2024 Kodiak Bears, Whales, Northern Lights Tour


Dates: Sept. 6-10, 2024
Location: Kodiak, Alaska
Focus: Photographing coastal brown bears, whales, auroras, wild horses
Limit: 7 persons

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Kodiak, Alaska

Kodiak, Alaska: Home of the largest brown bears in the world +


This trip is PACKED with wildlife photography each day with so much variety beyond the amazing and captivating Kodiak brown bears. Yes, you’ll see the Kodiak bears, and enjoy their cubs…which have distinctive white fur around their necks for several years. They’ll be fishing for silver salmon, which will be running. But also, the night sky gets dark enough for us to see and photograph northern lights, if the sky is clear. Puffins have hatched their chicks and are bringing back silver fish in their beaks to feed them. Bald eagle chicks are fledging. And whales are abundant. We’ll also head out on an ATV tour to find more bears, wild horses, and fox, as well as other species, perhaps mountain goats up on the ridges.

Trip Level

While this trip is perfect for shutterbugs, others who enjoy wildlife viewing and unparalleled stunning landscapes will get a true Alaska adventure. To join this trip, you must be able to walk up and down stairs, and ride comfortably in boats, and shuttles, and in off-road vehicles on rough terrain. The activity level is rated 1-2 / easy. Avid photography enthusiasts (beginners to professionals) should bring (you can rent them too) a digital SLR camera, a 300mm lens or longer and be familiar with basic manual menu settings prior to the trip.

The Trip at a Glance

  • 5 days and 4 nights of fully guided, safe bear viewing in the heart of bear country and on the island of Kodiak.
  • Comfortable accommodations with modern amenities and hearty meals. Single rooms with no additional fees.
  • Small group size: 7 tour participants
  • Marine wildlife photography tour, ATV wild horse tour.
  • Daily photography instruction, along with educational dialogue about bear behavior and the flora and fauna of Alaska, while shadowing Michelle Theall, Alaska Magazine‚Äôs executive editor and award-winning photographer for the title.
  • Daily bear-viewing excursions along the coast and rivers.
  • Nightly alerts for northern lights opportunities.



Airfare to and from Kodiak and your home, trip insurance, and gratuities, not included. Full terms and conditions available with deposit.

For more information or to secure a spot on the trip, please contact [email protected] ASAP or book immediately by submitting your deposit below. Payment by check is preferred to keep costs down. Email for specifics. Or, call: 720-635-1380 for additional details.

Your Guides

Explore wildlife around the world with our expert tour leaders. You’re in good hands with the best in the business.

We understand animals, but we also know what it takes to make photographers and wildlife-lovers happy. A couple decades in the field working with humans and critters allow us to make your trip easy, fun, and awe-inspiring. And while you’ll see amazing creatures, it’s also what you won’t see that will make your trip successful. Our team’s exceptional planning, logistics, and nimble problem solving skills create worry-free travel for our clients.

Michelle Theall

Michelle Theall

Michelle Theall is the executive editor and a professional photographer at Alaska Magazine. She owns Wild Departures, a company she started to share her global travel expertise with avid shutterbugs, to bring them to the right place at the right time for the image of a lifetime. Her work has appeared in publications and private galleries and she’s been profiled by Oprah, the Travel Channel, and the Today Show.
Woman in lime green coat holding camera with telephoto lens sitting on rocky area

Corrynn Cochran

We call Corrynn Cochran “superfun” because she brings that attitude to her work. As the former photo editor at two different national titles and an accomplished professional wildlife photographer, Corrynn makes sure everyone gets the shot.