We saw lots of bears, beautiful location, excellent guides! We stayed at Hallo Bay 4 nights and 5 days (Mon-Friday). Tried to give an overall review of the experience. Off to Hallo Bay: Got to Smokey Bay Air at 9:00 am and we are told to come back at noon. We then headed to Anchor Point for some fishing and moose site seeing. Just as husband was packing up his fishing, we got a call from Hallo Bay at 11:30 telling us to high tail it back to the airport for our flight. We arrived at the airport and met our pilot, Gary, and saw our little (and I emphasis little) plane that will take us to the bears.
Small Ship Adventure Cruises in Alaska: Alaska's Inside Passage is best enjoyed when seen by small ship. There are some excellent Alaska cruises available on many mega ships from Princess Cruises, Holland America Lines and Disney Cruises etc.., but until you have seen Alaska up-close and personal, you have not really seen Alaska. And, you simply cannot get intimate with this great state when you are surrounded by 2,000 other people scrambling to get the latest free trinket from Diamonds International in Juneau or Ketchikan. That's not Alaska..
Brown bear viewing is just one attraction within Katmai National Park: In the summer, dozens of brown bears gather at the Brooks Falls to take their pick of millions of migrating red salmon. But that’s not the reason the park was formed - “The park was created so folks could see the Valley of 10,000 Smokes,” said Ray Petersen, whose family operates the park concession at Brooks Camp. Petersen was a legendary Alaska aviator and regarded as the father of Alaska’s sportfishing industry. Petersen died on August 12.2008 at age 96.
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is entirely north of the Arctic Circle, in the center of the Brooks Range; at 8.2 million acres, it's the size of four Yellowstones. This is parkland on a scale suitable to the country. It includes the Endicott Mountains to the east and the Schwatka Mountains to the southwest, with the staggeringly sharp and dramatic Arrigetch Peaks in between. To the north lies a sampling of the Arctic Alaska foothills, with their colorful tilted sediments and pale green tundra. Lovely lakes are cupped in the mountains and in the tundra.
The bright dancing lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. They are known as 'Aurora borealis' in the north and 'Aurora australis' in the south.. Auroral displays appear in many colours although pale green and pink are the most common. Shades of red, yellow, green, blue, and violet have been reported. The lights appear in many forms from patches or scattered clouds of light to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains or shooting rays that light up the sky with an eerie glow.