild and rugged as the Alaskan wilderness. For those who come from around the world or from the lower 48 states, it can almost feel like you’re entering an entirely different country.

This five-hour tour starts at either 9 a.m. or 1 p.m., and costs $275 per person, though you can also add passengers to your snowmobile for $150. Our guides will take you up the Spencer Glacier via the Placer River. If, however, the glaciers are closed by order of the forest service, we’ll take you through Turnagain Pass, which still offers some breathtaking views and incredible experiences.

More Winter Day Tours in Alaska

Our glacier snowmobile day tours aren’t the only tours we offer to our winter visitors. There are other opportunities to go on backcountry adventures. The Iditarod All-Day Tour gives you a more thorough wilderness experience and keeps you out for the entire day. This is a perfect option for beginning snowmobilers and anyone who wants to follow the Iditarod Trail and learn a little bit about Alaskan history. We’re capable of customizing any tour you take to fit your skill level and interests.

But no matter what tour you take, they all start the same way: you’ll meet your tour guides, get into all the snow gear (including boots and snowsuits), take transportation up to the trailhead and then get some instruction on how to ride your snowmobile. Make sure you’re bundled up, ready to go and are willing to embrace the adventure and the experience of a lifetime on your day tour!

Multi-day Guided Snowmobile Tours

Finally, if you have an explorer’s spirit and are looking for something a bit more advanced, we do offer multi-day snowmobile adventures, including the four-day Iditarod Adventure tour, the three-day Alaska Explorer trip that takes you from Lake Louise Lodge to McLaren River Lodge, and the Alaska Explorer II trip, which takes you through forests, open fields and historic trails.

There are plenty of options to get you out and enjoying the Alaskan wilderness this winter. Contact Alaska Wild Guides today for more information about our glacier day tours in Alaska!

Book your day tour!

“Rivers of ice,” as Alaskans call glaciers, are some of the most incredible places in the country. Typically only accessible via snowmobile ride or jet ski, these massive ice formations are a must-see for anyone looking to experience the best of Alaska. Don’t just take our word for it, though—keep reading to learn everything there is to know about our glacier tours in Alaska.

What are you in for?

Simply checking out a “river of ice” might sound a bit ambiguous, and frankly, not all that exciting. But that couldn’t be any further from the truth! Here are just a few of the things you’ll experience when you’re on a glacier tour:

  • Incredible sights: A frozen river is a pretty cool thing to see. The good news, though, is that’s not the only extraordinary sight you’ll get during your tour. On your day trip, you’ll see towering mountains, wildlife and much more. Be sure to bring your camera, because you’ll never see anything quite like this again.
  • White-knuckle adventures: The final destination is just a small part of your glacier tour package. Our tours include either a snowmobile ride, jet ski ride or water taxi trip to actually reach the glacier. This is when you’ll fly through the forest, cross frozen rivers and see a variety of wildlife along the way.
  • A time you’ll never forget: The memories you’ll make during your glacier tour won’t soon be forgotten. Though you certainly won’t want to leave your camera at home, we suspect you won’t even need to take photos to remember your adventure to the glaciers!
    When is the best time to visit?

There’s never a wrong time to visit Alaska, as outdoor adventures abound all year long. But if you want to see the glaciers, the best time to head north is coming up soon! Due to global warming, the winter seems to come later and later each year. We used to be able to take visitors on snowmobiling adventures out to the glaciers at the beginning of December, but now we typically have to wait until the middle of January. If you want to be one of the first to see the glaciers in 2019, book your trip today!

How much will it cost?

At Alaska Wild Guides, our glacier tours begin at $275 per day. This snowmobile tour starts at 1:00 p.m. and lasts five and a half hours. Included in the cost are your boots, suits and a memorable ride through the forest that almost guarantees that you’ll see moose, lynx and maybe even wolves. We also offer five- to seven-day tours on the water that cost $350 per day, plus the cost of the water taxi. These tours take you to Harriman Fjord, where you’ll see stunning glaciers, otters playing in the water and much more.

As mentioned above, now is the best time to book glacier tours in Alaska. The weather conditions are nearly perfect for day trips to some of the most incredible glaciers in the world. If you’re not into taking a glacier tour for any reason, that’s okay, too! We offer a variety of backcountry tours that are sure to pique your interest. Check out the tour packages on our website to learn more.

On November 30, 2018, the Anchorage area was rattled by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. The quake brought down power lines and collapsed roads, but thankfully took zero lives. One worry was that the earthquake could deter tourism for years to come, as travelers may think it’s too dangerous to visit due to the threat of aftershocks.

Where some people may see a problem, though, we see an opportunity: now might be the best time to visit Alaska, especially if you’re interested in geology and want to experience an earthquake for yourself! Continue reading to learn a little bit more about earthquake tourism in Alaska.

What is earthquake tourism?

Earthquake tourism is a relatively new idea, and something that can vary from traveler to traveler depending on their interests. We imagine that it’s a combination of a standard Alaskan tour (i.e., visiting glaciers, hanging out in Anchorage, seeing wildlife) along with checking out some of the damaged caused by the earthquake and learning more about the quake itself.

The most exciting part of the tour, though, will be the prospect of feeling an earthquake for yourself. Unless you live near a fault line, the chances that you get to experience an earthquake are rather slim… until you hop on an airplane and come to visit Alaska!

Is earthquake tourism right for you?

Do you have the urge to visit Alaska? Do you have any interest in geology? Do you like to live on the wild side? Would you like to tell your friends incredible stories about your journey? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s time to book your earthquake tourism adventure!

Along with exploring one of our country’s most beautiful states, you may get the opportunity to be one of a select few visitors to experience the aftershocks firsthand! While you show your friends photos of glaciers and wildlife, you can tell them how you felt the ground move beneath your feet. We promise you’ll never have an adventure like this again.

Who should you contact to schedule a tour?

There is no shortage of companies in Alaska offering tours of glaciers, national forests and other outdoor adventures. But we promise that Alaska Wild Guides is the only tour company that’s willing to take you right to the epicenter and show you the effects of the recent earthquake up close and personal. There’s no telling how long aftershocks might last, and they will get weaker and weaker as time goes on. So, if you’re interested in experiencing an earthquake firsthand, we recommend calling us today to set up a tour. You’d hate to miss out on all the fun!
We understand that earthquake tourism in Alaska might not be right for everyone, but if it sounds like it’s up your alley, get in touch with us! We’ll show you the best of the “Last Frontier” at some of the most competitive rates you’ll find. We offer daily and weekly tours that appeal to all sorts of interests and hobbies. Reach out today to learn more!