Alaska Photo St.George Island Puffin

ST.GEORGE ISLAND PHOTO TOUR 2017

ST.GEORGE ISLAND PHOTO TOUR (JULY 12-17, 2017)

The Pribilof Islands are better known as the “Galapagos of the North” was formed two million years ago when St.George Island, a volcano then, was thrust out of the Bering Sea. Today it’s teaming with wildlife, which includes over 200 species of migratory birds, arctic fox, fur seals, and Orca whales that patrol the coastline. Like the migratory birds, this island is a major haul out for over a million Fur Seals, which are a significant chapter in the story of this Aleut community that dates back to 1786 when Russians first discovered this island.

TOUR INSTRUCTION

This photo adventure is prime for both beginner to advanced photographers. We ask that you are familiar with your menu systems and manual settings, we can help from there. Our focus will teach our photographers best practices in photographing wildlife, composition and story. It’s important to know you’ll be in close proximity of birds, arctic fox, and fur seals. A strong emphasis to respect of wildlife for your safety, health of habitat and the community that allows us this opportunity will be paramount for this tour.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

We’ll be moving over uneven terrain with a makeup of basalt rock, boulders and moss covered rock at times. There are established trails, but are not heavily traveled. We’ll be exploring the coastal region, which includes close proximity to cliffs from 6 feet to 700 feet, good balance, confidence and fitness over this terrain will is required. The wildlife are not going anywhere, so we’ll be operating on a weather and light schedule. There will be light hiking, you should be comfortable hiking at least 2-6 miles with little to no elevation gain. Optionally we do have one hike that offers more physical demand with a 700 foot gain in elevation, while optional the views are priceless!

DATES

July 12-17th 5/days

LOCATION

St.George Island, Alaska

THE EXPERIENCE

  • Traverse and photograph in several Fur Seal rookeries.
  • Witness millions of migratory birds nesting on basalt cliffs.
  • Photograph Fur Seal pups.
  • Watch for Orca that patrol the coastline for Fur Seals.
  • Arctic Fox and new pup encounters.
  • Vast untouched landscapes and coastal island cliffs as high as 700 feet.
  • Historic buildings from the Russian Fur Seal Trade.
  • Great food, and coastal accommodations

COST

Date: July 12th – 17th
Price: $3950 (Tour Limited to 6 participants)
Call: (907) 717-9666 or (907) 331-4361

MINIMUM NUMBERS

St.George Island photo tour requires a minimum of 4 to go. If we do not have the minimum number 2 weeks out, we will notify you of this situation and you will receive a full refund.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR TRAVEL

Tour participants must understand and willing to accept that weather can affect the planned itinerary. In Alaska, travel plans can change in the blink of an eye, and catching a flight is all part of the adventure, no matter your destination. Weather and fog can sometimes interrupt the best planned travel arrangements and may prevent us from getting to, or from, St. George Island. Most rural communities are served by just one regularly scheduled commercial air service, many just a few days a week. When wind, rain, snow or fog delays flights, there is nothing to do except sit back and enjoy your stay. Any additional costs which occur due to weather related issues, delays, extra nights lodging or unforeseen circumstances, the tour participant will be responsible for these expenses. In the event we have time to go out and photograph during any delay, then extra fees for guiding and vehicle use will be applicable and subject to your participation. You should plan to have some “buffer” days in your itinerary. Planet Earth Adventures will not be responsible for any missed flights or connections. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this tour!

MEALS

Meals on this photo adventure will include breakfast, lunch and dinner. Please feel free to pack your own snack bars and drinks if you choose for this adventure.

ESSENTIAL CAMERA GEAR

Recommended Lenses:
Having a range from 10mm to 400mm lenses would be optimum. At a minimum, a 24-105mm and 100-400mm will provide you a very workable range. We also offer lens rentals if needed, please let us know at least 40 days prior to tour.

Essential Gear: A complete supply list will be sent a few months before tour departs.

  • Camera Gear Pack – Scott and Albert use F-Stop Bags
  • Several batteries to sustain you up to 10 hours / Day
  • Extra Media Cards
  • Polarizing and Split-neutral density filters
  • Camera Bag (for rain)
  • Extra camera body if possible
  • Lens hoods
  • Several lens cloth
  • Remote Release
  • Laptop computer with at least Adobe Lightroom

DRESS FOR CONDITIONS

Dress in layers for rain or shine, synthetic clothing, no cotton. Weather out on the St.George Island can change quickly, you’ll want to be prepared. Temperatures range from 50ºF to 65ºF in July. Pack sturdy hiking boots for uneven terrain, and bring a water bottle that will hold at least 32/oz. No bear spray needed!

Essential items:

  • Day Pack
  • Sturdy Hiking Boots
  • Rain shell
  • Sunblock
  • Your favorite hat to block sunshine.
  • Sunglasses
  • Water Bottle, recommend 32/oz

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We strongly suggest purchasing trip cancellation/interruption insurance to protect your travel investment at the time you sign up for one of our trips. This coverage will offset cancellation charges in the event of illness before or during your trip. Trip cancellation/interruption and baggage insurance is available at a supplemental cost. Click Here to purchase travel protection.

ABOUT YOUR GUIDES

Scott Slone has partnered with Planet Earth Adventures to offer real Alaska photographic adventures. Beyond learning photography, Scott believes great photography comes from having a connection with with your locations. Because his family roots reach five generations deep, photographers are getting more from the experience than just great photography. Albert Marquez owner of Planet Earth Adventures has been published in a number of well known books and magazines, and has been guiding photographers into Alaska for the last 5 years.

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