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Bear Viewing - Chinitna Bay


  • Witness the world’s largest bears in the wild with an expert guide/bush pilot
  • Land on beaches and grasslands within Lake Clark National Park
  • Picnic lunch included
  • Hotel pickup/ drop-off included


On this 7 to 8 hour Alaska Bear Viewing tour within Lake Clark National Park, our dedicated guide/bush pilot will take you on the trip of a lifetime. You’ll experience Alaska bears in ways that will change you forever. This adventure is designed around a maximum 5-1 ‘explorer’ to guide ratio. Our guides get you out of the plane and literally into nature. We place emphasis on your safe wilderness interaction using our experience and skills. Viewing bears in their natural habitat is incredible, because their natural habitat is so stunning! Let us show you.

After receiving a thorough safety briefing and outdoor orientation, you’ll depart for the wilds of Alaska! Our specially equipped and modified late model Cessna’s (big tires, heavy duty landing gear, every seat a window seat…) makes this air travel unique to anywhere in the world. Landings are on beaches and grasslands within Lake Clark National Park including, both Chinitna Bay and Silver Salmon Creek. Our company is a respected operator, and one of a few permitted by the NPS for such activities. We practice nature sustaining and animal respectful interactions.

You and your guide will spend literally hours roaming beaches, meadows, and streambanks finding and watching these incredible animals. The walking and exploring will be like nothing you’ve likely experienced and slowly you’ll become one with nature. This is our measure of success and our goal for this experience. (Note: This will be an active endeavor involving level hiking and beach walking.)

Later in the adventure we’ll land on a secluded shoreline and share a picnic lunch. We’ll probably even see more bears (from a distance). We’ll watch the tides come in as you and your fellow explorers enjoy lunch, compare photo’s, round out your friendships, and plan your next Alaska trip! Our flight home will often encompass glacier views, mountains, and maybe an active volcano. You’ll be pleasantly tired and may snooze while listening to our music, but hopefully you will be changed forever with this unique experience.

We utilize specially modified Cessna and DeHavilland wheeled planes where every seat is a window seat. Music, two-way Bose noise-cancelling communication headsets, and on board beverages are standard on our flights. Our experienced Alaska pilots were raised in this very country and love showing it off.   

We Know Where the Bears Are!

  • Total Duration: 7 to 8 hour experience.
  • Dates of Operation: May thru September. One daily departure (from Anchorage). Times may vary due to tide schedules. 
  • Children should be over 10 years for this tour. Due to the remoteness and unimproved locations where we travel, regretfully, we cannot accommodate disabilities or those travelers that cannot walk/hike unassisted.
  • Maximum number of travelers on this adventure is 5.

Price: $795.00 per person

What's Included:

  • Transportation from your location in Anchorage
  • Round trip scenic flight to Lake Clark National Park with beach landing
  • Services of professional bear viewing guide
  • Lunch
  • Binoculars
  • Beverages
  • Bug Spray
  • Extra Rain Gear

What to Bring:

  • Sturdy, comfortable footwear
  • Warm, layered, comfortable clothing

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Customer Testimonials

I recently went on a tour with Greatland Adventures and it exceeded all my expectations. As a seasoned traveler I must say, this company surpassed any other company I have ever toured with. Steve Busby was able to answer every question I had (and believe me I had plenty.) He was so knowledgeable about everything from wildlife (plants, animals, berries, terrain) to Alaskan culture. I learned so much it was amazing! Another highlight was seeing so many animals, Steve has an eagle eye for finding animals that no one else noticed. I have nothing but great things to say about this company, they truly go beyond the call of duty to make sure you have an unforgettable experience. I have recommended them to all my friends and family, and hope that everyone has a chance to experience a tour with this awesome company at some point in their lives. I guarantee you won't regret it!
We are seasoned travelers who have never taken the time to provide reviews before but we feel obliged to share how extraordinary our experience was with Greatland Adventures. We found them on TripAdvisor when planning our long weekend in Anchorage and the customized service began from the first phone call - rather than just telling us what we should do, they began asking questions about what was most important to us. We ended up using Greatland Adventures for two out of our three full days in Anchorage and can't recommend them highly enough. Steve Busby was our tour guide and he squeezed in everything we asked for - and more!...You should feel confident in choosing Greatland Adventures over the other larger tour companies. It was a great value, our guide was extremely knowledgeable, they provided safe and accommodating transportation everywhere, and most importantly the staff is genuine & dependable and very committed to making your trip as AMAZING as possible.
Wow, what can I say about Greatland? I guess I will tell you as my boyfriend and I heard from other tour guides from different companies: 'Steve Busby is the best in the business!' So true. This guy is as professional as they come, and in high demand. He really takes the time to show you what Alaska is all about. I feel honored to have been guided on a custom private tour by someone who is a true Alaskan and knows his stuff. He was so knowledgeable, patient (especially with a couple of newbie hikers as ourselves!), and fun! We had a blast! If you are looking for THE BEST tour company in Alaska, look no further. Greatland Adventures is it. This is the gold standard of tour companies for sure.
Steve was amazing. Easy going, super sensitive to our needs and went the extra mile to make sure we were all comfortable in the freezing cold. He's also incredibly knowledgeable about the area and provided a truly exceptional experience. Also great prices!! Highly highly recommend.