Brown bear fishes in a river while seagulls fly overhead on a sunny day during the Alaska Bear Camp Adventure.
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North America Alaska Land Tour

Alaska Bear Camp Adventure

The Alaska Bear Camp Adventure provides a small group with exclusive access to a remote, off-the-grid tent camp in premier bear viewing territory: Bear Camp Alaska. Enjoy the opportunity to live amongst Alaska’s coastal brown bears in their frequented habitat along Cook Inlet in Lake Clark National Park.

This multiday, immersive experience stands apart from other Alaska bear viewing tours. Access the roadless camp via a private bush plane flight featuring views of active volcanoes and massive glaciers, complete with a beach landing and takeoff. Enjoy regular guided opportunities to explore the grasslands, marsh and forest that surround the pristine camp that once was a private homestead but now sits in a national park.

Highlights of Alaska bear camp overnight adventures include springtime mothers and cubs followed by large males feeding on salmon runs at the height of summer, gourmet meals, and the solitude afforded by a fly-in basecamp. Hosting bear-viewing guests for decades, this property and its staff provide an exclusive immersion into the daily life of brown bears.

This trip begins with an overnight at Land’s End Resort, located at the end of the famous Homer Spit on wildlife-rich Kachemak Bay. The remainder of the trip is based out of the remote tent camp, which features solar power, an on-site chef preparing gourmet meals, protective electric fencing and passionate guides. Enjoy this remote outpost, complete with creature comforts, with 14 or fewer total guests.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Alaska land tours or all Alaska trips by land and sea.



Itinerary

Alaska Bear Camp Itinerary

This remote, multiday, guided bear viewing adventure begins and ends in Homer, Alaska, with bush plane transfers to and from camp. Enjoy living safely amongst brown bears in their frequented habitat, in addition to regular guided explorations.

Route map of Alaska Bear Camp Adventure, operating round-trip from Homer with internal flights to & from Lake Clark National Park & Preserve.
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Day 1
Arrive Homer, Alaska

Arrive in Homer, a scenic fishing town of 5,500 on Kachemak Bay located near the bottom of the Kenai Peninsula. Known as “the end of the road,” Homer is the most southerly point on Alaska’s contiguous highway system. Surrounded by 280 acres of protected state land, this critical wildlife habitat sustains more than 100 bird species and a large local moose population. Homer’s key geographic feature is the Homer Spit, a 4.5-mile-long gravel bar that extends into the bay. Visitors to the town harbor frequently see fishing boats unloading their catch—Homer is heralded as the Halibut Capital of the World. This evening, gather with the expedition leader for a welcome dinner and orientation to the incredible bear adventures that lie ahead.

Accommodations

Land's End Resort

Meals

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Day 2
Fly to Bear Camp & Begin Guided Explorations

Leave Homer on a private flight across Cook Inlet to the Alaska Bear Camp. The view from your chartered bush plane is staggering as it passes by snow-clad volcanoes and jagged glaciers pouring down from icefields on high. The terrain below, comprising Lake Clark National Park at the nexus of the Aleutian and Alaska ranges, is some of the world’s most critical brown bear habitat. Look for bears in the meadows and along the shoreline while coming in for a landing, taxiing down the beach. Make a midday arrival, timed around the tides.

Bear Camp is located on a historic homestead, a private inholding of coastal land surrounded by the roadless wilderness of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. These 4 million protected acres are the ancestral homelands of the Dena’ina people, preserving an intact ecosystem at the headwaters of the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world. Accessible only by plane or boat, Bear Camp is yours alone for an unparalleled immersion in wild bear habitat.

Get settled into your roomy weatherproof tent cabin, gather in the dining tent for lunch—the first of many outstanding meals prepared by the resident chef featuring fresh local fare, including abundant Alaskan seafood. Then…it’s time to meet the bears! Bear Camp experiences some of the best, most consistent viewing anywhere in Alaska, due to the season-long availability of food. In the spring, sedge grass awaits the bears as they emerge from their dens, protein-rich food for young cubs that supports their rapid growth. By July and August, the region’s famous salmon runs provide the fat that enables the bears to survive a long winter. All season long, nature serves a steady feast to these omnivores. And since the bears are sated by this abundance, they see humans merely as part of the scenery, allowing travelers to walk safely in the bears’ midst on guided outings, often observing them from just feet away. Two elevated platforms, one just 300 feet from camp, offer a view from on high, enabling all to see bears directly below and at a distance. And guests often watch the bears right from camp, which is surrounded by electrified wires, ensuring onsite safety.

Accommodations

Bear Camp Alaska

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 4
Alaska Brown Bear Experience

Prior to this rare opportunity, most travelers will have seen bears only in zoos or nature documentaries. Yet there’s nothing that comes close to this immersive experience, being among the bears in their wild home. Against a backdrop of sheer-sided peaks rising above the green valley floor, the bears are so near one can hear them chewing their food and communicating with each other in woofs, purrs and growls. Alaska’s mighty brown bears—the coastal version of the interior grizzly bear (which is the same species, Ursus arctos)—are the largest land predators in North America. Adult males can weigh up to 1,500 pounds!

