Alaska Wildland Collection - Backcountry Lodge Adventure with Rafting & Guided Activities


Alaska Wildland Collection - Backcountry Lodge Adventure with Rafting & Guided Activities



11 months ago


7 Days


June - September


USD 4,295.00 per person


Aug 25, 2019
Alaska Wildland Collection - Backcountry Lodge Adventure with Rafting & Guided Activities
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The 7-day Alaska Wildland Collection is a seamless Alaska adventure that promises remote and in-depth exploration of the magical Kenai Peninsula and Kenai National Park, with three distinct Kenai lodges as home base. Spend two nights each at the classic Kenai Riverside Lodge, situated along the bank of the beautiful Kenai River; at Kenai Backcountry Lodge, a historic and ecologically managed lodge; and at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, the first and only lodge in Kenai Fjords National Park.

Take a scenic rafting trip down the Kenai River, searching for moose, eagles and salmon. Hike in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, where alpine tundra and splendid views of Skilak Lake make epic photographing opportunities. Journey farther south to Seward for a boat ride into the remote Kenai Fjords National Park. Hike to Russian River Falls where salmon run upstream or pick berries on the Hideout Overlook Trail. Board a custom catamaran to view glaciers, whales and other marine wildlife. Sea kayak and canoe on pristine shores and relax in the lodges' libraries, common areas, private cabins, saunas and sun decks. Return to Anchorage on the historic Alaska Railroad through backcountry wilderness that is truly astounding.

Along the way, enjoy an array of guided activities to suit your interests and energy level. In the evening, enjoy fresh fare like grilled salmon and comfortably appointed accommodations while you soak up the authentic Alaskan hospitality. Alaska Wildland Collection is the perfect blend of wild, remote Alaska and backcountry lodge hospitality, all at a great value. Easy access from Anchorage, short travel times, fun activities and special youth rates make this a great family travel option in Alaska.

AdventureSmith Explorations' crew of award-winning Alaska adventure experts have personal experience visiting the lodges and wilderness of the Kenai Peninsula.


Day 1: Anchorage To Cooper's Landing
Anchorage, Alaska, United States

Meet your trip leader at a downtown Anchorage hotel at 2:30 p.m.(hotel to be announced at time of booking). Enjoy a scenic drive south along Turnagain Arm and through the Chugach National Forest to the quaint community of Cooper Landing, home to Kenai Riverside Lodge. Arrive at the lodge in time for dinner and trip orientation.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Kenai Riverside Lodge

MEALS: dinner

Day 2: Kenai River Rafting
Kenai River, Alaska, United States

From the lodge's launch site on the Kenai River, gear up for a scenic raft trip into the heart of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. On this class II, casual stretch of river, you'll be able to access stunning backcountry sights and protected wilderness areas. While rafting, scan for moose, bald eagles and other bird species, and salmon. A delicious picnic lunch will be served along the river or on the shore of Skilak Lake. Late afternoon, arrive at the boat-in-only Kenai Backcountry Lodge, a unique, historic inn. Appetizers and dinner welcome you in the main lodge, followed by evening activities. Relax in the outdoor gazebo or in the wood-fired sauna. For those brave souls, take a dip into the glacier-fed waters of Skilak Lake.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Kenai Backcountry Lodge

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Exploration
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, United States

Spend a full day exploring the remote wilderness of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Hike the Cottonwood Creek Trail and travel through several fascinating ecological communities. At the top of the trail, explore the alpine tundra and enjoy splendid views of Skilak Lake and the surrounding wilderness. Or explore the lake and shoreline by boat; stop along the way for short walks and to marvel at the explosion of wildflowers. Return to the lodge in the afternoon and enjoy the wood-fired sauna or simply relax at the lodge. Depending on the weather, options for the evening may include an evening sunset kayak or a fireside natural history presentation by one of the lodge's guides.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Kenai Backcountry Lodge

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Chugach National Forest & Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Chugach National Forest, Alaska, United States

Cross the lake in the morning, and say farewell to Kenai Backcountry Lodge as you return to Kenai Riverside Lodge. Enjoy a casual afternoon hike on a trail in the Chugach National Forest or Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Ask your guide about hiking to the Russian River Falls to view salmon as they swim upstream, trying to leap over the falls to return to their spawning waters or venture along the Hideout Overlook Trail for views of open alpine meadows, a perfect opportunity to view wildlife and, in late summer, great berry picking! Relax in the evening on the riverside deck or enjoy a nice wood-fired sauna before enjoying a hearty dinner at Kenai Riverside Lodge.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Kenai Riverside Lodge

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Seward & Kenai Fjords National Park
Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska, United States

Following breakfast, bid farewell to Cooper Landing and the Kenai Riverside Lodge, as you travel through the Chugach National Forest to the picturesque seacoast town of Seward, situated at the head of Resurrection Bay. Board a custom catamaran bound for Kenai Fjords National Park, home to an array of glaciers and marine wildlife such as whales, Stellar sea lions, sea otters and puffins. A four-hour cruise allows time to explore the dramatic coastlines. Enjoy lunch in front of a tidewater glacier before arriving at your exclusive lodge destination, Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge.

Nestled in a protected tidal lagoon area, the Glacier Lodge offers miles of pristine beachfront for combing and views of the stunning Pedersen Glacier. This afternoon, meet your wilderness guides for a tour of the lodge and property and settle into your private cabins. Enjoy dinner and evening presentations.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Kenai Fjords National Park
Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska, United States

After breakfast in the main lodge, choose from an array of activities to match your interest and energy level. Guided options include interpretive nature walks, canoeing, sea kayaking and coastal explorations; or, relax at the lodge and peruse the natural history library, or take a leisurely stroll along the beachfront.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Seward & Alaska Railroad To Anchorage
Anchorage, Alaska, United States

This morning allows another opportunity to canoe, kayak or explore the area in the morning before bidding farewell to Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. Midday, embark on a return coastal wildlife cruise back to Seward. From there, board the historic Alaska Railroad for a scenic backcountry rail tour back to Anchorage. Dinner and hotel/airport transfers are not included, but meals are available for purchase on the train. Arrive at the Anchorage train station by 10:15pm and transfer to your hotel or the airport.


MEALS: breakfast and lunch


  • Transportation from Anchorage, meals served family style in lodges indicated in itinerary, guided activities, return fare on the Alaska Railroad.


Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of adventure travel unique. Note that in rare circumstances, due to high winds, weather fronts or ocean conditions, we are unable to access the Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge at scheduled times. Alternative activities and accommodations have been planned for this uncommon occurrence, but please be prepared for a possible change in schedule.

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