For many birdwatchers, Alaska presents an untapped treasure trove of opportunities. First of all, the Last Frontier’s pristine wilderness offers excellent habitat for several species. Secondly, some birds, like horned and tufted puffins, are difficult to find anywhere outside Alaska. And although many Alaska birds thrive elsewhere, very few places provide such an immersive experience for spectators. The abundance and diversity of birds near Afognak Wilderness Lodge is undoubtedly an attractive amenity for nature lovers hoping to add a few of these feathered friends to their list. Getting Ready for Birdwatching in Alaska Before you head out in search of [...]
Alaska nature offers arguably some of the most breathtaking photo opportunities in the nation, if not the world! A stay at Afognak Wilderness Lodge means you are not only surrounded by these stunning sights, but you have ample ways to explore them. Our all-inclusive resort puts you close to top spots for whale watching, trout fishing, and more. Photography is the best way to capture the nature and wildlife you encounter on your adventures and during your Alaska getaway. A Checklist of Essential Photography Gear To capture the best photos possible, you need to make sure you have the correct [...]
With its impeccable waters, ideal habitat, and proximity to prominent migratory corridors, Afognak Island is a magnificent destination to watch whales in Alaska. A wide variety of cetacean species—whales, dolphins, and porpoises—reside in the various inlets, fjords, and bays found throughout the Kodiaks. And Afognak Wilderness Lodge invites you to take a front-row seat to witness these magnificent ocean-dwelling mammals in their natural environment. Whether you’re an avid wildlife photographer or simply love nature, whale watching in Alaska is something you should consider adding to your bucket list. The Best Times to See Whales in Alaska It goes without saying [...]
One of the fascinating things to do in Alaska is wildlife viewing, and Afognak Island is no exception! Our beloved slice of paradise is home to a diverse and abundant fauna population; however, few animals are as revered as the Kodiak brown bear. Given our location, Afognak Wilderness Lodge offers an unparalleled opportunity to witness bears and other majestic beasts within proximity. What’s more, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has been reporting population growth, further solidifying the ease at which they are visible. To give you a little more insight into one of our favorite neighbors, today we’ll [...]
People come to Alaska for various reasons. Some of us want an opportunity to chase coveted game fish amid pristine waters, while others wish to share priceless moments with the native fauna. From fishing to wildlife viewing and everything in between, “The Last Frontier” never disappoints. Part of what makes our beautiful state so alluring is the ease at which visitors can immerse themselves in Alaska’s sights, sounds, smells, and tastes. Specializing in providing an experience that draws from everything Alaska has to offer, Afognak Wilderness Lodge has been a premier Kodiak Island destination since 1974, thanks in part to [...]
Choosing a camera for nature photography seems relatively easy on the surface. Still, there is a rather wide range of cameras and features that can fulfill your needs, including mirrorless systems with a few advantages over DLSRs. While many photographers will tell you that the best camera is the one you have, a standard point and shoot may not get the job done during a wilderness retreat. When taking pictures of nature, it's important to capture the finer details, such as a collection of dew droplets on a leaf or a surreal mist that lingers throughout a valley or alpine [...]
Imagine, you've just pulled your luggage from the floatplane. Preoccupied with making sure you have everything, you don't immediately notice the misty mountain forest that surrounds you. Your family is slow to make their way out of the aircraft, but as they step outside, their faces begin to glow and you are reminded why you came here. After dropping your gear on the ground, you pull out your phone and notice you have no service. You smile and think to yourself, "Perfect."
Arguably, two of the main reasons people come to Alaska are scenic landscapes and abundant wildlife. As the air warms and the ground begins to thaw, numerous species will exit from their dens or return from their vacation homes to forage, mate, and raise their young, making the opportunity to capture these precious moments more abundant with each sunrise.