Run Wild in Alaska
Run Wild in Alaska
- All Lodging (7 nights, double occupancy)
- Road Transportation and Gas
- Park Entry Fees
- Guided Activities
- 2 Fit 4 Adventure Guides
- Welcome Dinner in Anchorage
- 2 Breakfasts at Denali Overlook Inn
- Lunch on Float Plane Day
- Home-cooked Dinner at Denali Overlook Inn
- Lunch on the Trail one day
- Breakfast at the Copper Whale Inn
- Dinner on Last Night
- Dinner in Seward
NOTE: Week 2 guests will have 8 nights' accommodation included in trip price.
It’s vast. Just to see the highlights in Alaska you have to hit the ground running. Actually, we pedal, paddle, hike and climb our way through – exploring immense glaciers, scenic bays, alluring trails, wild rivers and abundant wildlife in America’s 49th state. From Denali, the highest point in North America, to sea life in the coastal town of Seward, we see...and do…it all.
2022 Trip Dates
Trip #1: June 19-26, 2022 (8 days, 7 nights; $3,479/pp) (SOLD OUT)
Trip #2: June 27-July 5, 2022 (9 days, 8 nights; $3,976/pp)
***SOLD OUT *** Trip 1 starts June 19, 2022, the day after the Anchorage Marathon*. If you’ve ever wanted to do a ‘Destination Marathon’, this is The One- the 8 adventurous days that follow the race are sure to be INCREDIBLE! Guests on Week 1 will get to experience the Midnight Sun during the Summer Solstice (6/21): sunset after midnight, sunrise before 4am… It’s CRAZY- a truly unique 'Alaskan' experience…
*If you plan to run the Anchorage Marathon/Half Marathon, you'll want to arrive a couple of days early. We are happy to arrange lodging for these extra days, just let us know what you need.
Trip 2 commences on June 27, 2022- it's the same itinerary as Week 1, but we’re adding an extra night in the seaside town of Seward to take in the 4th of July festivities- boat parades, street markets, midnight fireworks and the chance to witness ‘the toughest 5K on the planet’- the Mount Marathon 5K- an event that has to be seen to be believed…
Regardless of which week suits your taste for Adventure, our Run Wild in Alaska itinerary hits all the highlights and has been repeatedly termed 'The Trip of a Lifetime'. Come, join us and see for yourself...
TRIP PRICE: Week 1- $3,479 (add $870 for single-supplement); Week 2- $3,976/pp (add $994 for single supplement)
FLIGHTS: You are responsible for booking your own flight into Anchorage. (ANC). Please arrive by midday of the 19th or 27th (2pm at the latest). Alternatively, you can plan to arrive the day before, spending the night in Anchorage.
Your departing flight on June 26th or July 5th will be an evening fight out of Anchorage (arriving the next day). Choose a flight that doesn’t leave before 6 pm. We are hiking, eating lunch and driving earlier in the day so it will take time to get back to Anchorage.
PAYMENTS: A $500 (per person) deposit is due when you submit the reservation form. Your 2nd payment (50% of remaining balance) will be due March 1, 2022 . The remaining balance will be due May 1, 2022 . You’ll receive a reminder email when your payment is due.
CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel your trip before March 1, your deposit is refundable, less a $100 cancellation fee. All other payments are non-refundable.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: The cancellation policy above will be strictly adhered to. To avoid the loss of payments due to unforeseen circumstances, travel insurance is highly recommended. The easiest way is to purchase it at the same time you purchase your flight. You may consider purchasing insurance from World Nomads (F4A will receive a small commission for any purchase made through this link. Thank you.)
If you have any questions about this trip, please feel free to reach out to Nick@Fit4Adventure.com
Day 1: Anchorage Away!
Arriving in Anchorage by mid-afternoon, we will gather the group for an introductory happy hour and dinner*. Then, with no time to waste, we’ll head out of the big city and into the wild and sprawling territory of Denali. A warm welcome, and a fresh homemade dessert, will be waiting for us at the Denali Overlook Inn, our deluxe bed-and-breakfast lodge with a wide-open view of the Alaska range.
*Dinner Included in trip price
Day 2: Talkeetna
Our first day exploring is up in the air. Literally! This morning, weather permitting, we’ll be taking to the skies on a fly-in hike excursion in the Talkeetna Mountains tundra. Our bush plane pilots know the perfect spot to drop us – at a remote lodge on a high alpine lake only accessible by float plane or helicopter. Later in the day we will explore the tiny town of Talkeetna, rich with history and alive with activity, before returning to the house for a home-cooked dinner. *
*Lunch and Dinner included in trip price.
Day 3: Talkeetna to Denali National Park
We press further north today, into Denali National Park. With more than 6 million acres, it’s a vast unspoiled wilderness of braided rivers, massive peaks, and abundant wildlife. And it’s Alaska’s most popular land attraction. Upon arrival, we’ll stop by the visitor center, but then quickly escape the crowds by going deeper in for a hike along the Savage River.
After the hike, we’ll check into our cozy cabins at The Crow’s Nest, cleverly hidden in the hillside just outside the Denali Park entrance. But, of course, the day doesn’t end here. After stopping for pizza dinner, there will still be hours of daylight remaining to spend as you wish. Just steps away from where we eat, you can embark on a mountain bike tour, a whitewater raft trip, or a leisurely stroll through the park-side village and back to our cabins.
