<![CDATA[Adventure Holidays Alaska I Canada I USA - Blog]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:44:31 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Best Animal Sightings in Alaska and Canada - 2017]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:39:52 GMThttp://infiniteadv.com/blog/best-animal-sightings-in-alaska-and-canada-2017Here are our favorite animal sightings for our 2017 Alaska/Canada season. If you have traveled with us and you feel you have better pictures or we forgot anything please email us and we will post them here! We always look for the perfect picture and even I (Nat) never get tired of taking pictures of bears, moose, sea otters and whales. Every month and every moment offers different opportunities. There isn't really a time where you have the best chances. Usually it's being at the right place at the right time. We do feel however that spring is especially great for black bear sightings in Canada traveling in British Columbia and the Yukon. This season we saw about 35 black bears in the matter of few days! So come and join us next May on our Calgary to Anchorage trip!

Best Black Bear Sighting - Canada

Black Bear Canada
Baby Black Bear seen on the Cassiar Highway in British Columbia in May 2017

Best Sea Otter Sighting - Homer, Alaska

Sea Otter
The Sea Otter was sleeping about 2 meters from the shore line. Then he woke up and started cleaning himself - adorable!

Best Mountain Goat Sighting - Exit Glacier Hike in Seward

Mountain Goats
We had about 15 Mountain Goats around us - just a few meters away - hiking up to the Harding Icefield

Best Grizzly Bear Sighting - Yellowstone National Park

Grizzly Bear Yellowstone
The two cubs were adorable playing with each other!
Now it's your turn! Send us your best animal picture traveling with us! There are plenty of spots left for: moose, caribou, squirrel, whales, wolves, coyotes and so much more!
<![CDATA[Best Camping Spots in Alaska]]>Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:53:27 GMThttp://infiniteadv.com/blog/best-camping-spots-in-alaska
Alaska is big. Alaska is bigger than Texas, California and Montana combined! So it is hard to talk about the best camping spots in Alaska as there are many of them. However most of Alaska has no infrastructure and to most places you only get by plane. I am talking about my favorite spots to camp in Alaska that can be reached by car or in our converted school bus. Some of them can only be reached on very bumpy dirt roads - something to think about when renting RVs or cars.
We love those remote places and if the road is too bumpy we just go slow - more time to enjoy the amazing scenery and even better: More time to spot animals! Here are my favorite spots to camp in Alaska:

Camping at the beach in Alaska

Camping at the beach in Alaska gets you not only the sounds of waves to fall asleep to. It usually gives you stunning mountain views as well. It doesn't matter if you camp right along the shore of Resurrection Bay in Seward or at Homer Spit with a view across Katchemak Bay: it is simply breath taking!

Camping along the Denali Highway

Along most roads in Alaska you are not allowed to bush camp or pull over in your RV for camping. The Denali Highway is different: bush camping is allowed and you can get a real feel of wilderness. Note that the Denali Highway is a dirt road and can be pretty rough to drive on. We usually see a few cars pulled over with flat tires during the season. I recommend to go camping in June or July as mid/late of August is hunting season and the usually remote road gets pretty busy! You can read more about Denali Highway Camping here.

Camping in Wrangell St Elias National Park

It's again another 60 miles of dirt road to get to McCarthy in Wrangell St Elias National Park. But the end of the road campsite with views on Root Glacier is worth the effort! Stay three or four days - there is plenty to do around the area and you won't regret having some casual days sitting around the fire enjoying the glaciers and mountains surrounding you.
Camping Wrangell St Elias
My favorite camping spot in Alaska: Wrangell St. Elias National Park
Camping and Dinner with view on Root Glacier
<![CDATA[Visa for Canada - NEW: electonic travel authorization needed!]]>Sat, 24 Oct 2015 21:32:43 GMThttp://infiniteadv.com/blog/visa-for-canada-new-electonic-travel-authorization-neededCanada Icefields Parkway
Traveling in Canada with us next year? Please note that Canada has changed immigration rules. Most nationalities will need an electonic travel authorization starting 15th of March 2016 when traveling by air. If you travel by land or sea, you will not need an eTA when you enter Canada. However you will need a proper identification. US citizens are exempt from eTA.

So if you are starting your trip in Calgary with us and flying into any of the Canadian airports, you will most likely need to apply for an eTA beforehand. Click on "Read More" to find out more details.

