Alaska with Danielle and Cassie (National Park After Dark) Adventure

Anchorage - Talkeetna - Seward

2023: Jul 7 - Jul 13


We're excited to join you on the adventure of a lifetime! We have worked hard to make this 7-day journey through the bucket list destination of Alaska special. We will go on adventures, wildlife watch, and witness incredible landscapes. Trip highlights will include a hike of Curry Ridge with stunning views of Denali, scaling Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park, and hopping aboard a wildlife cruise with a National Park Ranger around Resurrection Bay. At the end of each day, we will set up camp and share stories under the midnight sun.

  • 7 days

  • 8 - 11 spots

  • Double occupancy in 3-star hotels and tents

  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners included

  • TrovaTrip will provide 1 transfer from ANC , between 2 PM and 4 PM

  • TrovaTrip will provide 1 transfer to ANC on the last day

Activities Included

  • Campfire Stories
  • Campfire Building Class
  • Mahay's Wilderness Jet Boat Tour
  • X-Y Lake Hike
  • Hiking in Denali Wilderness
  • Byron Glacier Hike
  • Harding Ice Field Trek
  • Glacier and Wildlife Cruise

Other Inclusions

  • Double occupancy in 3-star hotels and tents
  • Local guide throughout trip
  • All city transfers
  • Arrival airport transfer (afternoon on first day, arrive by 4pm)
  • Departure airport transfer (morning of last day)
  • All camping equipment (except sleeping bag and pillow)
  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 6 Dinners

Workshops

Campfire Stories: Gather round the fire to wind down from a full day of exploring. Tonight Danielle and Cassie will share a story from one of the surrounding National Parks that will be sure to send shivers down your spine!

Campfire Building Class: Hangout with us at the campfire for a hands on lesson in safety and how to properly build a fire. Whether you're camping, lost or in a survival situation, fire starting is an essential skill to possess. Cassie will walk you through how to safely create the most successful campfire and how to keep it going. When we’re done, we will celebrate our fires with some s’mores! Disclosure: Activity dependent on current fire bans.

Exclusions

  • Flights
  • Food and alcohol (except as noted)
  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Airport transfers outside of designated times
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Tips for guides

Your Host

National Park After Dark

Hi everyone, Cassie and Danielle here, the hosts of the popular podcast National Park After Dark. We’re both originally from New Hampshire and began our relationship with the outdoors in the White Mountains. Through the years we’ve taken our travels from northern NH, across the United States and into the world. We get so much joy though encouraging people to get outside to explore and whether is your first time on the trail or you’re an experienced hiker, we’re here to support your relationship with the wild. Through these travels together, our goal is to create new memories in the outdoor space in a safe and exciting way.

Itinerary

Day 1

Friday, Jul 07, 2023

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Day 1

Welcome to Alaska! Settle in and get ready for an incredible week.

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Arrival Transfer

TrovaTrip will provide 1 transfer from ANC , between 2 PM and 4 PM

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Get to know your group better at the included welcome dinner.

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Hotel in Anchorage

Day 2

Saturday, Jul 08, 2023

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Day 2

Fuel up with some breakfast and prepare to leave the city behind for the wilds of Alaska, the final frontier. You'll be driving up to Talkeetna, gateway to the Denali Wilderness.

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Included breakfast

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Mahay's Wilderness Jet Boat Tour

After arriving in Talkeetna, we’ll cruise into Alaska’s untamed wilderness on a fully narrated river tour on the Susitna River in the shadows of Denali, the highest mountain peak in North America. The trip includes a short nature walk to a Dena’ina Indian encampment and authentic trapper’s cabin. Folklore, artifacts and panoramic views combine to make this unique 20-mile Alaska river adventure unforgettable.

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Included lunch

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X-Y Lake Hike

In the afternoon we'll head out on a guided 3.5-mile hike through lush old-growth forest around X Lake which is located just outside of Talkeetna. Keep your eyes open as we watch for otters, beavers, bears, foxes, moose, and more than 100 species of birds, including raptors and loons. Distance: 3 miles one-way / Elevation gain: 113 ft on the ascent / Duration: 2-3 hours / Difficulty: Easy

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Included dinner at camp

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Camping in Talkeetna

Day 3

Sunday, Jul 09, 2023

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Day 3

With a full day to explore the area, we’ll start the day off with a guided 7 mile hike in Denali State Park. In the afternoon, we’ll have time to explore Talkeetna and it’s quirky shops and small village.

