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Alaska – Fishing Bears of the Katmai Photo Expedition 2020

Alaska – Fishing Bears of the Katmai Photo Expedition 2020

US$10,495 per person sharing

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31 Aug – 8 Sep 2020

ORYX Photo Tours presents this one-of-a-kind trip to the wild Katmai region of Alaska – an area famed for its huge Coastal Brown Bears. During September, the shallow rivers are filled with large concentrations of salmon – an irresistible food source for the local bears and is a feeding bonanza guaranteed to get hearts racing and camera shutters working in overdrive. We will target these monstrous predators on our Katmai bear tour as they hunt fish in the river and revel in an experience that only wild and raw Alaska can produce. Join us for a photographic experience not be missed!

Why this Photo Expedition is for You

Destination Allure

Katmai National Park is considered one of best places in the world to photograph Brown Bears in mass numbers.

Month of Travel

The autumn months in the northern hemisphere are when bears gorge themselves on the annual salmon run in order to eat their fill before hibernating for the winter. With millions of fish in the Katmai rivers, colourful wildlife sightings and interactions are very likely!

Small Group Departures

This expedition is limited to only 12 passengers apart from your Photo Tour Leaders and expedition crew, and is an exclusive photographers-only photo tour.

Getting the shot

We will make use of zodiac boats for landings and to get closer to Alaskan wildlife on our Katmai bear photo tour.

Private Expedition ship

With the flexibility that a ship offers, we are free to move and travel at our own pace up and down stream to take in all the sights in the river and in its surrounds.

Ole Jørgen Liodden

Ole Jørgen Liodden

9 Days
12 Guests & 2 ORYX Leaders
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Kodiak, Alaska
  • Per Person Sharing
  • Photographic Highlights
    Brown & Black Bears, Grey Wolf, River Otters, Raptors and Alaskan mountainous backdrops
  • Guide

Day 1: Arrival in Kodiak

Today is an arrival day in Kodiak for our Katmai bear tour, and after being met at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel in Kodiak where you will overnight.

Day 2: Flight from Kodiak to Katmai

We begin our Katmai bear photo tour with our flight to Katmai, where our expedition ship awaits us. After landing, we will board the expedition ship and get ready to enjoy the next 7 days in the wilderness of Katmai and all that it has to offer.

Days 3 to 8: On the river in Katmai National Park

Our schedule for the following 6 days on our Katmai bear photo tour will revolve around photographing Katmai’s Coastal Brown Bears, which intently fish for the salmon that are present in large numbers at this time of year. The bears are typically relaxed around people, and although we will always maintain a safe distance from the bears, we will have many opportunities to photograph them at fairly close range. With the flexibility that a ship offers, we are free to move and travel at our own pace up and down stream to take in all the sights in the river and in its surrounds. We will also make use of the opportunity to leave ship and photograph bears and other wildlife on the sand banks next to the river, and while on inflatable boats. Besides the magnificent grizzly bear, we hope to also photograph the elusive grey wolf in the area, as well as playful sea otters, local birds and raptors and other mammals that make their way to the river trails in Katmai.

Day 9: Flight from Katmai to Kodiak and depart home

Sadly, today is scheduled as our departure day our Katmai bear photo tour (please note that this is weather dependent, and we may *forced to alter our schedule due to adverse weather conditions which prevent flying). We suggest booking a late afternoon / early evening flight out of Kodiak.


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