Photograph Alaskan Brown Bears close-up as they feast on salmon and clams at Lake Clark National Park in 20 hours-a-day of good light. Prepare to view and photograph while just yards away from these incredible animals! Travel with PhotoQuest Adventures and Mirjam Evers to the greatest place to explore and photograph in a tidal and stream area where the brown bears chase salmon. You will be guided on an exceptional adventure and take daily boat rides and walks to capture heart stirring images of brown bears against the rugged Alaskan landscape. You will also see horned and tufted puffins, black-legged kittiwakes and murres, bald eagles, trumpeter swans, and harbor seals. Experience the bears in their natural habitat on the west side of the Cook Inlet without fighting the typical crowds that you won't have to fight the typical on Katmai's Brooks River. Join us to move freely about while photographing bears in the company of our well-trained guide and Adam Jones' photographic expertise.
Stay in our exclusive comfortable backcountry lodge situated in the heart of bear country.
Enjoy exclusive access to the bears in their natural habitat in Lake Clark National Park on the west side of the Cook Inlet - far from the typical crowds.
Marvel at scenic backdrops including volcanic Mt. Iliamna, Mt. Redoubt, and Augustine Volcano; all part of Cook Inlet's “Ring of Fire.”
Photograph bears in 20-hours-a -day of good light.
Explore one of the least-visited national parks in the US.
Learn from experienced bear guides.
Photograph from the ground - no viewing platforms are used.
Photograph puffins, bald eagles and other birds of prey, shorebirds, songbirds and wolves.
August 17: Arrive in Anchorage, Alaska
Welcome dinner and overnight in Anchorage. (D)
August 18: Silver Salmon Creek Lodge, Lake Clark National Park
After breakfast depart at 8:)0 AM for our 9:00 AM chartered flight to the Silver Salmon Creek Lodge. (1 hour flight which is included)
At Silver Salmon Creek Lodge the landscape, wildlife and outdoor opportunities combine to offer photographers a true sense of Alaskan wilderness. Witness towering volcanic mountains that form the backdrop to tidal marshes, streams and pristine salt-water bays that comprise the coastline. You are taken to the lodge by ATV, shown your room/cabin, given a short orientation about moving around bears, followed by a photography presentation by Quest Leader Adam Jones. After lunch, we will go out on our first Quest to photograph bears chasing salmon.
August 19-21: Lake Clark National Park
Each day will include guided activities in the early morning and afternoon to photograph the bears against dramatic landscapes as well as other wildlife in the Lake Clark National Park area, including puffins and other birdlife. Sea Kayaking and Fishing are optional activities. All meals are included and we can arrange a selection of wine and beers to share during the stay. Enjoying some time around the campfire after dinner is a must! At night you may choose to stay up late to view and photographing the Aurora Borealis.
On one of the days we will take a boat trip to photograph puffins at a nearby rookery. Adam will accompany you during all guided wildlife viewing activities, and will be available to offer camera tips, photographic advice and general assistance in both group and one-on-one sessions throughout the photography tour. (B,L,D)
Each day we return to our lodge for lunch and some free time to download and edit images. We are back in the field for late afternoon and/or evening photo sessions. A great dinner awaits our return to the lodge each evening.
August 22: Return to Anchorage
Return to Anchorage by chartered flight around noon. Depart from Anchorage for home on a late afternoon or evening flight. (B)
Accommodations based on double occupancy.
A single supplement is not available for this Quest
Silver Salmon Creek Lodge is located within the great expanse of Lake Clark National Park on the coast of Cook Inlet. This full service, family owned lodge offers the finest amenities for your Alaskan adventure. The lodge has a comfortable lounge room for sharing stories and photos, reading or just relaxing. The dining room and large outdoor deck provides panoramic views of Cook Inlet while serving the freshest Alaskan cuisine.The bonfire pit on the lawn near the lodge is another popular gathering place to socialize in the evening under the northern night sky around a roaring fire before retiring to the privacy of your room. Each guest cabin and lodge room is unique, modern, spacious and very comfortable with a combination of queen and twin beds, full baths, sitting areas, individual heat sources, and electricity. Our fully furnished cabins have one, two or three bedrooms and all have private decks with views of the tidal flats and Cook Inlet. Satellite internet is available in the main lodge and you are welcome to bring your own laptop or tablet. There is also a computer for general use in the lodge. Laundry services are available.
