June 14 – 17 Haines & Skagway: Fjords, Glaciers and Wildlife
July 10 - 12 Delta Junction: Its Farms, People and History
August 1 - 4 Kotzebue: Fish Camp and Inupiat Culture
A $100 non-refundable deposit is due at registration.
Do participants need travel insurance?
We strongly recommend that all excursion participants purchase travel insurance from an insurance carrier of their own choice. If you must cancel your trip due to health or other problems, OLLI cannot refund payments unless the travel vendor agrees to refund what OLLI has already paid in advance.
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Haines & Skagway: Fjords, Glaciers and Wildlife
June 14 - 17
Activity Level: Easy to Moderate
Haines and Skagway are located at the northern end of the Lynn Canal in Southeast Alaska. Flanked by the largest contiguous protected area on the planet and a UNESCO world heritage site, Haines is the perfect jumping-off point for exploring the geology, history and wildlife of Alaska’s southern panhandle. Skagway is a short 18-mile sail north of Haines via the Lynn Fjord and is home to the world-famous White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, one of only a few narrow gauge railways still in operation.
This 3-day/4-night excursion begins on Tuesday evening with a group dinner and orientation at the Victorian-era Hotel Hälsingland in Haines. On Wednesday, enjoy a gentle float trip through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve with a stop at the centuries-old Native Village of Klukwan. On Thursday, board a high-speed catamaran for a 45-minute cruise to Skagway, followed by an exhilarating ride on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad to the summit. For the grand finale, on Friday, enjoy a scenic cruise aboard a custom-made whale-watching boat before boarding a 30-foot 10-person voyager canoe for a guided excursion to the breathtaking Davidson Glacier.
Cost per person: $1490 double occupancy or $1740 single occupancy includes accommodations, group dinner on Tuesday and Friday. Daily guide/escort to Eagle Preserve Raft Float & Native Village Tour, White Pass Summit Excursion, Catamaran and Davidson Glacier Tour, two evening lectures, and lunches on all days except check-in day.
Not included:Round trip transportation Fairbanks to Haines, lunch on check-in day, all breakfasts, and dinners on nights 2 and 3.
$100 non-refundable deposit due at registration; additional $350 non-refundable deposit and completed paperwork due March 16; remainder due April 27. No refund for cancellation after May 31.
Delta Junction: Its Farms, People and History
July 10 - 12
Activity Level: Moderate to Active
Delta Junction is located about 100 miles south of Fairbanks, near the confluence of the Delta and Tanana rivers. The famed Alaska Highway ends here, where it intersects with the Richardson Highway. The early history of non-native settlement in the area began in 1928 with the introduction of 23 bison from Montana to an area south of Big Delta. After World War II, people began farming and continued successfully raising livestock in the Delta Junction area.
This completely-guided excursion gives you a chance to see sights you won’t see when passing through on the main highway and visit places you can’t go on your own. You’ll find there is a lot more to the Delta area than you ever realized. Meet some of the amazing people who grow the food you purchase in our Fairbanks stores. Learn how their specialized farming techniques accommodate the short growing season and the cold and dark winters of interior Alaska. Learn about Delta's history at the Big Delta Historical Park. Tour the Northern Lights Dairy and observe their process from milking the cows to packaging products for the consumer. Visit the green pastures of grazing yaks and their calves, and admire the vast barley fields of Alaska Flour Company. Follow the lead car on gravel or paved side roads, enjoying scenic vistas not visible from the main highway. You’ll stop at historic sites and pass fields of diverse crops on the way to Clearwater Lodge. Eat lunch at the Buffalo Drive-in and visit the Sullivan Roadhouse museum next door. Dine at Rika's Roadhouse both nights and enjoy a lecture afterward. On the last day, drive to The Black Rapids Lodge for a guided tour of the historic Old Black Rapids Roadhouse. The excursion ends with lunch and a spectacular view from the deck of the luxurious Black Rapids Lodge.
Cost per person: $375 double occupancy or $490 single occupancy includes two nights accommodation, two dinners, lunch on Tuesday, two lectures, all guided tours and fees.
Not included: Transportation from Fairbanks to Delta and to activities, transportation from The Black Rapids Lodge to Fairbanks, breakfast and lunch on July 10 and 11.
$100 non-refundable deposit due at registration; remainder due June 2. No refund for cancellation after June 2.
Kotzebue: Fish Camp and Inupiat Culture
August 1- 4
Activity Level: Moderate
Subsistence living on the Chukchi Sea at the Arctic Circle is “Living Life in the Moment.” There is no fixed itinerary for this trip. The midnight sun, the wind, and the ocean waves set the tone and schedule for the days.
Arctic Circle Educational Adventures (ACEA), known locally as LaVonne’s Fish Camp, is located on the beach 7 miles south of Kotzebue. Kik-ik-tag-ruk (Kotzebue) has been a trading hub for thousands of years and continues as one today for 8,000 Inupiat people living in 10 villages in a 25,000 square mile region. Subsistence harvesting from the tundra and the ocean continues to provide a source of healthy food and cultural connections.
Your host is well connected to the region, providing you with a cultural immersion with this most welcoming population. Local Elders and their families join us in subsistence harvesting of chum and silver salmon. Guests will participate in identifying, gathering and preparing medicinal plants. Field trips to town, cultural discussions, drumming and storytelling lessons, fishing, and tundra hiking with Inupiaq people fill our days. Be prepared to share rooms, use an outhouse, and forgo a daily shower.
Many guests have come together at LaVonne’s Fish Camp as strangers and go home feeling as if they met family they never knew they had. Come visit and meet your extended Inupiat family!
Cost per person: $885 includes accommodation in simple shared cabins (single cabins not available), all meals, ground transportation, ground touring away from the fish camp, and lectures.
Not included: Round trip transportation from Fairbanks to Kotzebue.
$100 non-refundable deposit due at registration; remainder due June 30. No refund for cancellation after June 30.