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Alaska is certainly a state of many contrasts. With a total area of over one million square kilometres, it is by far the largest state of the USA, yet is only home to 500,000 permanent residents. Geographically it is closer to Russia than the USA and sits comfortably within the Arctic Circle, yet this polar wonder holds an array of elements that will leave you totally bewildered.

There are vast areas of uninhabited wilderness to be discovered throughout Alaska, consisting of tundra plains, towering mountains, more than 5,000 white glaciers, and plenty of rivers and forests. The fact that one of Alaska's glaciers covers an area the size of Switzerland will put things into perspective.

Whether you are exploring Alaska by boat or via one of the many hiking trails, you will be fascinated by the elements on display. Witness North America's highest peak, Mount McKinley, and follow paths that will provide mesmerising views over Alaska's glistening glaciers.

Embark on a unique journey by float plane in the region of Soldotna, which will take you across the Cook Inlet to a remote range of lakes in the Lake Clarke Park & Wilderness Reserve. From here, you will be able to witness wild grizzly bears attempting catch salmon swimming upstream.

Because of Alaska's landscape, one of the best ways to view the state is from the sea. Cruises are very popular and can take you to the most famous sights, as well as getting you up close to the wildlife that lives in the water or along the coastline.

With so much to see and experience, Alaska certainly doesn't have to be a once in a lifetime experience, and our range of tours will ensure you get the most out of each visit.

Alaska factfile

  • The name Alaska comes from the Aleut word Alyeska, meaning The Great Land
  • There are 224 federally recognized tribes and 20 indigenous languages spoken in the state
  • At their closest points, Alaska is approximately 50 miles from Russia. If you could drive across the ocean you could be there in under an hour
  • There are more than 3,000 rivers and 3 million lakes in Alaska. Whether you like to kayak on peaceful waters or hit the rapids in a raft, Alaska has it all
  • The highest temperature recorded in Alaska was 100 degrees in Fort Yukon in 1915. If the cold January temperatures in Fairbanks aren’t for you, plan your interior Alaska vacation during the summertime to enjoy warmer temperatures.
  • About 3% of Alaska is covered by glaciers. If you want to see beautiful blue ice that’s thousands of years old, a trip to Alaska might be the way to go
  • Lake Hood in Anchorage is the world’s largest and busiest seaplane base
  • The aurora borealis (northern lights) can be seen an average of 243 days a year in Fairbanks
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