Frequently Asked Questions
DO I NEED PRIOR CAMPING EXPERIENCE?
No. Many of our guests have never been camping before. With our top of the line equipment, efficient systems, and expert guides you'll be amazed at how easy, comfortable, and fun camping in Alaska can be.
CAN I BRING MY CHILDREN?
Camping is an excellent activity to be enjoyed with the whole family. Consider our Classic Family Tour if you are traveling with children. Minimum age is 8.
WHAT ABOUT SINGLE TRAVELERS?
Many of our tour participants are single. If there are two same sex single travelers on a trip we will pair you in a tent, or have your own if you prefer (let our office staff know prior to your trip). The following single supplement charges will be applied if we cannot pair you with another participant on our hotel stay day(s): Classic Alaskan Tour and Wildlife Tour $75. Grand Tour Combo $150.
WILL I SEE WILDLIFE?
Although abundant, wildlife can be elusive to spot. Sightings vary from trip to trip. We have developed our tours to maximize the potential to view wildlife and most often we are successful.
WHAT'S THE WEATHER LIKE?
That varies from year to year. Some summers see very little rain. Others are a bit wetter. Temperatures are generally mild: 60's to 70's (sometimes much warmer) in the day and 50's at night with some exceptions. Late August and September trips can be a bit cooler, although fall colors and the possibility of Northern Lights make up for it. We highly recommend adequate raingear for prolonged periods in the rain.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?
That depends on your interests. June generally has fewer travelers than other months. Late June and July brings wildflowers and a bit warmer temperatures. Late August and early September bring fall colors and the possibility of Northern Lights.
HOW BAD ARE THE BUGS?
Most people are surprised at how easy it is to get along with the bugs. Most of the time we encounter few of them, other times they can be a bit more bothersome. Mosquito repellent, however, is very effective at repelling them and our screened in kitchen shelter provides a haven from the occasionally pesky bugs while in camp.
HOW MUCH TIME DO WE SPEND DRIVING?
Alaska is a big state. In order to get a feel for the different biotic communities and interesting geography located here one must commit to a bit of travel. The rewards are worth it. We have designed our trips to highlight the best parks and protected areas in the state in a manner that limits the amount of time in a vehicle. Travel is generally limited to every 2nd or 3rd day and takes anywhere between 3 to 6 hours with stops for wildlife, photography, and short walks. Many of our guests enjoy the relaxing ride and outstanding scenery (including nationally recognized scenic byways) between destinations.
WHERE SHOULD I STAY IN ANCHORAGE?
Contact us and we will recommend accommodations in Anchorage.
We recommend arriving at least the day before your trip departure. All trips leave approximately 9:00 am on day 1. All trips arrive back in Anchorage by approximately 5:00 pm on the last tour day. Your guide will drop you off at either your hotel or at the airport at this time.
WHAT IF I HAVE SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS LIKE LOW FAT, VEGETARIAN, ETC?
No problem. We'll send out a trip questionnaire to learn about your eating habits prior to your trip. You'll be surprised how versatile our menus are and how well we will feed you. Just let us know what your likes and dislikes are. We do our best to accommodate everyone.
“Over a number of years we have participated various camping tours in Norway, Russia/ Eastern Europe, Kenya, Botswana, Namibia, Western Australisa, and South Africa. The two week Alaska camping tour with Alaska Outdoors was by far the best- not just because of the superb scenery and activities, but also because of the brilliant planning and organization of the itinerary, small group size, quality of equipment and camp sites, excellent food, and above all your own personal care and attention to every detail and personal interest in each tour participant. Thank you!”
“Taking the opportunity, I would like again to thank our guides who not only did a fantastic work on camping and feeding us, but also enjoyed travelling with us and made this travel really friendly and informal.”
“I want to another trip with Alaska Outdoors- a longer one this time-and bring some friends. Thanks for a spectacular vacation.”