You can find more about the eTA on the following website. Please note that immigration rules can change any time and it is your own responsibility to obtain the right visa to enter any of the countries we visit. But if you are unsure or need any help, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Canada Group trip
Did you know we are running an early bird special on our Canada Gold Rush Trail Adventure? If you book by December 1st, 2015 you will get $150 USD off per person.
If you’re looking to travel back in time, where wilderness is king, look no further than our trip through Western Canada, British Columbia and the Yukon all the way up to Alaska in spring or autumn. Animals, glaciers, and varying cultures that have been thriving for hundreds of thousands in this unforgiving land will captivate and inspire the most avid of traveler. On the roads we’ll be traveling, you’re more likely to see bears, moose, and caribou over seeing another traveler.
Check out the detailed itinerary and what's included here.

<![CDATA[The Northern Lights in Alaska visible in August!]]>Sun, 13 Sep 2015 19:30:43 GMThttp://infiniteadv.com/blog/the-northern-lights-in-alaska-visible-in-augustNortern Lights AlaskaThe Northern Lights in August - Alaska 2015
The Northern Lights are something which is on many people's bucketlist. Usually it means you have to plan for a winter holiday as this is your best bet to really see those magical lights dancing across the sky. But: You can be lucky: Lucky like us this summer up in Alaska. For three nights in a row we were able to see the aurora borealis on Alaska's night sky.
Camping in Alaska's largest National Park means there won't be too much disturbing light from cities or towns and with a aurora forecast between 4 and 5 (on a scale between 0 and 9) we thought it was worth a try setting up a Northern Lights Night Watch Schedule... (all photo credits to Keith M)

Northern Lights in August AlaskaNorthern Lights with the big dipper in Alaska
As we were 18 people in total, it meant that everybody only had to wake up once at night and scan the night sky for aurora activity. If there was something to see, these guys would wake up the other tents.
Dave's and my turn was at 1.30 am in the morning. When we first glanced at the sky, we didn't see much. First, I actually thought I saw just some bright, white clouds. Then we realised that those "clouds" were moving pretty fast across the sky... those were the Northern Lights!

Northern Lights AugustGroup Picture in front of the Northern Lights
Soon, we both stumbled through the dark night (not so sure what I would have done if I had come across a black bear) to wake everybody up. In all fairness: with your naked eye the lights were mostly white with some hints of green and purple. But with any half decent camera (you will need to expose for at least a few seconds with high ISO) we were able to get some fantastic shots - and thanks to Keith (a professional photografer on our trip) we even got a group shot of some of us in front of the Northern Lights. What an epic night and a great way to end our season in Alaska!

<![CDATA[Overlanding North America: Las Vegas to Anchorage]]>Thu, 12 Mar 2015 20:54:22 GMThttp://infiniteadv.com/blog/pictures-from-58-days-overlanding-northamerica-las-vegas-to-anchorage
Overlanding North America: some impressions between Las Vegas and Anchorage. Join us!
<![CDATA[Alaska Adventure: How long can you swim in icecold water?]]>Sat, 06 Dec 2014 22:44:04 GMThttp://infiniteadv.com/blog/alaska-adventure-how-long-can-you-swim-in-icecold-water
Swimming in Alaska
A sunny and warm day in Seward/Alaska
Thinking about Alaska doesn't necessarily come along with swimming, beaches and bikinis. Usually you think about glaciers, snow and ice cold water. Well, you are not wrong thinking about ice and cold water, bu you can combine both: jumping in ice cold water and doing a polar plunge on a sunny day! Alaska in summer can have temperatures up to 80 Fahrenheit / 27 Celsius...

