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2021 Summer Schedule

We regret not visiting the Refuge last year with visitors. The Arctic is our touchstone and defines our souls and character. Not being there extracts an emotional toll.

Being totally realistic, unfortunately, 2021 seems to be another questionable enterprise. The status of the virus is worse now than when we paused operations for 2020. Though a potential solution appears to be on the horizon, it remains to be seen if it can be implemented successfully before the summer season begins. Our country faces a huge unknown and so Wilderness Alaska has chosen to remain in a ‘Watchful Waiting’ period. We are not creating a formal schedule and will not be accepting reservations. We will be glad to discuss custom trips for smaller than normal parties. We are considering a ‘pencil in‘ schedule, that could be activated if conditions improve. Any trip in 2021 would be subjected to strict health and safety protocols outlined and agreed upon before the trip.

Of course these trips would also be contingent upon restrictions from state and local communities (most local communities we use as shuttle stops were closed to visitors in 2020) which would narrow the economically viable choices of destinations. Lastly, when it is safe to resume travel, expect the price to be higher. Insurance, for one, has doubled. Travel routes have become complicated by the various restrictions.

Please stay safe, be well and hang in there, brighter days will return.



May 17 - 26, July 25 - 31, August 15 -21 Prince William Sound sea kayaking
June 20 - 29, July 28 - August 6 Kongakut River
June 20 - 29 Kongakut Foothills packraft
June 29 - July 7 Sadlerochet River packraft
August 9 - 20 4x2 Southside packraft
June 21 - July 2, July 28 - August 8 Marsh Fork/Canning Rivers
August 8 - 14 Lower Canning packraft
August 29 - Sept 7 Sheenjek River

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Guided Adventures in the Last Frontier - Since 1972!

Since 1972, Wilderness Alaska has safely conducted quality exploration and educational trips across the width and breadth of Alaska's Brooks Range. Our nation's largest wilderness mountain range is located above the Arctic Circle and covers more than 75,000 square miles of northern Alaska. This magnificent and rarely visited region embraces unique wildlife communities, uninterrupted vistas and nameless expanses. But even more importantly, these inviting mountains and valleys offer a freedom and a sense of wonder and fulfillment to those willing to take the country on its own terms - to those who will wade an icy stream and huff their way to the high alpine splendor of the Arctic.

Wilderness Alaska has the experience, safety record, personal service and attention to individual goals to make your trip the special adventure you want it to be. We specialize in small personalized trips to rarely visited regions. In 2012 we are again offering a full variety of original outings into the timeless splendor of America's last wilderness mountain range. We continue to expand our offerings of increasingly popular sea kayaking trips in Prince William Sound to complement one's Arctic experience or as an alternative.

Along with the adventure and sheer euphoria of just being there, each of our trips tries to focus on an individual species, a particular phase of their life history or general natural history and examine it from the unique arctic perspective. Along the way of our casual examination into these lives you will see an intricate web of life woven here and though we may be looking at caribou, we may become equally familiar with grizzlies, golden plovers and woolly louseworts. We hope afterwards our adventure will have animated the delicate mysteries that unfold in the high arctic. With scenery and wildlife at their apogee, the experience of a lifetime awaits.

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