Day 4: Mt. Healy Overlook Trail
This is our big hiking day at Denali. Starting near the Visitor Center, this trail quickly enters the forest and starts climbing towards the sky. As we get closer to the top of Mt. Healy we are rewarded with sweeping views of the park below, the Nenana River Valley, and the mountains all around. From the top, we may even get an above-the-clouds peek at the massive summit of Mt. Denali. Thousands of people visit Denali National Park daily in June and July, but we’ll be high above it all and mostly on our own. Very few visitors take advantage of this magnificent trail. (Hike is approximately 7 miles roundtrip, with about 2,400’ in elevation gain).
A day like this must end with beer. From here, it’s onto the fun and funky 49th State Brewing Company.
Day 5: Return to Anchorage
After a stop for breakfast at our favorite Black Bear Café, we’ll roll south back to Anchorage. Even though it’s technically our rest day, many of us will still want to get out and about. Probably the best way to see Anchorage is by bike, and the 11-mile Coastal Trail hits all the highlights. Rental bikes can easily be found, in fact they are right outside the front door of our quaint downtown bed-and-breakfast, the Copper Whale Inn. Great local restaurants, and interesting museums, are within a short walk.
Day 6: Scenic Drive to Seward/Biking and Glacier Kayaking excursions
We hit the road again, and this one - over mountain passes, through forests, and along a majestic coastline - is considered one of the most beautiful of our nation’s scenic highways. We’ll start right in on it after breakfast- by noon, we will be biking through Seward and kayaking amongst the glaciers...
Glacier kayaking is a once-in-a-lifetime experience: plying through calm waters surrounded by glaciers and icebergs. Our kayak adventure starts with a ride in a private water taxi which takes us first on a wildlife scouting tour through Resurrection Bay before dropping us in a secluded cove where our kayaks await. After a brief orientation for first-time paddlers, we’ll spend a couple of hours paddling amid immense floating icebergs, up close to a glacier, and amongst seals, sea otters, and other marine wildlife. We’ll have it all to ourselves and in the quiet you will hear the incredible sounds a glacier makes when it moves and calves, sending big chunks of ice splashing into the water.
Afterwards, the water taxi will take us back to Seward’s harbor where we will have dinner by the docks in Seward Harbour*.
*Dinner is included in the F4A trip price.
Lodging in Seward will be at the historic Exit Glacier Lodge.
Day 7: Glacier Trekking
Yet another 'once-in-a-lifetime' experience, our adventure today will be found among the icy crags of Exit Glacier. After a scenic drive into the park, our hike starts on a paved path leading away from the Kenai Fjords visitor center. Things quickly get interesting as the pavement ends and we climb about 1.5 miles to the very edge of Exit Glacier. There, we don crampons and helmets (provided), as our expert guides lead us out onto the ice. ,We'll spend 2-3 hours exploring the glacier, looking into crevasses, marveling att he deep blue hues, and drinking that magical elixir- ic-cold glacier water! After a thorough exploration, we'll return down the trail to the Visitors' Center, where cold beverages await!
Lodging in Seward will be at the historic Exit Glacier Lodge and dinner will be at the adjoining Salmon Bake Restaurant and Pub.
Day 8: Seward to Anchorage
After an exhilarating morning hike up Mt. Marathon to a jaw-dropping viewpoint overlooking Seward, the bay and the mountains, we can indulge ourselves in a leisurely lunch and one last look around town before starting our scenic drive back to Anchorage. With evening departures and overnight flights we’ll be arriving home early the next day.
Note: Week 2 guests will have an extra day in Seward to take in 4th of July festivities, which include midnight fireworks display, a boat parade, street markets and the infamous Mount Marathon 5K- 'The Toughest 5K on the Planet'...
I can honestly say that this was hands down the absolute best vacation I have ever taken! If I had planned this trip myself I would never have been able to see and do all the amazing things our group did. Our guides, Nick and Marie - where to even begin to describe how special these two people are. They were such an important reason why this trip was so incredibly special. I am already looking forward to planning my next trip with F4A.
We had a great adventure to Alaska with Fit 4 Adventure. The lodging and the restaurant choices and meal options were spot on. We didn’t worry about anything other than having fun! We loved all the activities. The plane ride to go hiking off grid, the hiking (all were very different and beautiful), the river rafting, kayaking at the glacier, glacier hiking and e-biking was spectacular, scenic and fun! The guides did a wonderful job assuring our needs were taken care of every step of the way. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone seeking an Alaska adventure. It was beyond what we could have imagined!
I just wanted to thank you and super-guide Joe for the fantastic Alaska Trip that I just returned from. It was my dream to see the state, and now I have, in a way that most tourists never will. The best part of the trip for me was experiencing it with the other enthusiastic adventurers who were on the trip. I made new friends and will stay in touch with them.
A great trip. Joe Dann was a super trip leader, very organized, patient, and good at keeping us on a, sometimes, tight schedule. The chemistry of the group was also excellent and everyone got along very well. Both hikes at Denali (Triple Lakes & Mt Healy), the glacier hike and Mt Marathon hike were all wonderful. And of course, kayaking with the icebergs was truly special. Lots of great memories.
Going on one of Diane's trips is great - you just show up and everything is planned! The outdoor activities are all the types of things that I like to do but it's so nice to have somebody else make all the arrangements. The best part is travelling with a group of people that enjoy the same adventures and really good food! If you would rather ride around on a tour bus and watch other people enjoying life...then these trips are not for you.
We'll plan the trip!