Denali Highway Photo Tour & Workshop
The Denali Highway Photo Tour is one of our most diverse photo adventures. A photographic adventure that will take you across glacial terrain, across untouched wilderness and landscape’s as vast as they are colorful. We’ll take you face to face with some of Alaska’s biggest mountains, historic buildings, and wildlife.If you’re seeking real adventure, and photographs captured by few that venture off the beaten path! We’ve been traveling this route for the last five years and know these locations and the opportunities possible in all weather conditions.
DAY 1: Glaciers: We’ll depart Anchorage for a full-day professionally guided glacier adventure where we’ll have the opportunity to hike out on the glacier. Glacial landscapes include being able to photograph ice climbers, crevasses, caves, pressure ridges and moulin’s. We’ll depart and continue on to our lodge, after dinner we’ll review photos and go over editing techniques in Adobe Lightroom.
DAY 2: Old Denali Highway: We’ll make our way out to the Denali Highway, the entrance of this highway offers your first experience of vast wide open spaces. About ten miles in, we’ll loose cell connectivity and be without for several days. We’ll have a satellite phone with us if needed, but this is truly nice to be off the grid! We’ll spend the day photographing location on our way our lodge. Since this is a long day, you’ll be free to enjoy the surroundings and if sunset is looking good we’ll present a few location opportunities. Light instruction support available for anyone editing tonight, we’ll always be around to help with techniques and address any photography questions you may have. Overnight
Day 3: Old Denali Highway: After breakfast we’ll discuss the days locations and review what we can expect. As we hit the road we’ll be on the lookout for Caribou, Moose, Bears and Swans on the lakes we’ll visit. There will be opportunity for big landscape and mountain shots as we make our way down the highway. Once we arrive at our next lodge, we’ll unpack, grab lunch. After lunch we’ll make our way to several locations for late afternoon light and sunset. Light to moderate hiking on uneven terrain of no more than 1 mile may be required for some opportunities.
Day 4: Old Denali Highway: After breakfast we’ll brief on the days locations, photography expectations for the day. We’ll visit historic structures, lakes, foliag, look for caribou, moose and bears. Today we’ll teach you techniques for location scouting as we plan for our sunset shoot along the Alaska Range.
Day 5: Early AM departure, Finish Denali Highway: The final leg of this adventure will take us off the Denali Highway to hidden lodge where we’ll setup camp for one night. By now we’ve been living rustic, working the epic landscapes the Denali Highway had to offer and decent relaxation in some luxurious lakeside cabins. After a delicious meal, we’ll move to the great room to enjoy reviewing photos, revisiting editing techniques and the basics of copyright. Overnight
Day 6: Early AM departure, Sunrise in Denali National Park: After breakfast we’ll packup and drive partway into Denali National Park for some landscape photography. You’ve now traveled to Denali National Park as they did back in 1957, as you’ve witnessed it has been much more scenic than the way in today. After lunch, we’ll make our way to the scenic and historic town of Talkeetna. The drive offers many great locations to photograph Denali, streams, lakes, and landscapes. Talkeetna is a very photogenic town featuring old town structures, aircraft, rivers, streams, climbers and if weather cooperates Denali can be witnessed towering over town.
Note: Weather permitting, mountain flight may be added on afternoon of Day 6, or early part of Day 7.
[OPTION TO EXPAND THIS TRIP INTO DENALI NATIONAL PARK 2-DAYS]
Day 7: Depart back to Anchorage
After breakfast we’ll take some time on your own around town, then it’s off to Anchorage where we’ll conclude our adventure, which is by far the hardest part of our tours!
2019 Tour Dates, Cost & Other Information
TOUR DATES: August 26 - September 1, 2019 - PLEASE CALL FOR AVAILABILITY
TOUR COST: $6,550 (Exclusive Tour Limited to 6 participants)
B= Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner
THIS IS THE IMPORTANT PART: Tour participants must understand and willing to accept that weather can affect the planned itinerary. In Alaska, travel plans can change in the blink of an eye, and catching a flight is all part of the adventure, no matter your destination. Weather and fog can sometimes interrupt the best planned travel arrangements and may prevent us from getting to, or from, St. George Island. Most rural communities are served by just one regularly scheduled commercial air service, many just a few days a week. When wind, rain, snow or fog delays flights, there is nothing to do except sit back and enjoy your stay. Any additional costs which occur due to weather related issues, delays, extra nights lodging or unforeseen circumstances, the tour participant will be responsible for these expenses. In the event we have time to go out and photograph during any delay, then extra fees for guiding and vehicle use will be applicable and subject to your participation. You should plan to have some "buffer" days in your itinerary. Planet Earth Adventures will not be responsible for any missed flights or connections. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this tour!
MINIMUM NUMBERS: This tour does require a minimum of 4 to go. If we do not have the minimum number 2 weeks out we will notify you of this situation. Guests will receive a full refund if we do not meet the minimum numbers.
TOUR INSTRUCTION: This photo adventure is prime for both beginner to advanced photographers. We ask that you are familiar with your menu systems and manual settings, we can help from there. Our focus will teach our photographers best practices in photographing wildlife, composition and story. It’s important to know you’ll be in close proximity of birds, arctic fox, and fur seals. A strong emphasis to respect of wildlife for your safety, health of habitat and the community that allows us this opportunity will be paramount for this tour.
PHOTOGRAPHY GEAR: We recommend lenses ranging from 10mm to 200mm lenses would be optimum. At a minimum, a 24-105mm and 80-200mm will provide you a very workable range. We also offer lens rentals if needed, please let us know at least 40 days prior to tour.
Essential Gear: A complete supply list will be sent a few months before tour departs.
Camera Gear Pack – Scott and Albert use F-Stop Bags
Several batteries to sustain you up to 10 hours / Day
Extra Media Cards
Polarizing and Split-neutral density filters
Camera Bag (for rain)
Extra camera body if possible
Several lens cloth
Laptop computer with at least Adobe Lightroom
TRAVEL INSURANCE: We strongly suggest purchasing trip cancellation/interruption insurance to protect your travel investment at the time you sign up for one of our trips. This coverage will offset cancellation charges in the event of illness before or during your trip. Trip cancellation/interruption and baggage insurance is available at a supplemental cost. Click Here to purchase travel protection.