ALASKA: Winter Whales & Northern Lights Photography Adventure
From: $9,450 (See details)
Cost is per person, double occupancy from Petersburg, AK (PSG)
4 - 6 Participants
3 spaces available
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PRIVATE TOUR OPTION
This tour is available as a private trip for any size group. The tour cost will vary with the number of people and any custom requests.
Highlights of ALASKA: Winter Whales & Northern Lights Photography Adventure
Description of ALASKA: Winter Whales & Northern Lights Photography Adventure
Humpback Whales and Northern Lights abound in Alaska’s Inside Passage, where mountains meet the sea. The Tongass National Forest, our nation’s largest national forest and the most extensive remaining temperate rainforest in the Northern Hemisphere. Throughout our travels we’ll find unique opportunities to view and photograph eagles, whales, Northern Lights and the breathtaking vistas.
Each day will offer new adventures as we can kayak, hike, fish and venture in our zodiacs to find wildlife and scenery to enjoy and photograph. Our luxury yacht offers roomy common areas for workshops and sharing our images. Meals prepared by our chef are fresh, varied and delicious!
NOTE – Our trip is limited to a maximum of only 6 participants! Compare this trip to our closest competitors and see that they take 20, 60 or more people, yet charge about the same price for their best cabins—and they do not even include accommodations for the nights before and after your trip like we do!
OUR CABINS – All of our cabins have en suite, private bath. Standard cabins include a full-size bed and a single bunk. The suite includes a spacious cabin with one queen bed.
Length of Tour
Day 1 – Arrive in Petersburg
Day 2 – Board Yacht
Days 3 through 8 – The weather and wildlife will guide us
Day 9 – Return to Petersburg
Day 1 – Arrival in Petersburg
Arrive in Petersburg and transfer to hotel. Meet for an orientation to the trip.
Day 2 – Board our Yacht
In the morning we will explore Petersburg on foot. Walking along the docks and shoreline we will see many birds and meet some of the locals. We will get a take-out lunch and eat at the picnic tables by the dock if weather permits.
About 12:00 pm we will board our yacht–—the M/V Northern Song and motor north to Thomas Bay, anchoring in either Scenery Cove or Cascade Creek and, weather permitting, go for a hike.
Days 3 through 8
The following six days’ adventures are dependent upon the wildlife. Since we are not committed to a strict schedule, we can take advantage of new discoveries that we make along the way—stopping to enjoy birds, whales or a magnificent sunset—whatever opportunities may be presented.
Through the guidance of the leaders, participants will help decide the preferences and priorities for each of these days. However, each day will include one or more of the destinations listed.
See list of possible locations below
Day 9 Return to Petersburg
After a final morning of exploring we will head back to Petersburg, arriving late-afternoon. After dinner in town we will return to our hotel to relax and prepare for our return home!
Day 10 Return Home
Our final breakfast before return flights home.
Locations we MAY Visit
There is never enough time to “do it all,” however, these are the main highlights we will try to fit into our amazing journey!
Le Conte Glacier OR Dawes Glacier
The most active of Alaska’s tidewater glaciers are almost continually calving and are the fastest moving glaciers in the world. Watch in awe as huge chunks, some as large as a house, sheer off with a thunderous roar.
There is a Steller sea lion haul-out here which typically has hundreds of animals. It is a great photographic opportunity!
Admiralty Island / Eliza Harbor
This beautiful remote bay on Admiralty Island is home to the highest concentration of brown bears in the world!
This location offers some of the best opportunities for salmon fishing as well as whale watching!
Spectacular Cascade Creek tumbles down from the mountains until it roars into the bay. We will enjoy a wonderful hike through the spruce forest and misty spray of the creek.
A beautifully rugged island, it is the location of Warm Springs Bay, natural hot spring pools and incredible scenery!
Cost is $9,450 per person, based upon double occupancy, from Petersburg, AK (Airport code PSG.
This trip ends in Petersburg, AK (Airport code PSG).
Standard Cabin Cost of $9,450 is per person, double occupancy.
Standard cabin has one full size bed and one twin bunk. $500 discount will be offered to the person in the twin bunk (or second party of a couple).
The Queen Suite is $9950 per person, double occupancy ($19900 total per couple).
Suite has one queen bed and lots of walking space and stowage.
With a maximum of six participants and having only three double cabins available, we cannot offer a single room option unless the ’empty’ bed is also paid in full.
If a single hotel room is preferred, or we are unable to find a suitable roommate for you, a single supplement fee of $8,000 will be assessed.
NOTE: For boat-based tours, see pricing options for single cabins. Single cabin cost includes the single hotel cost above.