Maybe start with a mountain lake on a sunny day for a couple of laps, then jump into a glacially fed river to finish off with a polar plunge into a crystal clear pool on a glacier: This is Alaska!
Cooling off in a mountain lake
A beautiful sunny day in Alaska and we were on an easy hike in the surrounding mountains of Valdez. We came across this small mountain lake - perfect for rock skipping, having lunch and cooling down in the water. Yes, you heard it right: Alaska can be really hot especially hiking in the sun uphill!
Actually it felt pretty warm, we were more worried about a bear showing up having the same idea: cooling down!
Swimming Alaska
July 2014 in Valdez/Alaska
Swimming in a cold river
August 2014: a quick jump into Maclaren River
Jumping into a glacially fed river
When we decided to jump into Maclaren River, the sun was already setting down. So this experience was a little colder! Usually we canoe the river and float for some miles watching caribou, moose or beavers along the shore of the braided river.
With a lot of screaming and Dakota, the dog, jumping around us, we finished the challenge to warm up inside the rustic Maclaren Lodge having some hot chocolate and a well earned Alaskan Summer Ale.
Polar Plunge into a pool on Root Glacier
We ususally head out onto the Root Glacier in Wrangell/St. Elias National Park to do some hiking or ice climbing. But on a sunny and warm day, you have the chance to not only tick off ice climbing from your bucket list: you can also do a polar plunge into a crystal clear pool on the glacier!
I definetely have to admit: it takes some guts to jump into a pool where you know the bottom might lead into a river underneath the glacier. But you know,... it's that once in a lifetime thing: Do it now or never! The water is so cold, you can't stay in for long: just a quick dip. But I promise, your body will tell you to get out of there in no time!
Swimming in a glacier pool
Jumping into a pool on Root Glacier/August 2014
<![CDATA[Tips for Hiking in Denali National Park]]>Tue, 04 Nov 2014 00:16:43 GMThttp://infiniteadv.com/blog/tips-for-hiking-in-denali-national-parkHiking DenaliCharlet looking for dall sheep in Denali
Most likely you have heard about Denali National Park in Alaska. It is home to the highest peak in North America, Mt McKinley, also called Denali. Although the park encompasses more than 6 million acres (24,500 km²), it only has one road, which roughly covers 150 km. The rest is pure wilderness with hardly any serviced hiking trails. The moment you step into this wilderness, you’re truly into the wild.
Here are three tips for hiking and trailblazing Denali National Park and fully enjoy and embrace the wilderness of Alaska!

Hiking Tips DenaliCaribou shed their antlers every year
1. Hop on one of the green shuttle buses

Denali runs shuttle buses along the only road in the park. You might feel a slight disappointment hopping on a bus with 50 other tourists. This isn’t quite the wilderness experience you were hoping for? Just be patient! The shuttle service of the park is your only chance to get far into the park as no private vehicles are allowed beyond a certain point.

Mt McKinleyThere is a 25% chance to see Mt McKinley!
2. Sit back and enjoy!

Relax and enjoy the scenery of the park, which is a mix of taiga forests, tundra, braided rivers, mountains and glaciers. You would like to spot animals? Usually the chance of spotting moose is best during the first half hour, followed by caribou and finally (after you have passed Igloo Creek campground) climbing up Sable Pass is your best chance for seeing Grizzly Bears! This area is perfect for spotting bears because it forms a nice valley optimal for blue and soap berries along the road and up on the nearby slopes.

Hiking Tips DenaliAfter hiking in Denali cooling off at a creek
3. Get off the bus!

Now the moment has come! Just let your bus driver know you would like to get off the bus at Sable Pass and he will stop at the sign signifying the summit. Make sure you are not leaving the road for the first few miles hiking back down, but keep your eyes open: on either side there is a good chance to spot grizzly bears! Most times they will be far away at a safe distance, but now that you’re on foot, your chances are even higher to see them. I guarantee the experience spotting those big creatures while hiking rather then being in a vehicle is vastly different, even from a distance! To make sure you are safe (even on the road there is a chance to see a mama bear and her cubs coming round a corner) hike in groups, make noises and potentially carry bear spray with you. Once you have reached the bottom of the pass it is time to explore and blaze your own trail! Making your way through the wilderness can be very difficult but extremely rewarding. Creeks and bushes are in your way and the soft tundra ground doesn’t make it too easy to find solid footing. Following a dry riverbed or small creek uphill will allow you to traverse the terrain much quicker. After five minutes you won’t see the road and most likely you feel some goose bumps: You are finally experiencing the remote wilderness of Denali National Park. Take a deep breath, look around (always mindful of wildlife and weather) and enjoy!

