THIS ITINERARY IS in PROGRESS
It will be rebuilt to suit the new planed 1 week tour for 2020
Individual arrival in Whitehorse, Yukon/Canada. Transfer by shuttle bus or taxi to the hotel reserved for you with overnight stay in Whitehorse (transfer is not included in the tour price).
You will be greeted at the reception area of the hotel at 12.00 p.m. (detailed information about the hotel will be given to you by us before your departure). We will accompany you on a short city tour, followed by a visit to a supermarket where you will have the opportunity to buy your personal snacks and drinks (not included in the tour price). Afterwards, an approximately three-hour drive to the GlanzmannTours-Lodge at Kluane National Park awaits us, with scheduled photo stops. Along the Alaska Highway and the Takhini River you can often see wild animals like elk, moose, foxes or ptarmigans. Impressively beautiful mountain and lake landscapes offer extraordinary motives for photographs in the late afternoon, with good lighting conditions. Finally, we reach the GlanzmannTours-Lodge with its romantic log cabins, which is directly adjacent to the nature park. Our 14 huskies are looking forward to your arrival and will welcome you enthusiastically. The individual, hand-built log cabins are spread over 8 hectares of forest with an unobstructed view of an overwhelming mountain backdrop. An indescribable silence and pure wild nature await you here. After dinner together at the lodge we will discuss the course of the following day according to the detailed itinerary.
A ten-minute drive brings us to Kathleen Lake in Kluane National Park. Along the shores of the lake we can expect exciting photo motifs formed by the advancing icing of the water surface. Thanks to the use of grey filters, fascinating long-term exposures are produced due to the movements of the water trapped in the ice floes. In the evening there will be an introductory photo workshop on the topic of “eagle photography”. The probability of admiring and photographing northern lights is high during the whole trip. An optional sauna session awaits you before dinner and provides an opportunity for relaxation and soothing body care.
After breakfast we start the two-hour drive over the Haines Pass to the “Valley of the Eagles” in Alaska/USA. The route with the glaciated mountains of the St. Elias massif is considered one of the most beautiful in northern Canada. The further we approach the eagle sanctuary, the more amazed you will be at the photogenic landscape. Once we’ve arrived in the valley of the eagles, the great natural spectacle awaits us. Up to twenty eagles often sit on trees and the valley is filled with the fascinating wilderness calls of hundreds of bald eagles, which feed on the spawning salmon. It is an absolutely unique natural phenomenon. The eagles fly across the river delta, fight for the fish and offer spectacular flights. They eat on the sandbanks or sit in the trees to digest, with a majestic mountain scenery in the background. The “eagle fever” breaks out, fascinated it draws each of us into the spell – it finally begins! During our visit, we will photograph the eagles spread out over four different timeframes, in order to make the best use of the varying light and weather conditions. We are very careful to take pictures of the majestic and impressive flight acrobats at close range (up to approximately 16 feet), without besetting them by our presence. At dusk we drive to Haines (Alaska/USA) to the best and most comfortable hotel this romantic fishing village by the sea has to offer. After moving into the rooms, we enjoy a dinner in the restaurant.
Breakfast at the nearby coffee shop (a kind of bakery). We use the whole day for the unique photo experience. In order to capture the first light on the glaciated mountains and to make the most of the most active time of the eagles, we drive to the protected area before dawn in the early morning darkness. Throughout the week, Beat tirelessly searches for the best possible locations, adapted to the weather conditions, to give you perfect photo conditions. It is up to you whether you want to take pictures in a group or individually (within eyeshot) in search of motifs. Your guides will take you to the best spots and help you transport your photographic equipment. In the late afternoon you will have plenty of time to relax at the hotel and explore the fishing village, coast and fishing port before dinner.