If fewer than the minimum number of required participants are registered, we may still be able to run the trip by adding a small-group supplement fee, per person, determined by the number of participants registered.
A $2,500 deposit per person is required to hold each space on this tour. Deposit may be made online by clicking the "Book Your Trip Now" button and using any credit card. If you prefer, you may call us at 888-875-9453 to pay by phone. You may also mail us a check, however, remember that all space is held on a first come-first served basis as deposits are received.
How to Book
In order to hold your space, click the "Book Your Trip Now" button above and complete the deposit process, including payment of the deposit through our Paypal portal using ANY CREDIT CARD. Upon completion of deposit, please visit our secure, online CLIENT INFORMATION FORM to complete your registration.
For all land-based tours: full payment by check is due 120 days prior to the departure date.
For all boat-based adventure cruises of 7-days or longer: full payment by check is required 180 days prior to departure.
NOTE: If you prefer to use credit card for final payment, a 3% fee may be added to cover the credit card merchant fees we incur.
Scandia House Hotel in Petersburg offers a quiet stay while in the fishing town of Petersburg. On the edge of town, along the main street, Nordic Avenue, it is an easy walk to restaurants and stores. Petersburg is a fishing town, so there is not a lot of options for food and very little in the way of “tourist” shops, but the local people are quite friendly!
Our 84’ yacht, the luxurious M/V Northern Song, offers accommodations for up to 6 participants plus leaders and crew. Two standard cabins and one suite all have private facilities. The roomy galley and dining area are managed by our private chef, offering incredible meals.
The lounge/salon is the common area to relax with computers as we await our next wildlife adventure. The spacious wheelhouse offers a panoramic view as we motor through scenic fjords and along quiet shores.
Activity Level Rating: 2 (Note: 1 is easy and 5 is difficult)
This is a very easy trip with the most difficult activity being getting in and out of the zodiac skiff for our shore landings, and walking on some rocky/slippery shorelines.
Gear for Birding & Wildlife Viewing
• Good quality binoculars
• Spotting scopes are not typically needed as we will be photographing much of the time, unless you plan to do some digiscoping.
Photography Gear Recommendations
The best camera is the one you have with you! That said, we will help you get great photos no matter what camera you use.
This Photo Workshop is geared toward those using DSLR or Mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses, here is what we recommend that you bring:
• Bring at least 2 camera bodies – to reduce changing lenses and just in case of accidental damage to one
Recommended Lenses for Birds & Wildside
• 100-400mm (or equivalent) for birds in flight
• 500mm lens or longer for birds and wildlife
Recommended Lenses for Landscape Opportunities
• 24-105mm (or equivalent) for landscape and general purpose
• In addition you may also want to have an ultra-wide lens equivalent to about 16-35mm which may be used for fun landscapes and night sky photography.
Recommended Lenses for Macro (Bugs, Frogs, etc.)
• 100mm Macro is fine for general purpose macro photography
• 150mm Macro is best for small, quick moving subjects like frogs
Filters (Mainly for Landscape Photography)
• Polarizing Filter for removing reflections (screw in for wide-angle lenses)
• Filter Holder for 4×6″ (or similar) filters
• 2-stop Neutral Density Filter
• 8-stop (or more) Neutral Density Filter
• 2-stop Hard and/or Soft Graduated Neutral Density Filter
• Tripod for long exposures, big lenses and steady video
• Flash for low light, fill light and stop action
• Better Beamer or MagMod flash extender
• Rain cover for camera
• Weather resistant Camera Bag (Backpack style is best)
• Batteries and chargers
• Lots of memory cards!
• Laptop or other downloading device
Do not purchase your flights until the trip has been confirmed to go.
Detailed Trip Information
Upon notification that final payment is due (120 days prior to departure for land based tours / 180 days for boat based tours), you will receive a trip package of detailed information for your tour.
Any additional information about the trip, including lodgings, contacts, participants, meeting locations, etc., will sent about 2 weeks prior to the trip departure, or after final payment is received for late registrants.
As with all tours, we highly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance to cover your investment. Please see our section on Travel Insurance.
Passport & Visa
US Citizens may require a visa to enter certain foreign countries. See above for any required visa information.
Participants arriving to the USA from a foreign country may need to get a travel visa to enter the United States. Be sure to check the requirements for your country of origin.
The trip itinerary is developed many months ahead of time. Occasionally, despite our best planning, changes may occur during the trip, or we may be forced to alter our plans. Changes may occur because of weather, road conditions, safety concerns or other circumstances. In these situations, it is the leader(s) responsibility to carefully consider and implement appropriate alternatives. Any additional costs incurred because of changes will be the responsibility of each individual participant. Refunds will not be issued as a result of itinerary changes.