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Alaska Private Expedition

  • Trip Type: Private Expedition
  • 8 days | Fairbanks to Anchorage

Expedition Details


Venture into the heart of Alaska, discovering remote corners of the far north explored by few others on Earth. Delve into the backcountry of Denali National Park and Preserve, and experience the wilds of the historic Iditarod Trail from your base at a stunning National Geographic Unique Lodge. Explore the rugged peaks and tundra valleys of the Alaska Range, seeking out moose and grizzly bears with a seasoned naturalist and taking in views of Denali’s lofty summit. Then see these epic landscapes from unique vantage points—on a scenic train ride and, if you wish, on a helicopter flightseeing experience.

Trip Highlights

    • Aboard the Denali Star, wind through the majestic valleys of the Alaska Range.
    • Stay at Winterlake Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World set along the historic Iditarod Trail, and enjoy an exclusive dogsledding demonstration.
    • Hike or bike through Denali National Park’s backcountry with a naturalist guide.
    • Forage wild ingredients for a frontier-fusion cooking demonstration.

Itinerary - 8 Days

Day 1 — Arrive Fairbanks, Alaska

Arrive in Fairbanks and transfer to your hotel on the edge of the Chena River. Pay a visit to the University of Alaska’s Museum of the North, which features exhibitions on Alaska's biological diversity and cultural traditions.
Pike's Waterfront Lodge

Day 2 — Denali National Park

Travel to Denali National Park and Preserve via private vehicle. Upon arrival, board a shared shuttle to your lodge, located deep in the heart of the Denali backcountry. This scenic journey lasts six hours and provides ample opportunities for spotting wildlife such as moose and herds of caribou. Settle into your lodge in Kantishna, where guides will brief you on the variety of available wilderness excursions, customized for every activity level.
Kantishna Roadhouse or Denali Backcountry Lodge (B, D)

Day 3 — Denali National Park

Explore the wilds of Denali, joining the lodge excursions of your choice. Set out on a hike in the Kantishna Hills alongside a naturalist, learning about the tundra’s flora and fauna and taking in spectacular mountain views. You may also wish to discover these stunning landscapes by mountain bike, pedaling along old mining roads or riding to the mirror-like waters of Wonder Lake. Other available excursions include fly-fishing, panning for gold, and wildlife viewing.
Kantishna Roadhouse or Denali Backcountry Lodge (B, D)

Day 4 — Denali Star/Talkeetna

Rise early to catch the lodge shuttle back to the park entrance. From here, independently board the Denali Star for a scenic train ride through the Alaska wilderness. Settle into a first-class cabin, and take in magnificent scenery through the domed, panoramic windows of the top deck. Glide across rugged landscapes blanketed in stately spruce and magnificent purple fireweed and intersected by shimmering salmon streams. Disembark in Talkeetna and transfer to your hotel, which offers views of Denali’s lofty peak—the highest in North America.
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge (B, L)

Day 5 — Winterlake Lodge: South-Central Alaska Wilderness

Board a floatplane to Winterlake Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World perched on the edge of a lake along the Iditarod Trail and accessible only by air. Settle into your split pine cabin and immerse yourself in Alaska’s breathtaking backcountry. Join a guide for an afternoon dedicated to the Iditarod, an opportunity arranged exclusively for National Geographic guests. Kayak across the lake to meet up with this historic trail, and learn about the pioneers who forged its path through the wilderness. You’ll also meet some huskies from the lodge’s dog-mushing school and watch a dogsled demonstration. After lunch, hike to Red Lake for a fly-fishing lesson, learn about wild edibles and forage with your guide, or relax by the lake. Return to Winterlake for the nightly wine tasting and a dinner featuring the award-winning cuisine of Chef Kirsten Dixon.
Winterlake Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 6 — Winterlake Lodge: South-Central Alaska Wilderness

This morning, join a yoga class if you wish. Then venture out into south-central Alaska’s trail-free backcountry with an expert guide and hike to the top of Wolverine Ridge, where you’ll be rewarded with views of Denali’s summit. Explore the surrounding tundra, seeking out grizzly bears, wolves, and arctic ptarmigan birds. Return to the lodge for a frontier-fusion cooking demonstration. For an additional cost, you can also choose to board a helicopter that will whisk you away to a remote patch of wilderness for some alpine hiking, glacier trekking, white-water rafting, or fly-fishing. This evening, take a kayak or boat out onto the lake for wildlife viewing, or attend a talk by a naturalist.
Winterlake Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 7 — Anchorage

Fly to Anchorage and take a private city tour, including a stop at the acclaimed Alaska Native Heritage Center. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city at your leisure. Consider a visit to the Anchorage Museum, or take a stroll or bike ride along the scenic Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, frequented by moose and other area wildlife.
Hotel Captain Cook (B)

Day 8 — Anchorage/Depart

Transfer to the Anchorage airport, and catch your flight home.

About Private Expeditions

National Geographic Private Expeditions are specially crafted itineraries designed for independent travelers that combine guided excursions, fascinating insights into culture and wildlife, and top accommodations. Simply select a trip and decide whom you'd like to travel with and when you want to travel. We'll take care of the rest.

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This expedition is available June 3 through September 11.


Private Expeditions are designed to fit into your schedule. You choose your desired departure date, and we'll make all the arrangements. Click the reservation request button below to get started.

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Expedition Cost

June 3-Sept. 11, 2017
4 people $7,995
2 people $8,595

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single traveler prices are available upon request. For 2018 price inquires please call our reservations specialists.

This expedition is available June 3 through September 11. Choose the dates that work for you.

Airfare to Fairbanks and from Anchorage, and airfare within Alaska, are not included in the expedition cost, and are an additional $900.

A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates based upon local events and festivals.

Activity Level


Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

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Other Important Details

This trip is available to children age 4 and older; please contact our reservations specialists for details.