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Alaska Leadership Expedition


Head to Land of the Midnight Sun for a trip full of abundant wildlife, glistening glaciers, stunning scenery, and exciting adventures!

 

Scroll down for highlights, photos, and a sample itinerary

SCROLL DOWN

Alaska Leadership Expedition


Head to Land of the Midnight Sun for a trip full of abundant wildlife, glistening glaciers, stunning scenery, and exciting adventures!

 

Scroll down for highlights, photos, and a sample itinerary

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Backpacking


Hike through miles of untouched wilderness in the Talkeetna mountain range.

Backpacking


Hike through miles of untouched wilderness in the Talkeetna mountain range.

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Brooks Falls


Witness one of nature’s great spectacles as hundreds of grizzly bears come together to feast on the salmon migration.

Brooks Falls


Witness one of nature’s great spectacles as hundreds of grizzly bears come together to feast on the salmon migration.

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Glacier Trekking


Explore ice caves, crevasses, ice falls, canyons, rivers, moulins, and more

Glacier Trekking


Explore ice caves, crevasses, ice falls, canyons, rivers, moulins, and more

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Denali


Go hiking, join a flightseeing tour, or cruise around trying to spot bears, moose, herds of caribou, and wolves with North America’s tallest peak looming in the background

Denali


Go hiking, join a flightseeing tour, or cruise around trying to spot bears, moose, herds of caribou, and wolves with North America’s tallest peak looming in the background

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Alaska Native Heritage Center


Check out traditional crafts, dances, and dwellings from the area’s indigenous groups

Alaska Native Heritage Center


Check out traditional crafts, dances, and dwellings from the area’s indigenous groups

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Prince William Sound


Watch huge chunks of ice calve into the sea from some of Alaska's last remaining tidewater glaciers

Prince William Sound


Watch huge chunks of ice calve into the sea from some of Alaska's last remaining tidewater glaciers

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Dog Sled Ride


Hop on the back of a dog sled and do your best Iditarod racer impression

Dog Sled Ride


Hop on the back of a dog sled and do your best Iditarod racer impression

Sample Itinerary

 

DAY 1: Anchorage

As we walk through the Anchorage airport, we’ll be sure to stop by the Alaskan Airlines ticketing counter to check out the display of a fourteen-foot tall grizzly bear.  After we arrive, we will take a stroll along the water on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and stop to watch the float planes land on Lake Hood, the world’s busiest floatplane lake.  If there is time, we’ll visit the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, which has an interesting history of Alaska’s original bush pilots and their planes.  Keep an eye out for the moose that often wander into the city.

 

DAY 2 - 7: Prince William Sound

After doing a final gear check, we will head out on the water for epic six-day kayaking trip in Prince William Sound.  Our unforgettable journey will take us close up to thundering tidewater glaciers that are constantly releasing huge chunks of ice into the ocean.  Along the way, we’ll keep an eye out for whales, sea otters, Steller sea lions, Dall’s porpoises, harbor seals, bald eagles, and puffins.  Paddlers will learn and practice many wilderness skills, everything from navigation with a map and compass to kayaking techniques.  

 

DAY 8: Wasilla

After we get off the water, we will enjoy a scenic drive to the Matanuska Glacier, stopping along the way to photograph the spectacular Chugach Mountains and Matanuska River Valley.  Once we arrive, we will put on our crampons and hike out on the glacier!  A true Alaskan adventure, our glacier hike will provide an up-close encounter with these awesome ice formations.  What makes this glacier so special?  The frontal ice formations have many safe hiking routes with spectacular views of crevasses, seracs, ice falls, moulins, caves and surface ponds. This is why the Matanuska Glacier is used extensively in cinematography for advertisements and movies.  After our exciting afternoon of glacier trekking, we will relax on the hotel deck while watching float planes land on Lake Lucille.

 

Day 9: Wasilla

We will wake up early and head back to the Matanuska Glacier, but this time we will be white water rafting!  This exciting, glacier-fed class III & IV whitewater rafting trip is adjacent to the 27 mile long Matanuska Glacier.  The main rapids are several miles long and the result of a squeeze play between the glacier lateral moraine and “Lion Head,” a massive, basalt rock wall from an ancient volcanic plug.  The remainder of the trip is swift water, exceptional scenic vistas, and intermittent class II and III rapids.  

After lunch, we will visit the Musk Ox Farm, which is dedicated to the domestication of the Ice Age mammal that once roamed the earth alongside saber-tooth tigers and woolly mammoths.  Known to Alaskan Natives as “Oomingmak,” which means “The Bearded One,” this once endangered animal produces an annual harvest of qiviut, the finest wool in the world. After our tour, we will have time to peruse the museum and gift shop, which features hand-knit qiviut items.  

 

DAY 10, Wasilla / Anchorage

In the morning, we will head to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Museum.  The amazing sled dogs haul a person and a sled full of supplies over 1,000 rugged miles from Anchorage to Nome during the winter.  They run over high mountain passes and frozen rivers, all in sub-zero temperatures.  After we visit the museum, we will get to take a dog sled ride with real Iditarod sled dogs! Don’t worry, there will be plenty of time to play with their puppies after the ride.  After visiting with the sled dogs, we will have a short drive back to Anchorage.  We’ll enjoy a final dinner of fresh Alaskan salmon, and head to the airport to depart.