Rooms at our exclusive lodge are all very comfortable but vary in size, bed size and in-room facilities. Rooms will be assigned on suitability and on a first-come basis. Single accommodations are not available at the lodge, but are available for the first night in Anchorage.
Adam has been photographing for over 30 years and has worked as a full time nature and travel photographer for the past 19 years. He travels extensively around the world leading his own photography tours and workshops. As a tour leader, he is widely known for his friendly practical nuts and bolts approach to solving problems in the field and sharing his enthusiasm and expertise with others.
Adam's award-winning images are widely published in magazines, posters, calendars, books, and in national advertising campaigns around the world for clients such as Canon, Ford, Eddie Bauer, Miller Beer and Honda.
Adam is recognized world wide as an outstanding stock photographer with his images represented by Getty Images, Corbis, Visuals Unlimited, Photo Researchers, and Danita Delimont Stock Photography. His work sells for editorial and commercial uses in over 50 countries. Adam's images are also featured in seven coffee table books.
Adam teaches photography workshops around the world helping students reach their full potential in the exciting world of digital photography. Considered to be one of the elite photographers in the world, Adam is proud to be sponsored by Canon as an "Explorer of Light." Adam is noted for his enthusiastic down to earth approach and his ability to communicate effectively with all skill levels.
Mirjam is a New York City based travel photographer specializing in international environmental portraiture, landscape photography and adventure images. Born and raised in the Netherlands, she has photographed in more than 75 countries, including many of the most exotic places in the world. Mirjam's photographs are indicative of her unique capacity to personally connect with diverse cultures and communities. Her eye for location lighting is highly stylized and works to illustrate and heighten the unique characteristics of each international locale. She is able to transcend cultural and language barriers with an intangible spirit that is conveyed in every image. Her work has appeared in AFAR, The New York Times, AARP, Outdoor Photographer, PDN, American Photo, Popular Photography, Digital Photo, Departures, MSN Travel.
The weather is coastal which means rain can be likely so bring a raincoat, although we do experience periods of sunshine. Expect temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s (F), and sudden changes, including wind, are common. Bring layered clothing.
Because you will be transported by small plane, we ask that you limit your gear as close to 50 pounds per person as possible.
Because we use chartered small aircraft for transporting you, there is always a chance that bad weather may pre-empt a flight, but it’s unusual and delays are often only a portion of one day. For this reason, in addition to the possibility of a domino affect on your travel plans after leaving SSCL, we strongly encourage trip insurance. In the event weather forces an extra night at SSCL, we charge $100 per person for room and board, and often this will include guided local activities.
Yes. For daily bear viewing/photography in the local area, most people get by fine with knee boots, which the lodge has a large supply of. Some people, especially photographers, prefer hip or even chest waders. The nearby meadows and tidal flats can be marshy and wet. Boat activities require hip waders, and while the lodge has some in stock, many guests prefer bringing their own. It is best to contact us a short time before arriving in order to know if a correct size is available for you. We are limited in knee and hip boots of size 13 or larger. Hip boots can be purchased at any sporting goods store in Anchorage.
Computer / Digital Accessories
Laptop with charger and PS and Lightroom or Photo Mechanic (not mandatory)
Portable hard drives like Lacie hard drives
All cables for drives, computer, card readers, storage devices, etc.
Power converters/adapters for all international quests
Cover for camera (for shooting in the rain); Fotosharp makes simple, inexpensive covers
Carbon fiber tripod
Remote shutter release for night photography
A hotshoe bubble level
Small headlamp and flashlight
Memory cards (bring plenty)
Sensor cleaning supplies
Flash with plenty of batteries
14mm 2.8, 20mm 1.8, or 16-35 and 24-70 2.8 for Time Lapse
70-200mm with a converter
200-400mm lens available as a rental in Alaska
Lens hoods for all lenses
Lint-free cloth to clean lenses and blower ball for dust
$5900 based on double occupancy. There is no single supplement available for this Quest.
Limited to 7 participants.
International flights to Anchorage
Airport taxes and travel visas (if required)
Personal travel insurance
Hotel in Anchorage
Quest workshop fee
Roundtrip Airfare by small plane from Anchorage to the lodge
Accommodations based on double occupancy
Boat trip to the puffin colony
We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance.