Alaska Wildland Adventures (0 testimonials)

In business since 1978


This summer, Alaska Wildland Adventures celebrates its 31st anniversary! The company began operating trips in 1977, first under the name Alaska Campout Adventures. Our first trip was a tenting safari that traveled from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and Chugach National Forest to Denali National Park. In the early years, the company felt fortunate to take fifty to sixty people a year on adventuresome trips throughout Alaska. Though we still operate our original tenting safari (now called the Alaska Explorer Safari), most of our trips feature cabin overnights and an authentic Alaskan ambiance in comfortable lodge settings.

In 1987, we changed our name to Alaska Wildland Adventures. There was a surge in interest in travel to Alaska, and more and more people wanted to vacation in a participatory style. One small group at a time, we were able to grow to provide more and more uniquely Alaskan travel opportunities over the years.

In addition to operating our own trips, we operate trips for Lindblad Expeditions, Elderhostels' Road Scholar Program, and Audubon Nature Odysseys. We also work with a number of national and international tour companies, such as: Glacier Bay Cruiseline, Knightly Tours, GORPTravel, Alaska Unusual, and Alaska Discovery.

Over the years we have hosted a number of affinity groups, directly and through travel planners. These include: National Trust Group (Australia), Beaver Lake Nature Center, National Audubon Society, Maine Audubon Society, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Florida Audubon Society, Audubon Society of New Hampshire, Delaware Nature Society, Schuylkill Valley Nature Center, Dallas Museum of Natural History, Brandywine Valley Association, Cincinnati Zoo, St. Louis Zoo, Cleveland Zoo, and Louisiana Nature Center.

Our main office is in Girdwood, Alaska, a scenic mountain community 40 miles south of Anchorage. We maintain a three-building office on two scenic acres that adjoin an undeveloped greenway. From our office windows, we view beaver ponds, nesting waterfowl, occasional moose and bear viewings, and a snow-clad mountain backdrop. This probably has something to do with why we are so excited when we talk with you on the phone. We have 12 year-round staff and 75 seasonal staff at our summer operations.

Kirk Hoessle is the President of Alaska Wildland Adventures. He has served as the President of the Board of the Alaska Wilderness Recreation and Tourism Association, and currently serves on the Board of the Alaska Travel Industry Association. He is a past participant on the Governor's Advisory Board of theTrails and Recreation Access for Alaskans program (TRAAK).

Kirk began leading trips in 1982, when the company only operated one trip. His involvement grew into a managerial role, and then onto the role of owner/operator in 1987. Prior to his involvement in Alaska tourism, Kirk directed the Youth Conservation Corp program in Tanacross, Alaska, was a partner in an interpretive planning and design firm, and he also helped direct and formulate environmental education programs for elementary and high school students. Why travel in Alaska with us? Since 1977, Alaska Wildland Adventures has been leading high quality, small group trips and adventures in Alaska's national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges. We have cultivated a participatory style of travel that allows our guests to experience the natural beauty of Alaska without compromising comfort. In pursuit of excellence, we have grown to operate our own rafting and sport fishing trips, guided hiking and natural history programs, and two custom built uniquely Alaskan lodges and overnight facilities. When you travel Alaska, much or all of your trip will be directly in our hands!

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PO Box 389
Girdwood, AK
99587 USA


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Prominent affiliations & awards

  • : National Geographic's TRAVELER Award
  • The International Ecotourism Society
  • STI: Sustainable Travel International
  • : Travel + Leisure Award
  • : Conde Nast Traveler Award

3 most popular Trips (out of 12 total)

Denali Kantishna Explorer

Denali Kantishna Explorer

Airport near Anchorage, AK, United States for 4 Days • from $1,725* per person

Provider: Alaska Wildland Adventures

Spend at least three nights in the Kantishna region deep within the Denali National Park and Wilderness Preserve and well away from the crowded Park entrance. This unguided Denali adventure is perfect for independent travelers as it includes ground transportation from Anchorage, accommodations and most meals and activities are included. The lodge grounds boast ample opportunity for both solitude and adventure. Truly a full-service backcountry Alaskan lodge experience in the heart of Denali National Park.Top 5 Reasons to Choose the… 1 testimonial & more

Offered June-September
Exertion level: 4
Comfort accommodations
Max group size: 18 people
Must form your own group? Yes (custom departure). Price based on group size.

Alaska Explorer Safari

Alaska Explorer Safari

Airport near Anchorage, AK, United States for 9 Days • from $4,095* per person

Provider: Alaska Wildland Adventures

CELEBRATING THE SPIRIT OF OUR COMPANY'S BEGINNINGS, WE PROUDLY PRESENT A VERY SPECIAL VERSION OF OUR ORIGINAL TRIP. Explore your way through Alaska's diverse wilderness in style. This nine-day safari is our original "adventure with a shower" trip. Visit our original Kenai Riverside Lodge, the wilderness of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge with two nights at Kenai Backcountry Lodge, our highly acclaimed eco-lodge and an in-depth deluxe camping adventure in Denali National Park. You'll camp in comfort for two nights… 1 testimonial & more

Offered July, August
Exertion level: 4
Comfort accommodations
Max group size: 12 people
Must form your own group? Yes (custom departure). Price based on group size.

Alaska Multi-Sport Adventure

Alaska Multi-Sport Adventure

Airport near Anchorage, AK, United States for 6 Days • from $3,695* per person

Provider: Alaska Wildland Adventures

This special 2010 departure features a unique combination of exciting outdoor activities, such as sea kayaking in Kenai Fjords National Park, a helicopter landing on glacial snowpack for a real Alaskan dogsled ride, "how to" fly fishing techniques and instruction on the world famous Kenai River, taking a truly Alaskan mode of transportation--the floatplane--to a remote mountain lake for a wilderness hike, and more. The blend of outdoor activities and unique Alaska lodges makes for an absolutely outstanding experience complemented… more

Offered August
Exertion level: 4
Comfort accommodations
Max group size: 10 people
Must form your own group? No

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