Brown Bears Before the Fall

    • Return charter flight from Homer, AK
    • 6 nights camping
    • 2 photo tour guides
    • Small private group
    • Remote location

    Bears on the Coast. Catch them fishing.

    Offering the last couple of spots available on this Alaska brown bear photo tour. Some of the best brown bear photography opportunities in Alaska.

    This is just a brief outline of the trip.

    I was going to be running this private trip with a small group of folks from Europe and due a few cancellations that plan has changed. It’s not simply myself guiding and we now have a couple of seats on the plane available.

    I’ll be running the tour, and we’ll try to have either Jule Harle or Sophie Liteé along to cook and look after our camp. I will handle the photography instruction and guiding duties.

    We’ll have a maximum of 6 clients.

    Clients meet in Homer, Alaska, Aug 26th. Overnight there (not included). (NB: we MAY yet fly in from Kodiak, instead of Homer; I’ll let you know and also update that info asap. Logistics of flying to the coast are always fiddly).

    Morning of the 26th, you fly in to our camp on the Katmai Coast (included). A seriously spectacular flight along the Katmai Coast over the volcanoes and stunning mountains of the southern Alaskan Range.

    We camp and photograph brown bears through the morning of Sept 2, before our flight back to Homer.

    My recommendation is for you to definitely overnight in Alaska that evening, either Homer (or Kodiak, if that’s our departure location) or Anchorage, before heading home the next day. Weather shouldn’t be too problematic for us, but it’s Alaska and we should never say never.

    Most of your questions will be answered in the FAQs for the Grizzlies in the Fall photo tour webpage. Read over that page, and the info below.

    If you have questions email me.

    The Photography

    This is a pretty amazing location. Surrounded by the towering volcanoes of coastal Katmai National Park, we have a stunning backdrop for this the drama.

    And dramatic it is.

    In 2016 we had over 20 bears for the week, a dozen or each day. The action is pretty solid. As the tide ebbs, the bears chase the salmon in the shallows. We typically photograph sows with cubs, adult males, subadults, the works.

    It’s very little known location so I don’t say where it is. But I can assure you the photography is fantastic.


    We’ll set this up as we do our soldout Grizzlies in the Fall tour. We provide all your camping gear, etc. You’ll need your own outdoor clothing, camera gear, waders, and sleeping bag. I’d suggest a bag rated down to 20˚F (approx -5˚C)

    Expeditions Alaska handle all your food, the cooking, camp setup, etc. We provide an electric fence for camp, and we’ll setup a small covered outhouse as well.

    This is no longer a small tour. Space is limited.

    Whoever comes along will be glad they did.

    • Pretty easy walking, and not terribly far. Some days we might walk 2-3 miles (total), other days we might walk 1. Rarely would we cover more ground than this.

    • It can be, but not terribly so. By late August bugs have started to dwindle in Alaska. We’ll have some gnats, called White-sox, which can be a pain. Bring a headnet and mosquito repellent.

    • Everything sans your sleeping bag. We provide robust 4-season tents, comfortable sleeping pads and a pillow, electric fence around camp, portable “outie” (outhouse), and all your food, kitchenware, etc.

      Due to weight restrictions for the flights, tents are shared. 2 per person in most cases. Exceptions can be possible, so don’t hesitate to ask.

      You bring your sleeping bag, your clothes, and camera gear.

    • Yes, you do. Hip boots are not what I advise. you want a good pair of waders and walking shoes or boots for them. We’ll send you info on that topic.

    • No. This is a remote, off the grid backcountry camp.

      Some folks will bring a portable solar panel and set it up in camp, but my recommendation is just to bring enough battery power to get you through the trip.

    • Alaska weather is really all over the map. It might be sunny and 65 it might be 40˚F and raining. In 2018 we had frost 4 mornings in a row.

      The Katmai Coast can rain, so be prepared. We’ll send you a full detailed info packet for what to bring.

      It would be highly unlikely that it’ll be cold enough to snow.

    • Reserving your place on a trip requires a 50% deposit. Deposits are non-refundable. All trips MUST be paid in full 45 days prior to the scheduled departure date.

      If the client cancels on a trip paid in full, 90% of the price can be deferred to another trip within the next 12 months, provided that

      i) Expeditions Alaska is able to fill the spot,
      ii) the trip is full and
      iii) 30 days notice is given.

      If cancellation is within 30 days of the trip, only 75% of the fee can be carried over to a future trip. No refunds are given for cancellations within 14 days of the trip departure.

      Expeditions Alaska reserves the right to cancel and/or modify the itinerary of a trip. You will be refunded your payment in full if Expeditions Alaska cancels your trip.

      If weather or other factors delay or impede your trip, there will be no refund of fees. Expeditions Alaska is not responsible for any other costs incurred by the client as a result of the cancellation. Additional costs incurred through weather delays and itinerary changes are the responsibility of the client.

      Expeditions Alaska strongly recommends you purchase Trip Insurance and will provide you with a list of trip insurance agents/companies.

      * May be Trip dependent. See trip details on each page regarding the terms for the photo tour you are interested in.

    • I know you do. As well you should.

      I recommend starting with the General Trip FAQ page

      More questions? Email me or call me  if you like.

      Upon your reservation I’ll send out a comprehensive trip information packet that covers just about everything and more you might imagine about your trip.

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