This small group 4-hour private photography tour begins with greeting your guide at the end of the cruise ship dock. Enjoy the views on your way to the stunning Chilka Valley, cradled at the base of the Chilkat Peninsula, surrounded by the Lynn Fjord and Chilkat River.
Upon arrival in the valley, choose your spot to set up your camera for the best photo opportunities. This tour is very flexible and doesn't have a set schedule. You and your expert photographer guide can work together to decide the locations, objects, or views that you'd like to focus on. You don't have to feel rushed at all - there will be plenty of time to set up your camera. If you need any suggestions, Your experienced guide can point out great photo spots based on the lighting, the weather, and the time of the day.
Wildflowers and eagles are the highlights of May, June, and July. Beginning in August, pink salmon, the smallest and most abundant of the Pacific salmon varieties, begin their run up the Chilkoot River to spawn. This time of the season is the best opportunity to see brown bears as they are often witnessed feeding along the banks of the river. When bears are present, every effort will be made to give you safe bear viewing and photography. Please note: Minimum of 2 passengers is required to book. The maximum number of passengers per departure is 14. Please bring your own photo camera, phone, any device to take photos with, and all photo gear.
Please note: Sightings of brown bear are not likely before the salmon start running in August. This tour goes through prime wildlife habitats, however, wildlife sightings including brown bear are not guaranteed.
Duration: 4 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal)
- Minimum of 2 passengers required to book
- Your own phone, camera, or device to take photos with
Duration: 4 hours. Tour times below are approximate:
- 4 hours - photo taking at Chilkat Valley
- This tour meets on the cruise ship dock. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.
ADA Accessibility of Tour:
- This tour is not wheelchair or limited mobility accessible.
Is there a minimum number of guests?
Yes. There is a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 14 guests per departure.
What time does the tour run?
Our tours typically leave in the morning but vary due to the Fast Ferry schedule.
Do you meet us at our ship?
Yes, a representative will meet the guests just past security.
What should I wear while on tour?
We recommend that you dress in layers. It can be cold enough where you want a wool cap, gloves and a jacket, or it could be so warm you will be in a T-shirt with sunscreen and sunglasses. The weather can change quickly.
What kinds of vehicles do you use?
Depending on the size of the group and the tour, we utilize everything from an SUV like the Toyota Sequoia or Sienna, to the 14-passenger Ford Econoline Van to the 14- passenger Airporter-style bus.
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