Worldwide Photographic Journeys

North America

Alaska: Grizzly Bears of Katmai

Saturday 31st August – Sunday 8th September 2019

Leader: Ole Liodden and a local leader

9 Days Group Size Limit 12
Monday 31st August – Tuesday 8th September 2020

Leader: Ole Liodden and a local leader

9 Days Group Size Limit 12


Welcome to a unique wild Alaska photo tour! In the heart of coastal Katmai, situated in western Alaska, we are organizing some very special photo expeditions to photograph the Grizzly Bears and other wildlife. A visit to the Alaskan wilderness is a dream come true for most nature photographers. In September the shallow rivers on the Alaskan coast are filled with salmon running up to spawn, and the bears follow. At this time of the year, they are relaxed and easy to photograph. There is no hunting in the area, so the animals here are easier to get close to. The bears can be photographed from close range, which gives us some uniqe photo opportunities. We should encounter some cubs with their mothers.

We have chartered a small expedition ship for 8 days along the coast of Katmai. The main target is the Grizzly Bears, but we will also photograph other land mammals (quite possibly including Grey Wolf), Sea Otters, whales, seals, seabirds and great landscapes.

The ship will act as our base and mode of transportation but most of our photography will be done from our inflatables or during landings. We will try to land as often as possible to make the best of the salmon runs where bears and other wildlife are used to people and will let us get close for our images.

See some of the opportunities from this area in the gallery below with images from guides and guests from previous trips. See also the official Nikon D5 beta test Inspired, filmed in September 2015 by photo guide Ole Jorgen Liodden.


Other Wild Images tours in North America:

New Mexico: Cranes, Geese & Landscapes


Wild Images Inclusions: Our tour prices include surface transportation, accommodations, meals and entrance fees.

Our tour prices also include these charter flights: Kodiak-Katmai-Kodiak.

Tips/gratuities are not included.

Deposit: First Deposit: £1600, $2000, €1780. Due at booking. Interim Deposit: 50% of the tour cost, less first deposit. This will be invoiced around 7 months before departure for payment not later than six months before departure. The tour balance will be invoiced around 3 months before departure for payment not later than two months before departure.

TO BOOK THIS TOUR: Click here (you will need the tour dates and deposit amount)

2019: £8390, $10495, €9370 Kodiak/Kodiak.

2020: £8390, $10495, €9370 Kodiak/Kodiak.

Single cabin accommodation is not available.

This tour is priced in US Dollars. Amounts shown in other currencies are indicative.

Air Travel To & From The Tour: Our in-house IATA ticket agency will be pleased to arrange your air travel on request, or you may arrange this yourself if you prefer.


The itinerary for this expedition is weather dependent, but our plan is:


Day 1

Arrive Kodiak airport with regular flights from Anchorage. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Kodiak.


Day 2

Flight by sea plane to our expedition ship in Katmai and the start of our expedition.


Day 3-8

Enjoying the wilderness experience and photographing the Grizzly Bears, sea mammals, birds and landscape along the coast of Katmai.

Day 9

Fly back to Kodiak by seaplane, then transfer back to Kodiak airport. We recommend at least one night in Anchorage in case the flight back from Katmai is delayed.