Amazing Alaska

New Zealand is finally opening to the world. We are experiencing a growing demand from Kiwis ready to return to travelling and exploring parts of the world that have been on their wish list for the past two years. The government has also reduced the compliance required to return home, which now makes travel a lot easier. Alaska is on many bucket lists. These are the highlights:

Fjords, glaciers & icebergs: The glacial wonderlands of Alaska’s coastline are nothing short of spectacular. Sail around the coves and inlets of Kenai Fjords National Park to explore fjords, glaciers and marine wildlife. Kayak the protected, icy waters or Prince William Sound or cruise through Glacier Bay National Park and preserve to discover icebergs the size of small buildings.

Alaska’s Arctic: The Dalton highway traverses this vast and rugged region, crossing in to the Arctic Circle and travelling up to America’s richest oil field at Prudhoe Bay. Pass through the unspoilt wilderness of the Brooks Range, visit unique native villages and dip your toe in the Arctic Ocean.

Heritage and culture: There are many different places to experience the traditions, history and culture of Alaska and their people. Learn more about the Alaska Native Heritage Centre in Anchorage. From old gold mining towns like Dawson City to still-thriving Alaska Native communities, you’ll uncover an interesting mix of cultures.

Spectacular rail journey:  Alaska’s iconic rail journeys give you an experience unlike any other, allowing you to discover otherwise inaccessible terrain. Traverse Southcentral and Interior Alaska with the Alaska Railroad for views of the Alaska Range.

Natural wonders:  An experience not to be missed is seeing the beautiful Northern Lights as they light up the night sky. Chase them in the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Manitoba and Alaska, where the viewing is best from February to March.

Denali National Park – America’s highest peak: Amazing awe-inspiring Denali is the highest peak in North America. Its surrounding park is a wilderness that offers endless activities from hiking to flightseeing. The wildlife is excellent – see bears, wolves, Dall sheep, caribou and moose.

Inside Passage – Cruising wonderland: Cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage is like no other. See incredible scenery of mountains, fjords, glaciers and rainforests and observe wildlife such as bald eagles and porpoises. Visit unique communities including the city of Juneau and the fishing town of Ketchikan.

Wildlife and unique experiences:  Imagine seeing brown bears snatching salmon from a stream or humpback whales doing acrobatics.  The coastlines of Alaska offer some of the best places in the world to view the incredible whale.

Issue 131 June 2022