Operator offers natural wonders

GIRDWOOD -- View wildlife by the light of the midnight sun in June.

Gaze at the swaths of color presented by the profusion of wildflowers in July and taste the berries that are at their peak on the trees and bushes in August.

Walk the landscape made golden by the gradual approach of the fall and enjoy the night sky lighted by the aurora borealis in September.

Alaska Wildland Adventures' Natural Wonders Safari will make all of these sensations, and others, available next summer.

Sunset kayaking at Kenai Backcountry Lodge on Skilak Lake in Alaska. The 12-year-old company has 10 guided safari itineraries next year ranging from five to 10 days in length.

They include a family safari program and an explorer safari geared to somewhat more energetic travelers.

Accommodations for the safari guests are provided in a number of rustic lodges and, in some cases, in tents.

These include Alaska Wildland Adventures-owned Kenai Backcountry Lodge, on Skilak Lake; Kenai Riverside Lodge, on the fishing paradise of the upper Kenai River, and Denali Backcountry Lodge, deep in Denali National Park in the former gold-mining area of Kantishna.

These lodges are also available to nontour-buying, independent travelers and cruisers seeking a customized pre- or post-cruise vacation.

The operator's new 24-page brochure is being mailed; it details the safari and fishing vacations scheduled.

A 10-day Explorer Safari, with six departures from Kenai in June, July and August, starts at $2,995 per person, double.

The nine-day Family Safari, with just two departures (June 1 and Aug. 2), costs $3,595 per adult, double, and $3,395 per child ages 6 to 12.

The shortest of the packages, the five-day Kenai Backcountry tour, with two different itineraries out of Anchorage, starts at $1,695 per person, double, for a tour that includes a hike in Chugach National Forest and a small-boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park.

The other itinerary features exploration of the Kenai wilderness area, an overnight stop near Seward, on Resurrection Bay.

The company also offers short (one- and two-night) tours of such less-visited destinations as Barrow, Nome/

Kotzebue and Katmai National Park, which is home to the world's largest brown bear population.

All meals and snacks on the trail, equipment, transportation and guides are included in the price of all Alaska Wildland Adventures packages.

Travelers booking by Dec. 15 can deduct $75 from the published rate.

The company donates $2 a day from each published rate to a variety of Alaska environmental organizations; clients who do not wish to participate in this program need simply note that fact and deduct the appropriate sum from their final payments.

Alaska Wildland Adventures
Phone: (800) 334-8730
Web: www.alaskawildland.com

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