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The Last Frontier - 14 Days

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JULY 26 - AUGUST 08 2020

AUGUST 16 - AUGUST 29 2020


us for an adventure-filled 14 days / 13 nights, 1600+ mile lodging
Alaskan trip of a lifetime! Fulfill your dreams of hiking mountains,
exploring glaciers, salmon/halibut fishing, flying in bush planes over
National Parks, witnessing pristine wilderness, and observing majestic
wildlife in its natural habitat...AND MORE! This is one of those trips
that will continue to astound and delight, all while introducing you to
incredible scenery, remote locations, and colorful locals. You will be
able to choose your own adventure most of the time, while still
retaining a tight-knit group environment with interesting and fun people
from around the world. Bring your senses of adventure, humor, and flexibility -

this trip will be unlike anything you've ever experienced!

Optional pre- and post-tour add-ons available in Anchorage (view options here)


  • Visit 3 incredible National Parks (with an option to add a 4th!)
  • Scenic train ride from Talkeetna to Denali NP (option to upgrade to Gold Star class)
  • Step back in time in McCarthy via Wrangell-St Elias NP
  • Epic hiking opportunities
  • Full lodging tour
  • Glaciers, wildlife, mountains, rivers, and more!



TO ALASKA! Hopefully you've had some time to acclimate in Anchorage
after your long journey to The Last Frontier. We will meet at our office
in the morning, get orientated, and load up. It’s time to leave the
“big city”! 

In true Alaska fashion, we head North to the Future
on today’s adventure. We will make a few stops along the shorter drive
(in AK terms), arriving in historic and marvelous Talkeetna. This tiny
town boasts 876 year-round residents, has a cat for a mayor and is the
inspiration for the TV show Northern Exposure, as well as a base camp
for those attempting to climb Denali. Weather permitting, we can take a
scenic flight over Denali NP - giving us incredible photo opportunities
and the experience of a lifetime. You will even get the option to land
on a glacier, setting you down right in the heart of the Alaska Range.
Following the flight, take some time to dig into this arts-rich
community that offers a variety of shops and restaurants to sample and
the right touch of nightlife to bring your first day to a close.


amazing day awaits us! We will start with a hearty breakfast and a
little more time to stop into the places missed yesterday. Then board
the Alaska Railroad for a comfortable ride through the valleys of the
Talkeetna, Chulitna, and Susitna Rivers and the wilderness that flanks
Denali's Southside. Keep a sharp eye out for wildlife! Find all the
trails that branch off of the tracks and wonder about the people who
call this rugged land home. Enjoy some lunch or a snack on board, and
wander out to the vestibules between cars. Your guide will meet you with
the van at the Denali Park Depot and tour you around the Visitor Center
and "Glitter Gulch". This evening, we will enjoy a lovely meal in Healy
- where we can explore the replica bus from INTO THE WILD - and then
head back south to our accommodation get a good night’s sleep - tomorrow
is a HUGE day!


Today is FILLED
with animals and sweeping landscapes! We start the day with a dogsled
demo in the park, then board the bus that goes to Eielson Visitor Center
- an 8 hour, 132-mile round-trip adventure! In addition to the
scheduled stops, we can jump on/off the bus at any time to go explore on
our own.  Denali Park is a pristine wilderness - meaning it does NOT
have any marked trails.

The bus is an included activity, but
also optional - feel free to stay on the trails around the front-country
Visitor Center if that is more appealing. Those with an adventurous
side may choose to go whitewater rafting or on an ATV adventure instead
of hiking. We enjoy a pizza dinner that evening, along with a few drinks
and cornhole!


journey takes us East and onto the Denali Highway, which is considered
one of the most scenic drives in the world. We will be surrounded by the
majestic Alaska Range, with miles of rolling tundra dotted by shallow
lakes. Many viewpoints/places of interest along the way will keep us
busy taking pictures and soaking in the surroundings. We finish our day
at Mile 42, where Susie + Alan Echols at the MacLaren River Lodge will
welcome us and we will be treated to a lovely stay and meals. Time
permitting, we just may be able to get out on the river for a boat
ride…otherwise, we will enjoy a relaxing evening in this gorgeous
setting. Another perfect day!


drive today is adventure-filled and picturesque! We will make many
stops along the way, checking out the Hub, the official National Park
Visitor Center for the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, and the quaint
town of Chitina, all before hitting the iconic McCarthy Road. That’s
right - 60 miles of rock-n-roll road, which once was a railroad line
during the copper mining heyday. The journey to The End of the Road is a
bumpy and exciting one, with historic stops and beautiful landscapes
throughout. For the next few days, we will be stepping back in time,
leaving our vehicle behind, and embracing all that the Wrangell-St.
Elias NP has to offer us. This location is always a highlight! Tonight
we finish up at the saloon with an open mic night, bringing out locals
and tourists alike. Are you ready to sing and dance???


day is here! Today we embark on either a glacier walk OR ice climbing
(choose your own adventure!), where we will get a close-up encounter
with Root Glacier. The excursion includes an energetic 2.5-mile hike
each way, winding through the town of Kennicott, continuing on the trail
that parallels the glacier. Our experienced guides will educate us on
geology, flora, and fauna along the way. Rain or shine, this is an
excellent activity and a truly magical experience. 