While the bear activity witnessed will vary according to the season, weather conditions and timing of the salmon runs, there’s always something riveting to watch. Early-season bear viewing in this region is especially good, with mothers and cubs feeding, frolicking and playing. And while bears are usually plentiful right in the vicinity of camp, the group can also go into adjacent Lake Clark National Park for added variety. At every turn, explore the area in the careful company of the expedition leaders, seasoned bear naturalists who offer thorough coaching in respectful “bear etiquette” to ensure your safety. This low-impact presence ensures that the bears are never disturbed, and they in turn grant comfortable access to watch them go about their daily routines.

Accommodations

Bear Camp Alaska

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Bear Viewing, Fly to Homer & Overnight

Few travelers ever have such an encounter with solitude and wilderness on the scale afforded by bear camp. The size of the landscape, the raw beauty, the profound silence—these things alone would make for a life-transforming experience. But the chance to watch Alaskan brown bears, these incomparable icons of the wild, on their turf, their terms…it’s a wonder to have bears welcome travelers into their world. This morning, enjoy one last chance to marvel at the bears, admiring their majesty and whimsy alike. And one thing is certain: no one leaves here unmoved by the bears’ plight, intensely aware of the threats from mining, climate change and other potential impacts to the health of this vital ecosystem on which the bears rely.

All too soon, it’s time to leave the bear camp behind. Board a small bush plane, and taxi down the beach and into the sky, bound again for Homer. Everyone departs as an ambassador for the bears, the time among them leaving an indelible mark, inspiring all to do everything possible to protect them. Time and weather permitting, there may be a chance to explore more of Homer this afternoon. Tonight, celebrate the trip at a festive farewell dinner.

Accommodations

Land's End Resort

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Depart Homer, Alaska

The Bear Camp adventure comes to a close today as you transfer to the airport for homeward flights.

Accommodations

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Meals

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on the final day; services of expedition leader, local guides and camp staff; airport transfer on Day 1 and final day; most gratuities; all activities, permits, entrance fees, service fees and taxes.

Exclusions

Travel to and from the start and end point of your trip; alcoholic beverages; some gratuities; passport and visa fees (if any); optional activities; items of a personal nature (phone calls, etc.); airline baggage fees; airport and departure taxes (if any); required medical evacuation insurance; optional travel protection insurance; insurance of any kind; cost of internal air, which includes all bush plane flights within the itinerary ($996 per person, to be added to your invoice).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required per person at time of booking. Deposit may be transferred to a new departure date of this trip anytime before the balance of the trip price is due, 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – 100% of deposit
120 to 61 days – 50% of total trip cost
60 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Alaska Bear Camp Adventure begins and ends in Homer, Alaska (HOM). Plan flights to arrive to Homer by 4:30pm on Day 1 of the itinerary, ahead of a 6:00pm orientation and 7:00pm dinner. Plan to depart Homer anytime on the final day of the itinerary. Airport transfers are included on Day 1 and on the final day of the trip.

Activities

The Alaska Bear Camp Adventure does not require a high degree of physical fitness. However, a diverse slate of activities does require general mobility and fitness. In order to get the most out of your experience, you must be able to climb into and out of small planes and walk at least one mile without assistance. You must be able to carry all your own gear, including daypacks and camera equipment. Most of the time is spent standing out in the elements viewing bears for hours at a time, both from viewing platforms and on guided walks. Vehicle support is available to facilitate getting to the more distant platforms, if necessary, and bear viewing can also be done right from camp. Travelers are not required to participate in every activity. Come prepared with a positive attitude and the ability to be flexible in a wild and remote setting where weather conditions are highly subject to change.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy room may do so at a $1,195 supplement in addition to the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Solo travelers willing to share, please ask your Adventure Specialist about the possibility of matching with a roommate; this program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found.

Families & Children

Due to the expedition nature and isolated location of this program, children must be 12 years old at time of departure.

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $250,000 per person. If you decline the operator’s insurance, then you must provide proof of third party insurance. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s/expedition leader’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising and land tours unique.

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Accommodations

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Lodge
Bear Camp Alaska

Nestled in an inholding of the Kenai's Lake Clark National Park, Bear Camp Alaska invites guests to safely live amongst the bears. Enjoy delicious food, hot showers, passionate guides and a bush plane ride in and out of this remote, off-the-grid outpost.

Hotel
Land's End Resort

The Land's End Resort in Homer, Alaska, features oceanfront views and a nautical theme. An excellent jumping off point for Kenai adventures, this hotel puts guests right at the tip of the Homer Spit for unmatched Kachemak Bay wildlife viewing.

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