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Included breakfast at camp

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Hiking in Denali Wilderness

Hike through the boreal forests and into a subalpine mosaic of alder and tundra patches up to a high alpine lake with sweeping panoramic views. Keep your eyes open as we watch for moose and bears and if the weather cooperates, Alaska's highest peak Denali, The Great One. Curry Ridge Hike: Distance: 6.5 miles out-and-back / Elevation gain: 1,023 ft on the ascent / Duration: 5-7 hours / Difficulty: Moderate

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Included lunch

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Included dinner at camp

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Camping in Talkeetna

Day 4

Monday, Jul 10, 2023

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Day 4

This morning we’ll head south to explore Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. The drive will take us past Anchorage and along the beautiful Turnagain Arm with the possibility to see Beluga whales. We’ll make a detour into the heart of Portage Valley for a guided easy hike to big views of Byron Glacier. After the hike, we’ll keep heading further south to the small seaside hamlet of Seward, set on an inlet on the Kenai Peninsula. Seward is the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park, where glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield into coastal fjords whose main inhabitants are halibut, whales and puffins.

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Included breakfast at camp

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Byron Glacier Hike

Byron Glacier descends from the same ice field that feeds nearby Portage Glacier and Blackstone Glacier in Prince William Sound. The trail is a perfect example of how an ecosystem rebounds from the ice age, with large trees and forest giving way to alder thickets, which in turn morph into lichen-dotted rock only recently exposed by retreating ice. Distance: 3.2 miles out-and-back / Elevation gain: 787 ft on the ascent / Duration: 2-3 hours / Difficulty: Easy

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Included lunch

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Included dinner at camp

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Camping in Seward

Day 5

Tuesday, Jul 11, 2023

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Day 5

Today, you'll visit Kenai Fjords National Park! Beginning at the Exit Glacier section near Seward, you will have the option to do a variety of hikes, all of which get you up close to a massive and ancient glacier.

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Included breakfast at camp

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Harding Ice Field Trek

If you're up for the challenge, follow your guide to a hike above the tree line to the top of Exit Glacier where it meets the Harding Icefield. The icefield stretches to the horizon and is one of the most awe-inspiring views you will ever experience. On your way back down the mountain, keep your eyes open for marmots, mountain goats, and of course, bears! Distance: 9.2 miles out-and-back / Elevation gain: 3,641 ft on the ascent / Duration: 6-8 hours / Difficulty: Strenuous/Hard

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Included lunch

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Included dinner at camp

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Camping in Seward

Day 6

Wednesday, Jul 12, 2023

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Day 6

On your final day in Seward, you will embark on an unforgettable wildlife and glacier viewing cruise.

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Included breakfast at camp

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Glacier and Wildlife Cruise

This cruise, narrated by a national park ranger, journeys through Resurrection Bay, out into the Gulf of Alaska, and then into one of the many nearby fjords. Along the way, you may spot whales, orcas, sea otters, and other marine life. Not to mention, the occasional bear lingering on a beach or mountain goat high in the surrounding cliffs. As you move through the fjords, you'll stop near one of the many glaciers and view the continual calving of ice. Sections of glaciers, often the size of a house, fall hundreds of feet, crashing into the ocean. The power and scale of glaciers in Alaska make for a tremendous sight!

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Included lunch

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Included dinner at camp

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Camping in Seward

Day 7

Thursday, Jul 13, 2023

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Day 7

All good things must come to an end! You'll transfer to the airport and bid farewell for now. On the trip from Seward back to Anchorage, you can stretch your legs at the spectacular Alyeska Resort. Take a tranquil walk through the quiet old-growth spruce forests that surround the resort or grab some lunch at the hotel's restaurant.

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breakfast

Included breakfast at camp

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Airport Transfer

TrovaTrip will provide 1 transfer to ANC on the last day

Cancellation Policy

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*If you cancel when your spot is confirmed and outside of 60 days until departure, you can receive a trip credit for your down payment minus the $100 cancellation fee.

For our full cancellation policy, see our Terms & Conditions.

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