Limited to just 11 people. Kayak bays teeming with wildlife, camp in remote island landscapes, helicopter up to an unforgettable glacier hike.
One moment you’re kayaking with a pod of humpback whales in Glacier Bay, the next moment you’re relaxing around a roaring campfire on a remote island. Yesterday, it was sailing to spot sea otters, minks and martens—and maybe a grizzly bear at the water’s edge. Tomorrow, it’s a helicopter flight up a glacier for an unforgettable hike on the ice. You took a plane, a boat and a kayak to get here, and there’s still plenty of exploration to come. But this evening, you’re simply soaking in the wilderness under a sky filled with the light of a million stars, letting the restorative powers of nature wash over you.
If you crave rugged adventure, breathing in crisp glacial air, and mixing in lodge stays with a two-night camping adventure on a remote island, this trip is for you. We’ll hike, kayak and fly across America’s wild backyard wonderland in style, exploring Glacier Bay and Icy Straits, Tongass National Forest and Mendenhall Glacier, like true modern adventurers. Alaska’s motto is “North to the Future.” Join us and we’ll go upward and onward.
Journey through the wonders of southeast Alaska and Glacier Bay National Park, a pantheon of wildlife, scenery and serenity.
Camp, kayak, hike and get inspired. We'll experience all southeast Alaska has to offer, from delicious food, incredible landscapes and indigenous culture.
Kayak in tow, mountains rising up all around, this is the deep exhale in nature that we all need.
“Glacier Bay offered a clarity more profound than any book; an original text, a reminder that our language lacks the words to describe true beauty.” – Author Kim Heacox
If you haven’t been to Alaska, you’ll love the majestic beauty of it. And if you have, you’ll know why you want to go back.
True wilderness. Epic exploration. Deep backcountry. Cultural immersion. We’ve scoured the earth for hidden gems and invite you to join us on one of these exclusive trips. Let’s explore the trails less traveled, together.
Our Alaska is the perfect mix of modern comforts and sleeping under the stars, from Glacier Bay lodges to wilderness campsites on Chichagof Island.
Where else would you want to stay than on the banks of the Good River? Set in a field of wildflowers at the entrance to Glacier Bay National Park, Annie Mae Lodge features down-home comfort and hospitality, cozy country-style lodging and home-cooked meals. For over 25 years, this beautiful lodge has hosted myriad visitors from anglers to sightseers to adventurers in the small homestead community of Gustavus. Wake up to the smell of country breakfast and sleep in the serene silence of the Alaskan wilderness.
We’ll be getting in touch with the Alaskan wilderness over a two-night camping adventure in between our lodge stays. From our remote yet well-appointed campsites, we’ll be able to hike, boat and kayak to explore the surrounding area. We've got most gear covered: expedition-quality tents, trekking poles, group-size tarp shelters, and the best cooking equipment accompany us. Quality equipment not only makes camp life more comfortable, it adds a level of safety to trips that could otherwise be relentlessly unforgiving to the unprepared.
This is Juneau’s first and only boutique hotel, a spectacularly renovated historic building with contemporary rooms and every modern convenience an Alaskan adventurer could hope for. Steps away is the beautiful waterfront and its saloons, shops and restaurants, in a town tucked below a towering ice field.
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This experience is for anybody with a passion for wildlife and the outdoors. Southeast Alaska's Glacier Bay and Icy Straits are renown for raw natural beauty, with extremely limited access. This is a rare opportunity to explore the region's stunning sites by water and by land, perfect for photographers with a passion for the outdoors, and anybody looking to explore the wilds of Alaska in style. We stay in boutique hotels and comfortable lodges, and camp fully supported for two nights with all gear and camp cooking provided.
This is considered a moderately easy outdoor adventure. We'll travel by land, sea and helicopter. We'll have the opportunity for day hikes, and a hike using crampons on Mendenhall glacier. We'll camp fully supported (including tents, gear and a camp cook) for two nights. Our kayaking is in inland open waters, and accessible for people of all skill levels.
Accommodations for four nights at boutique lodges and inns; two nights of fully equipped camping accommodations; internal private flight from Gustavus to Juneau; transportation for all day trips and excursions; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, lunches and most dinners; local beverages with meals.
Roundtrip airfare to Alaska and the trip's starting point in Gustavus; travel insurance; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverage not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.
Our adventure begins in the evening at the Annie Mae Lodge in Gustavus, Alaska. The closest airport is the Gustavus Airport (GST), which has a daily flight from Juneau. On our last day in Juneau, the closest airport is the Juneau International Airport (JNU). Schedule your onward flights from JNU airport to depart at 12:30pm or later.
US citizens and residents should check the TSA’s website for requirements and acceptable ID for domestic air travel. Some State issued IDs may no longer meet TSA standards. If you are a Non-US Citizen traveling to Alaska, visit the US Consulate or Embassy for requirements and information about passports and visas.
For solo travelers, there is a $1,000 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. If you would like us to pair you with a roommate, that option may be available upon checkout—these spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
This Alaska adventure is limited to 11 guests, plus our Modern Adventure team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.
This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure Trip Leader. They're an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.
You may cancel on or before March 12, 2022 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after March 13, 2022 there is a 50% cancellation fee; on or after May 11, 2022 there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most 'Cancel For Any Reason' policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.