<![CDATA[Overlanding Adventures in Alaska and Canada]]>Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:26:40 GMThttp://infiniteadv.com/blog/overlanding-adventures-in-alaska-and-canadaOverlanding USAOverlanding fun in Alaska and Canada
Seeing a bear on your bucket list? Then you should consider Alaska or Canada as your next travel destination!
Alaska offers fantastic chances to spot grizzly, brown and also black bears. "Travelling the roads less travelled in British Columbia and the Yukon in Canada we saw 16 black bears in two days", says Stuart from London. "This trip should be on everyone's bucket list!" Venturing into the wild in a converted school bus means you have more space and it is more like a “home” for everyone: Bigger windows, spacious seating, viewing platform on the roof, and tables to play cards or write your journals.

Halibut Fishing AlaskaJason caught a halibut!
Stuart continues: "Natalie and Dave from Infinite Adventures are the most passionate, knowledgable and experienced guys you will ever meet when it comes to overlanding in Alaska and Canada. Hand in hand with their awesome, one of a kind converted school bus, they take a tour round the outstanding last frontier of Alaska and turn it into the trip of a lifetime."

Alaska and Canada doesn't mean it's cold and snowy. The summer has almost 24 hours of daylight and average temperatures around 14-25 C. Plenty of time to hike the wilderness, kayak around ice bergs or try yourself in iceclimbing.

Camping AlaskaAround the campfire in our wilderness camp
You don’t want to go all by yourself and face a bear? Understandably so! Overlanding-style trips offer the right mixture of meeting lots of like-minded people, but having the freedom to make your own choices and being involved in the adventure: You can get the camp fire started yourself if you like to but you can also rely on your tour leaders organizing a bunch of stuff which you don’t want to deal with on your vacation. And you not only get to know the culture of the country you are visiting but befriend like-minded people from all over the world.

If you like outdoor activities and nature and want to explore the amazing landscape and animals of Alaska and Canada, we believe going on an overland trip is the best way to do it. You will be right out in the wilderness: trailblazing, spotting animals and enjoying evenings round the campfire. Yes, sometimes you might lack a shower or a proper toilet, but what is more rewarding than waking up in the middle of nowhere, the sun shining on your face and all you hear is the wind gently moving the bushes around you. There is nothing more peaceful than leaving civilization behind for a few days and slow down the pace we live. You will come back and appreciate your bathroom, bed, kitchen and realize that sometimes a little less (less information, less facebook, less comfort) can make you appreciate what and who you have in your life.

A brown bear cub at Lake Clark/Alaska
A male moose on our way to Wrangell/St Elias
Hiking MacLaren: just us and the wilderness
<![CDATA[See Bears fishing for Salmon in Alaska ]]>Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:16:33 GMThttp://infiniteadv.com/blog/see-bears-fishing-for-salmon-in-alaskaBears fishing salmon
Sometimes you are lucky... and you see a coastal brown bear fishing for salmon without going on a flight to Katmai or Lake Clark. There is no guarantee, but sometimes we are lucky. We had a perfect day hiking around Valdez and decided to go back to the fish hatchery where the Salmon was running since a few days. It was the second evening in a row and we were about to give up as we had been waiting already for a few hours...

Eagle fishing salmon
Not that is wasn't anyway already spectacular. There were eagles, sea gulls and sea lions competing for food, harrassing each other and playing around. An almost surreal scene right in front of us. But then the incredible happened. A coastal brown bear walked up and caught right in front of us his dinner. We couldn't believe how close he was to us! Seeing his gigantic pranks and his fishing technique was a real excitement. The show lasted about half an hour before he decide to walk off into the woods and get his well deserved rest. Pumped up we made our way back to camp in our converted school bus and as if the day wasn't already an absolute highlight, a black bear decided to pop out next to us on the road. We just got a quick glimpse, but we could happily check off another animal sighting from our bucket list...

<![CDATA[Whales, Bears and Moose in Alaska: Early Season Pictures]]>Mon, 07 Jul 2014 03:27:31 GMThttp://infiniteadv.com/blog/whales-bears-and-moose-in-alaska-early-season-picturesMoose with calves Alaska
Time is always restricted when leading trips, but I would like to publish some of our early season pictures. We are very excited to have seen already so many bears, whales, sea otter and moose. Even the season is short, every months has a different appeal to it and the landscape is changing fast. Early season in Alaska also means: baby animals! For sure the highlight for the June Trip was the suckling moose calves.