Traveling through Alaska is traveling along the highest mountains, the largest glaciers and the deepest fjords. The roads are empty, villages sometimes consist of one building and bushplans may just land on the road. A roundtrip Alaska means being face to face with the endless wilderness!
Your holiday in Alaska feels like a constant encounter with Mother Nature in its purest form. This small and special piece of America borders Canada to the east and is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Bering Sea and the Arctic Ocean. The water in Alaska is teeming with life. You will find salmon, sea otters, whales and killer whales. On land live the largest bears and elk in the world. These can just appear on your path during your Alaska trip.
When a place is as big as Alaska, it is useful to divide it into parts or regions. Alaska is often divided into six regions: Arctic, Interior, Western, Southwestern, Southcentral, and Southeast.
Begin your round trip at the narrow strip of islands of the Alexander archipelago and the coastal area in the southeast of the state, near the border with Canada. An 864 kilometer long, narrow rainforest grows between Icy Bay and Portland Canal. Quite unique for Alaska, which has little afforestation and is covered almost everywhere with a layer of ice.
Juneau is also located in the southeast. The city can only be reached by boat or plane. Until the Second World War Juneau was not only the capital, but also the largest city in Alaska. That title was lost to Anchorage. Now you can find large forests and small villages in this region.
Today Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska in the south-central area. More animals live here than people! A tour through Alaska also takes you along the Kenai Peninsula where you make long treks through nature and eat your delicious fresh salmon. In the beach town of Homer you will camp at a light blue bay during your trip.
To the southwest there is a zipper of islands, the Aleutians, and a piece of mainland. In the archipelago and at Katmai National Park you can see dormant and steamy volcanoes. Brown bears live in the park and the area is famous for its excellent sport fishing opportunities.
Denali National Park
But the number one attraction in Alaska is the Denali National Park. In the middle of this sub-arctic terrain in the interior of the state, the 6149-meter high Mount McKinley, the highest mountain peak in North America, rises. Locals also call the mountain the Denali or The Great One.
The immense Denali National Park is larger than, for example, the state of Massachusetts and home to over forty mammal species. The national park is your best chance to spot a grizzly bear in its natural habitat. There is only one road through Denali: the 147 km long Park Road leads you through the entire park.
Still further to the north lies the Arctic Alaska region, which extends above the Arctic Circle. Boats, dog sleds and airplanes are often the only transport options in the far north. In this corner of the world you get acquainted with the original inhabitants, the Inuit, who survive in the harsh conditions.
The north of Alaska and inland are perfect locations to see the spectacular Northern Lights. Book a tour and go with an experienced guide to find this special natural phenomenon. You see the bright green light dancing in the sky in one of the most remote places on earth.
Travel to Alaska
The remote Alaska can be reached by plane, boat or car. By plane you land at the airport of one of the two largest cities in the state: Anchorage and Fairbanks. Fairbanks is the best choice if you want to explore the interior of Alaska.
Alaska can also be reached by ferry or cruise ship. As you enter the waters around the state, you can already enjoy the spectacular nature with its glaciers and high snow-covered peaks. Or opt for a road trip! Follow the Alaska Highway, a well-maintained 2400 km highway that brings you from British Columbia to a number of beautiful national parks. You can start your journey through the icy wilderness!