The photo seminars and workshops take place in the evening at the hotel and are optional. They offer you the opportunity to improve your photographic techniques and creative aspects, regardless of your experience and skills. You will be amazed how much of a positive effect these workshops have on the quality of your pictures! Every evening, some of the images taken on the same day are projected onto the screen, evaluated and analyzed. In a critical approach, Beat explains the most proven techniques for action and portrait shots of the eagles. Other topics include exposure, image design and image planning for editing. You have the opportunity to present your best pictures of the day, which we will discuss in a relaxed atmosphere and thus analyze why good pictures are “good” or what can be improved.
Breakfast at the nearby coffee shop. Today we visit the neighboring valley of the Chilkat River. The trip leads along the beautiful fjord to the mystical Chilkoot Lake. A great scenic contrast awaits us with coastal forests, mossy landscapes and extensive ferns. Here you can also see eagles and, with a bit of luck, some seals and the big coastal brown bears (grizzlies). The return journey once more leads us along the open Chilkat valley, where we photograph the eagles one final time up until the afternoon. The further away we travel from the coast over the pass road, the more barren the landscape becomes, until we finally reach the pass summit at 1300 meters. Here in the open tundra plateau we look out for moose, foxes and ptarmigans. In the evening we reach the GlanzmannTours-Lodge and end the evening with a warm meal and a cozy get-together.
About an hour’s drive north of Kluane Lake is the world’s largest collection of white tinhorn sheep. In this exact season, they enter their estrous cycle. In this protected area of the national park, the animals feel safe and are not afraid of humans. With a little luck it is possible to approach the fighting rams up to a couple of feet. It is a fascinating spectacle, when the males stand on their hind legs and hit their horned heads against their competitors with full force. Later in the evening we “create” interesting star-constellations. Beat shows you how a log house can be illuminated from inside and outside and how it can be integrated naturally into the star image. Afterwards we enjoy an optional sauna with cooling down in the fresh snow.
We spend the last day with a leisurely hike along Quill Creek. By now, most parts of this stream are frozen. Water, which comes to the surface through the ice cracks and freezes, forms amazing ice sculptures, which are ideal motifs and foregrounds in landscape photographs. The day will be rounded off with a photo workshop and a NIK course on post-processing and editing. The sauna steams one last time. Once again, we marvel at the star-flooded Yukon sky in staggering silence. Finally, we enjoy a last, cozy dinner in the big log cabin.
After breakfast we return to Whitehorse, where the photography tour will end. One last night in the hotel in Whitehorse.
Transfer by shuttle bus or taxi to the airport (not included in the tour price). Individual return or onward journey from Whitehorse.
All routes and times described in the itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions.
Log cabin romance in the GlanzmannTours-Lodge, in the middle of the silence of the wilderness. Details and photos of the accommodation can be found under “Log cabins”.
The man-made, cozy guest log cabins heat you with wood. We count on the cooperation of our guests to heat the Swedish ovens. For the lighting in the cabins we use LED lanterns and candlesticks, which create a cozy atmosphere with the crackling wood stove. Each log cabin has a cooking area, sink, water canister and kitchen utensils. You will be supplied with the best drinking water from your own well. Next to each hut there is an “outhouse”, an external toilet house.
Couples live in their own log cabin.
Two to max. three single travelers share a log cabin.
On request we can reserve two single or two double rooms for you.
A sauna, in an especially built log cabin with a simple shower, invites you to relax.
Any hut work, such as heating the wood stove, washing the dishes and preparing breakfast, is carried out by the tour participants together. We’ll cook for you in the evening.
It is possible to recharge batteries for cameras, tablets and mobile phones during the day in the GlanzmannTours-Lodge at the solar power supply.
For the shared meals (breakfast and dinner) all participants meet in the largest log cabin. Both breakfast and dinner are included during all overnight stays in the log cabin lodge. Breakfast is provided in the form of a buffet; dinner is cooked for you. The group then helps to wash the dishes together.
Breakfast and dinner eaten in restaurants during our stays in Whitehorse and Haines (Alaska/USA) are not included in the price.