If your
interest is history, join in on the excellent copper mill tour to learn
about the incredible operation that once thrived in the area. It is the
only way to enter many of the historic buildings, including the 14-story
mill building, which is currently under renovation through the National
Park Service. 

In the evening, we will enjoy the local cuisine and then spectate (or join in!) on the local softball game.


perfect day awaits us in this magical land! Today's options include an
incredible scenic flight over the National Park, whitewater rafting,
and/or hike along local trails. If you decide that you would rather
relax (or if the weather is unfavorable), there’s always the McCarthy
Museum, local shopping, or simply reading a book. You could also
consider revisiting any of the activities if you missed something or
want to repeat an experience. Tonight we will dine in town, awaiting
whatever wonderful live music and general shenanigans are scheduled for
the evening.


the road again! We retrace the McCarthy Road and wander our way to
another beautiful location for our overnight. As always, we will be
rewarded with majestic landscapes and prime photo stops throughout the
route. This evening's cozy lodge offers hiking trails right off the
property, incredible cuisine, and beautiful grounds just to simply relax
on. This is a perfect day to reset and prepare for our Kenai Peninsula


drive will take us along the Cook Inlet and Turnagain Arm, where we
will have sweeping views of incredible mountains, water, wildlife, and
glaciers. Keep a keen eye as we weave through this area, as it is very
possible to spot some Dall sheep or Beluga whales. We will stop along
the way to take photos and bask in the beauty surrounding us. We land
this afternoon in Moose Pass, which originated over a century ago as a
layover point on the famed Iditarod Trail and as a construction camp.
Our family-run lodge this evening offers excellent service, top-notch
food, and fabulous hiking trails nearby.


morning, we will drive the quick 30 miles to Seward, named for the
Secretary of State who made the fortuitous Alaska purchase in 1867.
There are many adventures to choose from today! One of the most popular
options is to get out on the water and see the National Park via a fast
catamaran - a truly memorable and fantastic experience. Along the route,
expect to explore spectacular sights, seeking out marine and avian
wildlife, all while a National Park ranger provides information on the
area’s ecology, history, and geology. You will also experience an active
tidewater glacier, and could be so lucky as to see it calve before your
very eyes! You’ll know when that happens…it sounds like thunder, and
huge amounts of ice will plummet into the sea. This memorable tour is
complete with a delicious salmon and prime rib buffet meal included
(vegetarian option available).  

If fishing is more your interest,
you can get out on the water and slay some salmon (maybe even join the
derby)! Or perhaps you'd rather go hiking? Link up with a ranger hike
(season/availability permitting) or self-guide along the Exit Glacier or
Harding Ice Field trails. Another choice: take a helicopter on top of a
mountain to go dog sledding! And of course, you can always stay in town
to relax or visit the incredible Sea Life Center.


head down the Sterling Highway! Our morning can be a bit relaxed, with
options to sleep in, more town exploration, or a quick morning Sea Life
Center visit. The drive through the Kenai region is absolutely gorgeous.
For part of the day, we will wind along the Kenai River through the
tiny town of Cooper Landing and past some of the most beautifully
colored water. Keep an eye out for moose on the road! Our first stop in
town will be the Kenai Visitor Center, followed by a fascinating visit
to Bunny Swan Gease, a local native woman who will share her culture and
arts with us. Tonight, we will head to the park for some live music and
food vendors, a summertime treat for locals and visitors alike.    


we head to the end of the Kenai Peninsula and reach the lovely town of
Homer - the halibut capital of the WORLD! Before we arrive, we will make
a stop at the phenomenal Norman Lowell Gallery to keep ourselves
cultured. For those who are ready to jump into adventure, an afternoon
cruise on the Danny J awaits you. With good luck, you will see many
seabirds, whales and other marine wildlife while out on Kachemak Bay. If
you would rather explore on land, the Homer Spit will delight you with
its eccentric establishments. Our evening activity includes a visit to
the fantastic and rowdy Salty Dawg Saloon, a local bar shaped like a
lighthouse with dollars stapled all over the walls. Locals, tourists,
and fishermen frequent this iconic place, and we will have a good ol’
time there, indeed!



