Wild Alaska

Explorations in the Land of the Midnight Sun


$6,525 from Fairbanks, Alaska

Alaska Wildland Adventures

There's a land where the spiritual relationship with the natural world remains an integral and vital part of daily life, where one can follow the paths of indigenous predecessors by foot and by sea and imagine both the beauty and challenge of a simpler lifestyle. From the spectacular majesty of North America's  highest peak to the dramatic coastlines rich with marine wildlife and massive glaciers, the stunning wonders of Alaska await you.

Here's a plan: Let's meander the roads of Denali National Park and behold the snow-capped mountains of the Alaska Range while keeping a keen eye out for the

area's ubiquitous wildlife. We'll discover that grizzlies, caribou, and moose coexist with wolves, marmots, willow ptarmigan and the myriad bird life. Human populations also coexist: five Northern Athabascan Native groups share wildlands with descendants of the Gold Rush. As  we come to know wild Alaska, we'll enjoy exclusive access to deluxe wilderness lodging in the heart of the Kantishna region. Fully guided nature forays, hiking, gold panning and mountain biking will provide opportunities for an even deeper understanding of the nation's 49th state.

At Kenai Fjords National Park, we'll canoe and kayak in ancestral waters of the Alutiiq peoples with overnights at the only lodge within the 700,000-acre park. Paddling amidst curious sea otters, seals, humpback and orca whales and puffins, we'll behold an awe-inspiring backdrop of hanging and tidewater glaciers, bergy bits  and the Kenai Peninsula's beautiful coastline. This unique land tour includes the best of Alaska's interior and coastal treasures, led by W&L's own Alaska expert, Jim Warren, who lends his insider's knowledge for an even richer encounter in wild Alaska.

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Office of Lifelong Learning
Washington and Lee University
204 W Washington Street
Lexington, Virginia 24450