New Summer Excursions!!

June-Yukon

Alaskan Arctic Expeditions is now offering summer excursions! After three decades of traversing the frozen Arctic on skis, snowshoes and dogsleds, we are picking up our canoe paddles, rafts and hiking boots and heading into the wilderness under the warm summer sun.   We invite everyone who has an appetite for adventure and love of nature to join us!

June

And then we're off to the mighty Yukon River in Alaska!  For eight days you will be surrounded by the pristine boreal forest while paddling down the powerful current of the Yukon.  The scenery is astounding with its dark green landscape of rolling hills and cliffs.  We might have an opportunity to see moose, bears, beaver, wolves and waterfowl. 

The Yukon River is the longest river in Alaska and Yukon Territory.  It was the principle means of transportation during the 1896-1903 Gold Rush.  It was in the Yukon River area where Robert Service found his inspiration to write many of his famous poems including: The Cremation of Sam McGee. There are still folks who live along the historic Yukon River so we might see a few boats in the water and cabins tucked in the forest.  You will truly enjoy the rare opportunity to travel on this historic river.

 The Yukon River flows with a relatively fast current and paddling is easy as the water carries you down this magnificent river.  At night we pitch our tents and enjoy campfires on the beaches in a land of the midnight sun.

These are eight day seven night adventures.  The trip cost covers all camping gear, groceries and tents.  Just bring your personal items and a couple sets of rugged clothing to withstand outdoors living and we will provide the rest!! Canoeing the Yukon River is a true Alaskan wilderness experience.

Day 1
begins our canoe adventure at the historic gold mining town of Eagle with a population 89 hardy souls.  After our canoe safety orientation we will ease into our canoes, dip our paddles in the muscle of the Yukon River and begin our adventure!! 

Day 2-7
Each morning after enjoying hardy breakfasts cooked over an open fire (if weather permitting) we break camp and paddle slowly downstream. The Yukon is deafening silent but the current is powerful!   On many stretches of the river, the only requirement is hold your paddle into the water and allow the current to perform all the work, leaving you time to relax and enjoy the beautiful forests drift by. 

Depending on our progress, we might have an "off" day or two so we can explore areas of the boreal forest of fish local streams.  In the afternoon or evenings we simply pull our canoes on shore and pitch camp. Sometimes the beaches are too thick with brush to camp so we will pitch our tents a little distance from the river.  At night, weather permitting, we will fire up the campfire and feast on camp cooked hardy meals.   

Day 8
We arrive at our destination of Circle City that has a population of around 100 folks and head back to "civilization" with many adventures to tell!!

Trips are available in June

Saviukviayak
Late June 8-day

The Saviukviayak River, meaning: "material for a spear head" in Eskimo, is an amazingly panoramic Arctic river that cuts through the jagged Brooks Mountain Range in a westerly direction. Its relatively abundant wildlife population is due from hidden and unmapped warm springs alongside the river.  This warm spring flows year-round and provides rich nutrients to fish that become sources of food for an array of predators' including: wolves, foxes, wolverines and rare and migratory birds.  It's a birder's hidden treasure!

Geologically speaking the Saviukviayak, or Sav, is a very unique river with mineral deposits that is considered to be world-class significance. 

The Sav River is also one of many rivers in the Brooks Range that is rarely traveled.  It's only accessible by airplane, helicopter or dogteam in winter.  Which is why the Sav is virtually unexplored.

In late June, the landscape of jagged peaks and rolling hills awakens with a spectacular display of colorful wildflowers.  It's a truly an amazing sight.  Also, one of the highlights of the Sav River is the warm-springs. I had discovered the warm springs while traveling by dog team several years ago.  Surrounding this thermal springs are large poplar trees which are not common in the Arctic.  They resemble an oasis in a desert. This small Arctic oasis is a sight to see and to experience. Even though the springs are not warm enough to bathe in, it will definitely be by one of our campsites for us to explore.

Day 1
This is our big day!! This is when we leave civilization behind us and venture into one of the most pristine Arctic wildernesses in the world!  After a flight by small plane we land on the headwaters of the Sav River where we set-up camp.  It's a beautiful setting surrounded with jagged knifed peaks and rich arctic flora.  This is sheep country!!

The large sheep population represents a general healthy wildlife population.  So, we might also see wolverines, caribou, moose, eagles and foxes as well.  It would be a shame to immediately depart and allow this jewel of Alaska's Arctic unexplored! So, our 2nd day will be spent hiking and exploring this magnificent landscape. 

