Congratulations! You are an official member of the 2022 Magic of Alaska tour—which makes you an official “Magician!”
We’re heading to the stunning Kenai Peninsula by land and see to discover and photograph approximately 70-90 species of birds and wildlife! We will search for moose, caribou, whales, seals, otter, eagles, puffins, and so much more! We welcome you with open arms to this wonderful adventure!
This photography-oriented tour is an unforgettable experience filled with excursions to various locations by land, plane and boat in search of some of the best nature, wildlife, and scenery Alaska offers. We’ll also enjoy delicious meals, camaraderie, abundant photography, and the chance to see the stunning Kenai Peninsula—a true jewel of wildlife diversity in Alaska’s crown.
A couple of months prior to the tour we will have a group live webinar and meet-and-greet! This will be a great opportunity to get to know your fellow tour-mates, ask questions, and prepare. Meanwhile, please review the information below so that you know how to travel, plan, pack and prepare for your exciting adventure! I can’t wait to see you in Alaska.
All my best,
IMPORTANT: All items on the itinerary are subject to change based on weather or other factors beyond our control. If an activity must be altered or cancelled, every reasonable effort will be made to provide an alternative activity. Your understanding and flexibility are always appreciated and expected during these times. Safety is important to us and we will always take this into careful consideration when weather or other unforeseen circumstances influence our plans.
BEAR EXTRAVAGANZA PARTICIPANTS: Review the downloadable PDF for your specified tour dates to obtain travel planning info for the Bear Extravaganza Extension. It is not included below as it varies by tour.
TRAVELING TO ALASKA:
Morning Departure: Fly from Anchorage (ANC) to Kenai (ENA) on Grant Aviation https://www.flygrant.com/ or Rav’n Air https://ravnalaska.com/fly. (You must book your own flights. This is not included in the tour.)
This is a short, but STUNNING flight and you will arrive at the Kenai airport in about 30 minutes. If you can snag a window seat, it’s worth it for the view flying over the Turnagain Arm, Fire Island, Cook Inlet, Skilak Lake and Kenai Fjords National Park!
Choose a departure time between 8:00am and 11:00am if at all possible. It’s a 30-minute flight. We will pick you up from the airport in Kenai and transport you to the lodge (about a 30-minute drive).
Afternoon Photography at the Lodge & Instruction:
Dinner: We will have dinner at the lodge. Prepared by our award-winning caterer, she will provide delicious meals each day that feature Alaskan salmon, halibut, and much more!
Return to the lodge and bedtime. We will return from eagle photography and even though it is still light out, please make sure you back up your images and get some rest. Your room includes blackout curtains and we have an early day tomorrow!
Dinner, then a dessert cruise on the Kenai River:
Explore Seward and Tern Lake:
8:00pm: Evening land-based photography.
Return to the lodge. Bedtime.
Breakfast in your cabins.
Depart at 5:00 am for Seward, AK:
Weather permitting, we will visit Skilak Lake, a fresh-water, pristine 128 square mile lake located in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge located about 30 minutes from the lodge. It is both glacier and spring-fed. It’s turquois blue waters offer beautiful landscape photography, compression landscapes, and abstract photography opportunities.
We will board the boat, four per group, for an intimate tour as we hug the shore searching for wildlife. Additionally, we will search for birds such as peregrine falcon, common merganser (often with babies), raven, bald eagle, Bonaparte’s gull, common loon, pine grosbeak, spruce grouse, Barrow’s goldeneye, three-toed woodpecker, and more. Additionally, black bears are often spotted from our boat on the shores and mountains nearby. If we’re lucky, a lynx will cross our path.
How we help ensure equity and respect:
PACKING & PLANNING FOR THE TOUR:
The following are items to consider doing or packing in advance of your trip:
Electronics / Camera
*PLEASE LABEL ALL OF YOUR GEAR*** A silver “Sharpie” or gaffer’s tape on your caps, lenses, bodies, accessories, etc. are easy options. With so much gear in one area, across 6 participants and 2 guides, it can be easy to misplace things or get them confused with others’ gear. A label on everything helps SO much.
Lenses & Tripods
Lisa’s gear she brings on this tour
You will receive additional information every few months or as needed leading up to the tour. Meanwhile, don't hesitate to contact me with questions! I am SO very happy to help you! This is a trip of a lifetime--I want to make sure you feel comfortable, prepared, and excited about your photographic journey through Alaska!
Thank you so much for joining this tour and I look forward to seeing you in Alaska!
Langell Photography, Inc.
Lisa A. Langell
Langell Photography, Inc.