Congratulations! You are an official member of the 2022 Taste of Alaska tour!! We’re heading to the stunning Kenai Peninsula by land and see to discover and photograph approximately 50-80 species of birds and wildlife! We will search for moose, caribou, 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 waters by land and boat in search of the best nature and wildlife 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.
TRAVELING TO ALASKA:
Mid-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!
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!
There are several other locations in/near Homer we may explore for birds, mammals, tidepools (tide permitting) and more. Your 24-70mm lens will come in handy as well as your longer zoom lens to capture what is around you in the harbor, along the docks, water’s edge, townscapes and more.
7:30pm: Evening land-based photography.
Skilak Lake is a fresh-water, pristine 128 square mile lake located in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. 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, 4 at a time, 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.