Today is
another big adventure day! You can choose to go halibut fishing, fly out
to watch brown bears in the wild (yes, like National Geographic!), head
out on a kayak, or take another cruise around the Bay. Let’s cross our
fingers for great weather, as these full-day activities will require
ideal conditions to operate. After our long and incredible day, we will
have a relaxing night enjoying some delicious food and mingling with the
locals. BEST DAY EVER!



will drive the scenic route back to Anchorage, keeping our schedule
flexible dependent on return flights. Some may choose to stay another
night (or a few!) in order to explore The Last Frontier even more. Time
permitting, we could stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center or
the Anchorage Museum for a last-minute activity. Or we may just opt to
roll into town, get a bite, then say our heartfelt goodbyes. We have
created lifelong memories, photos, and stories to tell far and wide -
Alaska will stay with you forever!

We are pleased to announce that both tours for the 2020 season will be
run by veteran guide, Amy Jackson. To learn more about Amy, please visit
our About Us section or her personal website.

TOUR DATES: July 26 - August 08; August 16 - August 29 (Private tour
departures may be available, please email or call for more information)

PRICING: $4,795.00 USD per person double occupancy (pricing includes 3%
credit card fee - payments made via direct deposit subtract $145 USD)


  • Transportation for the duration of tour dates
  • All lodging for the duration of tour dates
  • National Park entry fees
  • Adventure Class train ride from Talkeetna to Denali NP (upgrade to Gold Star available)
  • Food kitty to cover all basic breakfasts + lunches
  • Denali bus transfer (Eielson VC route)
  • Professional tour guide


  • Scenic bush/float/ski plane flightseeing tours; optional glacier landing in Talkeetna (2 locations)
  • Whitewater rafting (2 locations)
  • ATV tour
  • Riverboat tour
  • Glacier hiking
  • Ice climbing
  • Historic copper mill tour
  • Scenic + wildlife boat cruise (2 locations)
  • Salmon + halibut fishing
  • Helicopter to dog sledding
  • Brown bear viewing
  • Sea Life Center
  • Town exploration
  • Museums
  • Hiking

OVERALL TOUR INFORMATION: This trip *definitely*
falls under the category of adventure travel! We always strive to stick
to the itinerary as posted and provide the activities listed along the
way. All guests should be aware and fully acknowledge that we may need
to alter plans/routes/specifics due to factors beyond our control.
Alaska is wild and unpredictable! Please consider the extreme and
undeniable climate changes of this vast land, and know that we cannot
guarantee all activities or options will be available. 

glacier landing option may not be available in Talkeetna; water levels
may be too low to whitewater raft in Denali or Wrangell-St. Elias;
weather may not permit small plane flights for flightseeing or visiting
bears; wildfires may alter our route

This tour is open internationally to guests 21 and over. Private tour
option is available upon request, and can be made open to all ages.

Transportation for tour dates, lodging for tour dates, park entries,
daily food kitty to cover all basic breakfasts and lunches for tour
dates, Adventure Class train ride (upgrade available), Denali bus
transfer, and professional tour guide. All rates are per person in U.S.
dollars based on double shared occupancy. Single supplement is available
upon request for an additional $1,300 USD.

Tour does NOT
include air transportation to/from Anchorage, insurance, ground
transportation outside of tour dates, lodging outside of tour dates, any
optional activities/tours, dinner meals, liquor, items of personal
nature, gifts, gratuities, or purchases made on-board any outfitter

ACTIVITY LEVEL = MODERATE: Guests should be able to walk short
long distances on uneven ground. Trails surfaces for our various walks
vary, from paved to uneven natural terrain. Tour vehicle requires all
guests to be in good overall health and able to load in/out without
assistance. Some activities have fitness and/or weight restrictions.

suggest purchasing trip cancellation/interruption insurance to protect
your travel investment at the time you sign up for one of our trips.
This coverage will offset cancellation charges in the event of illness

before or during your trip. We also only run this trip with a MINIMUM of 5

guests, and will not be able to confirm the status until 90 days prior to departure.

Greatland Adventure's tour leaders and service providers are all paid
salaries for their work. They will go out of their way to make your trip
special and do not perform their jobs just for money. However, they do
accept gratuities should you determine that they performed their jobs at
an outstanding level. Gratuities should reflect your satisfaction with
their level of service.

the deposit non-refundable at the time of reservation, unless we have to
cancel the trip due to not meeting minimum guest requirements. Any
cancellation 90-days prior to the tour is completely non-refundable for
the deposit. Cancellation with less than 60-days prior to the tour will
be non-refundable for the entire tour amount. A credit card or direct
deposit transfer is required to make your reservation online. You will
be charged the deposit when you book your trip, and the full amount will
be charged 60-days prior to the tour. We require at least 90-day notice
for cancellations. Wildlife sighting is not guaranteed.

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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!
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