Day 3
In the early morning we break camp, load the rafts and start our journey down the winding Sav River.  The landscape is striking as we pass through a wide canyon.  This will be a prime opportunity to view Dall sheep and golden eagles. After we set up camp in the early afternoon we hike the ridges and explore this incredible valley.

Day 4
After a short day of rafting we will make camp early in the afternoon and hike to the malamute warm springs where we will explore this rare Arctic oasis. 

Day 5 - 7
Now, the landscape opens wide with the jagged peaks falling away in the distance as we float down the braided river.  We might see caribou grazing on the lush green hillsides or grizzly bears lying lazily in the summer midnight sun.  The arctic environment and its wildlife is unpredictable so we never know what surprises lay ahead while we float down the braided river.  It's possible to see muskoxen or moose too!!  We will repeat our previous day of setting up camp and exploring this incredible landscape.

Day 8
Today, we break camp and take a short flight back to our base-camp.  Then we will start the journey back home with memories of an adventure of a lifetime!! These are eight day seven night adventures.  The trip cost covers all camping gear, groceries and tents.  Just bring your personal items and a couple sets of rugged clothing to withstand outdoors living and we will provide the rest!!

Marsh fork canning
July

The Marsh fork of the Canning River is an incredible and stunning landscape! We will land via small plane in the midst of towering and jagged peaks near the continental divide. The area has a healthy Dall sheep population and possibly we will see wolves, grizzly bears, and golden eagles.

The Marsh Fork is a shallow river that twists and turns around rocky cliffs, eventually joining the Canning River. As we drift down the Canning you will see a small forest of poplar trees.  These trees are supplied with rich nutrients by a thermal river that flows from beneath boulders on the mountain side.  This forested area has a very important historical significance: it is here in the forest of poplar trees, that a Japanese man named Frank Yasuda and three other explorers wintered in the 1890's before they trekked over the continental divide and founded the Village of Beaver on the Yukon River.

Day 1
After we arrive on the gravely shores of the Marsh Fork we will set-up camp and explore this jagged landscape.  This is a high elevation scenario so hopefully we will spot Dall sheep. 

Day 2
In the following morning we will break camp and load the rafts and start our float down the winding Marsh Fork.  It's a crystalline fish bearing river that holds trophy sized Arctic grayling.  It's a fly-fisherman's paradise!

Day 3 – 5
We will continue our float down the Canning and explore the striking landscape.  As we approach the thermal spring by the forest there is a good chance to see rare chickadees that reside by the springs. 

Day 6
is an "off" day which will give us a rare opportunity to explore the thermal springs and forest. 

Day 8
After a short flight back to basecamp we will start the journey back home with a memorable adventure to tell all. These are eight day seven night adventures.  The trip cost covers all camping gear, groceries and tents.  Just bring your personal items and a couple sets of rugged clothing to withstand outdoors living and we will provide the rest!!

Porcupine lake/Ivishak River
July/ August

Porcupine Lake is a very interesting geological feature in the Brooks Range.  It lies near the continental divide and is surrounded by lush vegetation that flourishes around the lake.  The water is deep with a very healthy population of Arctic grayling, char and lake trout.  Our pilot will drop us off below the lake on the Ivishak River.  The Ivishak is a cold, clear, glacier fed river surrounded with jagged peaks and rolling hills.  The Ivishak valley has a rich wildlife population including Dall sheep, grizzly bear, foxes, caribou and occasional moose. It's an absolutely stunning valley and a photographer's dream!!

Day 1 – 2
After the pilot lands beside the Ivishak River we set-up camp and then hike to Porcupine Lake and the surrounding mountains.  This is a striking area with a rich landscape of lush green willows and meadows.  Depending on the group's interesting we might spend the second day in the Porcupine lake area.

Day 3
In the early morning we break camp, load the rafts and start our journey down the winding Ivishak River.  The landscape is absolutely beautiful as we drift down the crystalline glacier river.  After we set up camp in the early afternoon we hike the ridges and explore this incredible broad sweeping valley.

Day 4 – 7
after a short day of boating we will make camp early in the afternoons and hike and explore this incredibly panoramic valley.  Hiking opportunities are endless!!

Day 8
A flight back to base camp, then we will start the journey back home with incredible memories and stories of our adventure in one of the most pristine arctic wildernesses of the world! These are eight day seven night adventures.  The trip cost covers all camping gear, groceries and tents.  Just bring your personal items and a couple sets of rugged clothing to withstand outdoors living and we will provide the rest!!