Where am I?

I’m in a place where nature takes centre stage amid rainforests, glaciers, fjords, National Parks and incredible wildlife. It is a place where the outdoors is the destination and I can sit back and watch the wildlife or get up close with a real encounter.

My happy place is with nature. Water lapping up against the kayak on a long summer afternoon watching a pod of humpback whales breaching and gulls hovering overhead in the distance. The adrenalin pumps as I watch in awe at these almighty sea beasts, fear forefront as my mind races, “are they under me?”.  The depths don’t scare me, it’s what lurks underneath!  Walking through the forest is beautiful and depending on the time of year, wildflowers are abundant from mid-May through to the beginning of July. Watching bears catch salmon is a truly remarkable sight. The older bears are seasoned professionals but watch the young cubs as they learn the art of catching a meal. These are the moments that make lasting memories. They’re playful and determined and frustrated, all at the same time.

The tranquillity of this area is breath-taking. It is so quiet except for the sounds of birds and animals, the wind in the tress, the lapping water, and the noise of air being blown from a humpback whales spout and occasional fish jumping. The sound of a cruise ship sailing through the naturally calm waters, misty mornings and the fresh cool air. The long summer nights are enjoyed on the deck of a ship whilst cruising the majestic fjords and bays renowned for their beauty and shear size.

Home to 24 National Parks, this destination has ‘grand scale’ all figured out. The highest peak stands at a behemoth 20,320ft/6,193m, compared to the Remarkables Range highest peak at 7,608ft/2,319m. If you are wanting pure wilderness then there is a National Park just for you too.

Here are some facts:

  • The salmon run twice a year – the exact time varies but generally the first run is around the summer solstice and the second run is late July.
  • The best time to see bears is between May and August.
  • The best time to see the humpback whales is between June and August.
  • The best time to see the birdlife is between May and June.
  • Average temperatures between May and August are 15-20˚c.
  • During summer, take advantage of up to 22 hours of daylight.

With astonishing scenery, mountains, bays, ancient rivers, a gateway to the Arctic Circle, a fabulous spot for seeing the incredible Northern Lights, where am I?

If you guessed ‘Alaska’ you are 100% correct. How would you indulge yourself in Alaska?

From water lapping up against the kayak whilst watching a pod of humpback whales breaching and gulls hovering overhead in the distance to walking through the forest is beautiful and depending on the time of year, wildflowers are abundant from mid-May through to the beginning of July. Watching bears catch salmon is a truly remarkable sight. The older bears are seasoned professionals but watch as the young cubs learn the art of catching a meal. These are the moments that make lasting memories. They’re playful and determined and frustrated, all at the same time.

Home to 24 National Parks, this destination has ‘grand scale’ all figured out. The highest peak stands at a behemoth 20,320ft/6,193m, compared to the Remarkables Range highest peak at 7,608ft/2,319m. If you are wanting pure wilderness then there is a National Park just for you too.

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