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United States – Coastal Alaska Photo Tour 2022

United States – Coastal Alaska Photo Tour 2022

Price: TBA

Spaces Available

28 June 2022 – 7 July 2022

ORYX Photo Tours is proud to announce a photo tour designed to showcase the jaw dropping scenery and coastal wildlife of south-east Alaska. Beginning in Sitka, we cruise the calm marine waters towards Glacier Bay, one of the highlights of this cruise (our boat has access to permits allowing entry into Glacier Bay National Park, which are very sought-after). The spectacle of Humpback Whales congregating to feed is something we look forward to photographing, and what privilege it is to witness such behaviour! As the whales do not feed during the winter months that they spend in the tropical Pacific, they are ready to gorge themselves on schooling fish in the rich, Alaskan waters of Glacier Bay where they spend the Boreal summer months. Seeing these whales explode onto the surface while bubble netting, flocks of gulls milling about and adding to the drama, is an action packed and fascinating scene to photograph.

 

Aside from the whales, our sharp-eyed and watchful crew and ORYX Photo Tour leader will be on the lookout for other wildlife to photograph, with species we may encounter including Alaskan Brown Bear, Orca, porpoises, Sea Otter, puffins, auklets, Bald Eagle, Steller Sea Lion and possibly even Moose and wolves. Our boat, the Snow Goose makes the perfect platform to explore the region, and with only 10 spot available, guests are in for a wonderful experience with high staff to guest ratio. The attentive crew serves delicious meals while on board, using local Alaskan produce and where possible, freshly caught seafood. We have a custom aluminum inflatable skiff to get us close to the action, and with expert guidance, sublime scenery and huge photographic potential, this promises to be an incredible photo tour!

 

Why this Photo Tour is for You

Destination Allure

Glorious scenery with coastal mountains and glaciers in wild Alaska. Cruising on board the Snow Goose is a fantastic way to see and experience this beautiful area. Landscape and wildlife photographic opportunities are very good.

Month of Travel

Boreal summer is a wonderful time to cruise these inland waters, with Humpback Whales converging to feed and allowing for some excellent sightings.

Wildlife

Humpback whales, Brown and Black bears, moose, wolves, sea otters etc.

Small Group Departures

Travel to this pristine location with like-minded individuals and share your photographic bucket list together. With a group size of 10 guests maximum, you are in for a high leader to participant ratio.

Experienced Team

Local knowledge of the region and its wildlife is key to crafting the ultimate photography tour experience. Combined with the photographic expertise of your ORYX Photo Tour Leader, you are in for an adventure that will further fuel your excitement for photography and the destination.

ORYX LEADERS
Keith Thompson

10 Days
10 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
Classic
Landscape
Wildlife
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Sitka
  • price
    TBA
  • Single Supplement
    Single Supplement fee is double the twinshare rate
  • Photographic Highlights
    Coastal mountains & glaciers, Humpback whales, Brown and Black bears, moose, wolves, sea otters
  • Guide
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Day 1: Depart Sitka

Today is the start of our Alaska photo tour as we depart from Sitka and will be on the lookout for humpback whales, sea otters, puffins, auklets and other marine wildlife that are found in this area.
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Days 2 to 9: The cruise – Sitka Alaska, Peril Straits, Chatham Sound, Icy Straits, Cross Sound, Glacier Bay National Park

**Please note: All routes are subject to adjustment and change at the captain's discretion and the ability to obtain the proper access permits. This includes US Forest Service and Glacier Bay National Park permits.  From Sitka Sound, we will navigate our way through winding Peril Strait, where we will search the shores of the narrow passageway for the terrestrial creatures that frequent this shoreline. Our first major confluence of waters where Peril Straits and Chatham Strait intersect will be a focus to search for whales.  Anxious to explore further, we make the journey into Glacier Bay National Park. Magnificent granite cliffs tower above our small ship as we wind our way up the fjord through the ice floes towards the faces of these massive glaciers. Along the way, our expert naturalist and guide will point out the finer points of plant succession, glaciation, local geology, and the interconnectedness of the animals that call this area home. Your ORYX Photographic guide, aside from also knowing this area incredibly well, will assist you with your photography in order for you to capture a wonderful portfolio of images of this stunning area and its wildlife. The biodiversity of this place is simply amazing and permits are required to explore this pristine wilderness. We are one of the select few that have access to such permits! Guests can look forward to days of intimate contact with humpback whales, bears, moose, wolves, sea otters, seals, sea lions, goats, eagles, and puffins – to name just a few. **Even though the Snow Goose has access to permits, the permits themselves are issued on a trip by trip basis based on availability. We request permits as soon as we know the dates of our visit, but they are issued fairly late in the season. Therefore, all routes are subject to change based on the ability to obtain the proper access permits** Evenings will bring secluded anchorages with time to reflect or quietly exploring the shores by kayak or slowly motoring along in the skiff. It's amazing how much can be seen and heard along the shores in the quiet evening time.
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Day 10: Arrival Gustavus, disembark & depart

Today our Alaska photo tour comes to an end as we disembark in Gustavus and depart home.
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